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Join the Carnival Spirit for 10 unforgettable nights on the Pacific Islands Cruise through the waters of Pacific - South. This cruise departs from Sydney and visits 5 ports in 3 countries before returning to Sydney. This particular 3.5 star cruise from Carnival Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

BONUS up to $100 onboard cabin credit for this cruise!
(excludes instant purchase promotional fares)

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Thu 9 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 Fri 10 May 2013 At Sea
3 Sat 11 May 2013 At Sea
4 Sun 12 May 2013 At Sea
5 Mon 13 May 2013 Port Vila, Vanuatu 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu (‘Land Eternal’), is situated on the south coast of the island of Efate, and is Vanuatu's most important harbour. Its magnificent setting offers stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands. Clean and uncluttered, the waterfront area is so unpolluted, visitors are stunned to look down from the seawall and see live corals and tropical fish. The people of the country are predominately Melanesian, but there are now more than 115 distinctly different cultures and languages that thrive here, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Clinging to the hillsides with marvellous views of the harbour, Vila also has a thriving cafe scene and souvenir, handicraft and duty-free shops a plenty.

To support the locally-made products visit the 'World of Wonders' store, and the fascinating outdoor markets. A great option is to hire a taxi for the day. Bargain vigorously and pay at the end of the day. Visit the National Museum to view outrigger canoes and ceremonial headdresses, and the Ekasup Cultural Village in the rainforest nearby. Here you can learn how locals prepare food, watch weaving demonstrations, and shiver at spine-tingling tales of cannibals from olden times. Not to be forgotten are big game fishing, and scuba diving, both very popular among the visitors.

Other options include: visiting and even abseiling down the 50-metre-high Cascade Waterfall deep in the rainforest; taking a head-spinning harbour dash in a jet boat; snorkelling directly off the beach of Hideaway Island; and even taking a sea-plane ride to enjoy the magnificent views. Visitors also have the opportunity to try some kayaking around Mele Bay, go horse riding in beautiful rainforests, and even learn sailing in a shallow lagoon.

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6 Tue 14 May 2013 Mystery Island, Vanuatu 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Mystery Island is located just 600m off the SW corner of Aneityum, the southernmost inhabited island in the Vanuatu archipelago of the South Pacific. The islet is uninhabited apart from tourists, and its airport that was originally a World War II landing strip for the allied forces. The twice-weekly flights serve the population on nearby Aneityum Island. Cruise ship visitors arrive by tender, and are greeted by friendly locals from Aneityum, who come across to meet them, alongside an attractive Welcome sign. They provide entertainment with a string band and singing. Of great interest is the Thong Instrument, played by banging a thong on the end of various lengths of bamboo. It is surprisingly very musical.

Locals also set up stalls with shells and handicrafts for sale. Many tourists take the opportunity to have their hair braided. Also you’ll be keen to taste from the large bowl of Cannibal Soup. The island is renowned for its white sandy beaches and magnificent turquoise waters, with a fringing reef providing excellent opportunities for snorkellers, as the condition of the coral and the life within it are in a near pristine state. It truly is the perfect place to relax and unwind.



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7 Wed 15 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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8 Thu 16 May 2013 Emerald Bay, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.00pm
Pacific Islands Cruise Emerald Bay and the village of Poum sit within the world's largest lagoon at the northern tip of Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. The island is an overseas territory of France. It also provides a unique backdrop for the beautiful uninhabited Divine Island. This region is rich in Kanak culture, and with a choice of numerous white beaches and aqua waters, ideal for snorkelling, it is a favourite destination for cruise ships. Hiking and mountain biking are both excellent ways of exploring the hinterland.

If possible, visit nearby Divine Island where you can stroll along the long white beaches lined with swaying palm trees, and perhaps even have a game of beach volleyball. There is also a track that gives easy access to the beaches on the other side of the island, or you can walk around the island in less than three hours. Inland there are palm trees, evergreen trees and shrubs. A short stroll up the hill to the lookout will reward you with stunning views of Emerald Bay, more islands, and sweeping vistas of the beaches.



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9 Fri 17 May 2013 At Sea
10 Sat 18 May 2013 At Sea
11 Sun 19 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 10 unforgettable nights on the Pacific Islands Cruise through the waters of Pacific - South. When: Ship: Carnival Spirit Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: Pacific Islands Cruise
Duration: 10 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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