9 Night South Pacific Cruise on Radiance of the Seas from Brisbane, Australia Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Maat Cascades
The 9 Night South Pacific Cruise from Brisbane, Australia visits Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Luganville, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Noumea, New Caledonia; Brisbane, Australia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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9 Night South Pacific Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Radiance of the Seas
Day 1 - Brisbane, Australia
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Day 5 - Luganville, Vanuatu
Day 6 - Port Vila, Vanuatu
Day 7 - Noumea, New Caledonia
Day 8 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Brisbane, Australia
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Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Maat Cascades
Mele Maat cascades at Port Vila, Vanuatu
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9 Night South Pacific Cruise

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Leaving from
Brisbane, Australia
Onboard
Radiance of the Seas
Day Port
1
Brisbane, Australia
Departs at 4:30 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5
Luganville, Vanuatu
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6
Port Vila, Vanuatu
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7
Noumea, New Caledonia
From 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8 - 9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Brisbane, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Radiance of the Seas

Your ship
Radiance of the Seas
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Radiance of the Seas Aerial
An aerial image of Radiance of the Seas
Get to know
Radiance of the Seas
A five-course epicurean extravaganza at Chef's Table. A stage-side spectacular of song and dance in City of Dreams. Films by the pool and mini golf on deck. Radiance of the Seas® transports you to far-off discoveries on land and at sea.

WANDER THE WORLD OVER

Adventure is waiting around every corner onboard Radiance of the Seas®. Join a game of mini golf or reach new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. Then unwind with a film on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre.

FEED YOUR INNER EXPLORER

Prepare to fuel up on fare that's as thrilling as the destinations you'll visit, like authentic Tuscan flavours at Giovanni's Table and exotic Asian eats at Izumi. For contemporary steakhouse dining with a twist, head to Chops Grille℠. Or sit down to a five-course culinary journey at Chef's Table.

Day 1: Brisbane, Australia

Day 1
Brisbane
Australia
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Brisbane, Australia  Aerial View
Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
Things to do in
Brisbane
Departs at 4:30 PM
Discover the capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State. Laid-back Brisbane feels like a big country town, but it's actually Australia's third-largest city. Cruise from Brisbane, Australia and experience its charm in any season thanks to year-round warm temperatures. Head to South Bank, where you join the locals cooling down in one of the many museums and galleries, or enjoy the sunshine at the man-made Streets Beach. Two of Australia's beach-going meccas, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, border Brisbane – take a short drive out and hop on a surfboard or relax in the sun-soaked sand.
Brisbane, Australia South Bank Artificial Beach
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.
Insider tip
Take advantage of the free CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.
Brisbane, Australia Panoramic View From Mount Coot-Tha Lookout
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.
Insider tip
Don't feel obligated to tip in Brisbane; it's not expected throughout Australia.
Brisbane, Australia Japanese Pizza Hiroshima Style
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.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Adventure Ocean - Play
Adventure Ocean - Play - Deck 14 Forward Center Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Adventure Ocean®

'Are we there yet?' is a thing of the past. We keep every child entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning Youth Program.
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

It's easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you're also soaking up ocean views.
Spa Stone Massage
Woman Receiving a Spa Stone Massage

Spa & Fitness Centre

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 4: Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Day 4
Mystery Island
Vanuatu
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Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Palm tree
The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Mystery Island
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Uninhabited and untouched by modern society, Mystery Island will make you believe it wouldn't be so bad to be a marooned sailor in an old storybook. You'll find no electricity, roads or telephones here. A comfortable 30-minute walk will take you on a self-guided tour of the entire island. Only accessible by cruise ship and the nearby inhabitants of Aneityum, you'll truly get to experience life on a deserted island. Cruise to Mystery Island and explore the white-sand shoreline and its warm waters – go for a snorkel and see an incredible underwater world untouched by human influence.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Underwater Sea Life
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.
Insider tip
There are no hire shops on this island, so bring your own snorkelling gear. It's worth it.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Aerial View Paddle Boarding
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.
Insider tip
AUS and VAV are accepted, but notes are not. Make sure you only bring coins.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Boat Sticks
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.
Insider tip
If you are interested in local culture, you can take a quick trip to the nearby Aneityum Island.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Grilled Lobster
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.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Sarongs
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.

