Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Pacific Explorer

Builder Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
Year built 1997
Building cost USD 300 million
Owner Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator P&O Cruises Australia
Speed 23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA) 261 m / 856 ft
Beam (width) 56 m / 184 ft
Gross Tonnage 77441 gt
Passengers 1950 - 2270
Crew 900
Passengers-to-space ratio 34
Decks 14
Cabins 999
Decks with cabins 11
Last Refurbishment 2017
Former names Dawn Princess
Christened by "The Love Boat" artists (Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell, Jill Whelan, Lauren Tewes)

Review of Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer cruise ship was launched in 1997 as "Dawn Princess". It was the 2nd Sun-class Princess Cruises vessel, together with its sisters Sea Princess and Sun Princess. The Princess ship was last refurbished in 2015 and transfered to P&O Australia in May 2017 under the new name "Pacific Explorer".

History - construction & ownership

The 77,441-ton, 1,950-passenger Dawn Princess ship was constantly based in Australia. It offered itineraries in Australia-New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Hawaii, as well as World Cruises. Onboard prices were in AUD, Vegemite replaces peanut butter at breakfast, and the fitness center runs classes like "legs, bums and tums". As opposed to other Princess ships, Dawn was far more intimate. This also meant that facilities are neither as large nor as well equipped as those on the fleet's newer vessels.Dawn Princess cruise ship

The size is particularly felt in the Horizon Court buffet restaurant (where options are not as varied as in other lido buffets), the cramped workout room and the teen lounge. On the other side, having 2 show lounges was a good way to give passengers more entertainment opportunities every night. Princess really utilized the onboard space with a wide diversity of onboard activities, everything from ceramics to dance classes, game tournaments to computer workshops.

The latest ship of P&O Cruises Australia, Pacific Explorer, is adorned with a Southern Cross. It is the national symbol in Australia and New Zealand, incorporated in their national flags. The major makeover in Singapore (at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard) converted Dawn Princess into Pacific Explorer. The ship had scheduled its first South Pacific cruise from Sydney on June 22 (2017), wearing proudly the Southern Cross livery and the new adventurous name. Pacific Explorer was the P&O AU's replacement for Pacific Pearl, which was sold to CMV and left the fleet in April to be reborn as Columbus.

Cruise itinerary program

Pacific Explorer's Australian cruise itinerary program offers round-trips from Sydney port to South Pacific Islands, as well as short-breaks, Queensland and Cruise to Nowhere deals. 

Dawn Princess itinerary program was based on Australia and New Zealand itineraries departing from Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne.

Cabins

Most Dawn Princess staterooms are 145-sq.foot insides rooms (396). Almost 70% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 999 staterooms in 27 categories. 19 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Dawn Princess are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The Florentine and Venetian Dining Rooms are virtually identical, differing only in their decor color and in the exquisite murals depicting Florence and Venice. Both rooms contain etched glass panels and lovely wood, creating a feeling of intimate dining. The food preparation is of very good quality, beautifully presented and varied. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The popular dining venue, Horizon Court, is open 24 hours a day. Horizon Court is situated one deck above ship's swimming area. The buffet is tiny by new-ship standards, but offers excellent breakfast options from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., along with abundance of fruits and breads, and European specialties.

Follows the complete list of Dawn Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Florentine Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:45 and 7:45 p.m.)
  • Venetian Restaurant (aft Dining Room open for Breakfast 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m., with 2 fixed Dinner seatings- at 5:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.)
  • La Scala Pizzeria (complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant)
  • Balcony Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Dawn Princess daytime offerings include all the cruise standards: trivia, art auctions, board and card games, cocktail-making demos. However, Princess also provides a variety of themed "@Sea" events. Computers@Sea is the main, teaching photo editing, beginning computer and even movie making. Common Interest@Sea features social get-togethers by profession, interests or lifestyle. Ballroom@Sea classes teach passengers to dance. Scholarship@Sea offers educational lectures on diverse topics as astronomy, destination information, bridge play. There are also @Sea events for games, ceramics, scrapbooking and book discussions. A special offering is Dawn's Ultimate Ship Tour, taking guests behind the scenes onboard to places like the bridge, galley, backstage of the theater, funnel and engine control room. The 3-hour tour costs AUD175 and participants receive luxurious bath robe, personalized stationery, official chef's jacket and a framed photo with the captain.

Follows the complete list of Dawn Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Grand Piazza Atrium (4-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • La Patisserie Bar (offers specialty coffees, desserts, pastries, wine, liquor)
  • Atrium Boutiques (Regatta Shop)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour), Card Room
  • Princess Dawn Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Jammers Disco & Nightclub
  • Princess Dawn Grand Casino 
  • Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Magnums Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Oasis Bar
  • Dawn’s Oasis Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area); Riviera Pool area
  • Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Golf Net; Princess Links mini golf course.

