If you live in the northern hemisphere, a Christmas cruise to the South Pacific offers a great way to escape gray and cold winter days. Shed that heavy coat, soak up the sun, ride the surf, and immerse yourself in the culture of Polynesian islands. Trading snow and ice for white powdery sand is an original way to spend Christmas.
Christmas Cruise to the South Pacific
Before you book your cruise, you’ll have to decide on two things – your departure port and the chain of islands for your ports of call. There are three main departure ports to the South Pacific: Sydney, Auckland, and Papeete. If you choose to depart from Sydney, Australia or Auckland, New Zealand, you will have a fantastic city-break at the start and end of your cruise. This would ease you into your dream cruise, help you find your sea legs, and finally balance yourself back on land before returning home. Both are fantastic cities to kick off a cruise.
Sydney, Australia to New Caledonia and Vanuatu
Sydney is the cosmopolitan center of Australia with its postcard perfect iconic harbor views, vibrant city life, and nature and beaches at its doorstop. From Sydney, cruise to intriguing islands of Noumea, Isle of Pines, and Lifou. If time permits, you can also add a stop to the uninhabited Mystery Island in Vanuatu.
Auckland, New Zealand to Fiji
Auckland, the up and coming younger neighbor in New Zealand, is more charming and laid back though it is attracting more and more visitors since the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the area. Between lowland rainforest and snow-capped mountains, the “City of Sails” Auckland will not disappoint in gorgeous views. It is the doorstep to Fiji where Suva, Port Denarau, and Dravuni Island await your cruise.
Cruise Ports in French Polynesia
If you choose to start your cruise in Papeete, Tahiti you’ll be flying into the heart of French Polynesia. Explorers have long dubbed this area as the “Garden of Eden” with its coconut-fringed views of beaches and rainforests. A sub-region of Oceania, it has inspired filmmakers looking for paradise and defined works of artists like Paul Gaugin. Sail in style and choose your own string of emerald islands: Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora for a unique cultural experience.
A daily dose of sunny days, fresh seafood, and tropical fruits would chase your winter blues away. Swim and snorkel in beautiful crystal clear waters, relax on the beach with a drink in hand, or simply experience life with locals while visiting one of these South Pacific islands. Find cruise deals now and go on a Christmas cruise to the South Pacific for a unique way to spend the holidays.
This article was written by Lilibeth Almonte and edited by Iris Alon.