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Brisbane , Australia | Noumea , New Caledonia | Lifou , Loyalty Islands | Port Vila , Vanuatu | 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 center 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

The Airtrain effortlessly connects Brisbane city with the airport. If you have time pre-departure, step out of the city center 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
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 neighborhood's upscale 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 FAVORITES

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 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 - DOCKED

Noumea, New Caledonia

ARRIVES:
2:00 PM
DEPARTS:
9:00 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 kitesurfing 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 artifacts, 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 stores and open-air markets. Head to the Casino (a grocery store) 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 artifacts. 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 4 - TENDERED

Lifou, Loyalty Islands

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

EXPLORE CORAL CASTLES

Stretch your legs on Luengoni or Luecila Beach, home to powdery white, flour-like sand. Jinek Bay is a must for snorkeling enthusiasts — Lifou has one of the most diverse coral reefs in the world. Peruse the village of Easo and experience the local culture: Check out the quaint church of Notre Dames de Lourdes, perched on a cliff that offers great views of bay, and see the traditional huts that still exist in the gardens of many modern homes.

View of the water surrounding the Cliffs of Jokin on Lifou Island
A beach on Lifou, Loyalty Islands
A church on a cliff on Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Stretch your legs on Luengoni or Luecila Beach, home to powdery white, flour-like sand. Jinek Bay is a must for snorkeling enthusiasts — Lifou has one of the most diverse coral reefs in the world. Peruse the village of Easo and experience the local culture: Check out the quaint church of Notre Dames de Lourdes, perched on a cliff that offers great views of bay, and see the traditional huts that still exist in the gardens of many modern homes.

View of the water surrounding the Cliffs of Jokin on Lifou Island
A beach on Lifou, Loyalty Islands
A church on a cliff on Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Things To Do

in Lifou

An assortment of reef fish in the ocean

Rainbow of Fish

Jinek Bay is a marine reserve, a natural swimming pool and a delightful aquarium. In its aquamarine waters, you'll snorkel among 2,000 varieties of fish darting around the pristine coral reef. Each visitor makes a donation that goes towards the upkeep of this natural marvel.

A beach at Easo in Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Wander the Water's Edge

Lifou's beaches are long stretches of postcard perfection. Sand as soft as talc powder and oceans as blue as the lapis lazuli will tempt you to stay forever. Luengoni Beach is a prime spot to work on your island tan. If you want to do some exploring, take a special tour of the nearby limestone caves.

A traditional hut on a beach on Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Get Cultural

Native culture still thrives in Lifou. The Melanesian people on the island follow a meaningful traditional way of life in harmony with nature. Find out more about their culture by visiting one of the traditional huts — while most are private, a few are marked with signposts that invite visitors to view them, including one on the route to Notre Dame de Lourdes church.

Grilled fish in a banana leaf

Local Cuisine

Try the native dish bougna, a melt-in-your-mouth combination of crab and island yams cooked to perfection in banana leaves during your Lifou cruise. The dish is sometimes served with chicken instead of seafood and often contains sweet fruits like taro or pawpaw. The marketplace is near the port and is the perfect place to grab lunch on the go.

An assortment of colorful necklaces for sale

Shopping

At the open-air marketplace, you'll find vendors dressed in traditional island garb selling native creations. The local culture is called Kanak, and they create beautiful tribal masks and jewelry you can take home as a keepsake. While you shop, grab a freshly hulled coconut to stay hydrated island-style.

INSIDER TIP

Respect the culture of the island, and always ask before entering a beach, grotto or hut.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Port Vila, Vanuatu

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

ECLECTIC ISLAND PARADISE

Small, bustling and surrounded by sky blue waters, Port Vila is the perfect spot to soak up Vanuatu's natural beauty. Learn about the islands' rich history at the Vanuatu Cultural Center, which showcases indigenous artifacts and features exhibitions on the practice of sand drawing. Marvel at rainforest-surrounded waterfalls of Mele Cascades. Or ride a water taxi to nearby Pele Island and soak up the sun on a powdery white beach.

Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Scene of Port Vila harbor, Vanuatu
Sky deck view of Port Vila, Vanuatu

Small, bustling and surrounded by sky blue waters, Port Vila is the perfect spot to soak up Vanuatu's natural beauty. Learn about the islands' rich history at the Vanuatu Cultural Center, which showcases indigenous artifacts and features exhibitions on the practice of sand drawing. Marvel at rainforest-surrounded waterfalls of Mele Cascades. Or ride a water taxi to nearby Pele Island and soak up the sun on a powdery white beach.

Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Scene of Port Vila harbor, Vanuatu
Sky deck view of Port Vila, Vanuatu
Things To Do

in Port Vila

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 Center. 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.

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 150 feet high, the spray alone is refreshing. A bus ride and a brief walk up the valley gets you to this spectacular feat of nature.

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.

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.

Woodem Tam-Tams spiritual totems being created in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Shopping

Along Wharf Road in the center 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.

INSIDER TIP

Public buses are cheaper than taxis and don't follow a set route. Just tell them where you want to go.

DAY 6 - 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 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

Pick the genre you please 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 Theater

DINNER AND A MYSTERY

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

DAY 8 - 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 rental car or public transit will get you there. Local favorites include Burleigh Beach, Rainbow Bay and Currumbin Creek — you won't go wrong with any of these beaches.

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 rental car or public transit will get you there. Local favorites include Burleigh Beach, Rainbow Bay and Currumbin Creek — you won't go wrong with any of these beaches.

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'll 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 favorite 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 jewelry to home decor set up shop.

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