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    Best Cruises in the South Pacific

     

    Cruising is the fastest growing sector of the South Pacific tourism industry and there’s no prizes for guessing why. ‘Down Under’ has it all from the white sails of the Sydney Opera House, to the famous surf beaches of the Gold Coast. Team that with sensational Lord of the Rings-esque scenery of New Zealand and beautiful beaches of the French Polynesia and you have yourself a once in a lifetime cruising experience.

     

    South Pacific Cruise Start Points

    SYDNEY - PERTH - ADELAIDE - BRISBANE - CAIRNS - DARWIN - MELBOURNE - WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH - LOS ANGELES

     

    As cruising down under is becoming more popular, the worlds biggest liners have upped their game and there are now endless choices of itinerary and liner options to chose from. Choose between upscale lines such as Silversea and Seabourn, the mega-ships of Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Cunard or the more affordable and mid-range ships operated by P&O and Holland America. The majority of the big liners start from Australia’s premier port of SYDNEY that boasts two dedicated passenger terminals. After 24 hours of travel, where better to recover from jetlag than in Australia’s largest and most breathtaking city. Whilst in Sydney, make sure you pack in as much as possible including a climb up the Harbour bridge for the adrenaline junkies, lazing (or surfing) on Bondi Beach and of course watching a show at the iconic Opera House.

     

     

    South Pacific Cruise Main Ports of Call

    SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS - HAWAII - FRENCH POLYNESIA - ADELAIDE - BRISBANE - CAIRNS - DARWIN - WELLINGTON - AUCKLAND - CHRISTCHURCH - MILFORD SOUND - DUNEDIN - TASMANIA 

    BAY OF ISLANDS is quite simply breathtaking. Home to some of the world’s best beaches this is one of New Zealand’s star attractions and is definitely the place to relax in a hammock and watch the world go by. Adventure seekers can also try their hand at kayaking, jet-skiing or even hot air ballooning. Off shore excursions are plentiful here too. The most popular is to take a catamaran around the beautiful bay, passing sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and majestic coves.

    MELBOURNE is rated as the world’s most liveable city and needs to be on all travellers Oceania itinerary. Be sure to spend some time enjoying the shops and waterside restaurants of the docklands. Shop for bargains at Queen Victoria market and relax in the Aussie sun at the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens. With so much to see and do, Melbourne makes a good alternative to Sydney as the starting point for your cruising adventure. For those of you just looking for just a snippet of time on the ocean waves, P&O run 2-5 day taster cruises from Melbourne allowing you to include a cruise into your holiday whilst also enjoying the freedom of travelling independently. 

    SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS  are very popular stop-off points for cruises departing from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. FIJI is renown for its stunning beaches, unique culture and friendly people. Common ports of call include Dravuni island where travellers can step back in time and enjoy this traffic-free island. Port Denarau is one of the most popular cruise stop off points and offers something for everyone such as snorkelling, spa and fishing. This island is also famed for its therapeutic qualities with natural thermal mud pools making it the perfect way to enjoy some wellness and try get over that jet-lag.

    WELLINGTON is New Zealand’s capital city and has a laid back charm. Stops here allow you to experience city life whilst also taking time to head out of the centre itself and into the local ‘wine country’. Mountains, hills and stunning scenery await. If you are a Lord of the Ring’s fan you can also visit the film locations on a dedicated off-shore excursion from the heart of Wellington.

     

     

    There are absolutely tons of things to see and do in this part of the world. Do not underestimate how big this region is. If you are making the long jaunt ‘down under’ make sure you give yourself ample time to get over the jet lag and see everything you want to see. As it’s not a trip your likely to make every year, we would recommend a cruise plus hotel package to make sure you immerse yourself into Aussie life pre or post cruise. Where you can opt for the full day shore excursions this will allow your to really immerse yourself into all this part of the world has to offer. Or if you are a seasoned cruiser you will know that buying a ready made excusion isn't the only way to enjoy your travels on dry land, most ports have car hire ready and waiting for you to hop in and take off on your own excursion for half the price just make sure you research the main sights while lolling around on your sea days and make sure you get back in time!

    Choosing when to take this trip of a lifetime is also key. Whilst the South Pacific can be considered a year round cruise destination, we would recommend travelling between December and March if you want the greatest choice in itineraries, liners and departures. 

     

     

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