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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.

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

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

DAY 4 - TENDERED

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Relax in 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

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 snorkeling, 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.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Luganville, Vanuatu

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

"Discover Vanuatu"

Indulge your sense of adventure and visit the Nanda Blue Hole. It's so clear and so incredibly blue, many visitors wonder if a dye is used to tint its natural waters. Be sure to pop in at Ransak Cultural Village to learn local legends and crafts. After the day's activities, head back into the city and relax at the Euro-inspired cafes and homegrown kava bars.

Vanuatu Luganville Coast Underwater Sea Life

Indulge your sense of adventure and visit the Nanda Blue Hole. It's so clear and so incredibly blue, many visitors wonder if a dye is used to tint its natural waters. Be sure to pop in at Ransak Cultural Village to learn local legends and crafts. After the day's activities, head back into the city and relax at the Euro-inspired cafes and homegrown kava bars.

Vanuatu Luganville Coast Underwater Sea Life
Things To Do

in Luganville

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.

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.

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.

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 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 - DOCKED

Port Vila, Vanuatu

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

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.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Noumea, New Caledonia

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
10:00 PM

Island Adventure

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.

DAY 8 - 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

DAY 9 - 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

DAY 10 - 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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