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6 Noumea to South Pacific Cruise Reviews

I joined this cruise as part of a group so I didn’t take advantage of the onboard activities and bars. Our departure from Sydney was on time and boarding was pretty straightforward. Luggage arriving from a 12-1 boarding by 2:30. ... Read More
I joined this cruise as part of a group so I didn’t take advantage of the onboard activities and bars. Our departure from Sydney was on time and boarding was pretty straightforward. Luggage arriving from a 12-1 boarding by 2:30. The boat was clean but in places worn. We had a twin bed layout. The beds were pretty hard. The balcony cabin was compact with litte space apart from the balcony and a 1 meter area adjacent to the beds. Fortunately the beds have space for luggage below. The desk is tiny - just enough space for a laptop and bed side accessories. Storage in the wardrobe was good for 2 people. There were 4 PowerPoints 1 us on the desk, 1 US below a tiny hallway shelf and a European and Australian by the TV. The bar fridge below had enough space for 6 water bottles or 12 cans. I ate at the waterfront on a few occasions food was good but. It spectacular but the space was often cramped. Better for breakfast or lunch. 400 Gradi had excellent pizza’s and there was usually spare space for additional diners. The pantry food was average. Think food court in your local mall. I enjoyed the breakfast options, the Indian and carvery. The Chinese was poor the times I tried it. The deserts looked great but the were little more than sugar and food colouring. When cheese and biscuits were offered they were good. The soups I tried were usually bland. The staff were friendly and helpful. There were many activities available but often these prevented use of the facilities. For example when a movie played above the pool deck it was so loud that I had to leave the area. Similarly activities in the explorer bar made it hard to enjoy a social drink if you were not participating. Fortunately there were many other bars to use. On the whole I got what I paid for. Perhaps i’ll Go more upmarket next time or budget for meals in the pay restaurants most of the time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I was under the impression this was to be a quality luxury holiday, where i would be looked after with the "white glove " style service i had encountered on the queen mary last year. I particularly chose this as cruise with ... Read More
I was under the impression this was to be a quality luxury holiday, where i would be looked after with the "white glove " style service i had encountered on the queen mary last year. I particularly chose this as cruise with this promise of luxury and service in the ponant marketing material. I had a very difficult personal year and wanted to be rewarded in a special cruise style, as this was held out to be. I am a single traveler and this was yet another reason my decision to take this kind of cruise was based on. I needed the personal service and attention , i had basic knowledge of the french language and wanted to integrate more of the culture into my experience during the time on board. Where do I begin, 1. On arrival at the dock at 1pm, i was sent away, it was not the correct time. They told me to come back at 5pm. Conversation was in french and no interest to assist was offered. Here i was up since 4.30am that morning ,departed from sydney airport looking forward to this once in a "special experience" cruise. I had no water, no local currency, there was no phone reception, i wondered around noumea port area with two luggage and handbag etc in the heat for the afternoon. This was the beginning of my "special cruise." When we finally were allowed to embark, doors opened to a comfortable waiting area, with water , rest rooms, shaded secure area for us and our luggage. I wonder why that reception area was not open for all us early arrivals ...4 hours before.? I am certain that this shipping line is well aware of customer service . The ship was 2/3 french speaking, 1/3 english speaking. So the problem was attitude mostly, if we were french speaking, we would be spoken to in a more personable manner by the senior staff in charge of our entertainment, our health and by officers etc. We the english speakers were making an effort to participate in the "french" way, however there was no attempt from the senior staff to ask how are we going, eg upstairs dining room maitre de when he saw us each day, and several times he didn't bother to address us by name, even though we did. The same with all the officers.. The good thing was they had a mid cruise survey, and we all spoke up...did things improve? hmmm on the last day the captain saw us off personally as he knew there was a lot of dissent . Our fellow passenger was injured early on and was in a wheelchair for the rest of the cruise. No personal care or treatment from the doctor on board. i was violently ill for over 10 hours in my cabin, on my own, there was no follow up. if good attitude was engaged, i am sure we could have tolerated, the lack of a good daily activity schedule, a lack of authentic quality cuisine, the boredom of the day could have been a lighter burden if the crew were also enjoying themselves. They also were bored. so they couldn't pass on any positive energy to us. The 5 or so entertainers / dancers desperately tried to keep smiles on their faces and do their job. The filipino crew volunteered to sing carols to us before xmas dinner. The food was average, nothing to get excited