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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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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Bora Bora, Pago Pago ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Bora Bora
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Pago Pago
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Lautoka
    • Day 9
      Suva
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Luganville
    • Day 12
      Port Vila
    • Day 13
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 14
      Mare
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    sc_parry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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    marlowman
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not bad for a good value solo cruise
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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...

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    Kruisysue8
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good ship—except...
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    Hogladyrider
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Time Cruisers with HAL - Oosterdam Home Run
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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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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    pamfergusonpdx
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    GREAT JOB, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE!
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    Gail MG
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Panama Canal Transit Complete with Panama Buns
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 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
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    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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    The Producer
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Food, Service, and Staff - Low Energy Activities
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    ElEl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • 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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  • 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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    frontline
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Comically bad
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    lyndarra
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Mare

    Leaving:
    Noumea
    Visiting:
    Mare, Ile of Pines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Mare Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Noumea
    • Day 2
      Mare
    • Day 3
      Ile of Pines
    • Day 4
      Lifou
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Port Vila
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Fiji
    • Day 10
      Lautoka
    Ship Details

    Wind Spirit - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Small size and stellar service make you feel like you're on your own private yacht

    Cons

    No night life, with exception of a musical duo and a tiny casino

    Bottom Line

    A great fit for its home base of French Polynesia

    Reviews

    Wind Spirit Reviews

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

    With its dramatic sails and yacht-like feel, the four-masted Wind Spirit is a natural fit for T...

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    janetglas
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Perfect in every way, except the weather!
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    waggie1856
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    17 Days in Paradise
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    • 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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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Mare