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  1. Thanks for the tip, will put it in the diary for August 10. We will be on the Pacific Explorer in mid-July.
  2. Spending 1 night pre cruise in Brisbane at the Sofitel (got a bit of a bargain with breakfast), looking at Google, should be able to walk down the hill (with luggage) and catch the City Cat. Taxi to airport on return. PS MicCanberra - would love to know who you use in Canberra to book
  3. Fingers crossed it is because it is cheaper and easier to get to. Thinking of taking the Ferry across. Great information, so thanks again.
  4. This is a great topic, many thanks for the information. We are booked on the Sea Princess departing Brisbane on 12 January. When I log into our personal information, the site states the address for two wharfs: 1. Port of Brisbane 2. Portside Wharf The information does not specifically state which wharf our ship will depart from. Thanks for the information about the Portside Wharf which currently only displays information to 31 December. Looking at this information the Sea Princess docks here regularly, so can I presume it will do so for our sail away as well? Thanks in advance.
  5. My biggest problem is fitting all the food in unfortunately. Though my husband is always tempted by a (or more) delicious pastry. Because I will be celebrating my birthday on this cruise we have done the unbelievable for us - ordered the Ultimate Romance Package from P&O which includes canapés every night so more food to fit in. May be we should just walk back
  6. Yes, it is a ship excursion - it is the Aquanature - 2 hour snorkeling trip commencing at 8.45am (presume this time is 'meet time' on the ship). Estimate we should be back on the ship by 12 noon at the latest as there is another excursion in the afternoon at 12.30pm. Estimated Timing: In a taxi or Hop/Off by 1pm - that gives us 3 - 3.5 hours to visit Anse Vata Beach & Lemon Bay. Back to cruise shuttle bus stop by 4.30pm for a 5.30pm departure Being panic merchants about missing the ship, we are always back at the ship/ship shuttle 1 hour before departure. Hence the need to ensure our return transport from Lemon Bay or making sure we have enough time to walk back. Will make note of last shuttle bus timing. Cheers
  7. Thanks everyone for all your suggestions it has been really helpful. I have been able to locate the Container Terminal and yes it is very close to the Main Cruise Terminal. If the afternoon has fine weather we have a couple of options: 1. Taxi to Anse Vata Beach - walk back (about 1 hour - we should have nearly 2.5 hours) via Lemon Bay to the cruise shuttle bus stop. 2. Hop On/Off Bus to Anse Vata Beach - walk to Lemon Bay - drinks at La Barca and then Hop/On back to the cruise shuttle bus stop. Then may be a pastry at Les Petits Choux and check out the Noumea Duty Free. Cheers and many thanks again.
  8. Any idea where the container terminal is? What is the 'proper name' for this location so I can Google Map the location. Thanks for your information.
  9. Well that has put a spanner in the works. Will now need to plan from a different location
  10. Just going to New Caledonia so no Vila. We did Vanuatu for a week earlier in our travelling days. We have only recently discovered cruising (getting older so it is easier). Have only done two so far with Cunard in Europe and Canary Islands, but need to stay closer to home this 12 months due to family requirements. So trying P&O mainly for timing and being closer to Australia.
  11. Banzaii - We are on the Pacific Explorer (P&O). Hoping it stops at the 'in town' terminal. MicCanberra - I have located the boulangerie, I think, its called Les Petits Choux. There is Noumea Duty Free just across the road. Thanks for your recommendation.
  12. Thanks Lyndara for the heads up. Just checked good old trusty Google maps and you are correct. This should be relatively easy for us - taxi to Anse Vata and then walk back to the terminal via Lemon Bay... Yeah! Looks like this is a plan. Thanks Heaps
  13. Ok, I have now researched the Public Bus system!!!! Shall we dare! Bus #s 10 and 11 go to Anse Vata Beach. Maybe a taxi from the cruise terminal and then a walk and 'fingers crossed' another taxi, talk to the Tourism Office/helpful shop, to get a taxi or find the public bus stop. This is on a Saturday afternoon so hoping that with a ship in town there will be options. Still looking at Lyvai Hop On/Off Bus which is very reasonably priced but just worried about not getting on a bus to return because it is full. French!!! Well that was in school and a long time ago. Thanks everyone for all your suggestions.
