South Pacific: 9 nights in April 2013

Get aboard the Carnival Spirit for this fun cruise in the stunning South Pacific. Departing from Sydney, it takes in some of New Caledonia's greatest cruise ports. The first stop after several days at sea is the pretty Isle of Pines. This island is named for the pine trees framing the beaches, and has beautiful sandy shores and blue lagoons. Next is another beautiful island, Lifou. This diverse piece of land has limestone caves, coral reefs and white beaches, and it is a great spot to get in the water and do some snorkeling or diving.

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Next is the city of Noumea, the country's capital. A mix of French and native Kanak culture, language and cuisine, it is an excellent place to explore! The Petit Train is a fun way to tour the city, and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a fascinating place to visit and learn about the country's history.

The final port of call before returning to Sydney is Mare, a raised coral atoll populated by friendly islanders. The atoll has natural swimming pools and caves to explore as well as the small towns. Relax over a few more sea days as the ship returns to Sydney.

Carnival Spirit
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Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Lifou, Noumea, Mare
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 2nd April 2013- Thursday 11th April 2013.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 9 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 2 Apr 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Isle of Pines, Fri 5 Apr 09:00-17:00
Day 5: Lifou, Sat 6 Apr 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Noumea, Sun 7 Apr 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Mare, Mon 8 Apr 08:00- 16:00
Day 8-9: At sea
Day 10: Sydney, arriving Thurs 11 Apr 06:30

About the Carnival Spirit

The Spirit is to be the first of Carnival's ships to be based in Australia, and has had a few additions to make it more appealing to the Aussie and Kiwi market. These include the thrilling Green Thunder waterslide, an outdoor BBQ area and serenity deck. There are many dining options, with the usual main a la carte restaurant and casual buffet, and a late-night bistro. The Nouveau Supper Club is the ship's top-notch specialty restaurant option. with a cover charge. For the evenings, there are 12 lounges and bars and a real party atmosphere, as well as the casino. During the day the focus is on fun in the sun with pools, mini golf, the waterslides and more.

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Australia and Asia: 12 nights in April 2013

Get a great deal and visit a few interesting destinations with this cruise from Sydney to Singapore on the Sun Princess. With only two stops along the way, this cruise comes in cheap but is perfect for those looking to relax completely, and provides the opportunity for some exploring of Southeast Asia after disembarkation! The first call after leaving Sydney comes after nearly a week aboard the Sun Princess, a ship which has plenty to keep you entertained and/or completely relaxed! Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory is a tropical city, very multicultural and friendly. The next port is only 3 days away and is an exotic one- Bali in Indonesia, known as a popular holiday destination for its beaches, nightlife and general sun, sand and fun. A stroll in the markets here can turn up amazing jewellery and handicrafts. The cruise then docks in Singapore after several more days at sea, and you can explore this amazing, multicultural, fascinating world city.

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Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Sydney, Darwin, Bali, Singapore
Sailing Dates: Monday 1st April 2013- Saturday 13 April 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of Cruise: 12 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Mon 1 Apr 16:00
Day 2-6: At sea
Day 7: Darwin, Sun 7 Apr 08:00- 18:00
Day 8-9: At sea
Day 10: Bali, Wed 10 Apr 07:00- 18:00
Day 11-12: At sea
Day 13: Singapore, arriving Sat 13 Apr  05:00

About the Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is one of Princess Cruise's Australia-based ships, recently updated to include the Adults-Only Sanctuary and the Movies Under the Stars feature. There is traditional a la carte dining in the Regency Dining Room, the Horizon Court buffet, a grill, pizzeria, patisserie and more included in your cruise fare, and the Sterling Steakhouse for specialty dining. Evening entertainment includes the theatres, bars, aforementioned Movies Under the Stars, lounges and the casino. During the day, you have the option of chilling out on a lounger at the pool or in the Oasis, or keeping active with the gym, sports courts and shuffleboard. Enrich your mind with classes and lectures in the Scholarsip@Sea program, shop, read in the library or find out what organised activities are taking place that day!

