South Pacific Cruise Ship Vacation
South Pacific cruise is one of the most exotic cruises available in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Located all the way on the other side of the world from the United States, the Pacific island nations of French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia are often overlooked as a cruise destination because the flight to the port of call is usually very long. However, anyone who has been on a cruise through the South Pacific will tell you that the vacation is well worth the long flight. A cruise is the best way to get the most out of your South Pacific vacation because it allows you to visit so many of the islands.
You’ll have a number of options for planning a South Pacific cruise. The size of the ship you choose and the amount of time you want to spend on your vacation will determine the variety and number of ports you will be able to visit. There are two different types of itineraries available; loop cruises begin and end at the same point and usually call on ports in close proximity. South Pacific cruises to Tahiti are usually round-trip loop cruises. One-way cruises start at one port and end at another, normally spanning a greater distances. These include cruises between Australia and New Zealand.
If you are limited in vacation time but want to take a cruise through the South Pacific, a one week cruise to Tahiti is the right option for you. A typical one-week Tahiti cruise begins in Papeete, Tahiti, where the major airport is located. On the first day the cruise ship stays docked so cruisers have time for sightseeing and shopping. Then the cruise ship will make a loop through the islands with day-long stops at Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora. Some ports might include an overnight stay. Longer South Pacific cruises around Tahiti of ten or eleven days are also occasionally available and include additional ports such as Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus Islands.
If you have plenty of time to spend on your cruise vacation in the South Pacific, choose a trip down under for voyages of twelve to sixteen days. Most cruises begin in Sydney, Australia or Auckland, New Zealand for these one-way sailings. In addition to the major cities of both countries, itineraries may include Tauranga, Napier, Dunedin, or Christchurch in New Zealand, as well as Hobart or Burnie, Tasmania, in Australia. There will also be plenty of time for you to enjoy the amenities and entertainment on the cruise ship as you travel through the South Pacific because these types of cruises typically include five to six days at sea. Sometimes cruises between Sydney and Perth, Australia are available, which call on ports such as Adelaide on the south coast and bypass New Zealand altogether.
Sample South Pacific Cruise Itinerary
This is a sixteen day cruise of discovery. This voyage includes primitive island cultures, exposure to mementos of World War II sites and some of the most incredible snorkeling available anywhere. This is a trip to learn, enjoy and discover new things. You will enjoy shore excursions, guest speakers, snorkeling and Zodiak excursions with experts. The ship only holds 120 guests in outside cabins so you will receive personal service your entire trip. This is a casual trip with jackets and ties being unnecessary.
What makes this trip special? You will visit some incredible islands who might only have visitors twice a year, from your ship. You will also visit historic WWII locations where artifacts are still available.
Day 1 – NADI/LAUTOKA, FIJI
Lautoka is famous for sugar cane and beautiful blue Pacific water surrounding it. You will disembark at Fiji, Viseisei to enjoy a traditional Kava ceremony, enjoy the singing and dancing. Tour the Garden of the Giant before boarding the ship.
Day 2 – AT SEA
This is a day at sea to enjoy the experts and other people interested in the South Pacific. Or, you can simply kick back and enjoy the beautiful ocean.
Day 3 – AMBRYM ISLAND, VANUATU
You will take part in the Rom Dance at Ambrym. The islanders will be wearing colorful masks and cloaks made of dried banana leaves. The pounding, stomping and chanting will leave you mesmerized. You will also enjoy the lava lakes and misty jungle here. Some wonderful wood carvings are also available here.
Day 4 – TIKOPIA, SOLOMON ISLANDS
There are four clan chiefs on the Tikopia, you must crawl to approach them out of respect. You will be able to watch men fish and women cook the same way they have for hundreds of years. Enjoy their dancing and a hike to a mountaintop crater lake.
Day 5 – AT SEA
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and learn more about your next visits.
Day 6 – GUADALCANAL, SOLOMON ISLANDS
There are still relics available here from battles during the Pacific War in 1942-43. You can visit battlefields or snorkel and see a sunken Japanese freighter. This is all surrounded by beautiful white beaches and crystal clear lagoons.
Day 7 – SANTA ISABELA ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Enjoy an inflatable Zodiak trip up an inlet several miles to Kia. You will follow a trail to the village center which was the home of headhunters. You will see women make tapa cloth from the mulberry tree. Enjoy the picturesque night time with water beneath stilted huts.
Day 8 – AT SEA
You will have a day at sea as you cross the Equator. Experts are available to give you information on your next stops.
Day 9 – AT SEA
As you cross the Equator and sail between islands, Experts are available to give you information on your next stops.
Day 10 – POHNPEI, ISLAND FSM
Visit the ruins of Nan Madol which is supposed to be over 700 years old. Enjoy the waterfall as you walk in the tropic forest of Pohnpei. You will find 40 types of birds, deer and reptiles here. You will enjoy an authentic lunch served on a giant leaf while watching for birds.
