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Join the Carnival Spirit for 9 unforgettable nights on this Pacific Islands Cruise exploring Pacific - South. Your ship starts out from Sydney and calls into 5 ports in 2 countries before returning to Sydney. Your 3.5 star voyage from Carnival Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sun 19 May 2013 Sydney, Australia 4.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

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2 Mon 20 May 2013 At Sea
3 Tue 21 May 2013 At Sea
4 Wed 22 May 2013 Mare Island, New Caledonia 9.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Mare Island is the southernmost and second largest of the Loyalty Islands in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, in the South Pacific. Visitors are welcomed with a decorated jetty and local women who sing traditional songs. Later on, there are songs and dances performed by local men and women. Motorised scooters and mountain bikes can be hired, but be aware that driving is done on the right hand side of the road. Interestingly, honking of horns is a welcoming gesture, and many drivers wave and call out a friendly "Hello" and "How are you?" They are always willing to lend a hand.

A great place to visit is the Petheon Caves in the District of Medu. These require you to walk down a small trail through the bushes. Ask locals for directions to the caves. The sight and beauty of the caves is definitely worth the effort for an incredibly amazing photo. The lush, green and tropical flora meets the deep blue of the fresh water and the majestic cave with its stalactites. Enjoy floating in the water and simply let the caves take your breath away. For the adventurous, climb up the rocks on the other side and jump into the refreshing water below.

The population of Maré is mainly of Melanesian heritage, often fervent Christians, as a result of the extensive missionary activity during the late 19th century. There are two small towns of Tadine and La Roche, but most locals live in villages that are closed to outsiders, where they grow taro, yams, bananas and copra for local consumption. In recent years it was discovered that the island's clever crows make stick and leaf tools to extract grubs from crevices and dead wood. Their unique tool-use activity is now being studied world-wide. It is worth visiting this island just to see the crows at work.

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5 Thu 23 May 2013 Noumea, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Situated in the south of the country's main island Grande Terre, Noumea is the capital of the French Territory of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. It enjoys a sunny, moderate climate, and truly is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, where the South Pacific meets the Riviera. The city maintains much of New Caledonia's unique mix of French and old Melanesian culture, while the U.S. wartime military influence lingers. This is evidenced both in the warmth that many New Caledonian people feel towards the U.S., as well as some of the very 'American' names of several of the quarters of the city.

Noumea has excellent museums, restaurants, designer boutiques, markets, and shopping areas, which you are sure to enjoy, here in the 'Paris of the Pacific'. Some of Noumea's best-known restaurants are in the attractive tourist area of Anse Vata. The city's main square, Place des Cocotiers, is also flanked by a variety of cafes and restaurants. And to drink? Try the kava while you're in town – it's a memory you'll not quickly forget. Hiring a yacht is very popular, as are windsurfing and scuba diving. There are numerous hiking possibilities to the craggy mountainous beauty of the interior, and several ranches offer horseback riding.

There are several attractions in Noumea beyond the bays and amid the hibiscus and the bougainvillea. Learn about Noumea's history at the City Museum and Museum of Maritime, and then take in one of the most remarkable collections of Pacific artefacts in the Museum of New Caledonia. Just out of town is the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, featuring the iconic wooden round houses of the region, an Oceanic cultures library, as well as traditional dancing and music at select times. Snorkelling is popular in Lemon Bay, and wind/kite surfers take advantage of the breezes of Anse Vata in the afternoons.

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6 Fri 24 May 2013 Lifou, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Lifou is the largest of the Loyalty Islands, a north-eastern Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France, in the Pacific Ocean. Kanak culture is most present in Lifou, which has managed to preserve its own traditional authenticity. The welcoming people receive visitors as favoured guests. The island's natural wealth, consisting of long, deserted beaches, and crystal-clear lagoons, make snorkelling and scuba diving very popular. With multi-coloured sea life and coral fauna not found anywhere else in the world, this is not surprising. Get your camera ready to take photos of the deceptively-fast majestic turtles that roam these waters.

With rocks such as the Cliffs of Jokin rising like legendary fortresses, invigorating walks such as the 30-minute walk to the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel on the headland are great ways to enjoy a wealth of glorious landscapes. Visit the local marketplace, and learn about the residents' imaginary environment filled with myths and legends. If possible get permission to visit the main 'hut' of the Hnathalo tribe, with its huge open fireplace that is set in a garden behind the chief's house. A visit to the Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation set within a beautiful forest is also very popular.

Lifou's beaches are also popular destinations for watersports such as canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. You can hire single canoes from $16 per person per hour and this is a great way to view the enormous cliffs from below. Other places of interest include: Luengoni Bay - on the east coast - home to a stunning turquoise lagoon with a spectacular coral rock emerging from its depths; Lifou's caves which include the Grotto D'Avio with its 4km-long stalactites and jade waterhole; and the Devil's Cave, near the village of Tingeting, which has three huge interlinked caverns.

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7 Sat 25 May 2013 Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise The Isle of Pines is located in the Pacific Ocean, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France. With 60 km of coastline and surrounded by its own extensive reef system, the Isle is world renowned for its distinctive columnar pine trees. Then there’s the unspoilt beauty of crystal clear water and glorious fine white sandy beaches, as well as a truly carefree lifestyle. Apart from the island's fabulous flora and fauna, interspersed with wild tropical orchids, ferns, pines and palms, as well as the magnificent lagoons that offer snorkelling and scuba diving, there are some hidden treasures that should not be missed.

