|View from our cabin window - slowly getting closer to the dock|
|Another day, another view|
|The main Cruise Terminal|
There were a lot of tours to select from in Noumea from 1 hour long to all day ones plus you could also book tours in the main cruise terminal - just make sure you are going to be back in plenty of time as the ship only waits for P&O booked tours if they're running late!
Breakfast done headed off the ship, like always they scan your card as you head off. We left the ship at about 9.30am - time to explore.
|Our cabin is 7th from the front (below the P&O)|
|Which way should we go??|
|Coconut Park - in the middle of town|
|Rotunda near the top end of Coconut Park|
|Noumea street with our Jewel at the bottom|
|This is at the top of the town - lovely views from the church|
|This is a couple of streets up from the terminal, to the left.|
|Got a map!|
As mentioned before Noumea isn't the cheapest of places for shopping but I did want to get something! We went into a few of the shops, especially the homeware type stores (I love brica brac) and ended up buying a few small bits and pieces. We hadn't changed much money so I couldn't get too carried away. There was suppose to be a very yummy patisserie but we didn't come across it on our travels - we didn't know where abouts it was but apparently it's about one street up from the cruise terminal. There are lots of yummy treats on the ship so it didn't worry us not finding it!
It was bit drizzly off and on during our stay in Noumea but still quite warm - we were prepared though and had our brollies.
|The Jewel was our landmark so we never got lost!|
|The Marina with a touch of rain|
|The Jewel in the distance|
Our walk took us passed the marina - so many yachts! We even saw a few sea snakes. The roads are quite busy to it is best advised to use the traffic lights, cars and buses wait for no one. It was quite a long walk but the majority of it was relatively flat and we weren't in any hurry (except maybe to get back to the ship for lunch!). A lot people don't like Noumea and even question why the ships stop here but, for me, I quite like it. It isn't the prettiest of cities or the cheapest but it's different! There are so many tour options available and there are also so lovely beaches quite close to the ship. The food is meant to be great, there are lots of restaurants and cafes to choose from with a few just down from the cruise terminal.
On the way back to the ship we stopped in at the Casino (it's a supermarket!) - it's fairly large and includes a bottle shop, bakery, deli, clothing and of course groceries. We wanted to get some soda water but it was a bit expensive so just ended up getting a few packets of chips etc.
Almost lunch time so we head back onto the Jewel - it's Australia Day so there were Aussie flags flying and meat pies!
|With all the food we're eating we need to take the stairs!|
|Meat Pie and a Thai Salad|
|Yummy dessert! (no lamingtons though)|
|We can still see you!|
After walking off our lunch and taking more happy snaps of Noumea we head back to the Jewel. It was around 4pm by the time we got back onboard. Sailaway was about 5.30pm so this gave us plenty of time for a freshen up before heading outside for our final sailaway. We would now being heading back to Sydney - the days just fly by, especially the port days!
|Our nibblie hall from the supermarket!|
|Cocktail night tonight|
|Full steam ahead into the sunset|
|Outside the Promenade Bar|