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.

See here for great deals on the South Pacific cruise in April 2013!

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