A quick Google search for the best destinations in the world usually lead to favourite tourist spots such as cruising the Mediterranean, river cruising on the Rhine, or even exploring fjords and glaciers of Alaska.
However, if you’re looking for the perfect year-round destination with shirt-and-shorts weather (perfect for beating those winter blues) then dive right into this tropical paradise – the South Pacific.
And the best way to explore it is to go on a cruise.
Cruising will take you aboard a small “city” at sea, which means that you’ll never run out of opportunities for fun and entertainment. From musical performances and Broadway-style shows, to art galleries, relaxation spas, waterparks, freshwater pools & hot tubs – there’s even a Vegas-style casino – all while you indulge in world-class cuisine. We can’t guarantee that you won’t be adding a few inches to your waistline while you cruise, so most cruise ships have fitness centres and even sauna rooms onboard as well!
Some cruise lines offer even more with adventure parks, ice skating rinks, garden and picnic areas that have real grass, roller rinks, basketball courts and miniature golf courses. Just picture yourself playing on the green surrounded by the aqua blue beauty of the sea!
You could be forgiven for thinking your cruise ship IS your own personalised holiday – but don’t let this distract you from the fact that the South Pacific is a perfect paradise and home to tropical islands sporting beautiful coral reefs, white sand beaches and so much more.
Cruising gives you the flexibility and versatility to cruise your way into an incredible holiday. Adventure awaits every time you dock. Each island destination has its own cultural identity – allowing you to explore not only new places, but also meet the locals, taste new flavours, and shop for new finds as well.
So, let’s visit some tropical South Pacific ports of call…
For those looking to get up-close-and-personal with nature, New Caledonia’s lagoon is one of the most beautiful in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to hundreds of underwater species, plants and corals. Princess Cruises, among others, will take you to the Isle of Pines where you can experience talcum powder white sand and clear blue waters, perfect for snorkelling. Feeling adventurous? Take a shore excursion trekking through the tropical jungles of Lifou, explore hidden grottos and immerse yourself in a completely different culture.
Fancy some shopping? Port Vila in Vanuatu has a vibrant energy, charming peoples and quaint French sensibilities that keep you coming back again and again. Stroll through cafés, chic restaurants, and the lively marketplace as you mingle with the friendly locals. You can opt to experience Vanuatu’s island archipelago, with its deserted beaches and rugged islands for some world-class diving adventures. Several cruise lines, such as the Royal Caribbean, can also take you to Mystery Island, where you can discover the true uncharted beauty of a “deserted” island.
Over 300 tropical islands, Fiji’s pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters are hard to beat. Captain Cook Cruises are Fiji Island specialists with cruises from Port Denarau around the beautiful Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands. Fiji is also great for eco-tourists, with locations such as Taveuni Island that feature lush, verdant jungles, scenic beachfronts, and an abundant wildlife. There are a wealth of resorts and spas for families, couples and honeymooners to choose from. Or cruise to Fiji with P&O, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess and more.
Named after the great British explorer Captain James Cook, this small cluster of islands in the middle of the South Pacific are favoured for their underrated yet pristine beauty, perfect for paradise-seeking travellers looking for a laidback vibe. We recommend Aitutaki, a bucket list destination in this paradise region. Looking for nightlife in paradise? Rarotonga’s beach bars, hula restaurants, and clubs make festivals a nightly thing – sounds like its time to party! Cruise to the Cook Islands with P&O, Paul Gauguin, or Holland America, just to name a few.
Papua New Guinea, Conflict Islands
Now, don’t be fooled by the name – there are no actual conflicts going on here. In fact, this collection of 22 islands is possibly the most peaceful in the world, as it is home to a rich and biodiverse coral reef system that’s absolutely teeming with life. Take a walk (or a dive) on the wild side as you kayak, snorkel, or paddle-board your way through this natural paradise. P&O Cruises offers cruises from Sydney and Brisbane with a selection of shore excursions designed to discover their calm and serene beauty.
Now that you know about the South Pacific, it’s a hop skip and a jump to destination paradise. Go ahead and pack your bags for a holiday of island fun! Choose your cruise, choose your island (or as many as you can) then speak with a Cruise Solutions Specialist at Cruise Megastore on 1300 657 948.
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