Here are six of the best cruises that explore the culture, traditions and rich history of the Pacific while showcasing stunning scenery and beaches.
Snorkel in the turquoise Pacific Ocean
A panoramic eclipse
The ultra-luxurious Scenic Eclipse II offers an 11-day Pacific Treasures cruise from Yasawa to New Zealand. Departing Fiji, she visits exotic ports in New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. One of the highlights is New Zealand's Great Barrier Island, the official Dark Sky Sanctuary, known for its excellent stargazing. It is a twitcher's paradise and home to Buller's Shearwater, Northern Gannet, Little Blue Penguin, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, Little Shearwater and Black Petrel. He leaves on October 29, 2024.
Queen Elizabeth swims in the sunset
Cruise on the elegant Queen Elizabeth, which accommodates 2,081 passengers and is known for its art deco elegance. She leaves Sydney on February 20, 2024 for a 15- or 20-night cruise. Highlights include Lifou, the largest of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands, where locals recommend a visit to Luengoni Beach, known for its soft, silky sand that looks like powdered sugar, and a hike to the secluded Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, built by Catholic missionaries in 1898. It will be repeated in 2025 in January.
Explore the rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia
Relax on a 29-day cruise to five South Pacific countries with 16 guided tours aboard the elegant Viking Venus, a fully equipped veranda ship that can accommodate 930 guests. Departing Bangkok on November 25, 2024, it combines Komodo and Australia Coast and Bangkok, Bali & Beyond cruises. Visit Komodo National Park to observe prehistoric lizards, the largest in the world. The cruise ends in Sydney and includes overnight stays in Darwin, Bali, Jakarta and Bangkok.
It will last
On January 25, 2025, the 15-night South Pacific Jewels cruise departs from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, home to tropical blue lagoons and scenic hiking trails in the shadow of ancient volcanic mountains. The highlight is Bora Bora with its crystal clear waters where you can feed sharks and stingrays, and stop at Pago Pago in American Samoa, Apia Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. The stylish Azamara Onward has seven restaurants, lounges and cafes.
Enjoy a panoramic veranda suite on Seabourn
Seabourn Pursuit is launching its first expedition season in the South Pacific this year. Its new expedition ship will visit ports in Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Guam, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. Led by an expedition team of 24 experts including scientists, academics and naturalists, cruises depart in March, April, September and October. Highlights include Fiji's Yasava Islands, where guests can explore the limestone formations of the Sawa-I-Lau Caves, as well as the mysterious Ambrima Island and Vanuatu's Pentecost Island.
Cruise the Pacific aboard Silver Nova
Elegant Silver Cloud, Silver Seas' first hybrid ship, offers four dining options. The ship can accommodate 254 passengers and will depart Darwin on 11 September 2024 for a 21-day cruise across the Arafura Sea to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. History buffs can visit Kennedy Island (formerly Plum Pudding Island), where former US President John F. Kennedy rescued an injured sailor after their boat was hit. Beach lovers should head to Vanuatu's famous Champagne Beach with crystal clear water and powdery white sand.
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