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Brisbane , Australia | Noumea , New Caledonia | Mystery Island , Vanuatu | Isle Of Pines , New Caledonia | Brisbane , Australia

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A five-course epicurean extravaganza at Chef's Table. A stage-side spectacular of song and dance in City of Dreams. Movies by the pool and mini golf right on deck. Radiance of the Seas® transports you to far-off discoveries on land and at sea.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Brisbane, Australia

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

AN AUSS-OME TIME

The Airtrain effortlessly connects Brisbane city with the airport. If you have time pre-departure, step out of the city centre and explore the inner-city suburbs. Affluent Paddington is known for its thrift stores, cafes and independent boutiques. Fortitude Valley is home to Chinatown, the James Street shopping district and great weekend markets.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia
Aerial view of the Brisbane river with the skyline in the background
The front of city hall in Brisbane, Australia
Coastal view of Burleigh Heads

The Airtrain effortlessly connects Brisbane city with the airport. If you have time pre-departure, step out of the city centre and explore the inner-city suburbs. Affluent Paddington is known for its thrift stores, cafes and independent boutiques. Fortitude Valley is home to Chinatown, the James Street shopping district and great weekend markets.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia
Aerial view of the Brisbane river with the skyline in the background
The front of city hall in Brisbane, Australia
Coastal view of Burleigh Heads
Things To Do

in Brisbane

The South Bank artificial beach in Brisbane, Australia

Head South

You can't miss South Bank when in Brisbane. Take in the view from the Wheel of Brisbane, the city's version of the London Eye. Stroll through the Arbour, a walkway awning with expertly curated plants and flowers. Take a dip at Streets Beach – Australia's only inner-city man-made beach – before heading to one of the neighbourhood's upmarket eateries.

A panoramic view from Mount Coot-Tha lookout in Australia

Get a 360 View

See Brisbane from several different perspectives. Check out the wide-angled view from Mt Coot-tha Lookout, then face your fears and do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Next, see the sunset from Kangaroo Points Cliff Park, or hop on a free CityCat ferry for skyline views from the Brisbane River.

Hiroshima style Japanese pizzas on a flat top

Local Cuisine

It's always patio season in Brisbane. For the best riverside dining, check out Eagle Street Pier, which is bustling with city workers once the clock strikes 5 p.m. And don't miss Eat Street Northshore, a wharf that becomes a hub for forward-thinking street food on Friday and Saturday nights, where you can get a slice of Japanese pizza or a dessert of decadent churros.

INSIDER TIP

Take advantage of the free CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Things to Do

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course menu and wine tasting.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Noumea, New Caledonia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
ISLAND ADVENTURE

WITH FRENCH FLAIR

Noumea is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Head to Anse Vata Bay and jump on a kiteboard, go sailing or snorkel. Hike through large swathes of lush, green land at Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park, or head to the Dumbea gorges for swimming or canoeing. Later, flex your connoisseur taste buds at one of the many up-market restaurants blending French and island flavors into dishes like prawns and pineapple in rum and coconut milk.

Views of Noumea's streets and city along the beaches with tikis over the water
Sunset landscape on the hills around Noumea, New Caledonia
View of landscape with the ocean in Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Head to Anse Vata Bay and jump on a kiteboard, go sailing or snorkel. Hike through large swathes of lush, green land at Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park, or head to the Dumbea gorges for swimming or canoeing. Later, flex your connoisseur taste buds at one of the many up-market restaurants blending French and island flavors into dishes like prawns and pineapple in rum and coconut milk.

Views of Noumea's streets and city along the beaches with tikis over the water
Sunset landscape on the hills around Noumea, New Caledonia
View of landscape with the ocean in Noumea, New Caledonia
Things To Do

in Noumea

Kiteboarding over the beach in Noumea, New Caledonia

Wet and Wild

Noumea has every water sport imaginable. Head on over to the Bay of Anse Vata to speed across the water with a kite-surfing lesson. From Anse Vata Beach, catch a water taxi to Duck Island ('Ile aux Canards') and snorkel in the majestic underwater world.

The face of a grey kagu bird from New Caledonia

Walk with Nature

Stretch your land legs and take a tour around the Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park. Full of lush greenery and unique species of fauna native to New Caledonia, the park lets you catch glimpses of giant geckos, flying foxes and exotic birds, including New Caledonia's national bird, the kagu.

