Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Sydney, AustraliaDeparts 04:00 PM "If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean coolthe city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too.
The famed harbor is among the top sightshome to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
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Day Tadine, Mare, New CaledoniaArrives 10:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM Maré is the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands group in New Caledonia. The island is a raised coral atoll, so the highest land youll see is Cap Wabao, a flat-topped plateau that was once a coral islet itself. You are likely to be greeted on reaching the shore by the lovely singing of local women. The village is a sleepy place, and the main attraction for most visitors is the beautiful lagoon of Yedjele Beach, where crystal clear waters and plentiful coral and colorful fish make for world-class snorkeling. Depending on the date of your visit, its likely that a performance of folkloric sing and dance may be on offer as well. Motorbikes and bicycles are available for rent, and a sunken grotto locally referred to as the Pentheon Caves can be visited for a swim or a relaxing interlude in Medu on beyond Yedjele Beach.
Day Easo, Lifou, New CaledoniaArrives 08:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM Easo is the capital of Lifou, the largest and most populated of the Loyalty Islands. Home to around 10,000 Kanak people, its a simple, relatively undeveloped and largely unspoiled place, famed for two things: a sandy palm-fringed beach that fans out on either side of the main dock, and a very friendly atmosphere. Cruise ships are often welcomed to this island paradise with traditional tribal dances as well as a colorful local market that pops up to sell food, drinks and crafts. The island itself offers a diverse landscape that ranges from the steep cliffs of the northern coast to the pristine white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters along the southern coast. The islands many walking paths and trails take in pretty churchesincluding the famous missionary chapel, the Chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdesand pass scenic observation points, not to mention a wide variety of wildflowers and plants. Visitors can also tour vanilla plantations to learn about this venerable spice and its production, or make day trips to the nearby island of Tiga.
Day Luganville, VanuatuArrives 09:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM The second-largest city in the Vanuatu archipelago, Luganville is on the large northern island of Espiritu Santo, and has an unusually broad main street, the result of its occupation by some 40,000 Allied troops in World War II. The commander insisted that the road accommodate four trucks abreast. Its protected harbor makes the town one of the island nations most important ports, a center for trans-shipping of copra and cacao. The rusting relics of its WWII heritage are everywhere on the island. But today most visitors are drawn to the natural features both on shore and in the surrounding seas. Blue Lagoon is a popular attraction, where a freshwater spring fills a clear, aqua-blue pool surrounded by lush vegetation. Others opt for exploring the island on horseback, a visit to a coconut oil factory or simply relaxing at one of the resorts along the beaches. One unusual alternative is a visit to a village of immigrants from the more remote Banks and Torres Islands, who perform traditional music and dances including an enchanting Water Music dance.
Day Port Vila, VanuatuArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM The Vanuatu archipelago, consisting of 13 large islands and 60 smaller islands stretches for 450 miles through the southwest Pacific Ocean. Formerly known as New Hebrides, the name was changed to Vanuatu when the nation gained independence in 1980. An abundance of vividly colored flowers brighten the islands along with fifty-four types of native birds, among them green pigeons and multihued parrots. The warm waters, calm lagoons and miles of beautiful beaches provide the visitor to this off-the-beaten-path island with a perfect setting for a variety of recreational activities.
Day Mystery Island, VanuatuArrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM Mystery Island is ringed by a whole number of beautiful white sand beaches. Since it takes just half-an-hour to walk around the whole island, you can take your pick and find your ideal spot. Many passengers choose to stay close to the tender pier and the facilities; others disperse to find a more secluded place. There are lots of shady spots, under tall palm trees, perfect for a relaxing day. Snorkellers will be delighted by the pristine nature of the reefs offshore and its possible to see a whole variety of sea life, including barracudas, clown fish, parrot fish, turtles and even seahorses.
Day Noumea, New CaledoniaArrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, is both cosmopolitan and French, a thriving seaport as well as a commercial and industrial center. Enjoy your day here on Noumea, a tropical paradise with a distinctive geography and charm all its own.
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Day Cascade, Norfolk Island, AustraliaArrives 07:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM "Norfolk Island is an external Australian territory in the Pacific Ocean about 1600 km northeast of Sydney. Norfolk Island is one of Australia's most isolated communities and one of its oldest territories, having been settled six weeks after Australia's founding settlement at Sydney, New South Wales.
Norfolk Island has a diverse environment and notable historic sites offering a unique heritage seldom found elsewhere within Australia and around the world. This remote island is also of major biological importance with many native species being unique to the island."
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Day Tauranga (Rotorua), New ZealandArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM "The curved shoreline of the Bay of Plentyknown in Maori as Te Moana-a-Toiis home to incredible surfing, white-sand beaches and New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Tauranga, with 130,000 residents, is the largest city on the Bay of Plenty and fifth largest in New Zealand. The city offers visitors a number of water-focused activities, like sailing and kayaking, as well as drier alternatives such as shopping and people-watching at a café in the Historic Village.
Tauranga is also a great jumping-off point for exploring nearby beaches and Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of the world, as well as a wealth of Maori cultural sites. The world-famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, nicknamed Sulfur City, has been a major Polynesian spa resort town since visitors first arrived in the late 1800s. In Maori, roto means lake and rua means two, but Rotorua actually comprises 18 lakesplus an incredible redwood forest."
Day Waitangi (Bay of Islands), New ZealandArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Historic sitesincluding the place where the most important treaty in New Zealand's history was signedwinemaking, golfing, sailing and scenic beauty all combine to make the Bay of Islands one of this South Pacific nation's most compelling regions. Located at the top of the North Island, the area has a subtropical microclimate that gives it an abundance of flora and fauna and a lengthy beach season. Comprising 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, the Bay of Islands requires a few days to fully explore. Visitors with just a day here will have to make a tough choice: cultural immersion, nature appreciation or wining-dining-shopping. Waitangi, home to both the cruise port and the region's historic treaty grounds, is one of three main towns with celebrated sights. The others are Kerikeri, with its historic buildings and vineyards, and Russell, where a notorious seafaring past has mellowed into tidy, day-trip-worthy charm. Those who'd rather experience the Bay of Islands' breathtaking nature can walk amid majestic kauri trees, descend into glowworm caves or spy on whales and dolphins (or even swim with the latter) in one of New Zealand's sunniest and most picturesque playgrounds.
Day Auckland, New Zealand "New Zealand's biggest city deserves more than a layover. Auckland is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Internationally known chefs and fashion designers have made neighborhoods like Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell world-class destinations for shopping and dining.
You're never far from water attractions in New Zealandand this is especially true in Auckland where it's not unheard of for downtown workers to go kayaking on their lunch break. The once-gritty port has been transformed into inviting public spaces and buzzing nightclubs, with sailboat charters and regular ferry connections waiting to whisk visitors around the harbor for sightseeing.
Start your day sipping a flat white while you plan your explorations: art gallery crawl, winery tour or volcano hike? It's possible to do all three without losing sight of the Sky Tower, one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa.