Sunday, 26 May 2013

New Caledonia and Vanuatu: 7 nights in June 2014

This cruise on the Sea Princess will take you away to some tropical and exotic destinations in French Melanesia. It is a round trip from Brisbane, kicking off with a sea day to acquaint you with the lovely ship.

The first port of call is Noumea, a city on the main island of New Caledonia. It is a place of both native Melanesian flair and colonial french culture, language and food. The city is a wonderful place to explore, or you could venture further with an expedition to a rural area or the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. The next stop is again in New Caledonia, this time at a smaller island which is part of the Loyalty Islands group. It is a beautiful island with plenty of opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive- unless you would rather just enjoy the sun and sand!

The final port is Port Vila, a charming town which is the capital of Vanuatu. The natural harbour is usually bustling with local fishing boats, and there is a popular handicraft markets near the docks. Port Vila is a small place but there are shops, bars and restaurants there.

Port Vila

The cruise end with two days at sea before returning to Brisbane.

Operator: Princess
Vessel: Sea Princess
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila
Sailing Dates: Sunday, 1st June 2014- Sunday, 8th June 2014.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sun 1 June 16:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Noumea, Tues 3 June 14:00- 21:00
Day 4: Lifou, Wed 4 June 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Port Vila, Thurs 5 June 08:00- 16:00
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Brisbane, arriving Sun 8 June 07:00

About the Sea Princess

The Sea Princess is one of Princess Cruises' Sun-Class ships. She is mid-sized and has a traditional feel about her which really makes you feel like an oceangoer! Dining in the main dining room is a treat, and you can also choose from a specialty steakhouse and a number of complimentary casual dining venues including the buffet, a grill, and an ice-cream bar. There are traditional afternoon teas onboard the Sea Princess which hark back to ocean liner tradition. Entertainment includes the usual pools, gym, classes, demonstrations and organised activities during the day, with excellent social groups which aiming to get like-minded people together. A recent upgrade added The Sanctuary to the ship's repertoire, an Adults-Only area which is just that- a sanctuary! The evenings bring variety acts in the 600-seat theatre, and plenty of opportunity to relax and chat in the bars and lounges. There is a casino, a nightclub and a stately pub.

See here for great deals on the New Caledonia and Vanuatu Cruise in June 2014!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

South Pacific: 10 nights in June 2013

This cruise on the Carnival Spirit takes in some tried and true favourites in New Caledonia and Vanuatu. It leaves from and returns to Syndye, Australia's biggest and most bustling city, and provides a truly relaxing break amongst the beautiful, tropical islands of the South Pacific.

The first port of call is Port Vila, after several days at sea which will allow you to unwind and experience all that the ship has to offer.  Port Vila is a town based around a natural harbour, the capital of Vanuatu. A highlight here are the handicraft markets where you can shop and browse to your heart's content! Mystery Island is the next Vanuatu port, a beautiful and uninhabited sandy isle which is the definition of paradise.

The stops in New Caledonia are at Lifou and Noumea. Lifou is an island in the Loyalty group, covered in tropical forest and possessing a variety of landscapes both above and below the water. Noumeas is the capital city, a busy place where you will find both french and Melanesian influences. Visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre for insights into the native Kanak culture.

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Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifou, Noumea
Sailing Dates: June 7th 2013- June 17th 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 10 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Fri 7 Jun 18:30
Day 2-4: At sea
Day 5: Port Vila, Tues 11 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Mystery Island, Wed 12 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Lifou, Thurs 13 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Noumea, Fri 14 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 9-10: At sea
Day 11: Sydney, arriving Mon 17 Jun 06:30

About the Carnival Spirit

The Spirit is the first Carnival ship to be based outside of north America, being based in Sydney for 5 years. Before arriving down under, she was given such additions as the Green Thunder waterslide, an outdoor BBQ and australian powerpoints. The Spirit is eclectic in design, with different areas paying homage to different parts of the world. Onboard activities include shopping, the waterpark, lounging by and swimming in the pool, walking the decks, working out at the gym and partaking in the many organised activities. What Carnival ships are known for however is their nightlife- sit, talk, drink and dance in numerous bars with decors from around the world, or take in a show at the three-level Pharoah's Palace. The main dining room is a vision of napoleanic splendour, decorated to the hilt and with the waiters doing song-and-dance numbers some evenings. Carnival is a cruise line that is all about the fun- so enjoy!

See here for great deals on the South Pacific cruise in June 2013!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Week Fantastique: 7 nights in June 2013

Have a fantastic week with the Week Fantastique cruise aboard the Pacific Dawn! The cruise is a round trip from Brisbane, which means less sea time and more port time! The first port of call is after just one day at sea and is the stunning city of Noumea. French and native Kanak language and culture mix in this beachy city, making it an interesting city to explore and experience while the ship is in port. Next comes Lifou, one of the Loyalty Islands and a place of varied landscapes and amazing snorkeling and diving opportunities. The last stop before returning to Brisbane is Port Vila in Vanuatu, a town based around a busy natural harbour. Visit the beaches or the markets where handicrafts and fresh produce are sold.

