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!

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