Most travelers place tropical getaways at the top of their holiday lists, and with its myriad beaches, endless palm trees and warm sea air, the South Pacific is a contender for the best cruise holiday. Cruising into the South Pacific is like taking a voyage to a whole new world at your back door!
Pacific Islands cruise paradiseBecause of their close proximity, New Caledonia and Vanuatu tend to be popular among Kiwi cruisers. A two day journey by sea will take you to these stunning locations in the Pacific where you can enjoy taking in both rural and urban ports. Enjoy the French flair of the more urban Port Vila and Noumea, or stray from the crowds with a trip to Champagne Bay, Isle of Pines and Mystery Island!
Although it’s a lengthier journey, a South Pacific cruise to Fiji will open up even more beautiful island options to you. Cruises regularly depart New Zealand for Dravuni Island, Port Denarau, and Suva, however, those inclined to take a fly in cruise can check out Captain Cook Fiji. Their boutique vessel provides a closer look at some of the lesser known isles in this South Pacific region. Even more exotic destinations await those intrepid travelers willing to venture further to the Cook Islands, Tahiti (a.k.a.French Polynesia), Samoa and Tonga. Another great way to experience the region is via repositioning voyages with stopovers in Tahiti. These are one-way trips when the ships are headed to the north or south for the summer months.
It’s undeniable that when you travel the South Pacific, you’ll come across some secret spots and scenic seascapes.
South Pacific cruise linesNew Zealanders adore the islands of the South Pacific, so it’s unlikely to find a cruise line that doesn’t offer great holiday trips to the region; this includes the major lines: Carnival, Celebrity P&O Cruises , Princess, and Royal Caribbean. With a number of options to choose from throughout the year, everyone with a mind to explore the South Pacific islands will find a deal that aligns with both their pocketbook and calendar.
Even though smaller luxury boats sail to the South Pacific less often, it’s still possible to find a ship to bring you to the lesser visited locales. For example, Paul Gauguin Cruises will take intrepid travelers to the stunning Tahitian islands including Bora Bora, while Captain Cook Fiji is a great boutique option to explore the Fiji Isles. For the adventurous soul seeking a return to nature and a full immersion in Pacific Island culture, these are ideal options.