|Date||Cabin||Fares from (pp)|
|21st October 2018||Inside||£2,325|
A discretionary gratuity of $15.50 per guest for suites, $14.50 per guest for mini-suites and club class, and $13.50 per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms will be added to your onboard account (per day charge). This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet. A 15% gratuity is added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, and Lotus Spa® services. This is shared amongst the beverage staff, their support staff and Lotus Spa® personnel.
Overseas transfers between airport, hotels and cruise terminal are not included. It may be possible to add these for a supplement - please ask for details.
Day 1: Fly UK » Melbourne
Fly overnight from the UK to Melbourne.
Day 2-4: Melbourne
On arrival, make your way to your 4* hotel for a 3-night stay.
Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.
During your stay we've included a tour jam packed with the best attractions and various activities to take part in! Grand Penguins offers the best of Phillip Island with fantastic interactive experiences all culminating with the iconic nightly Penguin Parade. Imagine this … being able to get up close and personal with native animals in a wildlife sanctuary, being guided through activities at a working farm on Churchill Island, celebrating all things chocolate at Panny's "Amazing World of Chocolate" and finally, witnessing the star attraction ... Little Penguins waddling in from the ocean to return to their burrows. It is this nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade that has drawn so many visitors to Phillip Island Nature Parks and once you have seen it, you have to admit that it is a very special event to witness.
Day 5: Embark Golden Princess in Melbourne
Transfer to Melbourne Cruise Terminal, where you'll find Golden Princess - your home for the next 14 nights as you cruise to New Caledonia & Vanuatu.
Day 6-8: Days at Sea
Passionate about their culinary craft, Princess committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join them at one of their award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
Day 9: Mare, New Caledonia
The second largest of the Loyalty Islands, Mare (or Nengone) is one of the more rustic, untouched ports of call. Enjoy your time on the island and visit the markets set up by locals, or stroll along the picture perfect Yedjele beach and indulge in fresh lobster, coconuts or kebabs from the food stalls.
Day 10: Mystery Island, Vanuatu
With its white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and spectacularly clear waters, Mystery Island still holds the allure of a secret oasis. You are greeted upon arrival by live music wafting through the air and a colorful marketplace with rows of stalls selling everything from handicrafts to local treats to hair-braiding services. For the adventurous, aquatic activities, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboards beckon, while a glass-bottom boat offers a more sedate and drier way to enjoy the Technicolor marvel of the surrounding coral reef.
Day 11: Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Dig your toes into the white sands of Champagne Bay, then step into the bubbling waters of its freshwater spring to understand why it was named after the effervescent spirit or kick your fins among Vanuatu's colorful sea life and the impressive shipwreck of ocean liner turned World War II troop transport, the SS President Coolidge, located at Million Dollar Point.
Day 12: Port Vila, Vanuatu
Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 83 islands in the Coral Sea. Vanuatu is a new republic, having achieved independence from France and Britain in 1988. Before then the archipelago was better known as the New Hebrides, the name given the islands by Captain Cook. Cloaked in dense rainforest, these volcanic islands were little known until World War II, when the islands of Espiritu Santo and Efate served as Allied bases. Today increasing numbers of travelers visit Vila, drawn by its easy-going charm, superb white-sand beaches and pristine rainforest. The islands are also renowned for their excellent dive sites and for their big game fishing.
Day 13: Lifou, New Caledonia
The largest of the Loyalty Islands, Lifou lies some 118 miles to the northwest of New Caledonia. The island is an ancient makatea - a fossilized coral atoll raised high above sea level. Whalers were the first Westerners to visit this Melanesian paradise - though greedy traders lured by the island's aromatic sandalwood trees soon followed. Today's visitors are drawn attracted to the island's spectacular scenery, which ranges from dense tropical forest to dramatic cliffs towering above the crashing waves. Lifou's white-sand beaches are some of the finest to be found in the entire Pacific.
Day 14: Luganville, Vanuatu
The second largest town in Vanuatu - the former New Hebrides - Luganville is a child of World War II. When America forces arrived on Espirito Santo in 1942, there were no facilities to unload ships, house troops or land American bombers. Engineers went to work erecting both the town and the BP Wharf. The island was soon home to the largest Pacific military base outside of Hawaii. Today, Luganville remains an important copra shipping port - but more and more seasoned travelers are drawn to Espirito Santo's promise of unspoiled beauty and relaxed island ways. Luganville is handy to superb white-sand beaches, tropical rainforest and some of the finest diving and snorkeling in the Pacific.
Day 15-18: Days at Sea
Everything you need to refresh your body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.
Day 19: Disembark Golden Princess in Melbourne
Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 20: Arrive in the UK
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