P&O Cruises has made its maiden visit to the undiscovered paradise of Mare in the Loyalty Islands becoming the first cruise line to take holidaymakers to the exotic new destination in the Pacific Islands.
Pacific Jewel yesterday became the first cruise ship to visit Mare, north of New Caledonia, with Nicole Edwards from Ocean Grove, Victoria, making history as the first cruise passenger to step foot on the tropical paradise.
To welcome P&O Cruises, a special jetty and boardwalk has been constructed in Mare’s Tadine Harbour allowing cruise ships to dock as well as providing passengers with easy access to the crystal clear waters.
Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said the cruise line was thrilled to be able to offer its passengers exclusive access to Mare.
“Mare is one of the rare places on Earth that remains truly unspoiled. It has a spectacular combination of rich island culture and extraordinary natural beauty with colourful reefs, white-sand beaches, limestone caves, grottoes and a natural aquarium – it really is exquisite,” Ms Sherry said.
With tours to stunning Yejele Beach and the local markets, Ms Sherry said visitors to Mare would make a valuable contribution to the local economy whilst also experiencing some of the finest scenery in the Pacific.
Mare is the southernmost of the three major Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia with P&O Cruises’ regularly calling at northern neighbour Lifou on its Pacific Island itineraries.