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About Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

Famous for a sweeping curve of pink-tinged sand framed against a classic south seas turquoise lagoon, Champagne Bay is perhaps the most famous of Vanuatu's beaches for good reason. It's located on the northeast coastline of Espiritu Santo and gets its name from a natural phenomenon. At low tide, when the water is shallow, it fizzes like Champagne as it passes through volcanic rocks on the sea floor.

Cruise ships dock in the bay and tender cruise passengers to a pier. For most people, it's simply enough to enjoy the sheer beauty of the beach and lagoon and go swimming; snorkelling is also a popular activity there, with reefs teeming with marine life just offshore. The laid-back locals head to the beach, too, when cruise ships are in to sell their local handicrafts and cold drinks, so it's a good place to pick up some authentic souvenirs, including baskets, mats, carvings, shell and bead necklaces, masks and bowls.

From Champagne Bay, you can enjoy a walk through the rain forest or head out onto the water for a spot of fishing. And if you want to venture further, keen scuba divers head for the SS President Coolidge, which hit mines and sank in 1942, for an unforgettable diving experience. If you hire a local driver, you can take a picnic to Lonnoc Beach or have lunch at a waterfront cafe in the nearby village of Port Olry.

--By Joanna Hall, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

    Leaving:
    Adelaide
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Isle of Pines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Adelaide
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
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      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 8
      Mystery Island
    • Day 9
      Port Vila
    • Day 10
      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
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      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Noumea
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      Melbourne
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      Adelaide
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    Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    After 2018 refurb, ship sports a new kids' club, refreshed spa and top-notch entertainment

    Cons

    Bathrooms still in need of a refurbishment

    Bottom Line

    A good-value ship packed full of entertainment and activities

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    Sapphire Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships i...

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    Newwestguy
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Cruise But Cut Short
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    Hififile
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Princess, a big let down! Very disappointing cruise!
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

    Leaving:
    Melbourne
    Visiting:
    Isle of Pines, Mystery Island ... see more
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    Princess Cruises
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    13 Night Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Melbourne
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 6
      Mystery Island
    • Day 7
      Port Vila
    • Day 8
      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
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      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Noumea
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      Melbourne
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    Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    After 2018 refurb, ship sports a new kids' club, refreshed spa and top-notch entertainment

    Cons

    Bathrooms still in need of a refurbishment

    Bottom Line

    A good-value ship packed full of entertainment and activities

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    Sapphire Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships i...

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    Bob g J
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A very dull Sapphire
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    t.mills
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time cruising - Very expensive
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

    Leaving:
    Brisbane
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Suva ... see more
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    14 Night Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Route (Princess Cruises)
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      Brisbane
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      Noumea
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      Cruising
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      Suva
    • Day 7
      Dravuni Island
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      Cruising
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      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
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      Port Vila
    • Day 11
      Mystery Island
    • Day 12
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
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      Cruising
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      Brisbane
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    Sun Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Interesting itineraries, good food and welcoming crew

    Cons

    One of Australia's oldest ships, and young couples may find it a bit quiet

    Bottom Line

    The elegant midsize ship offers varied cruise options and outstanding service

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    Sun Princess Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 1995 as the world's biggest-ever cruise ship weighing in at about 77,000 tons, Sun ...

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    grangie
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointed
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Dining, relaxing & entertainment.
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

    Leaving:
    Lautoka
    Visiting:
    Pentecost Island, Ambrym Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lautoka
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Pentecost Island
    • Day 3
      Ambrym Island
    • Day 4
      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
    • Day 5
      Nendo Island
    • Day 6
      Owaraha Island (Santa Ana Island)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Rabaul
    • Day 9
      Garove Island
    • Day 10
      Madang
    • Day 11
      Tami Islands
    • Day 12
      Dobo Island
    • Day 12
      Dei Dei Hot Springs
    • Day 13
      Samarai Island
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      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cairns
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    Silver Cloud Expedition - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite cabins with butlers, heated pool, large gym and spa, many bars and restaurants

    Cons

    Bathrooms, specifically the towels and lighting, need improving

    Bottom Line

    A dream ship if you crave exotic adventures coupled with the posh amenities of luxury cruising

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    Silver Cloud Expedition Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Cloud, Silversea's first ship (debuting in 1994), had grown tired and dated until the lu...

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    RobC1116
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Loved our Greenland and Canadian Arctic cruise!
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Uninspiring and flat
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    • Soft Drinks
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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More about Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

Why go to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)?

Pros: An exquisite turquoise bay fringed with Banyan trees, where locals sell seafood and coconuts.

Cons: Occasionally this port is missed due to unsafe tendering conditions.

Bottom Line: One of the most spectacular beaches in Vanuatu.


Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Cruise Reviews

balmain4ver
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Beautiful spot for swimming....Read More
teamflames
Sail Date: Dec 2017
Gorgeous beach but crowded with whole ship. Nice snorkelling but not great....Read More
bubbles1941
Sail Date: Dec 2017
Two daughters loved Champagne Bay, I could not get off ship...Read More
Golden Princess
deebeetee61
Sail Date: Sep 2017
Again I am not beachy....Read More
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