Pacific Explorer wiki

Follows the list of all departures from Sydney AU during Pacific Explorer's inaugural cruise itinerary program in 2017:

  • The "Inaugural Cruise" from Sydney started on June 22, 2017 - 10-night "Melanesian Discovery", round-trip to New Caledonia (Noumea, Lifou), Vanuatu (Vila, Mystery Island), New Caledonia (Isle of Pines).
  • 3-night Cruises to Nowhere from Sydney were scheduled for July 28 (2017), August 4 (2017), September 21 (2017), October 28 92017), November 10 and 17 (2017), December 14 and 27 (2017).
  • 4-night "Sunshine Coast" Queensland cruises to Mooloolaba were scheduled for 2017 - July 31, August 26.
  • 4-night "Moreton Island" Queensland cruises to Moreton Island were scheduled for 2017 - September 17, October 31, November 13 and 30, 
  • 5-night "Australian Open Tennis" cruise round-trip from Sydney to Melbourne (Jan 21, 8am-8pm) is on January 19, 2018.
  • 7-night "Southern Barrier Reef Discovery" (to Mooloolaba, Gladstone, Moreton Island) is on August 19, 2017.
  • 8-night "Getaway To Mare" New Caledonia itineraries (to Noumea, Mare, Isle of Pines) were scheduled for 2017 - July 2, July 20, September 9, October 4, December 30 (New Years 2017).
  • 10-night "Barrier Reef Discovery" cruise to Queensland (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Brisbane) is on August 30, 2017.
  • 10-night "Melanesian Discovery"New Caledonia and Vanuatu itineraries (to Noumea, Lifou, Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines) were scheduled for 2017 - July 10, September 24, November 20, December 4 and 17 (Christmas 2017).
  • 12-night "Best Of The Pacific" New Caledonia and Vanuatu itineraries (to Champagne Bay, Vila, Mystery Island, Mare, Noumea) is on August 7, 2017.
  • 16-night "Bounty Adventure" (to Norfolk Island, Nukualofa Tonga, Vava'u Tonga, Suva Fiji, Port Denarau Fiji, Dravuni Fiji, Mare New Caledonia) is on October 12, 2017.

Next table shows the ship's inaugural cruise (itinerary June 22 - July 2, 10-days, themed "Discover Vanuatu") as ports of call and port times. Prices started from AUD 880 pp (double-occupancy rates).

22 Jun        Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia
25 Jun 08:00 - 17:00        Noumea, New Caledonia
26 Jun 08:00 - 17:00        Lifou Island, New Caledonia
27 Jun 08:00 - 18:00        Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00        Mystery Island, Vanuatu
29 Jun 08:00 - 16:00        Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
02 Jul        Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia

Pacific Explorer's Cruise to Nowhere deals are on specially themed Australian roundtrip itineraries with no additional porst of call along the route. These short breaks are usually themed "Food and Wine", "Music" (various styles/performers), "Comedy", "Sports".

P&O Australia "cruises to nowhere" prices are inclusive of all special activites and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

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  • major refit 2009
  • Total number of cabins: 999 (of which 38 Suites, 372 balcony rooms)
  • Cabin grades number: 20
  • Restaurants and food bars: The Pantry (buffet), Salt Grill (specialty), Cellar Room (winery), Chef’s Table (specialty).
  • Entertainment: Spa & Fitness, 4 pools, 5 jacuzzis, Library, duty-free shops, deck games (chess, Shufflleboard, Golf Net cage).

Dawn Princess ship

  • Cabin grades number: 25
  • Dining Rooms: Florentine, Venetian
  • Restaurants and food bars: Sterling (steakhouse), Horizon Court (buffet), La Scala (Pizzeria), Balcony Grill
  • Lounges & Bars: Theatre, Atrium, Vista, Jammers (nightclub), La Patisserie (lobby), Wheelhouse, Windjammers, Magnums, poolside bars
  • Adult retreat areas (The Sanctuary), Oasis & Lotus Spa, Basketball court, Swimming Pools (3 - Lotus Spa pool, Riviera pool, Kid's splash pool), Gym, Jacuzzis (4), Shuffleboard, Golf simulator, "Movies Under The Stars" (outdoor theater), ship around promenade (deck 7).
  • The Princess Dawn ship is from the line's Sun-class series (oldest). Her Princess sisters are Sea and Sun.
  • Princess Cruises Dawn ship was constructed in 1997 by the Italian company Fincantieri. Christening ceremony was held in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) on the 8th of May, 1997. The vessel has a long list of godparents. These are Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell, Jill Whelan and Lauren Tewes - all stars of the 1970s-1980s TV series "The Love Boat". Naming ceremony was the first time to gather all artists, since TV series ended in 1986, and they had not met for about 10 years. Love Boat had 9 successful seasons and the ceremony was a brilliant occasion to recall the old times. All actors were dressed in their original Love Boat costumes and burst out a real media explosion when appeared on stage for the joint christening of Dawn Princess.
  • In 2009, Dawn Princess was repositioned in the South Pacific Ocean for cruises around Australia and New Zealand.
  • In 2017 early summer, the Princess Dawn ship will be transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia (Carnival Corp brand). She will be operated under the new name Pacific Explorer - after 20 years of service for Princess. P&O Australia received in Fall 2015 two ships from Holland America Line (also a Carnival Corp brand) - MS Ryndam (renamed Pacific Aria) and MS Statendam (renamed Pacific Eden).