Sun Princess
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Island Delights: 9 nights in April 2012

See the amazing New Caledonia on this delightful cruise leaving from Sydney. The first port of call comes after 2 sea days and is the capital city of Noumea, where French and native Kanak culture meet and fuse. To take it all in, take a ride on the 'Petit Train.' The second port of call is a new one in P&O's arsenal, the island of Mare off New Caledonia. It is a place of crystal water and limestone cliffs, with a natural inland swimming pools and caves to explore. Next is Lifou, with gorgeous beaches and great opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Before returning to Sydney, the final stop is the Isle of Pines where tall pine trees fringe white sand and crystal water.

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Mare, Lifou, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Saturday 6 April 2013- Monday 15 April 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of Cruise: 9 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Sat 6 Apr 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Tues 9 Apr 08:00- 17:30
Day 5: Mare, Wed 10 Apr 08:00- 17:30
Day 6: Lifou, Thurs 11 Apr 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Isle of Pines, Fri 12 Apr 08:00- 16:00
Day 8-9: At sea
Day 10: Sydney, arriving Mon 15 Apr 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl embodies what P&O Australia has to offer: A laid-back and enjoyable cruise experience that offers all you need for active fun or total relaxation. There is mini golf, rock climbing, sports facilities, the gym and pools as well as many social venues for those who want occupation, and numerous lounge chairs by the pool for the more chilled out passenger. For ultimate peacefulness, visit the spa or the Adults-Only area at the stern. Kids are catered for at all ages. Dining happens in the main dining room, recently renovated to give it an intimate air, or at the more casual buffet or grill by the pool. Gourmands can try the Salt Grill for a cover charge.

Northern Australia Explorer: 17 nights in April 2012

 Sun Princess
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See a different side of cruising with this Princess Northern Australia Explorer. See some true blue parts of northern Australia (remember, it's in the tropics!), and stop in Indonesia for some beautiful beaches. Starting in Sydney, the first stop is in the incredible Whitsundays, known for white beaches, islands, sailing and the Great Barrier Reef. This is a truly amazing part of Australia! Next up is Cairns, a sweltering city where you can escape the autumn cold. Have a walk around the wide, tree-lined promenades and enjoy the city before moving on to Darwin. Here you can peruse the museums and botanical gardens- just watch for jumping crocs in the Adelaide River! After Darwin, there is some scenic cruising along the rugged and beautiful Kimberley Coast, and then a port stop in Broome. The arid landscape meets the indian Ocean here with some great beaches. Once a centre of 'pearling' rather than goldseeking, Broome is now a vibrant and interesting city. The cruise then leaves Australia for Indonesia, stopping in Lombok, part of the lesser Sunda Islands. Lombok can be compared to neighbouring Bali, but with fewer people and cheaper prices- perfect! After a few more sea days stop in at Geraldton. Rock Lobster is a major industry here, so be sure to try some of it! The cruise finishes in Perth, capital of Western Australia.

Cruise Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Sydney, Airlie Beach (Whitsundays), Cairns, Darwin, The Kimberley (Scenic cruising), Broome, Lombok, Geraldton, Perth (Fremantle).
Sailing Dates: Departs Thurs, April 12 2012. Arrives Sun, April 29 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 17 nights

 Days/ Ports of Call/ Arrivals and Departures.

 Day 1: Sydney, departing Thu Apr 12  16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Airlie Beach Sun Apr 15 7:00-15:00
Day 5:  Port Douglas (Cairns) Mon Apr 16 08:00-19:00
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Darwin Thu Apr 19 10:00-17:00
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: The Kimberley (Scenic cruising)
Day 11: Broome Sun Apr 22 11:00-23:00
Day 12-13: At sea
Day 14: Lombok Wed Apr 25 07:00-17:00
Day 15-16: At sea
Day 17: Geraldton

About the Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is premium quality cruising. Cabins are reminiscent of any top-notch hotel, and there are a high percentage of balcony rooms. traditional Dining is served at the same time each night in the Regency Dining Room, or you can try out the Sterling Steak House for a small cover charge. There are other casual specialty restaurants onboard, or have dinner on your balcony! Work it off in one of the several pools or the gym, and relax in the adults-only Lotus Lounge. Theatres, bars and lounges will keep you busy in the evenings, if you can tear yourself away from your cabin!
Find out more about the Sun Princess here.

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