2019 Blues Cruise of the South Pacific - Brochure and Itinerary

Blues Cruise of the South Pacific 2019 - 26 October to 4 November 2019

Find out what you will see and experience on this wonderful blues music adventure to the South Pacific on the Radiance of the Seas.

Day 1 - Saturday 26 October 2019
Board Radiance of the Seas. Be on deck to take in the spectacular sights of Sydney and the harbour, as we commence our evening cruise out of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy your first night onboard, meeting the other cruise members and chatting with our entertainment host, Jules Boult, and fellow musicians

Day 2 - Sunday 27 October 2019 - Cruising
Our first day at sea. Explore and enjoy the wonderful facilities and many activities available on Radiance of the Seas. This afternoon we have our 1st exclusive onboard concert, featuring Jules Boult and guest musicians. This evening we will formally welcome our tour group with a Welcome Aboard Drinks Party. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with Jules Boult, Terry Bean, Lisa and Jesse and other tour group members.

Day 3 - Monday 28 October 2019 - Cruising
Another day at sea. You can spend the day exploring the ship, participating in its many activities, or browsing in the designer boutiques on board. This morning we have our 2nd exclusive on board concert, featuring Jesse Valach and guest musicians. Also, enjoy our 1st blues workshop and join The Redeemers and our celebrity musicians for a pre-dinner soiree and inclusive blues jam. Please bring your instruments and voices and join in!

Day 4 - Tuesday 29 October 2019 Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Time will stop when you first lay eyes on the Isle of Pines’ glittering blue water and white, powdery beaches. Captain James Cook was the first European to discover Isle of Pines in 1774 on his second voyage to New Zealand. He gave the island its name after seeing the tall native pines for which it is famous. Formed from nutritious volcanic rock, the isle is surrounded by the New Calendonia Barrier Reef. This morning we will have a 2 hour sightseeing tour with a local guide. We will visit the Notre Dame de l’Assomption, a convictbuilt Catholic Church in the heart of Vao village and take a short walk through tropical rainforest to the natural grotto of Queen Hortense. In the afternoon we have our 3rd exclusive on board concert, featuring Terry “Harmonica” Bean and guest musicians. Evening: Enjoy high-quality Radiance of the Seas entertainment, including Broadway-style shows, comedy shows, etc.

Day 5 - Wednesday 30 October 2019 Maré, New Caledonia
As the southernmost Loyalty island, Maré is the first to welcome the sun’s golden rays in the morning. Untouched by the outside world, the island holds a wild beauty supported by environmentally sustainable tourism. The landmass itself is formed from layers of coral, and the entire island is honeycombed with secret freshwater lagoons, grottoes and sinkholes. Today is free for you to discover Maré, at your leisure. In the afternoon we have our 4th exclusive on board concert, featuring Jesse Valach and guest musicians. Join The Redeemers and our celebrity musicians for a pre-dinner soiree and inclusive blues jam. You’re invited to bring your voice and instruments!

Day 6 - Thursday 31 October 2019 Port Vila, Vanuatu
In Port Port Vila, Vanuatu’s energetic capital, you’ll be greeted by friendly Bislama-speaking locals and street-side markets. You will see a touch of French influence still remains in the form of bistros and murals. This morning we will visit Ekasup Cultural Village, an award-winning attraction that brings to life the world of ancient Melanesian culture. You will meet the Chief of the village and his warriors armed with traditional weapons, learn about Melanesian custom medicine, watch a performance by the Futuna youth and view a weaving demonstration of both decorative and practical baskets, mats and hats. Join The Redeemers and our celebrity musicians for a pre-dinner soiree and inclusive blues jam. You’re invited to bring your voice and instruments!

Day 7 - Friday 1 November 2019 Noumea, New Caledonia
Noumea combines all the flavour and ambience of a bustling, sophisticated provincial French town with the friendly charm, adventure and heavenly climate of the pacific islands. This morning we will visit Noumea and the main cultural sites such as Tjibaou Cultural Center and Miracle Church, the oldest church in New Caledonia. This afternoon, get together with our blues artists for a fun-filled Blues Quiz. Great prizes for the winning teams! We also have our 2nd blues workshop featuring Terry “Harmonica” Bean and guest musicians. Evening: enjoy fabulous on-board dining. The main dining room offers mouth-watering four course meals served in an elegant setting. Join The Redeemers and our celebrity musicians for a pre-dinner soiree and inclusive blues jam. You’re invited to bring your voice and instruments!

Day 8 - Saturday 2 November 2019 Cruising
Today we start the cruise back to Sydney. The morning is free for individual activities. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you’ll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Enjoy casual eats at Boardwalk Doghouse or the family-style Italian fare at Giovanni’s Table, or the sizzling skewers of Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. This afternoon we have our 5th exclusive on board concert with Jules and friends. In the evening, dine with friends or visit one of the many bars and restaurants.

Day 9 - Sunday 3 November 2019 Cruising
The morning is free for individual activities…a swim or a spa, VIP guest lounges, and an outdoor, poolside movie screen showing first-run movies day and night. This afternoon we have our final exclusive on board concert with Terry Bean and friends.

Day 10 - Monday 4 November 2019 Sydney
Morning: Arrive back in Sydney. Tour members will disembark the ship this morning and tour arrangements conclude.

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