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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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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia

21 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

481 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 18, 2022
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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia

44 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 18, 2022
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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia

45 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 18, 2022
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Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit

7 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

1,035 Reviews
Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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127 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 6, 2022
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130 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2022
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125 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2022
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31 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 13, 2022
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39 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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116 Night
Cruise to MareDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2022
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25 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 8, 2023
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46 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 18, 2022
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124 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2022
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91 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 7, 2022
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94 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2022
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11 Night
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1,835 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 9, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Mar 24, 2023
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9 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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116 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2022
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13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 9, 2023
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79 Night
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Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Feb 10, 2022
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128 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2022
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24 Night
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Leaving:Noumea
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Mar 14, 2022
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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
Bus ride to swimming beach. Same excursion as everyone else... Read More
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Leannems
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
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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