Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Noumea Port of Call

Kanak welcome for Sea Princess
After our stop at Dravuni Island, we left Fiji behind and made a south-westerly course to Noumea. A day at sea, then we docked on a clear, blue sky morning at Noumea's shipping port. We had a good view of P&O's 'Pacific Jewel' as she docked also, at the cruise terminal.
   A troupe of musicians, local Kanak people in traditional costume, was on the quayside to welcome us to New Caledonia.
Coconut Square, Noumea
   Free shuttle buses took us to the cruise terminal and from there it was only a two block, flat walk into the centre of town, Coconut Square. I was interested in seeing the shops this time, especially ones that sold imported fashion clothing and accessories from France. But I'm afraid it was look but don't buy - the prices were too high for my budget!
   We cast off at 5.30 p.m. and headed out of the harbour for our final two days - across the Coral Sea, then the Tasman Sea to end the cruise where we began - Sydney, Australia.

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