Day 5: Luganville, Vanuatu

Day 5
Luganville
Vanuatu
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Vanuatu Luganville Sealife
Vanuatu Luganville Coast Underwater Sea Life
Things to do in
Luganville
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Although Luganville is the second largest city in Vanuatu, locals maintain a near-perfect harmony with nature. Known for its one extra-wide road (a remnant of a WWII base), this is the perfect spot for a little exploration during your vacation. Scramble up rocks and make your way through leafy jungles to find Luganville's natural blue hole and hidden caves. Visit Vanuatu to take it easy at Unity Park — the center of town — while you browse "Kastom" handicrafts and sample crunchy banana chips sweetened by the sun. Cruise to Luganville, Vanuatu, where you can feel the warmth of locals welcoming you to the South Pacific.

DIVE THROUGH HISTORY

At the so-called Million Dollar Point, tons and tons of U.S. military equipment was dumped after the war. Dive down and be humbled at how nature is reclaiming the metals with thriving coral gardens. When the tide goes out, you can see hundreds of curious metal objects littering the beach.
Insider tip
Public transport is limited in Luganville. If you plan on going outside of the town center — hire a taxi or join a tour.
Vanuatu Blue Hole
Crystal Clear Waters in Vanuatu's Blue Hole

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

The trip to the Millennium Cave is not quick — but it's certainly worth it. Visit Vanuatu and follow a guide through a rainforest, climb up bamboo ladders, scramble over rocks and find the hideaway cave. To get home, float down the river surrounded by stunning, untouched nature.
Insider tip
It's handy to carry some cash with you for marketplace purchases.
Vanuatu Luganville Wooden Tams
Vanuatu Luganville Local Wooden Tams Being Carved

MORE THAN MUSIC

Head to Leweton Village for a demonstration that'll blow you away with authenticity. Watch women expertly mold the sounds of water into "Water Music," dance spiritedly with locals and learn how to start a fire from scratch. A pure reflection of Vanuatu culture and lifestyle.
Insider tip
Dives are only available for those who have completed a PADI license.
Vanuatu Luganville Kumara
Vanuatu Luganville Kumara Sweet Potatoes at the Local Market

LOCAL CUISINE

Tuck into Vanuatu favorites like the coconutty lap-lap or just-grilled seafood caught early that morning. The Market Meal Booths are always popular, consistently winning cruisers over with fresh, fast and cheap meals. Choose a booth, order a dish and sit down at one of the cozy rustic tables. You won't be disappointed!
Vanuatu Luganville Local Market
Vanuatu Luganville Local Market Colorful Dresses

SHOPPING

While Luganville market has plenty of fresh produce, Mama Handicraft & Souvenir Shop at the east end of town is where you can find the largest variety of locally made "Kastom" crafts. Cruise to Luganville, Vanuatu to browse island clothing, turtle jewelry, carvings, dyed clothes and woven bags to take back home.

Day 6: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Day 6
Port Vila
Vanuatu
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Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Cascades Waterfalls
Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Port Vila
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In Port Vila, Vanuatu's energetic capital, you'll be greeted by friendly Bislama-speaking locals and street-side markets. Walk around the centre of town – you'll see a touch of French influence still remains in the form of bistros and murals. Cruise to Port Vila to explore the hidden waterfalls of the Mele Cascades, tucked away in the Mele village rainforest with plenty of gently sloping hiking trails. Check out Mama's Market, the cultural hub of Vanuatu, where you can sample local bananas or shop for traditional island handicrafts. Or take the 10-minute boat ride out to Pele Island: Here, you'll find picturesque beaches shaded by palm trees overlooking turquoise waters that are prime for snorkelling.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams
Two wooden tam tamsin from tree trunks in Port Vila, Vanuatu

One for the History Books

The history of Port Vila alone is impressive – add that to the story of the entire South Pacific, and you've got the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. It houses one of the most extensive collections of South Pacific artifacts on the planet. Outrigger canoes, photos, videos and traditional sand drawing exhibitions await.
Insider tip
Public buses are cheaper than taxis and don't follow a set route. Just tell them where you want to go.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Meele Cascades Waterfalls
Slippery path with guide ropes at Meele Cascades Waterfalls in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Natural Heat Remedy

It gets pretty hot and sticky on a tropical island. Do like the locals do and cool down at the Mele Cascades Waterfall. At 45 metres high, the spray alone is refreshing. A bus ride and a brief walk up the valley gets you to this spectacular feat of nature.
Insider tip
The local language is Bislama. It is loosely based on English and can be deciphered with a little effort.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Hideaway Island
The beautiful tropical Hideaway Island by Port Vila, Vanuatu