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Operator: P&O
Vessel: Pacific Dawn
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila
Sailing Dates: Saturday 1st June 2103- Saturday 8th June 2013.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sat 1 Jun 14:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Noumea, Mon 3rd Jun 15:00- 23:00
Day 4: Lifou, Tues 4 Jun 09:00- 17:00
Day 5: Port Vila, Wed 5 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Brisbane, returning Sat 8 Jun 06:00

About the Pacific Dawn

The Pacific Dawn is cruising out of Brisbane year-round, with new additions such as connecting cabins for families, a giant LED screen and some new evening venues like the MIX cocktail bar. Dining happens in the lovely Waterfront Restaurant, and there is a buffet and casual grill for less formal eating. Gourmet lovers can try the specialty restaurants- La Luna for Asian Cuisine or Salt Grill by celebrity chef Luke Mangan. Evenings can be spent in bars, lounges and the theatre, or the Dome which is a large entertainment area with great views and activities during the day and live music, comedy and the like at night. Other day entertainment includes the pool, the gym, the sun loungers, the library and more.

See here for some great deals on the Week Fantastique cruise in June 2013!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Island Fiesta: 10 nights in June 2013

Leave from Auckland on a tropical adventure on the Pacific Pearl next winter. This port-packed cruise first visits Mystery Island in Vanuatu after a few days at sea. This tiny uninhabited island will really get you into the swing of relaxing! Next is Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital and a charming city based around a natural harbour, then Lifou, a beautiful isle that is part of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands.  Lifou's diverse landscape is stunning and so is its seascape, so get snorkelling or diving. Stop in Noumea, New Caledonia's capital city, and the gorgeous Isle of Pines with white sand and tall pine trees before the ship returns to Auckland. All destinations are favourites in the South Pacific, with friendly natives and amazing beaches for watersports or sunbathing. Both cities mix a bit of European culture with the native Melanesian, and Port Vila is great for some market shopping.

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Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Auckland, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Lifou, Isle of Pines, Noumea
Sailing Dates: Wednesday 5 June 2013- Saturday 15 June 2013.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 10 nights

Day 1: Auckland, departing Wed 5 Jun 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Mystery Island, Sat 8 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Port Vila, Sun 9 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Lifou, Mon 10 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Isle of Pines, Tues 11 Jun 08:00- 17:00
Day 8-10: At sea
Day 11: Auckland, arriving Sat 15 Jun 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl is a gem in the P&O fleet, full of the features that passengers love.  There is a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf, pool and gym for those who want to keep active, and sun loungers galore for the rest of us, as well as a great spa! Dining happens in the lovely Waterfront restaurant or the buffet, with the Salt Grill an option for the foodies at a small cover charge, where the menu is designed by celebrity chef Luke Mangan.

The Pearl docked in Auckland

See here for great prices on the Island Fiesta cruise!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Secret Treasures Cruise- 11 nights in June 2012

Get in quick for the amazing last-minute deals on this cruise. Secret Treasures will introduce you properly to Vanuatu and its tropical treasures. Departing from Sydney, there is a stop at the beautiful Isle of Pines in New Caledonia for a break from sea days before continuing to Mystery Island in Vanuatu. This is an uninhabited piece of paradise, with just a few locals who come for the day to sell handicrafts to cruise passengers. The next stop is the charming city of Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital city set on a natural harbour. Peruse the markets here or sit in a cafe and watch the comings and goings of fishing boats. Pentecost Island is the next stop and is one of the real secret treasures of Vanuatu- here is the sport that gave birth to bungy jumping, vine jumping. Locals tie vines to their ankles and jump off high platforms! A terrifying custom, but one that is entertaining to watch. The island is also home to some absolutely stunning scenery. Before the return to Sydney, the cruise also stops at Luganville, a major export centre for Vanuatu. The town is a walkable distance from the chips and overlooks the pretty Segond Channel. A few sea days before returning to Sydney will help you fully relax!

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Pentecost Island, Luganville
Sailing Dates: Departing Sunday June 3 2012, returning Thursday June 14 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of cruise: 11 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Sun Jun 3 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Wed Jun 6 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Mystery Island, Thu Jun 7 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Port Vila, Fri Jun 8 08:00- 18:00
Day 7: Pentecost Island, Sat Jun 9 07:00- 18:00
Day 8: Luganville, Sun Jun 10 7:30- 17:00
Day 9-11: At sea
Day 12: Sydney, arriving Thu Jun 14 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl:

The Pacific Pearl is, like the rest of the fleet, a fun-loving ship with plenty of things to do, both active and sedentary! Hit the gym, pool, mini-golf court or rock-climbing wall to work up a sweat, or relax at the spa, in one of the many bars with live music or a sports game, or in the Adults-only Oasis. The main dining room will tickle your tastebuds, as will casual fare by the pool. For a gourmet experience, try Luke Mangan's Salt Grill.

