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Cruises to Mare

Mare (Photo:Nenad Basic/Shutterstock)

About Mare

Mare, a raised coral atoll, is part of the Loyalty Islands, an archipelago in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

Despite regular visits by cruise ships, Mare remains largely off the tourist track, which has helped maintain it as a tropical paradise. Palm trees overhang the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island, and Yejele Beach, with its pristine white sands, is a highlight.

A market selling local wares greets cruisers dockside. Thatched-roofed villages dot the island, and there is little in the way of traffic on the roads. Go for a wander, and take in the lovely views of the bay. The French-speaking locals, in their colourful dress, are always willing to return a smile and a "bonjour."

--By Giulio Saggin, Cruise Critic contributor

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Carnival Splendor
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Carnival Splendor

8 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
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Pacific Adventure
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Pacific Adventure

8 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises Australia
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9 Night
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Carnival Splendor

9 Night
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Pacific Explorer

10 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises Australia
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Coral Princess

35 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Carnival Spirit

7 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Spirit

7 Night
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Carnival Spirit

7 Night
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Carnival Splendor

8 Night
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10 Night
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8 Night
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Pacific Adventure

9 Night
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Cruise Line:P&O Cruises Australia
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8 Night
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Majestic Princess

13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Carnival Splendor

9 Night
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Carnival Spirit

7 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
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Noordam

25 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Carnival Splendor

11 Night
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Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Radiance of the Seas

13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Pacific Explorer

9 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises Australia
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Pacific Adventure

9 Night
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Coral Princess

31 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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MSC Poesia

45 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Why go to Mare?

Pros:

Rest, relaxation and friendly locals abound in the relatively unspoiled tropical port of Mare

Cons:

There's not much to see beyond the beach and a small local market, which might not be ideal for active cruisers

Bottom Line:

If a quiet beach day is on your agenda, off-the-beaten-path Mare will fit the bill


Mare Cruise Reviews
Not certain why this Port is becoming such a regular Champagne Bay appears to have lost support CHAMPAGNE BAY is a 10/10 Mare is a 5/10... Read More
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Golddove
Bus ride to swimming beach. Same excursion as everyone else... Read More
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Leannems
Un avoidable expensive transfer from ship to the beach but it is picture perfect... Read More
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Dmcg10
Beautiful Beach, there is a shuttle to ferry you back and forth from the ship.... Read More
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