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In the South Pacific to New Caledonia with Carnival

In the South Pacific to New Caledonia with Carnival Legend
Carnival Legend at Circular Quay

Our Correspondant

I’ve been in travel for 25 years (that makes me feel old). My first overseas trip once in the Travel Industry was to the Maldives - it was a famil and I was very very spoilt at 19! 

My favourite holiday so far has to be the Greek Islands in 2014 - it was such a perfect holiday. Bucket List right now for me is Croatia Sail, but it is on the short list right now.

My Trip

New Caledonia on the Carnival Legend Cruise ship visiting Noumea and the Isle of Pines.

In the South Pacific to New Caledonia with Carnival Boarding
Ready for a great cruise

About the cruise

I did an 8 night Cruise on the Carnival Legend Cruise Ship. Our ports of call were Noumea the capital of New Caledonia and the Isle of Pines. 

We cruised for 2 fun days at sea to get there, had 1 day in Noumea, followed by a day at sea, 1 day in the Isle of Pines and then 2 more sea days to get back to Sydney.

Carnival Legend is known as the 'fun ship' and can accommodate over 2000 passengers and has close to 1000 staff on board. 

So it is a floating city! It has numerous dining options - most included in your fare, some for a small surcharge, many bars, 3 pools, a couple of waterslides, 9 hold mini putt putt course, a theatre and so much more. 

The cabins are quite spacious for a cruise ship and I travelled with my children so had 2 cabins that interconnected. 

We had a Balconies as well, which I think makes all the difference, some fresh air and being able to watch the ocean when you wake up was well worth the little extra it costs. 

The entertainment on board was fantastic, each night there were shows, either theatre style dance shows, or comedians, we even had a hypnotist on board as well. So lots of fun things to do.

In the South Pacific to New Caledonia with Carnival - entertainment crew
Karen, Adam, Archie & Campbell with the Entertainment Crew after a show

What I loved

I loved the nightly shows - they were great and of high standard. I also loved that someone else cooked and cleaned for me - very relaxing!

What was just OK

The Buffet - I was expecting more options, and was a little disappointed, but it is great for the casual meal around the pool on sea days!

What was awful

I wouldn't say anything was awful, maybe the rough seas - but i don't get sea sick, so it didn't bother me.

Tell us about your favourite meal, what, where, when & why

Bonsai Sushi - it is one of the specialty restaurants on board and had beautiful fresh sushi - if you like Japanese, it is a must. But in general the food from the restaurant was also very good.

Karen, Adam, Archie & Campbell at the isle of pinesThe Isle of Pines is a great cruise stop

Top tip for someone doing this trip

Pack Less - the ship has several laundries so you can always wash and iron if need be. The ship always has a couple of theme nights so take some fun clothes for these themes!

Karen, Adam, Archie & Campbell 80s theme night
80s theme night, great fun

Anything you would do differently next time

Not at all - everything was so easy!

Would you go back?

Yes! Cruising is such an easy relaxing holiday. I could easily do another cruise, maybe to some different islands/countries.

Have you got another trip planned and where to?

Sadly not right now, but i'm thinking NZ or Europe next year! Or maybe both.....

How can I find out more?

Email       karen@newcastlewest.italk.travel

Call          italktravel Newcastle West on (02) 4929 2899

Web         italktravel Newcastle West

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