Have a look here for great deals on the Secret Treasures Cruise in June 2012!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Spice Of Southeast Asia Cruise: 5 - nights in June 2012

Turn up by cruise ship into the bustling Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it's known. The city rose up from the forbidding jungle terrain to become one of the most fascinating architectural landscapes on earth. A blend of native Malaysian, Chinese Imperial and European influences has created a city that is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is alive with culture. Penang, Malaysia is complete with gorgeous beaches, abundant culture, rich history and excellent food. Truly, there is more to see and experience in the "Pearl of the Orient" than one person can possibly handle. Next stop is Phuket, Thailand. Located in the Andaman Sea, the island of Phuket in Thailand was one of the earliest tourist developments in Southeast Asia. Though most folks come for the beaches, Phuket boasts amazing snorkeling, windsurfing and trekking for the adventurous types. Hills dominate this tropical island and the views from the top shouldn't be missed.

Cruise Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Vessel: Voyager of the Seas
Ports of Call: Singapore, Port Kelang, Penang, Phuket, Singapore.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sat, Jun 2 2012. Arrives: Thu, Jun 7 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 5-nights

Spice Of Southeast Asia ItineraryDays / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures.

Day 1 - Singapore - Sat, Jun 2 2012 18:00
Day 2 - Port Kelang - Sun, Jun 3 2012 08:00 - Sun, Jun 3 2012 16:30
Day 3 - Penang - Mon, Jun 4 2012 09:00 - Mon, Jun 4 2012 17:00
Day 4 - Phuket - Tue, Jun 5 2012 07:00 - Tue, Jun 5 2012 20:00
Day 6 - Singapore - Thu, Jun 7 2012 06:00

About the Voyager of the Seas

This ship is a revolutionary marvel of naval engineering. Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall, just for starters. How did Royal Caribbean accommodate all of these innovative ideas? Simple. Royal Caribbean built a bigger cruise ship. The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Voyager of the Seas became the world's largest cruise ship when it entered service in November 1999. Innovations on this and other Voyager-class ships add up to more space for every guest, and include enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. Read more about the Voyager of the Seas here!

Spice Of Southeast Asia, 5 - nights

Island Magic Cruise: 12 - nights in June 2012

Experience some island magic in the balmy Pacific islands in June. Depart Brisbane in winter and arrive in the warm Port Vila. There are beautiful coastal views of the city with its clusters of houses and small scale resorts nestled amongst tropical vegetation making an attractive scene. The harbour is quite active with fishing boats, yachts and speedboats passing between the various nearby islands. The dock bustles with dancers and music and there are lots of friendly locals selling handicrafts. The covered market place is a colourful and interesting place to visit selling handicrafts, fruits and colourful tropical flowers. Bula! Fiji's capital is next. The waterfront area is very interesting, and the Suva Municipal Market is a must-see for visitors for its exotic fruits and vegetables, kava, fish and seafood, and spices. Smell the Frangipani as you enter Port Denerau. An idyllic place to beach comb and be greeted by the huge smiles of friendly Fijian locals. Tiny Mystery Island is picture perfect, with sandy pathways that lead to white beaches edged with coconut trees and crystal clear lagoons offering great snorkelling. The waters off the Isle of Pines must really 'wash whitest' because the sands of the Isle's Kato Bay will impress any visitor with its white, white, talcum-like beach. he most difficult aspect of your visit to the Isle of Pines will be saying goodbye to its sunny skies, friendly faces, warm waters and of course those beautiful beaches.

Cruise Operator: P & O
Vessel: P&O- Pacific Dawn
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Port Vila, Suva, Port Denarau, Mystery Island, Isle Of Pines, Brisbane.
Sailing Dates: Departs: Sat, Jun 2 2012. Arrives: Thu, Jun 14 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of Cruise: 12-nights.

Island Magic ItineraryDays / Ports of Call / Arrivals and Departures

Day 1- Brisbane - Sat, Jun 2 2012 14:00
Day 4 - Port Vila - Tue, Jun 5 2012 08:00 - Tue, Jun 5 2012 18:00
Day 6 - Suva - Thu, Jun 7 2012 08:00 - Thu, Jun 7 2012 18:00
Day 7 - Port Denarau - Fri, Jun 8 2012 08:00 - Fri, Jun 8 2012 17:00
Day 9 - Mystery Island - Sun, Jun 10 2012 08:00 - Sun, Jun 10 2012 17:00
Day 10 - Isle Of Pines - Mon, Jun 11 2012 08:00 - Mon, Jun 11 2012 17:00
Day 13 - Brisbane - Thu, Jun 14 2012 06:00

About the Pacific Dawn

With P&O Cruises your holiday begins the moment you step on board. No waiting in airports. No hotel arrangements. Just unpack your bags once and relax as your journey begins. Whether it’s on board activities, on shore adventures, entertainment or dining – simply pick a pace you’re happy with and let the P&O crew do the rest.  Read more about the Pacific Dawn here!
Island Magic, 12 - nights