Monday, 29 October 2012

Fiji Adventure: 14 nights in December 2012

This great cruise leaves from and returns to Sydney and hits three gorgeous Pacific island nations: New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. This cruise over a whole fortnight will give you the time to relax, wind down and see the best of the beautiful South Pacific islands!

The first stop after a few days at sea out of Sydney is Noumea. This is the capital city of New Caledonia, and has several lovely beaches and an urban area which mixes French and the native Kanak culture to give a unique atmosphere, cuisine and experience. The next stop is Mystery Island, a tiny and uninhabited island of Vanuatu which will be the first taste of true untouched tropical splendour! The ship then visits one more port in Vanuatu, the charming harbour town of Port Vila, before heading to Fiji with a sea day in between. Be sure to check out Port Vila's handicraft markets!

The first port of call in Fiji is Dravuni Island, a volcanic island in the  Kadavu group which is home to around 200 natives. A popular experience for visitors is a hike to the top of the island's highest mountain for spectacular views- and if you don't feel like exercising, stay on the beach and enjoy the usually perfect weather!

Dravuni Island
by Allan Grey Flickr Creative Commons

Next are two Fijian towns- Port Denarau and Suva. Port Denarau is often used as a departure point for day tours to the smaller islands and archipelagos which are particularly stunning in this area! Suva is the nation's capital, and its major port. Here you can learn more about Fiji, at the fascinating Fiji Museum. The University of the South Pacific is also here, and Suva has some great colonial-era architecture as well as various churches and mosques. It is a very multicultural city, with a lovely waterfront area and markets.

The ship stops at the beautiful Isle of Pines off the coast of New Caledonia before returning to Sydney with a few relaxing days at sea!

Pacific Jewel
by Lee Gilbert Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Jewel
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Dravuni Island, Port Denarau, Suva, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 4th December 2012- Tuesday 18th December 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 14 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 4 Dec 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Fri 7 Dec 08:00- 17:30
Day 5: Mystery Island, Sat 8 Dec 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Port Vila, Sun 9 Dec 08:00- 18:00
Day 7: At sea
Day 8: Dravuni Island, Tues 11 Dec 08:00- 17:00
Day 9: Port Denarau, Wed 12 Dec 08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Suva, Thurs 13 Dec 08:00- 17:00
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Isle of Pines, Sat 15 Dec 09:00- 16:00
Day 13-14: At sea
Day 15: Sydney, arriving Tues 18 Dec 07:00

About the Pacific Jewel

A jewel in P&O Australia's fleet, the Pacific Jewel has everything that P&O Australia is known and loved for- a great spa, a theatre with high-wire arena, music venues and bars, Luke Mangan's Salt Grill and other dining options, pools, Kids Club and much, much more! Cruising on a P&O Australia is relaxed and laid-back with Your Choice Dining and plenty of opportunities to lie in the sun, but also offers plentiful; entertainment for both young and old.

See here for great deals on the Fiji Adventure cruise in December 2012! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Pacific Escapade: 8 nights in December 2012

This cruise from Sydney in December includes some South Pacific favourites, and visits P&O Australia's beautiful new destination, Mare in the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. The first port after a few days at sea is Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The country is almost independent but still a territory of France, meaning the French and native Kanak cultures are both present and make a beautiful, tropical city. Next is the new port call, Mare in the Loyalty Islands. Extra-special here is the inland pools that fill with seawater and are home to gorgeous coral and fish. There are also caves to explore and beautiful beaches to relax on! The Isle of Pines is the final stop before returning to Sydney.  A small island off the coast of mainland New Caledonia, it is picture-perfect and a great spot to relax band soak up the tropics before heading home.

 by Richard Taylor Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Mare, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Thursday 6 December 2012- Friday 14 December 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 8 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Thurs 6 Dec 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Sun 9 Dec 08:00- 17:30
Day 5: Mare, Mon 10 Dec 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Isle of Pines, Tues 11 Dec 08:00- 16:00
Day 7-8: At sea
Day 9: Sydney, arriving Fri 14 Dec 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pearl makes a cruise holiday amazing, with both opportunities to relax and enough activity and entertainment so you'll never be bored! There are sun loungers around the pool, whirlpool spas, an adults-only area with luxury loungers and a bar, and a spa with amazing treatments available. For those wishing to be a bit more active, there is the rock-climbing wall, mini-golf, sport courts and a fully-equipped gym. For evening entertainment, there is always something going on in the bars and the theatre. Dining happens a la carte in the main dining room or at a varied buffet, and there is the Salt Grill restaurant for a gourmet experience- this has a small cover charge.

See here for great deals on the Pacific Escapade cruise in December 2012!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

New Zealand Roundtrip: 14 nights in December 2012.

