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I am feeling overwhelmed and find it hard to find info so apologies :)

 

For a first timer to SP (have been lucky enough to have done Hawaii) for anyone who has visited would you say in your opinion these ports are worth visiting. Would appreciate any help/thoughts to start me off :) 

 

- Lifou - New Caledonia 

- Port Vila - Vanuatu 

- Dravuni Island - Fiji

- Suva - Fiji

- Savusavu - Fiji

- Lautoka- Fiji

- noumea New Caledonia 

 

thank you 😊 🙏 

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Sounds like you are doing the Princess cruise like us. We are on the October 18th sailing. 

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On 1/3/2019 at 4:36 AM, Nextholiday? said:

I am feeling overwhelmed and find it hard to find info so apologies :)

 

For a first timer to SP (have been lucky enough to have done Hawaii) for anyone who has visited would you say in your opinion these ports are worth visiting. Would appreciate any help/thoughts to start me off 🙂

😊🙏

 

- Lifou - New Caledonia

Tender port. Tours available for booking onshore. Good snorkeling at Jinek Bay and great views from church on headland. Both in walking distance from tender jetty and beach. Further afield, vanilla plantation tour, scenic cliffs of Jokin. Not much else.

 

- Port Vila - Vanuatu

Docking port. Tours available onshore. Town is pretty typical Pacific centre. Not much of interest except good duty free at Fung Kuei store. Outside of town some scenic spots generally overflowing with tourists. I would suggest a snorkeling tour.

 

- Dravuni Island - Fiji

Tender port. Unspoilt island. No facilities at all. Very nice.

 

- Suva - Fiji

Docking port. Grimy commercial centre. Tours available onshore. Get out of town for tours.

 

- Savusavu - Fiji

Never been there.

 

- Lautoka- Fiji

Docking port. Pretty much he same as Suva. Head out of town.

 

- noumea New Caledonia 

Docking port. Rather dull and relatively expensive. Good aquarium. Amedee lighthouse excursion expensive but nice.

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New Caledonia is a nice stop.  We did not like Vanuatu.  Fiji is gorgeous but the cruise ports are relatively industrial, not great, mostly far from good beaches and snorkeling.  IMHO I would not take a cruise with the stops you have mentioned but I would highly recommend a land vacation on Fiji.

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Nextholiday - A Princess ship is totally wrong for these islands. Look at the ports of call you have listed.  Only places a big ship can go which are mostly grim.  You need to look into expedition ships with about 100 passengers, equipped with zodiacs which will enable you to land directly on to remote beaches and small villages.  This is what the South Pacific is all about.  Ships and experiences like this -

 

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There is a thread somewhere by Luckie Puris (I think) which has excellent summaries of the South Pacific ports. I find the search function difficult to use so I haven’t been able to find the link for you.

 

I found that her wrote up for each port was great, though I remember thinking that the reef was a lot more dead in one place than she said, then I saw that the thread was a few years old.

If I track it down I will post it for you. 

 

If you go to Suva, I recommend the Jewel of Fiji Tour. For Lautoka, the Savala Island trip. And for Noumea, Amadee Island. 

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On 1/16/2019 at 2:43 PM, Fletcher said:

Nextholiday - A Princess ship is totally wrong for these islands. Look at the ports of call you have listed.  Only places a big ship can go which are mostly grim.  You need to look into expedition ships with about 100 passengers, equipped with zodiacs which will enable you to land directly on to remote beaches and small villages.  This is what the South Pacific is all about.  Ships and experiences like this -

 

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 I am sure you are right about smaller being better but unfortunately the ones I have seen like that are at least 3 times the price. If you have any suggestions it would be lovely 

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2 hours ago, Nextholiday? said:

 I am sure you are right about smaller being better but unfortunately the ones I have seen like that are at least 3 times the price. If you have any suggestions it would be lovely 

 

Nextholiday - Yes, expedition cruises are expensive but perhaps not quite as expensive as you think for they almost always include all shore excursions, gratuities as well as drinks - sometimes open bars, sometimes wine just with meals.  Big cruise lines seem like bargains until they start nickel and diming you on board.  

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On 1/21/2019 at 2:25 PM, Nextholiday? said:

Hi 

can I ask which companies to look at please 

 

I'd start with Silversea (Silver Explorer), Zegrahm Expeditions and Quark if you are based in the USA.  The UK company Noble Caledonia has several South Pacific itineraries on their ships Island Sky and Caledonian Sky.  The French company Ponant also seems to have a lot of South Pacific trips. The ship in my photo is the Caledonian Sky.

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I should also add that these expedition ships do not have the extensive dining options, or the shows, or the casinos, or the spas, or the dress codes (oh blessed relief) of the larger ships.  Passengers will be like-minded, extensively traveled and communal - you get to know everyone on board.

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- Lifou - New Caledonia - relaxing island, beach, snorkel, braid hair, massage, visit churches or book a tour

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- Suva - Fiji  Huge vegetable and fruit market across from pier. Friendly vendors, took lots of pictures. Town is fine but a bit rund down. Watch out for old men who try to take you to stores. They say that the Indian shop keepers raise prices when a ship is in port. Probably not true. The department store had clothes with the same price as everybody else. 

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- noumea New Caledonia - Dock has a building with excursion vendors. Don't book the hop-on-hop off bus we took. It was too expensive for having no explanations. Town is not overly interesting, colorful market. We had a nice tour that included  the Tjibaou Cultural Center outside town. Booked it in the terminal building.

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