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Brisbane Australia
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Joined Nov 2004
If you are used to driving on the other side of the road with no road rules go for it otherwise I would be very careful about driving there. They are all maniacs Mummsie
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Cruises booked for 2017

Celebrity Solstice - New Zealand to Sydney - December 2017
Sapphire Princess - Southampton to Scandinavia - Northern Lights May 2018

past cruises
P&O Arcadia 1974 - Pacific ***
Sapphire Princess January 2005 - New Zealand ****
Pacific Princess December 2005 - Pacific ****
Superstar Gemini July 2006 - Singapore ****
Pacific Princess 21 January 2007 - Pacific ****
Norwegian Sun 6 May 2007 - Alaska Inside Passage ****
Sun Princess January 2008 - Pacific ***
Superstar Aquarius June 2008 - Singapore **
Norwegian Jewel 'Baltics' 22/5/09 ****
2 day repo cruise Pacific Dawn 17/12/09 ***
Costa Romantica 29/5/10 - Singapore **
Celebrity Eclipse 4/6/11 - Med *****
Celebrity Eclipse 7/7/12 - Iceland and Norway *****
Celebrity Reflection 11/10/13 - Eastern Med *****
Radiance of the Seas 3/2/14 - Pacific *** at best
Sapphire Princess 29/12/14 - Asia *****
Royal Princess 9/5/15 ****
P&O Aurora March 16 ****
Carnival Spirit October 16 *** (family cruise)
P&O Aurora - San Francisco to Southampton via Panama Canal - March and April 2017 ****
Melbourne, VIC
176 Posts
Joined May 2006
I agree that they were all maniacs.
In your situation, I would suggest an alternative way for you to see all the sites of the city is to go on the Le Petit Train tour.
It really is a MUST for anyone going to Noumea in my opinion. If we hadn't done the train tour, my husband and I agree that Noumea wouldn't have been much to us.
From memory, we booked it through P&O before the cruise and paid $49 per adult.
The train picks you up outside the terminal and goes all around the city.
There is commentary telling you about all the sites, it's so informative and really enjoyable.
The train works it's way up to a mountaintop where the view is just gorgeous. There, you stop at a war memorial thingy and have champagne and French pastries before continuing the tour.
It goes for approx 1.5 hrs.
I found it thoroughly enjoyable and would do it again in a heartbeat.
I'm glad I listened to everyone on this forum and booked it, because I wasn't interested initially.
Just a consideration for you- it's a great way to relax and chill out while taking in the sites and learning about everything.
Driving around and doing your own thing could be really stressful and time consuming, in my opinion.
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Tina & Brad
Married in Port Vila, September 12th 2006
Pacific Sun Coral Bliss (N627) 7th September 2006

575 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Yes I agree, I wouldn't like to drive there, sheer panedmonium, take the Le Petit Train, relax and listen to the commentary. I would do it first then see if you are still wanting to hire a car. Braver than I am.