Day 11 – AT SEA
You will have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean.
Day 12 – TONOAS, CHUUK
Chuuk was the Japanese Navy headquarters during World War II. Snorkel around a Japanese Destroyer and sea wreckage from Operation Hailstorm.
Day 13 – SATAWAL ISLAND, YAP
This is an eye opening experience where you can visit an island where the natives make long trips in outrigger canoes navigating by the stars. You will enjoy a traditional dance. This is a snorkeler’s paradise.
Day 14 – IFALUK, YAP
Enjoy an amazing experience as you take a Zodiak trip to Ifaluk. The villagers will be singing and wearing shell necklaces, flowers and body paint. After the ceremonial dance you can snorkel in Ifaluk’s shallow lagoon.
Day 15 – GAFARUT ATOLL, YAP
Enjoy some incredible snorkeling just off this .2 mile long island. The island is barely above sea level which makes it a great place for nesting birds. The snorkeling is also amazing.
Day 16 – GUAM, U.S.
On your last day you will enjoy Guam which is definitely influenced by the Spanish.
This would be a memorable location for someone who’s family fought in World War II. But, even if you don’t have a special interest in the war it is an incredible adventure to visit people who haven’t been changed by ‘civilization’. Hope you have the chance to make this trip.
When To Book A South Pacific Cruise
Thrilling and breathtaking, cruises present an opportunity to see new sights and go off on adventures while relaxing and enjoying your time off. From sparkling waters that seem unreal in their beauty, to soft, sandy beaches and spirited local festivals, there will be plenty for you to experience on your South Pacific cruise.
Rates Are Low
This first reason goes hand in hand with common sense: the best time to buy is when rates are cheapest. Plan your cruise around specials offered by different lines, and shop around for the best price. Consider traveling during the rainy season, when not as many tourists will be out and about.
Getting the best deal for your money will help prevent buyer’s remorse, but be careful not to go overboard. You don’t want to sacrifice on the features that are important to you, whether it’s your room view or length of your stay. By keeping an eye out for the best bargains and remaining true to your cruise goals, you’ll end up with one South Pacific trip that you can be happy with.
During the Cooler Months
Would you rather be shoveling snow off of your driveway and digging out your car for work, or enjoying the warmth and beauty of tropical paradise? For most, the answer is obvious. An island getaway couldn’t come at a better time than during the bitter cold months of winter.
Relaxing on the beach, gaining experiences and a tan that your friends can be jealous of, enjoying local cuisine and culture-there’s something that can be hard to turn down during the short days and long, cold nights of winter. So think long and hard about when you would most like to take your once in a lifetime vacation.
At the Dry Season
With a year-round tropical climate, the South Pacific offers amazing weather that is hard to go wrong with. However, between November and April falls what’s known as the rainy season, and with it comes increased humidity, rain and temperatures. So if the weather is a big concern of yours, try to book your cruise during the dry season of May to October. Otherwise, you may want to pack a few ponchos and water-proof items.
Adventure Is Calling
Are you in a rut? If you feel the need to break away from ordinary routine and experience amazing new places with a friend or loved one, then perhaps it is a good time to start looking into a South Pacific cruise. Explore the deserted beaches of Tahiti or feed sharks and stingrays in Bora Bora. See for yourself the shipwrecks and Spanish galleons in a submarine tour in Guam, or go snorkeling at the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve in Samoa. Try out native dishes, see the waters by jet ski, or visit local vendors to do a little shopping. See what you’re missing and answer the call of adventure by starting out for your South Pacific vacation.
You Have an Interest in the Area
Is the South Pacific an area that you’ve always wanted to see? With around 7,500 islands (and only 500 of those inhabited), there is plenty to see and do to satisfy any curiosity. A cruise offers one of the best ways to visit multiple islands, giving you a restful and fun journey through the tranquil waters. Visit the Sleeping Giant Mountain Range in Fiji or tour the Paul Gauguin Museum in Tahiti. Walk along the valleys and ancient volcano in Tahaa, or partake in a pearl farm expedition in Raiatea. Get to know this region, and you won’t regret it!
It’s Offered by a Cruise Line You Trust
When shopping around for South Pacific cruises, don’t hesitate when you come across a package offered by a cruise line that you trust. Some big ship cruises to check out are offered by Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. Ask friends and coworkers for information on how their cruises went, and whether or not they were satisfied with their ship. Research all likely possibilities so that you have a better idea of what to expect.
Read all the reviews that you can get your hands on-this will help you form an unbiased opinion based on broader information. Learn about the staff level and what excursions you can partake in before packing your bags. The more you know, the smaller the risk of unwanted surprises.
A cruise is one of the best ways to visit multiple islands in one region. You won’t have to worry as much about making flights in a foreign country and finding hotels-the cruise line provides all the travel information you need, and there is safety in numbers when visiting a foreign location. Tropical paradise can be yours-what are you waiting for?
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