Main-court dining was first class - 3 levels of seating with two serving times which coordinate well with showtimes. Pot-luck with who you sit with as not many tables just for a couple. Even so, you may get a table with nice people so great for social mixers. Fresh menu each day and also standard regulars. Meal sittings are for two hours so there is no rush.
Food on level 11 promenade is buffet style self-service. Average 'fodder' standard and seating is a major issue at lunchtime, particularly when the main dining rooms are closed on port days.
Central mall on level 5 done very cleverly and affords shopping, a pub, a pizza / burger 60's style cafe. 4th floor has schooner bar - comfortable and plenty of seating, does crowd out with ad-hoc quizzes, though only for a short while. Next to this there is a large casino and also star lounge which is comfortable and relaxed, affording activities such as quizzes, bingo and quiet entertainment in the evenings.
The main theatre is on levels 3-5 and there is plenty of seating for the many of guests and even late-comers should be able to squeeze in. Entertainment was good without being spectacular. Also an ice-rink on level 3 - Very talented group with their own styles and great variety of the shows themselves. Downside is limited room so you will have to get there early.
Outside there is plenty of space for lounging though the loungers are tightly packed to cater for so many people. The quiet area is very good but is full from early morning and people save seating areas. Plenty of fun upstairs for young and old alike - Putting, basketball, surfing, flumes etc.
Headache concern is the amopunt of people. Expecially tender-boat service. Despite best endeavours it is a long process back and forth. Luckilly we had great weather but waiting an hour if inclement on an unsheltered island would have been an issue.
Other headache is the constant selling mantra and meanness with water etc. Any way to get money out of you they will try. I go on holiday to get away from the hard sell so this was very annoying.
All in all though, very good indeed and up there with the best of our cruise experiences.
The accommadation is well appointed - we had a simple balcony cabin which was ample room for two adults, if anything the shower room was on the small side but cabin in general a good size with large double bed, sofa and table with plentry of drawers and wardrobes. Balcony perfectly adequate for two adults.
Not much there but very friendly locals from neighbouring islands happily entertaining and plaiting hair! Interesting airstrip to rival Heathrow!!
Nice trip around parts of Noumia, including coast resorts with a stop for coffee and cake and time to stroll one of the quiet beaches. Smashing commentary from local girl. Great to get out of the port itself, which is a working mining town and actually a bit of a dump and an eye-sore.View All 50 City Tour Reviews
Non-airconditioned ride got us off to an uncomfortable start but fully made up for with great tour-guide - fun and informative. Amusing animals and guide anecdotes and then very interesting overview of vanilla production. Up to 6 years for first pod didn't you know..... and size IS important. :-)View All undefined undefined Reviews
Stayed on-board. Looked ok but decided not worth the tender boat queueing. And the bars were open and quiet.
On used for embarking.