24 Nov 2013.....Sydney, Australia

25-26 Nov.........At sea

27 Nov..............Noumea, New Caledonia

28 Nov..............Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia

29 Nov..............At sea

30 Nov..............Lautoka, Fiji

  1 Dec..............Dravuni Island, Fiji

  2 Dec..............At sea

  3 Dec..............Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

  4 Dec..............Mystery Island, Vanuatu

  5 Dec..............L'Île des Pins, New Caledonia

6-7 Dec............At sea

  8 Dec..............Sydney, Australia

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This was a continuation of the Holland America cruise to Australia and New Zealand in December, 2013. And a delightful one it was! The roundtrip from Sydney called at seven lovely islands in two different island nations and a French Territory. The weather was wonderful for sunning and snorkeling, and a couple of massive thunderstorms came over the horizon. The natives were happy to see us (with our wallets) and I found some really nice Melanesian woodcarvings that came home with me (leaving the natives even happier). The ship excursions went smoothly–these islands get a lot of Western tourists. The excursion on the last island, L'Ille des Pins, took me to a tidal pool surrounded by pine trees and approached by splashing down a tidal river—one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The ship continued to please and I got good use of my cabin balcony—all in all, a great trip and one I wouldn't mind doing again.

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