Been There Done That…

by / Wednesday, 16 August 2017 / Published in Vacations Magazine Edition 2, 2017

So, you’ve cruised to the South Pacific onboard one of the many ships now gracing Australia’s shores and you are wondering, where to now?

Many Australians and New Zealanders take their first cruise to the South Pacific every year. It’s one of our most popular cruises, and many cruisers repeat the journey time and again to the lovely islands of Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. Yet there is so much more to cruising, different cruiselines, larger and smaller ships, budget holidays through to luxury once-in-a-lifetime cruises, oceans versus rivers, and the number of world destinations open to you are as limitless as your imagination. So…where to next?

For those who prefer to stay closer to home, you could embark on a circumnavigation cruise of Australia. Or the Land of The Long White Cloud. Or both! And depending on how much time you have available, what about a shorter segment of each cruise, say Brisbane to Perth, or the south island of New Zealand? It could just be your cup of tea!

Do you like getting up close and personal with the Australian outback? Then a Murray River Cruise would be the ideal way to go. A few days cruising the majestic Murray, time to take in an historic paddle-wheeler, discovering pioneering Australia while experiencing our unique Australian flora and fauna and Dreamtime culture – simply beautiful, and right in our own backyard!

Or, let’s really get into that cruising culture with a longer cruise, readily available from most major ports. Transpacific cruises sailing from Sydney or Brisbane across the Pacific Ocean via Tahiti, Bora Bora and Hawaii (arguably the most beautiful places on earth), all the way to San Francisco, Vancouver or LA. From there you can sail up to Alaska, around the coastline of USA and Mexico… even through the Panama Canal and up into the Caribbean Islands!

Or start cruising from the other way… we are talking west from Perth, out across the Indian Ocean visiting the stunning Maldives, exotic Asia and India, Dubai, the coastline of Africa and beyond.

And that’s cruising from our own Australian shores in a nutshell.

Plus, if you are not adverse to flying first, a whole world of cruise ports are wide open to you! I’m talking the whole shebang – ocean cruising or river cruising. From the rivers in Europe’s heartland to the blue of the Mediterranean Sea to Alaska’s sparkling coastline and Asia’s majestic Mekong River. Get out your explorer hat for an indepth adventure to South America, the Galapagos Islands, or the ultimate cruising adventure – Antarctica, the last frontier – sailing in absolute luxury of course… it’s the only way to cruise!

The South Pacific is right here on our doorstop, great for a first and second cruising experience or a few relaxing days away… and yet… as we have just seen, there are so many cruising options open to you. Call Accor Vacation Club Cruises for your next cruising adventure and have a chat with a cruise consultant for their insightful (and well informed) suggestions. Happy Cruising!