Posted January 26th, 2007, 05:08 AM
Hi cruisers, I agree with Skyrules about Noumea.
the shops close about 11am on Saturday's and are closed on Sunday's, except for around at Anse Vata.
(they don't care if a ship is in or not.)
Maybe if you landed on a weekend, the stalls at the shipping terminal may be open !!!
I always check the brochure for the day we arrive in Noumea, if it's on our cruise.
I wouldn't bother going on the Star if you want to see Noumea by day, the ship gets in too late, and shops close early,at about 4pm.
Vila.. will always be open whatever day the ship gets there. they rely on tourism so much, and it is the best for duty free stuff.
just make sure whatever you buy is covered by an Australian warranty....
kindest regards, Lorraine