Old Caledonian statue on the cultural center of Tjibaou in Noumea

Kanak Culture Lesson

Although New Caledonians speak French, their native culture is called Kanak. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a spectacular feat of architecture that celebrates Kanak culture and educates visitors on its core beliefs. Check out traditional Kanak totems and artefacts, as well as recreated traditional huts.

Escargots de Bourgogne, snails with herbs butter in Noumea, New Caledonia

Local Cuisine

Discover the abundance of French-influenced food found on Noumea. Head to Baie de Citrons to find the best restaurants, bistros and bars. Cruise to Noumea and sample French classics like slow-cooked lamb shanks and escargots, or experience island-inspired twists on Old World cuisine, like choucroute (a filling platter-style meal typical in Alsace) with sweet potato, cabbage, papaya and pumpkin. And look out for the bakeries – they stock bread worthy of a Parisian cafe.

Hard to find French wines found in Noumea, New Caledonia

Shopping

There are two main shopping attractions in Noumea: grocery shops and open-air markets. Head to the Casino (a grocery shop) and indulge in the array of French goodies – pick up some hard-to-find French wine to take home. At the market, you'll find local spices, including regionally produced vanilla, alongside Kanak artefacts. For souvenirs, browse the market for Melanesian masks or tribal turtle sculptures.

INSIDER TIP

Taxis will only come to the port if ordered by phone, so plan in advance.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

UNPLUG AND UNWIND

On Mystery Island, you can live the simple life. Stroll around the entire island and find your special secluded spot. Go on a hunt for the old military airstrip built during World War II. Melt into a traditional Vanuatu massage right on the beach. Or simply dive into the warm, turquoise waters and make friends with the exotic marine life and coral.

The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
A face carved in a tree trunk on the beach of Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Thatched roof shelter on the beach with tropical plants and trees on Mystery Island, Vanuatu

On Mystery Island, you can live the simple life. Stroll around the entire island and find your special secluded spot. Go on a hunt for the old military airstrip built during World War II. Melt into a traditional Vanuatu massage right on the beach. Or simply dive into the warm, turquoise waters and make friends with the exotic marine life and coral.

The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
A face carved in a tree trunk on the beach of Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Thatched roof shelter on the beach with tropical plants and trees on Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Things To Do

in Mystery Island

View of underwater sea life in Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Go on a Coral Safari

Because Mystery Island is so secluded, the coral is exceptionally healthy and the fish plentiful. Whether you are swimming or snorkelling, you'll pass clown fish, parrot fish, barracudas and majestic sea turtles. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse a seahorse.

Woman on a stand up paddle boat over turquoise waters

What's SUP?

Hop on a quick boat ride to the nearby inhabited island of Aneityum for a little adventure. From there, you'll be given a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and a quick beginner's lesson on how to use it. Enjoy the remainder of your time by SUPing around the lush bay in cool island style.

A beach paradise with a wooden boat in Mystery Island

Embrace the Escape

Unlike most of your other stops, this island is unfrequented and small – give yourself permission to slow down. Take a break from the real world and take in the shimmering turquoise ocean with your Mystery Island cruise. Dig your toes into the white powdery sand, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.

Grilled lobster on the beach

Local Cuisine

The inhabitants of the nearby Aneityum come to the island to prepare food and entertainment for visitors. They serve traditional Vanuatuan food, which is simple and delicious. Cruise to Mystery Island and tuck in to freshly caught grilled lobster for lunch, and treat yourself to island banana pie for dessert.

Sarongs for sale on the beach

Shopping

Along the beach, you can find small market stalls set up by locals. They sell postcards, sarongs and traditional trinkets. For a more cultural experience, have your hair braided by one of the local women or enjoy a traditional Vanuatu massage on the beach.

INSIDER TIP

There are no hire shops on this island, so bring your own snorkelling gear. It's worth it.

DAY 6 - TENDERED

Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
ISLE AWAY

YOUR STRESS

Head to Kanumera Bay's turquoise shores and swim with tropical fishes, turtles and stingrays. After soaking up the sun on the beach, marvel at the awe-inspiring stalactites of the Grotte de la Reine Hortense cave — a hideout for the wife of a tribal chief in 1855. Before you leave, grab a hand-carved sandalwood carving at Kuto Bay market, and eat barbecue grilled lobster.