Dawn Princess' last cruise was on May 14, 2017 - the 12-day repositioning itinerary from Australia to Asia (Fremantle to Singapore). Next you can see the relocation cruise (May 14 - 26), as well as the ship's last Australian "Princess itinerary" (15-day Brisbane to Fremantle, April 29 - May 14) as ports of call and port times.

29 Apr        Departing from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
02 May 07:00 - 19:00        Cairns, Queensland, Australia
04 May 07:00 - 16:00        Alotau, Papua New Guinea
07 May 13:00 - 20:00        Darwin, NT Australia
10 May 11:00 - 22:00        Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia
13 May 10:00 - 17:00        Geraldton, Western Australia
14 May        Arriving in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
14 May        Departing from Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
18 May 07:00 - 17:00        Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
21 May 08:00 - 19:00        Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
22 May 08:00 - 21:00        Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia
23 May 08:00 - 18:00        Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
24 May 08:00 - 18:00        Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand
26 May        Arriving in Singapore

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Pacific Explorer Itineraries 2017

The below listed Pacific Explorer cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
22 June 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1399
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22 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
25 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
26 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
27 Jun 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
29 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
02 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 July 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $930
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02 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
05 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
06 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
07 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
10 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
10 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1129
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10 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
13 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
14 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
15 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
16 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
17 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
20 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 July 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $799
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20 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
23 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
24 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
25 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
28 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 July 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $353
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28 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 July 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Sunshine Coast
Prices starting
from $399
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31 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
04 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
04 August 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $394
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04 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
07 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
07 August 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $999
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07 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Aug 07:00 - 17:00     Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu   
13 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
14 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
15 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
16 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
19 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
19 August 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Southern Barrier Reef Discovery
Prices starting
from $599
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19 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 Aug 07:00 - 16:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
22 Aug 09:00 - 19:00     Gladstone, Queensland, Australia   
24 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
26 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
26 August 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Sunshine Coast
Prices starting
from $554
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26 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
30 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
30 August 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery
Prices starting
from $1009
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30 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 Sep 07:00 - 16:00     Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia   
03 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Cairns, Queensland, Australia   
04 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia   
05 Sep 09:00 - 10:00     Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia   
07 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   
09 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
09 September 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $766
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09 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
13 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
14 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
17 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 September 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $522
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17 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
19 Sep 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
21 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 September 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $420
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21 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 September 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1582
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24 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
28 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
29 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
30 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
01 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
04 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
04 October 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $839
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04 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
07 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
08 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
09 Oct 07:00 - 15:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
12 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 October 16 nights / 17 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure
Prices starting
from $1192
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12 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga   
18 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga   
20 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island   
21 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji   
22 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Port Denarau, Nadi, Fiji   
23 Oct 07:00 - 15:00     Dravuni Island, Fiji   
25 Oct 07:00 - 15:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
28 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 October 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $474
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28 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 October 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $575
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31 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 Nov 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
04 Nov      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
10 November 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $455
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10 Nov      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
13 Nov      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
13 November 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $575
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13 Nov      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
15 Nov 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
17 Nov      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 November 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $462
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17 Nov      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 Nov      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 November 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1171
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20 Nov      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
23 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
24 Nov 07:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
25 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
26 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
27 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
30 Nov      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
30 November 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $682
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30 Nov      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 Dec 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
04 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
04 December 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1019
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04 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
07 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
09 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
10 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
11 Dec 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
14 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
14 December 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $499
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14 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 December 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Christmas
Prices starting
from $1709
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17 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
21 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
22 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
23 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
27 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 December 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Classic
Prices starting
from $499
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27 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
30 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
30 December 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip New Years
Prices starting
from $1627
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30 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
03 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
04 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
05 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
08 Jan      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   