Escorted tours are readily available, or you can hire a car and explore for yourself. You might enjoy horse-riding in the forest or, indeed, along the water's edge. Visit the Reine Hortense Caves, which according to legend were the retreat of Queen Hortense during tribal wars, or climb the picturesque 260 m N'ga Peak, from which you can see the whole island and surrounding islets. Shop for sandalwood and sarongs at market stalls, explore Vao village, and visit the churches and some of the natural grottos and landmarks of this lovely island.

A fifteen-minute walk from the wharf are the ruins of the old convict prison barracks that show just how tough life was for these prisoners. A tour or local bus trip to the Natural Aquarium at the southern end of Oro Bay on the other side the island takes about 30 minutes and offers awesome views on the way. Add to this a 15 minute stroll through pristine forest and a shallow creek, and then plunge in for snorkelling to eyeball angelfish, giant clams and clownfish. Back in town shop for sandalwood and sarongs at market stalls, and explore Vao village.

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8 Sun 26 May 2013 At Sea
9 Mon 27 May 2013 At Sea
10 Tue 28 May 2013 Sydney, Australia 6.30am
Pacific Islands Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

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Carnival Spirit is Carnival’s first ship to be based outside the US, and is based in Sydney, Australia. Cruises of 8 to 12 nights visit the South Pacific islands of Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Three-night ‘taster’ cruises depart Sydney to nowhere from time to time, so you can get away from the office. Melbourne Cup cruises of 7 or 8 nights give you three days in Melbourne. In August and September 2015 take a Sydney-Singapore cruise at an excellent fare! (The ship will be re-fitted in Singapore.) Adapting to Australian customs when sailing from Sydney, tips are built into the fare.

Accommodation
The 20 cabin categories include interior staterooms, ocean view rooms, ocean rooms with French doors (but no balcony), ocean rooms with private balcony, and two grades of suites. Eighty percent of the cabins are outside; 80 percent of those staterooms have private balconies. Each cabin has a gift amenity basket in its bathroom. All staterooms include flat-screen TVs, safe, mini-bar, beach towels, hair dryer, bathrobes to wear during your cruise, and Carnival Comfort Bed with plush mattresses, good quality duvets, linens and pillows. Standard cabins are a good size. Most with twin beds can be converted to king-size bed. Good design and soft lighting add to a feeling of spaciousness in interior staterooms.

Food and Dining
The ship has a single two-deck dining room – the Empire Restaurant – with a choice of fixed-time dining at two seatings, or flexible “Your Time Dining”. Dining assignments can be booked before the cruise. Allow for one or two nights “Dress Elegant”. Menus change daily and service is excellent. Breakfast and lunch are open seating. The La Playa Grille Lido Restaurant is an extensive casual eatery, with sections that include small buffet counters, salad counters, a dessert counter, a 24-hour pizzeria, ice cream/frozen yoghurt station, and deli.

Entertainment
There is something for everyone. Pharaoh’s Palace Show Lounge spanning three decks presents large production shows and cabaret acts backed by a live show band. There’s an alternative show lounge, Versailles Lounge, on the lowest deck. Night is the time for late buffet snacks, R-rated comedy, and 12 lounges and bars to suit every mood, many of which feature live music. Try the popular Shanghai Piano Bar for sing along with the piano.

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Join the Carnival Spirit for 9 unforgettable nights on this Pacific Islands Cruise exploring Pacific - South. When: Ship: Carnival Spirit Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
Pacific Islands Cruise

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Cruise summary

Cruise: Pacific Islands Cruise
Duration: 9 nights
Ship: Carnival Spirit
Star rating:
Departs: Sydney
Returns: Sydney
Ports of call: 5
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Gift shops
  • DINING
  • Main Dining rooms (2)
  • Main Dining Room
  • Fixed and flexible time dining
  • Kids menu, pizza, ice cream
  • Alternative restaurant (pay)
  • Steakhouse
  • Chef’s Table (for 12)
  • Lido buffet, restaurants, bistro
  • Char grill BBQ
  • Café, coffee, drinks, ice cream, patisserie
  • 24h room dining, room service
  • Bars & lounges, multiple
  • Internet café
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Main Show Lounge
  • Atrium social centre & shops
  • Karaoke with live band
  • Seaside Theatre
  • Live music, comedy, DJs, dancing, game shows, pool parties
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • Conference room
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (3)
  • Heated spas (4)
  • WaterWorks slides
  • SplashZone for kids
  • Spa & treatments
  • Sauna & Steam room
  • Beauty, Hair, for men & women
  • Fitness Centre, programs, jogging track
  • Serenity adult retreat
  • Sports Court
  • Mini-golf course
  • Pool & deck parties
  • Library for quiet time
  • UNDER 18
  • Camp Carnival (2-5,6-8,9-11)
  • Circle “C” (12-14)
  • Club O2 (15-17)
  • Video arcade
  • Babysitting till 3am (pay)
  • OTHER
  • Wedding packages (inquire)
  • Shore excursion desk
  • Wi-Fi, Mobile phone service
  • Laundrette self service
  • Wheelchair access good
  • Elevators

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Tipping is optional and not required
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Alternative specialty dining (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (2-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Gratuities for spa & salon
  • Outside Australia: Gratuity charge USD 11.50 pp/night (can be pre-paid) added to onboard account. Adjust at discretion onboard. Extra tips to Room Service staff optional.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (up to 11 yrs, 10pm-3am)
  • Babysitting, individual or in groups (from 1 yr)

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