5* South Pacific Islands
Cruise to the stunning islands of the South Pacific on this 14-night cruise on the 5 star Golden Princess. Departing from Melbourne in Australia you sail into the South Pacific to visit the islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Includes 1 night in a 4* Melbourne hotel.
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- Return flights from Dublin to Melbourne
- All transfers airport – hotel – port
- 1 night in a 4* hotel in Melbourne, room only
- 10 nights onboard the 5* Golden Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
On arrival in Melbourne, you will be transferred to the hotel for a one night stay in this beautiful city.
Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial centre, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theatres.
Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold propelled Melbourne’s growth to prominence and prosperity.
Travel Tip: Melbourne is pronounced “mell-burn.”
Following your overnight stay in the hotel, you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Golden Princess, your home for the next 14 nights.
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. (Nickel smelting still plays a major role in the island economy.) 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. The island and its outlying groups became a French colony in 1854 and an overseas department of France in 1956.
Port Denarau is your gateway to Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji. Fiji has been justly described as the “Crossroads of the Pacific.” The islands’ culture is a fascinating amalgam of Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian, Western and Indian influences. But what draws the traveler to Fiji is its beauty. Viti Levu offers some of the finest scenery in the entire South Pacific, from the emerald rainforests of the Nausori Highlands to the reef-fringed coral cays in the Mamanucas. The crystalline waters of the Pacific also provide some of the world’s best diving and fishing.
Port Denarau is located on the west coast of Viti Levu, the largest of Fiji’s islands. William Bligh charted the west coast of the island in 1789 – after the mutineers of HMS Bounty had cast him adrift. Fiji offered no refuge – its people were renowned cannibals.
The Fiji archipelago is at the cross roads of the South Pacific. In the days of sailing ships, it was known as “The Cannibal Isles,” where mariners carefully avoided its fierce warriors and perfidious waters. Thankfully, Fiji’s pagan days live only in the tales recalled by tour guides – in rituals such as firewalking, Kava Ceremonies and in renditions of tribal drumming, dance and song.
Fiji is an exotic destination, with 333 islands that provide an exciting adventure or peaceful repose. The northwest region, where the sun shines almost every day and a tropical shower ends as quickly as it began, is home to the majority of the resorts. Suva, the political, administrative, educational and commercial center, 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.
Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 83 islands in the Coral Sea. Vanuatu is a new republic, having achieved independence from France and Britain in 1988. Before then the archipelago was better known as the New Hebrides, the name given the islands by Captain Cook. Cloaked in dense rainforest, these volcanic islands were little known until World War II, when the islands of Espiritu Santo and Efate served as Allied bases. Today increasing numbers of travelers visit Vila, drawn by its easy-going charm, superb white-sand beaches and pristine rainforest. The islands are also renowned for their excellent dive sites and for their big game fishing.
Vanuatu’s visibility on the scene increased when the television series “Survivor” filmed in the archipelago. Vanuatu is also noted among anthropologist – its island of Tanna is home to the unique “John Frum” cargo cult.
With its scenic coastline, stunning beaches and rugged coral cliffs, plus an interior that hides impressive sunken pools and a mysterious ancient rock edifice, it is small wonder that Maré’s geographical features have inspired legends. The indigenous language is Nengoné, and while there are two small towns, Tadine and La Roche, most Maréans live in tribes associated with one of 29 chieftaincies.
1-night accommodation in a 4-star Melbourne hotel, room only.
14 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Golden Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line.
An inviting world of wonder awaits your arrival on Golden Princess. Connect with family and friends over world-class cuisine, gaze out at sea from one of 700 balcony staterooms or share new experiences with our Discovery at SEA™ programs. From casino gaming to relaxing options like the Lotus Spa®, you’ll find an array of ways to renew body and soul.
Last Refurbished: April 2018
Guest Capacity: 2,600 lower berths
Number of Crew: 1,100
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.