Pacific Explorer Itineraries 2018

The below listed Pacific Explorer cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
08 January 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $1049
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08 Jan      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Jan 09:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
12 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
13 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
16 Jan      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
16 January 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $549
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16 Jan      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
19 Jan      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
19 January 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Australian Open Tennis
Prices starting
from $749
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19 Jan      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 Jan 08:00 - 20:00     Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   
24 Jan      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 January 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Australia Day
Prices starting
from $706
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24 Jan      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 Jan      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 January 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania
Prices starting
from $699
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27 Jan      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 Jan 07:00 - 17:00     Eden, NSW, Australia   
30 Jan 07:00 - 18:00     Port Arthur, Tasmania   
30 Jan 21:00 - 17:00     Hobart, Tasmania   
02 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 February 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $529
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02 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
05 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
05 February 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $549
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05 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
07 Feb 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
09 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
09 February 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $529
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09 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 February 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $959
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12 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
15 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
16 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
17 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
18 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
19 Feb 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
22 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
22 February 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Port Arthur
Prices starting
from $480
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22 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Port Arthur, Tasmania   
26 Feb      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
26 February 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $549
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26 Feb      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 Feb 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
02 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 March 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $529
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02 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
05 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
05 March 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1093
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05 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
08 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
09 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
10 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
11 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
12 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
15 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
15 March 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $529
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15 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
18 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
18 March 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $549
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18 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
22 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
22 March 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $549
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22 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
26 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
26 March 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania
Prices starting
from $599
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26 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 Mar 07:00 - 22:00     Hobart, Tasmania   
29 Mar 07:00 - 17:00     Port Arthur, Tasmania   
31 Mar      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 March 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Classic
Prices starting
from $499
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31 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
03 Apr      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
03 April 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands
Prices starting
from $1099
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03 Apr      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
06 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
07 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
08 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
09 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
12 Apr      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 April 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $749
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12 Apr      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
14 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
16 Apr      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
16 April 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1299
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16 Apr      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 Apr 08:00 - 18:00     Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu   
21 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Pentecost Island, Vanuatu   
22 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
23 Apr 07:00 - 15:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
26 Apr      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
26 April 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $749
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26 Apr      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
28 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
30 Apr      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
30 April 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $999
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30 Apr      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
03 May 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
04 May 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
05 May 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
06 May 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
07 May 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
10 May      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
10 May 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $729
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10 May      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 May 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
14 May      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
14 May 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1437
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14 May      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
17 May 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
18 May 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
19 May 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
20 May 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
21 May 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
24 May      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 May 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $1186
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24 May      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 May 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
28 May 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
29 May 07:00 - 15:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
01 Jun      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
01 June 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Southern Barrier Reef Discovery
Prices starting
from $1011
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01 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
03 Jun 07:00 - 16:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
04 Jun 08:00 - 18:00     Gladstone, Queensland, Australia   
06 Jun 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
08 Jun      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
08 June 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Comedy
Prices starting
from $649
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08 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Jun      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 June 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands
Prices starting
from $1512
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11 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
14 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
15 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
16 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
17 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
20 Jun      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
20 June 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $729
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20 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
22 Jun 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
24 Jun      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 June 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Fiji Adventure
Prices starting
from $1639
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24 Jun      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
30 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Port Denarau, Nadi, Fiji   
01 Jul 07:00 - 16:00     Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji   
03 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
06 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
06 July 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $699
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06 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
09 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
09 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1787
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09 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
12 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
13 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
14 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
15 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
16 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
19 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
19 July 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Sunshine Coast
Prices starting
from $729
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19 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
23 Jul      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
23 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1437
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23 Jul      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
26 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
27 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
28 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
29 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
30 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
02 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
02 August 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Southern Barrier Reef Discovery
Prices starting
from $1011
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02 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
04 Aug 07:00 - 16:00     Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia   
05 Aug 09:00 - 19:00     Gladstone, Queensland, Australia   
07 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
09 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
09 August 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $729
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09 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
13 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
13 August 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $1186
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13 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
16 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
17 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
18 Aug 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
21 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 August 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery
Prices starting
from $1337
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21 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 Aug 07:00 - 16:00     Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia   
25 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Cairns, Queensland, Australia   
26 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia   
27 Aug 09:00 - 10:00     Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia   
29 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   
31 Aug      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
31 August 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia
Prices starting
from $1186
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31 Aug      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
03 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
04 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
05 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
08 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
08 September 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $649
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08 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 September 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1437
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11 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
14 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
15 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
16 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
17 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
18 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
21 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
21 September 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Food & Wine
Prices starting
from $649
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21 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 Sep      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
24 September 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1437
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24 Sep      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
27 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
28 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
29 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
30 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
01 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
04 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
04 October 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Moreton Island
Prices starting
from $779
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04 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
06 Oct 08:00 - 20:00     Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia   
08 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia   
08 October 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu
Prices starting
from $1787
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08 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia   
11 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, New Caledonia   
12 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
13 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
14 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Vanuatu   
15 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
18 Oct      Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia