If you’re looking for a vacation experience like never before, you might consider taking your next cruise out of Noumea. Capital of New Caledonia, this city features an in-depth cultural and culinary scene, complete with watersports and shopping opportunities. Noumea is filled with beautiful beaches, interesting museums, a few iconic landmarks, parks, and more! The active adventurer can take on hiking, snorkeling, kitesurfing, and scuba diving. Being a French territory, easy to discover delicious French cuisine in Noumea’s many restaurants. From reasonably priced restaurants to upscale fine dining establishments, this port city is a foodie’s dream come true! With such an incredible atmosphere, you might consider spending additional time in the city before your cruise to take in the whole experience, if you take a cruise that starts in Noumea (many more sailings don't start in it, but rather include Noumea in their itinerary).
A great time to visit Noumea is between September and November, for the best chances of little rainfall. However, monthly temperatures tend to be pretty steady, meaning you can ideally visit weather-wise during any time of the year.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Noumea. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Noumea. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Noumea:
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Noumea, along with a brief description:
♦ Tjibaou Cultural Center
Just 5 miles from Noumea’s city center is the Tjibaou Cultural Center, where you can delve deeper into the culture of New Caledonia. Focusing on the culture of the Kanak people, you can check out exhibits about their art, architecture, culture, and historical significance. The exterior is also a major attraction just for its fascinating architectural design and beautiful gardens. Guided tours are available, or you can opt to explore the galleries on your own. Either way, this is a great place to broaden your knowledge of the history of New Caledonia!
♦ Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caldonie
If you’re a fan of aquariums and marine life, then you simply cannot miss Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie. This lovely aquarium features coral reef varieties, turtles, sharks, crabs, colorful fish, and much more! You can even plan your visit around the turtle feeding times to see them eat in action. This is a perfect activity for when you need some escape from the sun (or if you happen to be in town on a rainy day). If you plan on snorkeling and scuba diving, you might also consider visiting here first, so you can learn about the different kinds of coral and marine life you might see!
♦ Amedee Lighthouse
If you’re looking for some of the best views in the area, you might consider taking the trip to Amedee Lighthouse. Located on an island approximately 15 miles off the coast of Noumea, Amedee Lighthouse was originally constructed to prevent shipwrecks in the surrounding lagoon. Interestingly, it was also built in Paris by Eiffel Tower engineer Rigolet, before being dismantled and transported to its current location. Today, you can climb up 247 steps to the top of this lighthouse (towering 885 feet into the sky) for breathtaking panoramic views. Plus, being located in such a beautiful paradise, you can easily make a day on the island. Other activities you can engage in include swimming with sea turtles, picnicking on the beach, snorkeling, cultural activities, and more!
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