A palm tree on a beach in Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Native sculptures lining the coast of Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
The coastal landscape full of trees at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Head to Kanumera Bay's turquoise shores and swim with tropical fishes, turtles and stingrays. After soaking up the sun on the beach, marvel at the awe-inspiring stalactites of the Grotte de la Reine Hortense cave — a hideout for the wife of a tribal chief in 1855. Before you leave, grab a hand-carved sandalwood carving at Kuto Bay market, and eat barbecue grilled lobster.

A palm tree on a beach in Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Native sculptures lining the coast of Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
The coastal landscape full of trees at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Things To Do

in Isle Of Pines

Pic N'ga towering over Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Play King of the Island

The hike up to the highest point, Pic N'Ga, takes only an hour. As you walk, catch glimpses native bird life and soak in the perfume of tropical flora. At the summit, your hard work is rewarded with panoramic views of the entire island and the never-ending blue ocean.

Rocky coast at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Go Au Naturelle

A quick taxi ride will land you at Piscine Naturelle, a natural saltwater lagoon filled with clear blue waters and powder-soft sand. Less crowded than the other areas, these shallow waters are the perfect spot to slow down and take in the natural splendor.

Kanumera Bay at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Snorkel Around the Sacred Rock

Snorkel in warm waters in Kanumera Bay during your cruise. You'll come across an ancient sacred rock covered by vegetation. Made from pure limestone, it's passionately protected by the Melanesian people. Swim its circumference, and catch glances of colorful schools of fish passing by.

Traditional Israeli shawarma and falafel with fried eggplant

Local Cuisine

The isle is small but well-prepared for tourists. At Kuto Bay — yet another snorkeling spot — you'll find a small cafe serving island food and drink. Try bougna, an island specialty of fish, chicken or lobster with yams cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in a banana leaf. Bulimes, the local snails, are also a delicacy. Cruise to Isle of Pines and walk along the shores, and you'll pass local-run stalls selling BBQ meat skewers and tasty grilled lobsters.

Ceramic plates and other souvenirs in the flea markets in Haifa, Israel

Shopping

Dotted around the bay areas are little market stalls where you can shop for souvenirs. The Islanders make a fragrant oil from the roots and inner trunk of sandalwood trees, or pick up a pareo — a local sarong — for your beach trips back home.

INSIDER TIP

Wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and shorts to your knees if you leave the beaches.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Things to Do

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Select the genre you like and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Mystery Dinner Theatre

DINNER AND A MYSTERY

Reserve your spot at this funny dinner whodunit starring our professional cast of highly suspicious characters – and you. Will you be the first to solve the murder?

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

Things to Do

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favourite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favourite cocktail.

Men Enjoying a Pint at Wig & Gavel English Pub
English Pub

PINTS AND POURS FOR EVERY SHORE

Meet your mates for a pint. This is an authentic English spot to enjoy British racing decor while you sip UK-inspired cocktails, scotch, whiskeys and ales, of course.

DAY 9 - Arrival Day

Brisbane, Australia

ARRIVES:
6:30 AM

SUNNY SIDE UP

When you visit Australia's Sunshine State, you have to spend a day at the beach. Head one hour south of the city to the Gold Coast; a hire car or public transit will get you there. Local favourites include Burleigh Beach, Rainbow Bay and Currumbin Creek – you won't go wrong with any of these beaches.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia
Aerial view of the Brisbane river with the skyline in the background
The front of city hall in Brisbane, Australia
Coastal view of Burleigh Heads

When you visit Australia's Sunshine State, you have to spend a day at the beach. Head one hour south of the city to the Gold Coast; a hire car or public transit will get you there. Local favourites include Burleigh Beach, Rainbow Bay and Currumbin Creek – you won't go wrong with any of these beaches.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia
Aerial view of the Brisbane river with the skyline in the background
The front of city hall in Brisbane, Australia
Coastal view of Burleigh Heads
Things To Do

in Brisbane

The Misty Glasshouse Mountains in Australia

Get Wild

Take a drive north to the Sunshine Coast – you will find not only pristine beaches but also the untouched beauty of the region's hinterlands. Get onboard a Brisbane cruise to experience the volcanic peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains, or walk through the rock pools of Gardners Falls.

A young couple shopping at a market

Shopping

Queen Street Mall is Brisbane's biggest shopping street. Meanwhile, James Street is lined with boutiques stocking some of Australia's favourite designers. For a unique souvenir, purchase a handmade treasure from Collective Markets in South Bank with Australia cruises. The market is made up of stalls where artisans of everything from jewellery to home décor set up shop.

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