Monday, 3 September 2012

Week Magique: 7 nights in July 2013

The Week Magique in July 2013 is a simple week-long cruise with 2 port stops in the beautiful South Pacific country of New Caledonia.The Pacific Pearl leaves from Sydney and calls in at the gorgeous Isle of Pines after a few sea days. This small island off the New Caledonian coast is a paradise of white sand, turquoise waters and pine trees, with friendly inhabitants. The next day is spent in Noumea, the capital city. Here french language and culture mixes with the native Kanak ways, making an interesting and fun tropical city. Take the Petit Train to get acquainted with the city and see some amazing views, or visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre to experience native customs and history. The ship then returns to Sydney over a few more relaxing days at sea.

Isle of Pines
by Mickael T. Flickr Creative Commons


Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Noumea
Sailing Dates: Monday 1st July 2013- Monday 8th July 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights



Day 1: Sydney, departing Mon 1 Jul 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Thurs 4 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Noumea, Fri 5 Jul 08:00- 17:30
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Sydney, arriving Mon 8 Jul 07:00






About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl arrived Down Under in 2010. It is a mid-sized ship, but contains all you will need for entertainment or relaxation, with pools, a casino, a theatre, multiple bars which are also used as venues for live music and daytime activities, a gym and spa. The Waterfront restaurant is the main dining venue where you can eat at fixed times or go for 'Your Choice' dining. There is also the buffet, a grillby the pool, and Luke Mangan's Salt Grill, where the menu is designed by the celebrity chef. This restaurant incurs a cover charge. The Pearl has an adults-only area for blissful sunbathing and cocktail-sipping, and a great Kid's Club to keep the kids busy- even a baby-sitting service with a very small charge in the evenings!

See here for great deals on the Week Magique cruise in July 2013!


Thursday, 21 June 2012

South Pacific Cruise: 11 Nights in July 2013

This cruise on the Carnival Spirit takes you to the tried-and-true South Pacific ports and also to some more off the beaten track. Relax and enjoy some sunshine, scenery and the tropics with Carnival!

The ship leaves from Sydney and spends two days at sea during which passengers relax and get into the cruise mood. The first stop is the beautiful Isle of Pines off the coast of New Caledonia, where pine trees fringe white beaches and clear waters. The tiny Mystery Island comes after that, even smaller than Isle of Pines and uninhabited for extra tropical seclusion! The next port of call is Wala, Vanuatu. This is a serene island free of electricity, phones and roads! Santo comes next- Espiritu-Santo is Vanuatu's biggest island and is considered the prettiest in the South Pacific! There are many things to do here if you are sick of lying on the beach- the Millenium Caves, exploring the famous Blue Holes and cultural experiences in Vil Vil Village. It is also home to a great dive wreck, the SS President Coolidge. Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital, is the final destination before the cruise heads back to Sydney.

 Blue Hole
by Sarah Stewart Flickr Creative Commons


Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Wala, Santo, Port Vila
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 16 July 2013- Saturday 27 July 2013


Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 11 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 16 Jul 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Fri 19 Jul 08:00- 16:30
Day 5: Mystery Island, Sat 20 Jul 07:00- 16:00
Day 6: Wala, Sun 21 Jul 09:00- 17:00
Day 7: Santo, Mon 22 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Port Vila, Tues 23 Jul 08:00- 17:00
Day 9-11: At sea
Day 12: Sydney, arriving Sat 27 Jul 06:30


About the Carnival Spirit

The Carnival Spirit has recently been aussified- she will soon be based in Sydney and has had several new additions for the Australasian market. These include a thrill slide and an outdoor BBQ. The ship also has legendary nightlife, with 12 lounges and bars of which many have live music. The bars are all differently decorated, with names such as the 'Shanghai Bar,' 'Pharoah's Palace,' 'Champions Sports Bar' and more. There is an extensive spa and gym, 3 pools, a fun WaterWorks area with two slides and a drencher bucket. The Serenity Space is an Adults-Only retreat with a hot tub and luxurious sun loungers. Main dining is in the two-deck Empire dining room in all its Napoleonic splendour, and La Playa Grill is a buffet casual option for breakfast and lunch, and in a reduced capacity for dinner. Hamburgers and hot dogs are available by the pool, and there is also a pizzeria. Nouveau Supper Club is a specialty option.

See here for great deals on the South Pacific Cruise in July 2013!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Summer Sessions; 10 Nights in July 2012

The Summer Sessions cruise is a new itinerary in P&O's repertoire, taking passengers to 4 beautiful french Polynesian destinations over an incredibly relaxing 10 nights. Leaving from Sydney, the cruise takes two days to get to the first stop of Noumea, during which time passengers can unwind and get into the cruise groove. Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia, where french chic meets the laid-back melanesian lifestyle. take a ride on 'Le Petit Train' to see the sights of the city. The next stop on the itinerary is Lifou, the largest of the outlying Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. The beach here is golden, and for those feeling adventurous, at the northern end of the island is a tiny white building that is a base for snorkelling in some of the most amazing underwater vistas in Melanesia. From there, the cruise moves on to Port Vila in Vanuatu, where the locals are friendly and the markets are just waiting to be perused. get amongst it! The last stop before returning to Sydney will knock everyone's socks off- the idyllic Champagne Bay. This beautiful spot is well-known amongst cruisers for it's sweep of white sand, freshwater spring (which produces the 'champagne' bubbles) and beach sports that P&O regularly puts on here. Sydney is 3 sea days away, which gives passengers a chance to truly chill and and do as much or as little as they like before arriving back in Sydney.

Cruise Operator: P&O
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila, Champagne Bay.
Sailing dates: Departing Sunday July 1st 2012, returning Wednesday July 11th 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of cruise: 10 nights



Day 1: departing Sydney 1 Jul 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Wed Jul 4 08:00-17:30
Day 5: Lifou, Thu Jul 5 08:00-17:00
Day 6 : Port Vila,  Fri Jul 6 08:00-18:00
Day 7: Champagne Bay, Sat Jul 7 2012 07:00-17:00
Day 8-10: At sea
Day 11: Sydney, arriving 11 Jul 07:00





About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl debuted in the South Pacific in late 2010. This mid-sized ship contains all you will need for entertainment or relaxation, with pools, a casino, a theatre, multiple bars which are also used as venues for live music and daytime activities, a gym and spa. Dining is a treat in The Waterfront, the main dining venue where you can eat at fixed times or go for 'Your Choice' dining. There is also the buffet, and take-away style food by the pool, or the several specialty restaurants, including Luke Mangan's Salt Grill. The Pearl has an adults-only area for blissful sunbathing and cocktail-sipping, and a great Kid's Club to keep the youngins busy- even a baby-sitting service with a very small charge in the evenings! Learn more about the Pearl here.

Book the Summer Sessions cruise for August 2012 here!