  14. Thanks for your suggestion - I have had a look at Google Maps and thought that it would be nice to take a taxi to Lemon Bay and then walk (via the Aquarium all along Anse Vata Beach (about 30 minutes). There is a Tourism Information Centre at Anse Vata Beach, about in the middle, do you think they could organize a taxi for us to return to the ship?
  15. Thanks guys, I would just like to take a taxi to Lemon Bay. I have read that the Hop On/Off bus can be very full with returning cruisers at the end of the day, and I am a bit of panic merchant unfortunately. Can we arrange with the same taxi to collect us after say 2 hours? Do a deal? Or will there be taxis at Lemon Bay waiting to take cruisers back to the ship? Because it is the afternoon, I am a bit nervous about missing the boat.
  16. Arriving in Noumea in July and have booked a snorkeling trip in the morning and estimate we should be back on the ship to 'clean up' by 11.30am. So we will have the afternoon free to do a bit in the city from say 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Sail away is 5.30pm. What would you suggest? We were considering going to Lemon Bay but it looks like this is a taxi ride away. Any idea about the cost and availability of taxis when we want to return to the ship? Or should we just walk around the main town - looks like the market will be closed. All suggestions most welcome. Thanks,
  17. The Chef's Table costs $119 per person including matching wines. Although goodjobrob says to go to Angelo's restaurant to book on arrival, the P&O website says to go to The Waterfront restaurant. We are going to go to both to make sure that we are booked! This is what it says on the website: The Chef’s Table is a VIP dining experience hosted by the Executive Chef and includes a welcome reception with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés, a seven course degustation menu with matching wines, a tour of the ships galley, and professional photograph of the evening. Not sure about High Tea/Afternoon Tea.
  18. Thanks for your insights LincolnLegend. Already decided on Jinek Bay, Mare beach transfer so that is great confirmation.
  19. Found it - thanks. Looks like a great deal so will book.
  20. We are going to Noumea, Lifou, Mare and Isle of Pines. Currently we are looking at: Noumea: Speed boat to an ocean reef - $80 per person. Another option is Duck Island also the same price. Decided that the day trip to Amedee Island is a bit too expensive. The other two excursions give us 1/2 a day to wander around Noumea. Lifou: Jinek Bay Marine Reserve - half day Mare: Yejele Beach - On your own Isle of Pines: Both, Moro Island Lagoon Exploration ($130 per person/2 hours) and Turtle Bay ($130 per person/2 hours) seem just expensive for the length of time in the water. So, your comments/suggestions would be most helpful, especially for Isle of Pines. Thanks again in advance.
  21. Well I am back to report on the outcome of trying to get the current promotion applied to my existing Princess Cruise. As previously reported there was an approximate $1,000 in price difference - taking into account our AUD$285 OBC resulted in a price difference of - $821. Spoke to my TA and to give her credit, she did try to get us the reduction in price. However, she purchases through a cruise wholesaler!!!!! In the end, we are now: 1. in the came cabin 2. received a reduced price 3. taking into account our original OBC - now reduced to AUD$185 We have a total saving....... wait for it...... of $50 Apparently Princess only release a limited number of rooms in each category for this sale, when they go, the price increases. There were no balcony rooms available in our category for the much lower price advertised. Really not worth the effort but I did thank my TA for trying.
  22. Just sent our TA an email. Let's see what her response is. Personally, I am not expecting a positive response because I have to 'work her'. Still looking for a proactive TA anywhere in Australia. I am really good at organizing land content holidays and save heaps of $s. But still a novice with cruises unfortunately when it comes to deals.
  23. Thanks Aus Traveller for clarifying the gratuities issue. With the fare now $1,000 cheaper for the two of us, having gratuities included helps heal the hurt. Wish we could book last minute, but we still work and Hubby is a school teacher so we always pay lots more for any holiday, land content or cruise.
  24. We would like to drop off our checked in bags at about 9.30am on the day of embarkation for our New Caledonia cruise and visit the MOCA in Sydney which opens at 10am. We are on the Pacific Explorer in July. Then return to do a proper check-in. Is this possible? Many thanks in advance for your responses.
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