Find the Perfect Hideaway

A quick drive and a water taxi trip will bring you to the tiny Hideaway Island. Jump right in and snorkel in crystal clear waters teeming with rainbows of fish. Jump onboard a Port Vila, Vanuatu cruise to swim to the world's only underwater post office, and post a waterproof postcard to your friends back home.
Insider tip
Water taxis are a great way to get a unique view of the town without breaking the bank.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Traditional Fried Pancakes
Traditional Fried Pancakes in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Local Cuisine

For cheap eats, go to Mama's Market, where you can sample taro root pancakes, Vanuatu French fries – delicious flakes of coconut deep fried and salted to perfection – or traditional lap lap, grated yam and banana cooked with coconut cream in an earthen oven. Or dine al fresco along the waterfront: Modern eateries serve up French-inspired takes on local fish and grass-fed beef, which is some of the world's best.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams Totem Process
Woodem Tam-Tams spiritual totems being created in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Shopping

Along Wharf Road in the centre of town, you'll see the charming Vanuatu Handicraft Market. Here, local vendors sell authentic Vanuatu wooden carvings, as well as prints and other crafts. If you're looking for something a bit more tailored during your cruise, pop in at the nearby Pandanus shop, which supports local creators.

Day 7: Noumea, New Caledonia

Day 7
Noumea
New Caledonia
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Noumea, New Caledonia Street Beach Views
Views of Noumea's streets and city along the beaches with tikis over the water
Things to do in
Noumea
From 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
A melting pot of ethnicity and culture, sunny Noumea will quickly win you over with its upbeat city vibe. The capital city of New Caledonia offers some of the best weather in the South Pacific. Noumea's cultural pride shines through in its museums, theatres and art galleries – check out the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to explore the traditional Kanak culture. Head to the top of the Noumea Cathedral for views of the island, dotted with palms, hibiscuses and coconut trees. Hop a ferry out to Amedee Island to see its lighthouse and swim with turtles. Cruise to Noumea and relax on the picturesque beach at lemon tree-lined Baie des Citrons, or go snorkelling in Anse Vata Bay.
Noumea, New Caledonia Kiteboarding
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.
Insider tip
Taxis will only come to the port if ordered by phone, so plan in advance.
Noumea, New Caledonia Grey Kagu Birds
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.
Insider tip
The easiest way to get around the city is on foot – take a tour or hop on a bus if you're planning to go further afield.
Noumea, New Caledonia Statue Musem
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.
Insider tip
Most shops close between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a leisurely lunch.
Noumea, New Caledonia Escargots
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.
Noumea, New Caledonia French Wines
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.

Day 8 - 9: Cruising

Day 8 - 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Table with assorted dishes
A top-down view of assorted dishes on a table at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean ship
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Giovannis Table Creamy Lasagna
Hot Lasagna

Giovanni's Table

Every meal at Giovanni’s Table is a family-style celebration of rustic Italian flavor. You’ll find all your favorite Old-World classics on the menu here, like house focaccia served with marinated artichokes, olives and pesto, fluffy gnocchi tossed in a thyme-scented sauce of lamb and root vegetables, traditional risotto finished with porcini and truffle mushroom tapenade, and veal osso buco paired with creamy cheese polenta, ripe tomatoes and sautéed green beans.
Main Dining Room Mother and Daughter Soup

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Oasis of the Seas Windjammer Salad Buffet
Windjammer Salad Buffet

Windjammer

Forget everything you think you know about cruise buffets. The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served complimentary at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favorite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelets any way you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
Room Service Bottle Glass
Room Service Bottle Glass Champagne and Strawberries

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 10: Brisbane, Australia

Day 10
Brisbane
Australia
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Brisbane, Australia Aerial view of Brisbane River
Aerial view of the Brisbane river with the skyline in the background
Things to do in
Brisbane
Arrives at 6:30 AM
Discover the capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State. Laid-back Brisbane feels like a big country town, but it's actually Australia's third-largest city. Cruise from Brisbane, Australia and experience its charm in any season thanks to year-round warm temperatures. Head to South Bank, where you join the locals cooling down in one of the many museums and galleries, or enjoy the sunshine at the man-made Streets Beach. Two of Australia's beach-going meccas, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, border Brisbane – take a short drive out and hop on a surfboard or relax in the sun-soaked sand.
Brisbane, Australia Misty Glasshouse Mountains
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.
Brisbane, Australia Young Couple At Market
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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