Take advantage of New Zealand's summer and tour the country this December. The cruise aboard the Sun Princess departs from and returns to Brisbane, and circles New Zealand with stops at all the major ports. First up is the big smoke- Auckland, NZ's biggest city. A city of sails, dormant volcanoes and a sparkling harbour. Take a trip up the Skytower for amazing city vistas! Tauranga is the next stop, with some beautiful beaches to enjoy, and then the ship moves to Napier in the sunny Hawke's Bay. Wellington is the last stop in the North Island, and the country's capital. A great place to visit here is Te Papa, a museum right downtown on the waterfront that showcases New Zealand's social and natural history in fun and interactive ways.

Sun Princess
by Brent Ozar Flickr Creative Commons

The tour of the South Island kicks off with Akaroa, a charming town on the Banks Peninsula that was originally settled by the french. You can still see their influence in street and business names. Swimming with Dolphins is a popular activity in Akaroa. The student city of Dunedin is next, then some scenic cruising through sounds and fjords in the Fiordland National Park before crossing back to Brisbane.

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Sailing Dates: Sunday 2 December 2012- Sunday 16 December 2012
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fiordland (scenic cruising).

Cruise Itinerary

Length of Cruise: 14 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sun 2 Dec 16:00
Day 2-4: At sea
Day 5: Auckland, Thurs 6 Dec 07:00- 18:00
Day 6: Tauranga, Fri 7 Dec 08:30- 19:30
Day 7: Napier, Sat 8 Dec 12:00- 07:00
Day 8: Wellington, Sun 9 Dec 08:00- 18:00
Day 9: Akaroa, Mon 10 Dec 08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Dunedin, Tues 11 Dec 08:00- 18:00
Day 11: Fiordland (Scenic Cruising), Wed 12 Dec 08:00- 17:00
Day 12-14: At sea
Day 15: Brisbane, arriving Sun 16 Dec 07:00

About the Sun Princess

The Sun Princess has recently been updated to include some favourite Princess features such as the Adults-Only Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars. For the evenings, theatres and bars abound, and during the day there are the pools and spas, the gym, sports courts and enrichment programmes to keep you occupied. You can eat in the main dining room or one of many casual options such as an icecream bar, a pizzeria and grill. There is also the specialty Sterling Steakhouse for gourmet dining!

See here for great deals on the New Zealand Roundtrip Cruise!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

South Pacific Cruise: 11 nights in December 2012

Radiance of the Seas
by prayitno Flickr Creative Commons

Depart from Sydney on the Radiance of the Seas for this 11-night adventure on the South Pacific. Calling in at all the favourite French Melanesian destinations, you will become well-acquainted with this corner of the world whilst enjoying the sumptuousness of a Royal Caribbean ship. Set sail and get acquainted with the Radiance over 2 sea days, before arriving at the Isle of Pines, a beautiful island off the coast of New Caledonia. The next stop is at the completely uninhabited, tiny and picture-perfect Mystery Island in Vanuatu. Champagne Bay next is what most would imagine in their head when they think of a tropical paradise- beautiful beach, palm trees and sun-kissed waters. Return to a bit of reality in the charming port city of Port Vila, Vanuatu, where you can watch local fishing boats come in to the natural harbour or peruse the markets. Lifou, one of the Loyalty islands, is next, and then Noumea, New Caledonia's capital where french meets tropical island. See the city on the 'Petit Train' or experience some Melanesian culture at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. After a few more sea days, the ship returns to Sydney.

Operator: Royal Caribbean
Vessel: Radiance of the Seas
Ports of Call: Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Champagne Bay, Port Vila, Lifou, Noumea
Sailing Dates: Departing Sat Dec 1 2012, arriving Wed Dec 12 2012.

Cruise Itinerary:

Length of cruise: 11 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Sat Dec 1 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Tues Dec 4 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Mystery Island, Wed Dec 5 08:00- 16:00
Day 6: Champagne Bay, Thu Dec 6 11:00- 18:00
Day 7: Port Vila, Fri Dec 7 08:00- 18:00
Day 8: Lifou, Sat Dec 8 08:00- 18:00
Day 9: Noumea, Sun Dec 9 08:00- 17:00
Day 10-11: At sea
Day 12: Sydney, arriving Wed Dec 12 06:30

About the Radiance of the Seas:

The Radiance is all about the views- more glass in the public areas, more balconies and glass lifts that mean you have sea views even when between floors! Entertainment is plentiful- if you can tear yourself away from gazing at the ocean! There is a rock-climbing wall, pools, gym and spa, a Solarium, rock climbing and a waterpark, sports courts, a show theatre and a movie cinema, as well as many, many bars that always have something going on- a sports match on the big screen, a quiz, a dance party, some live music. Dining is an experience in the Cascades main dining room, or there is the buffet, an english pub experience and the Dog House for a more casual affair. The ship is chock-full of specialty restaurants, and although it would get expensive to try them all, Royal Caribbean offers some amazing package deals to try a variety of them.

See here for great deals on the South Pacific Cruise!