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About Mare

Mare, a raised coral atoll, is part of the Loyalty Islands, an archipelago in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

Despite regular visits by cruise ships, Mare remains largely off the tourist track, which has helped maintain it as a tropical paradise. Palm trees overhang the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island, and Yejele Beach, with its pristine white sands, is a highlight.

A market selling local wares greets cruisers dockside. Thatched-roofed villages dot the island, and there is little in the way of traffic on the roads. Go for a wander, and take in the lovely views of the bay. The French-speaking locals, in their colourful dress, are always willing to return a smile and a "bonjour."

--By Giulio Saggin, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Mare, Noumea ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    8 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Mare
    • Day 5
      Noumea
    • Day 6
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    Fran from Australia
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful crew, wonderful cruise
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    platypus33
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Just OK
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  • 28 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Mare ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    28 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Noumea
    • Day 5
      Mare
    • Day 6
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Lautoka
    • Day 9
      Suva
    • Day 10
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Savusavu
    • Day 12
      Pago Pago
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Honolulu
    • Day 19
      Honolulu
    • Day 20
      Maui
    • Day 21
      Kauai
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Victoria
    • Day 28
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    Hallzee
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great and Relaxing Cruise
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    Kruisysue8
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good ship—except...
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    • Room Service
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Mare ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    25 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Noumea
    • Day 5
      Mare
    • Day 6
      Mystery Island
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 9
      Savusavu
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Pago Pago
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Honolulu
    • Day 17
      Maui
    • Day 18
      Hilo
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    dfriise48
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Holland America makes the best of COVID outbreak
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Comically bad
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 37 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Mare ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    37 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Noumea
    • Day 5
      Mare
    • Day 6
      Mystery Island
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 9
      Savusavu
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Pago Pago
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Honolulu
    • Day 17
      Maui
    • Day 18
      Hilo
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      San Diego
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 29
      La Paz
    • Day 30
      Loreto
    • Day 31
      Guayamas
    • Day 32
      Topolobampo
    • Day 33
      Mazatlan
    • Day 34
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 35
      Cruising
    • Day 36
      Cruising
    • Day 37
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    lyndarra
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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    JanDay
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    In-Depth EXC cruise is unique
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 43 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    43 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Napier
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Picton
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Port Arthur
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Melbourne
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Noumea
    • Day 20
      Mare
    • Day 21
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Lautoka
    • Day 24
      Suva
    • Day 25
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Savusavu
    • Day 27
      Pago Pago
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      Honolulu
    • Day 34
      Honolulu
    • Day 35
      Maui
    • Day 36
      Kauai
    • Day 37
      Cruising
    • Day 38
      Cruising
    • Day 39
      Cruising
    • Day 40
      Cruising
    • Day 41
      Cruising
    • Day 42
      Victoria
    • Day 43
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Hogladyrider
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Time Cruisers with HAL - Oosterdam Home Run
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    GREAT JOB, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE!
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Mare ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Noumea
    • Day 5
      Mare
    • Day 6
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Lautoka
    • Day 9
      Suva
    • Day 10
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Savusavu
    • Day 12
      Pago Pago
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    The Producer
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Food, Service, and Staff - Low Energy Activities
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    Gail MG
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Panama Canal Transit Complete with Panama Buns
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Isle of Pines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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