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Cruises to Mare

Mare (Photo:Nenad Basic/Shutterstock)

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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Noordam
Noordam

25 Night
South Pacific CrossingDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 8, 2023
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Noordam
Noordam

25 Night
South Pacific CrossingDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 6, 2024
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Noordam
Noordam

39 Night
New Zealand & South Pacific Crossing CollectorDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 23, 2024
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Noordam
Noordam

39 Night
New Zealand & South Pacific Crossing CollectorDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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10 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

1,520 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 29, 2023
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10 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

649 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 3, 2024
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14 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

1,713 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 15, 2024
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13 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

657 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 18, 2024
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11 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

1,520 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Mar 19, 2024
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10 Night
South Pacific Holiday CruiseDetails

1,520 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 30, 2023
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116 Night
116 Night World CruiseDetails

335 Reviews
Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2023
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8 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

1,520 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jan 19, 2024
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92 Night
World CruiseDetails

335 Reviews
Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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93 Night
World CruiseDetails

335 Reviews
Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2023
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116 Night
116 Night World CruiseDetails

335 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 7, 2023
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More about Mare

Why go to Mare?

Pros:

Rest, relaxation and friendly locals abound in the relatively unspoiled tropical port of Mare

Cons:

There's not much to see beyond the beach and a small local market, which might not be ideal for active cruisers

Bottom Line:

If a quiet beach day is on your agenda, off-the-beaten-path Mare will fit the bill


Mare Cruise Reviews
Bus ride to swimming beach. Same excursion as everyone else Read More
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Leannems
Un avoidable expensive transfer from ship to the beach but it is picture perfectRead More
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Dmcg10
Mare is a pristine island that has not been commercialized or allowed itself to be overtaken by the trappings of the 21 century. A warm welcome provided by native dancers and singers greet arrivals to this beautifulRead More
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iarphotographics
Beautiful Beach, there is a shuttle to ferry you back and forth from the ship.Read More
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