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Take a break on board the Sea Princess experiencing 7 relaxing nights aboard the New Caledonia & Vanuatu Cruise to Pacific - South. Your ship embarks from Brisbane with an itinerary that includes 4 ports in 3 countries before returning to Brisbane. This particular 4 star cruise from Princess Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sun 25 May 2014 Brisbane, Australia 4.00pm
New Caledonia & Vanuatu Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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2 Mon 26 May 2014 At Sea
3 Tue 27 May 2014 Noumea, New Caledonia 2.00pm 9.00pm
New Caledonia & Vanuatu 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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4 Wed 28 May 2014 Lifou, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.00pm
New Caledonia & Vanuatu 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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5 Thu 29 May 2014 Port Vila, Vanuatu 8.00am 4.00pm
New Caledonia & Vanuatu 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 Fri 30 May 2014 At Sea
7 Sat 31 May 2014 At Sea
8 Sun 1 Jun 2014 Brisbane, Australia 7.00am
New Caledonia & Vanuatu Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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Until May 2015 Sea Princess is based in Brisbane, and sails to New Zealand., many Pacific islands and PNG. A World Cruise of 104 nights departs Sydney on 22 May 2015, heading west to: Dubai and the Middle East, Suez Canal, Mediterranean, the UK, Iceland, Eastern seaboard of the US, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Inca coast of South America, Easter & Pitcairn Islands, and New Zealand. Sectors are available. In October 2015 she has a minor refit in Singapore, then returns to her base Brisbane. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours which can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Accommodation
There are six main categories of staterooms - Suites with balcony, Mini-Suites with balcony, Balcony, Oceanview Deluxe, Oceanview, and Interior – and 28 grades, which give a broad choice according to guests’ needs of space and price. All cabins have pleasing décor and reasonable storage space, satellite TV, refrigerator, and 24-hour room service. Fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, bathroom lotions, and bathrobes (by request) come with every stateroom. Standard cabins are well-designed and functional. Some cabins accommodate a third and even a fourth person. Generally twin beds can be made up into a queen-size bed. Bedding is top quality. There are no interconnecting or single cabins. There are many wheelchair-accessible cabins, and guests with disabilities are well catered for. An in-cabin dining menu is available 24-hours.

Food and Dining
There are two main dining rooms (no Anytime Dining), and dinner is served in two set sittings in each dining room with the same waitstaff and assigned tables and tablemates. Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) The alternative eating venue is Stirling Steakhouse (extra charge, reservations) for really good steak and barbecued chicken. Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining (cover charge).

Entertainment
In the evening having two show lounges (both theatre and cabaret style) is a great way to give passengers more entertainment choices. During her 2009 refurbishment additions included a Movies Under the Stars screen in the main pool area for new movie releases, sporting events and concert videos. Adults have their own private sunbathing area, the Sanctuary, at the front of the ship. Add seven bars and lounges, nightclub and dance floors, and the casino, to the list of evening options. Alternatively, just stroll around and shop duty-free, or for a quiet time retire to the Library/Card Room or Internet Café. Weddings are officiated by the Captain.

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Take a break on board the Sea Princess experiencing 7 relaxing nights aboard the New Caledonia & Vanuatu Cruise to Pacific - South. When: Ship: Sea Princess Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: New Caledonia & Vanuatu Cruise
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: Sea Princess
Star rating:
Departs: Brisbane
Returns: Brisbane
Ports of call: 4
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Defence Force (active and ex-serving) onboard credit program (ADF & NZDF)
  • AUD in/out Australia
  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free
  • DINING
  • Main dining rooms (2)
  • Traditional Dining
  • Anytime Dining outside Australia
  • 24-h Room Service, Menu complimentary
  • Special diet requests (order ahead)
  • Formal dining (1/week)
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining (pay)
  • Stirling Steakhouse (pay)
  • Chocolate Journeys (new)
  • The Piazza: Café
  • Horizon Court buffet top deck
  • Internet café
  • Patisserie, Wine bar
  • Soda, coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea service
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (2)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco, dance floors
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea enrichment courses
  • Library, writing room
  • Art, photo, video gallery
  • Celebration packages
  • Weddings (enquire)
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (3)
  • Whirlpools Spas (6)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis (pay)
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track
  • Lotus Spa & Fitness
  • Sports court & table games
  • Shuffleboard
  • UNDER 18
  • Princess Pelicans (3-7 y centre)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y centre)
  • Remix (13-17 y centre)
  • Group kidsitting (3-12 y, pay)
  • Children with special needs
  • Video arcade
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre (pay private rate, no Medicare)
  • No tipping, bar charges ex Australia
  • ATM on board (costly)
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone at sea (pay provider)
  • Laundromats self-serve
  • 220, 110 V cabin power
  • Wheelchair cabins, service animals
  • No wheelchair access to The Sanctuary
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • 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
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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