about. Shouldn't i be saying "there is no one who beats french cuisine". The first thing i did when i arrived home was to eat a good meal locally and be glad to be home. I have cruised many times..but sadly this was not an exceptional holiday as they are marketing it to be. the well meaning captain needs to get rid of the uncaring staff if he wants to carry on in this region with australian passengers etc. The positive points for me were, cleanliness throughout was excellent, cabin staff very pleasant and helpful. Dinning staff on level 6 were very helpful. Without these people the rest is zero . It is truly a shame to see such a nice modern ship run by staff with poor customer relations and poor attitude in all. I hope they will let us know when the many issues are resolved, we Australians are pretty easy to please. It can't be that hard. I have visited France and never been disappointed. I always had a greeting and a willingness to help and serve. In return i would support by spending my hard earned money , gladly..as i always had an enjoyable personal experience with the French people. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our son and daughter in law gave my husband and I our cruise in December to New Caledonia on the Carvival Legend. It was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. Speaking from the point of view of an older couple there are a number of ... Read More
Our son and daughter in law gave my husband and I our cruise in December to New Caledonia on the Carvival Legend. It was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. Speaking from the point of view of an older couple there are a number of activities to keep you busy all day or just relaxe in the lounges, on the deck or in your cabin. There is an Art Gallery and auction, bingo, trivia, movies and stage shows at night, bars and also a casino. The children had plenty of fun activities and even a night club for the over 18yolds. The menu in the restaurants, Truffles 2 and 3 is varied, delicious and the presentation is excellent. We had our own table in Truffles 2 and our waiters were extremely pleasant and catered to our every need. On deck 9 the buffet was opened most of the day starting with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and even a Pizza Bar 24 hrs. Our ship had 4 ports of call, Isle Of Pines, Noumea, Mare and Port Vila. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We usually cruise with Princess, but decided to branch out and try other cruise lines. I am so glad we did. For the money we normally pay on princess we were able to afford a suite on Carnival Spirit. (See cabin review below) 4226. We ... Read More
We usually cruise with Princess, but decided to branch out and try other cruise lines. I am so glad we did. For the money we normally pay on princess we were able to afford a suite on Carnival Spirit. (See cabin review below) 4226. We arrived at the airport to be greeted by a Carnival rep. We did have to wait an hour for other people to arrive and were ushered to the bus. We were given our boarding cards on the bus and as we had a suite we were given priority boarding. This was extremely quick. We were on the ship in no time. There was quite a queue without priority boarding. The ship is very loud and a little tackily overdressed. But as the cruise goes on it sort of grows on you. The food was way below what I am accustomed to, but it was fresh and tasty. I am used to having wheels of cheese, cut freshly, and deli meats cut fresh (Princess style), not pre cut cubes of cheese and slices of meat. In saying that, I am very fussy, and it all comes down to what you pay for. The sandwich shop in the cafeteria was very good, also the pizza. The rest I could take or leave it. We did the chefs table, this was a fabulous experience, the food divine, and good wine. The Taste bar also served lovely little snacks as a pre dinner drink every sea day. We did not eat at the BBQ as there were large queues every day. The Empire dining room seemed to serve little pots of food on your plate, meaning to me, that many of the items were kept in an oven and reheated. Overall the food was always fresh and of a serviceable standard. As I said before you get what you pay for. The Serenity deck was a really nice touch. no children, and pods that protect you from the wind. A lovely way to spend the day. This was my favourite part of the boat. Princess charge extra $15 for this service. I have never used it on a Princess ship as I begrudge paying extra for using a space that in my mind I have already paid for. So big tick Carnival. All staff were amazing, service was outstanding, especially bar and food staff. Thanks Nancy and Michael for making our holiday a little extra special. I hope you both enjoy Melbourne this week. The ship was extremely clean, our room impeccable, and noise free. We had water like glass every day, and the water was 25 degrees every day. A perfect time of year to do the South Pacific. We visited Isle Of Pines, we just wandered around and soaked up the serenity, we bought a large half lobster, and sat in a picture perfect bay on some rocks and ate it with our hands. Perfection. The next stop was Mare, we decided to stay on the ship and only spent an hour on shore as there is nothing to do in Mare. Then Noumea. I love Noumea, we wandered over to the fresh food market (only open in the mornings), then strolled around town, got on a local bus out to the aquarium, then made our way back to town. We went to the local supermarket, and bought some French cheese and baguette. We sat in the gardens on the foreshore and broke off our baguette and Comte, and had a lovely time. All in all our experience with Carnival was very worthwhile and we will definatley cruise with them again.