Join Alli Sinclair and T.M. Clark on a unique writing retreat that sails to one of the Pacific’s most treasured destinations—New Caledonia. The relaxing nature of cruising will give you plenty of time to work on your projects as well as meet like-minded writers. When in port, you’ll have the option of exploring the vibrant local culture, swim in crystal clear waters or stroll along pristine beaches lined with palm trees—the perfect way to inspire creativity and rejuvenate your spirit!


Suitable for writers with any degree of experience, this retreat includes workshops, writing sessions, feedback, and mentoring. There’ll also be time to relax and gaze out at the azure ocean and endless blue sky, take in a show or game of trivia, read by one of the many pools, or undertake an on-shore adventure.

The cost for all the workshops on the cruise with Alli and Tina is $1,150.00

Please note the cost of the cruise is separate, see below.

What’s included on the retreat

  1. BulletAll workshops on board, personal development, a ten-page critique of your manuscript and one-page synopsis, a one-on-one one hour mentoring session with Alli or Tina and the opportunity to talk about books and writing for a whole week!

What’s not included on the retreat

  1. BulletTransportation to or from Sydney

  2. BulletCruise with Carnival Spirit 9 days/8 nights (see details on how to book below)

  3. BulletTravel insurance (our travel agents can help you with this)

  4. BulletOn-shore excursions (Behind the Scenes ship tour highly recommended)

  5. BulletPersonal expenses while in port or on board

  6. BulletWi-fi (available for purchase on board)

  7. BulletDay spa

  8. BulletAlcoholic beverages or soft drinks

  9. BulletTipping (it is not expected but is appreciated by staff)

  10. BulletLaundry service (there is a laundromat or you can take advantage of the laundry concierge service and enjoy clean folded clothes delivered to your room!)


If you are traveling alone and would like to reduce costs by twin sharing, we will endeavor to pair you with another participant. There are no guarantees we can do so but we will do our utmost best.

For further information about the workshops and a detailed itinerary, please send an email on the form below. If you would like to talk to us, please send your phone number and best time to call.

We look forward to seeing you on board for a week of creativity, learning and fun!

Alli regularly presents workshops for Writers Victoria, Queensland Writers Centre and private writing groups, as well as providing mentoring and manuscript assessment. She is published by Harper Collins (Australia), Kensington Books (USA, UK, Canada), and her books have been translated into German and Serbian. Alli enjoys working with writers and helping them develop their craft and finding the gems that will make their stories and characters shine.


T.M. Clark presents workshops for adult community groups including libraries and the Queensland Writers Centre. She also runs the CYA Conference, now in its 13th year, in Brisbane. T.M. Clark is published by HarperCollins, Wombat Books and Macmillan Education. Tina loves the writing process and has had to learn to ‘like’ the editing part — an activity that has helped in her mentoring others who don’t really love the editing stage either.

You can book your cabin directly with our travel agents:

        Sue or Tegan
        Hello World Travel Leopold,
        Shop 31, Gateway Plaza
        641-659 Bellarine Highway,
        Leopold, VIC, 3224
        Tel: 03 5202 2720

Cabin prices start from around $900 per person (twin share) which includes a Room credit. Please speak to Sue or Tegan for details.

For the purpose of the retreat there is no need for the cabins to be each other as we’ll be meeting in a public utilised space. So please choose the cabin that fits the best within your budget.

Extra guests

You are welcome to bring along a non-attending guest please let our booking agent know, as well as us.

What’s included on the cruise

  1. BulletAccommodation in a cabin for 8 nights on board the newly refurbished Carnival Spirit (ex-Sydney)

  2. BulletBreakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurant or buffet (extra cost if you choose to dine at the Nouveau Restaurant or Bonsai Sushi)

  3. Bullet24-hour pizza and ice-cream, Guys Burger joint, Blue Iguana Cantina (Mexican)

  4. BulletOn-board entertainment and most activities

  5. BulletAccess to gymnasium and pools (including the Serenity Lounge, an adult only pool deck)

  6. BulletTwo theme nights (dress-up optional)

What’s not included on the cruise

  1. BulletAs per the WAS Retreat What’s Not Include section above