Fiji & the South Pacific

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AAA VACATIONS® AMENITY

  • $100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • 1 Dinner in a specialty restaurant for 2
  • Priority Check-in

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Cruise accommodations
  • All onboard meals
  • Shipboard entertainment

 

ITINERARY

Day One:
Embark in Sydney, Australia

Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Day Two:
At Sea

Day Three:
At Sea

Day Four:
Noumea, New Caledonia

The capital of New Caledonia, Noumea is a little piece of France in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Before World War II, New Caledonia was a little known and seldom-visited French possession known for its penal colony and its natural resources. Today, travelers are drawn to New Caledonia for its scenic beauty. The island is famed for its white-sand beaches while its barrier reef is the world’s second longest. The offshore waters also offer superb diving and snorkeling.

In 1774, James Cook thought the island’s rugged hills resembled those of his native Scotland. Hence he christened the island New Caledonia.

Day Five:
Mystery Island, Vanuatu

This tiny, uninhabited inlet is located at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago approximately half a mile from the mainland, Aneityum Island. Used during World War II as an airstrip for the allied forces, it was dubbed “Mystery Island” because its location prevented the Japanese from seeing it from the water, making the appearance of allied planes a “mystery.” With its white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and spectacularly clear waters, Mystery Island still holds the allure of a secret oasis.

Day Six:
At Sea

Day Seven:
Dravuni Island, Fiji

Less than two miles in length from north to south, Dravuni Island lies in the Kadavu Island group of Fiji. Its volcanic peaks give way to a remote village of just 200 or so friendly villagers who live amongst the island’s shady palms. These welcoming locals and their children often sing to arriving visitors.

The island’s soft sands beckon underwater adventurers towards the crystal-clear waters. Many visitors come to snorkel in the Great Astrolabe Reef, or to hike Dravuni Island’s highest peak for magnificent once-in-a-lifetime views of the surrounding islands.

Day Eight:
Suva, Fiji

Suva, the political, administrative, educational and commercial center of Fiji, has a backdrop of lush rainforest maintained by the inevitable “tropical downpour.” The people of Fiji are the most multiracial and multicultural of all South Pacific island countries – this being reflected in churches of all denominations, mosques, temples and shrines.

Built around a reef-protected natural harbor, Suva, with its colonial buildings nestled alongside modern commercial venues, shops and local markets, parks and residential sprawl, is home to nearly half of Fiji’s urban population.

Day Nine:
Suvusavu, Fiji

Savusavu boasts one of the most spectacular harbors in the South Pacific. Its serene waters are dotted with islands. Rugged volcanic ridges, their slopes covered in rainforest, tower above the coastal plains. Coconut palms and old copra plantations line the southern shore. Strolling through the streets of Savusavu town, the visitor feels as if he or she has stepped back in time to the Fiji of old. Life here seems to move at a more serene pace. No wonder the international yachting set has made Savusavu one of the Pacific’s top destinations.

Day Ten:
Lautoka, Fiji

The second-largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located in the west, on the island of Viti Levu. It is nicknamed The Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations producing the island’s most important crop. Its soft-sand beaches are fringed with swaying palm and coconut trees reflected in the crystalline turquoise waters. A drive through the city center allows glimpses of tree-lined streets, colonial houses, colorful markets and a vibrant local culture.

Day Eleven:
At Sea

Day Twelve:
Mare, New Caledonia

Mare Island is the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands in the archipelago of New Caledonia. Its scenic coastline features stunning beaches and rugged coral cliffs, and its interior hides impressive sunken pools and a mysterious ancient rock edifice.

Day Thirteen:
At Sea

Day Fourteen:
At Sea

Day Fifteen:
Disembark in Sydney, Australia

As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor.

 

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Disclaimer:

*All pricing is per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability.  Taxes, fees, and port expenses, air & transfers are additional. Specialty restaurant amenity applies to the first 2 guest in stateroom, port days only.  Priority check-in does not grant priority boarding.   Other restrictions may apply.  Ship’s registry:  Bermuda