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our first cruise and we chose an 8 night South Pacific Islands Cruise on the Celebrity Solstice leaving Sydney with stop-overs in Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou. How impressed we were with the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Line! From ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose an 8 night South Pacific Islands Cruise on the Celebrity Solstice leaving Sydney with stop-overs in Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou. How impressed we were with the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Line! From the moment of embarkation, it was hassle free, and we were promptly put through in a courteous and very quick manner onto the ship. It was very well organized. Once on board, after a quick exploration of the ship, we were able to sit and relax, have a coffee and cake and wait for the announcement that our stateroom was ready. Our bags were waiting for us on our arrival to our stateroom as well as welcome champagne in an ice bucket. Our stateroom (No. 1132) Concierge Class, on Level 10, was more than we could expect with a nice balcony containing two chairs, small table and foot stools. It had a large bed with good quality linen and an ample sized bathroom with plenty of storage and a shower cubicle with sliding door. The stateroom was serviced twice daily - in the morning and in the evening (turn down bed service). The service provided by our stateroom attendant, Marivic, was second to none. Her attention to the servicing of our stateroom was first rate. Afternoon canapés were delivered to our room each afternoon, which we enjoyed on our balcony. The cleanliness on the ship is outstanding with hand sanitizing attendants operating on all entrances to the dining areas, plus other mobile hand sanitizing self service stations at various locations throughout the ship. We chose a non-alcoholic premium drink package, which included coffees, premium teas, soft drinks, water and mocktails, and we found this very good value for money. We also chose the specialty restaurant package and chose to dine in the three specialty restaurants, including Murano, Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grille. Here we would rate, Murano (1), Tuscan Grill (2), and Silk Harvest (3). We chose to eat breakfast and lunch sometimes in the main Grand Epernay dining room, and also at the Ocean View Café which is self-service. Sometimes, we found the Ocean View Café to be a little crowded. We were very satisfied with the standard of food provided in all dining areas, and the service by the wait staff was excellent in all venues. We also liked relaxing and having a coffee and cake in the Café al Bacio. Sometimes, here this could also be a little crowded. We enjoyed the nightly shows in the Theatre each night. The hot glass show on the lawn deck was also very entertaining to watch. We enjoyed the nightly performance of the house band, called Top Notch, in the grand foyer. They were very entertaining and the two women singers put on a good performance, singing popular and evergreen songs. We found the disembarkation at Noumea at the Industrial Dock was seamless and we were immediately ferried into the centre of town by a courtesy bus. At the two other Islands, tender service was available. Here too, this was satisfactory and well organized. As this was our first cruise, we are so glad we chose the Celebrity Solstice, as we were not disappointed with any aspect of our voyage. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I just finished a 10 night cruise with Carnival Spirit to the South Pacific Islands which include Vila in Vanuatu, and three islands of New Caledonia, Mare, Lifou and Noumea with my partner and 17 month old son. It was absolutely ... Read More
I just finished a 10 night cruise with Carnival Spirit to the South Pacific Islands which include Vila in Vanuatu, and three islands of New Caledonia, Mare, Lifou and Noumea with my partner and 17 month old son. It was absolutely fantastic. All members of the crew and staff could not do enough for you, they were always very happy and friendly. The service was exceptional. I am a very clean person and was more than happy with the cleanliness throughout the whole ship. There was just so much food and it was of a good quality too. Be prepared to put on a few kilos! I could not believe the value for money we got from this cruise. We were a bit funny about having to pay for our son to go on the cruise as he is under 2 but when we got on board and seen what you get for your money we were more than happy about having to pay for him. There were lots of things to do on board the ship and there was never a dull moment. There was also loads of entertainment, which we could not stay and watch for very long only because of my son not wanting to sit there for longer than 10 minutes. The room was good and was cleaned twice a day. Even though I was unfortunate to suffer from sea sickness, I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I would definitely recommend Carnival Cruises, it exceeded my expectations and then some. The ship seemed to exude a wonderful happy energy which was seen on everyone's faces on board including staff, crew and passengers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013

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