Discover the exotic delights of the South Pacific as well as the best of southeast Australia on this 12 night cruise. While in Noumea, known as "the Paris of the Pacific," share a bottle of vin rouge while relaxing at La Place des Cocotiers. In the Iles des Pines, spend a glorious day on a pristine w...
Day 1: Sat 05 Jan - Sydney, Australia
Embark 6:00 pm
Sydney's harbour area offers much to see and do. Explore the iconic Opera House, admire the skyline, swim at a harbour beach or cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Want to see cool off? Grab your sunblock and towel and spend the day on world-famous Bondi Beach, or take a scenic walk on the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach. The Rocks district is a shopper's mecca offering a wide variety of goods, from woodcrafts and unique art to outback fashions.
Day 2: Sun 06 Jan - At Sea
Day 3: Mon 07 Jan - At Sea
Day 4: Tue 08 Jan - Noumea, New Caledonia Arrives: 8:00 am - Departs: 6:00 pm
Noumea is a foodie utopia nestled in paradise. Tucked into the southern shores of French territory New Caledonia, the city's heritage is reflected throughout the streets, including in its culinary scene. Indulge in some French cheeses or a delicious pain au chocolat as you browse local handcrafted goods at Port Moselle Market. Learn about native Kanak culture at the beautifully constructed Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre and stroll lush gardens of La Place des Cocotiers - considered the heart of the city. A string of turquoise bays offer an abundance of outdoor activities, whether you wish to nap on a warm sandy beach or learn how to windsurf. History, cuisine and scenic beauty intersect in Noumea.
Day 5: Wed 09 Jan - Isle of Pines, New Caledonia Arrives: 8:00 am - Departs: 5:00 pm
A stroll across this picturesque island will offer glimpses into its French heritage. Captain Cook, who was the first European to discover the island, named it because of the towering pine trees blanketing the land. Isle of Pines offers everything one could wish for on a tropical island - stunning turquoise waters bordered by deserted beaches, friendly locals, delicious cuisine and a feeling of tranquility and timelessness.
Day 6: Thu 10 Jan - Lifou, New Caledonia Arrives: 7:00 am - Departs: 3:00 pm
Find yourself in a secluded paradise, where natural splendors present themselves at every turn. The northern coast features intoxicating cliffs and limestone caves and the southern side turquoise water and white-sand beaches. Take paths leading up to magnificent views of the endless Pacific. From Baie de Jenik, swim right up to excellent snorkelling amid coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life. And make friends with turtles while floating in the calm bay just off Luengoni Beach. The limestone caves just west are simply stunning - shine your flashlight on the water and the deep rock pools turn a shimmery emerald green.
Day 7: Fri 11 Jan - At Sea
Day 8: Sat 12 Jan - At Sea
Day 9: Sun 13 Jan - Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia Arrives: 8:00 am - Departs: 4:00 pm
Ride through the magnificent rainforest aboard the historic Kuranda Railway. Unwind your way through rugged mountains and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines. Or immerse yourself in tradition at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, and maybe take home a boomerang. Take a waterfront walk along the Esplanade Boardwalk with beautiful views of the mountains and sea, have a snack at one of the many eateries, or people-watch while the little ones play in one of the playgrounds or small water parks.
Day 10: Mon 14 Jan - Airlie Beach, Australia Arrives: 8:00 am - Departs: 5:00 pm
A gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, water sports are the main attraction here, from kayaking to water skiing. Take a day-trip to Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach, one of the most-photographed places in Australia, with gorgeous turquoise, clear water and sugar-white sand. Airlie's manmade lagoon in the heart of town is ideal for relaxing, swimming or even having a picnic - spend an hour there or two. If getting a move on is more your speed, head out to the Bicentennial Walkway for a walk or short bike ride.
Day 11: Tue 15 Jan - At Sea
Day 12: Wed 16 Jan - Brisbane, Australia Arrives: 8:00 am - Departs: 5:00 pm
Australia's third largest city and the capital of Queensland, this modern, vibrant city offers plenty to see and do. Lush mountains backing the city offer breathtaking views. Nearby, stunning forests and wineries await. The South Bank of the Brisbane River offers a diverse mix of parklands, cafés, boutiques, museums and galleries to explore. Or visit the markets downtown and in Chinatown where you can practice you chopstick technique.
Day 13: Thu 17 Jan - At Sea
Day 14: Fri 18 Jan - Sydney, Australia Disembark: 6:00 am
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