The Hundred Mile Horizon
Cruises visit the island groups of Melanesia (New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji) and Polynesia (Samoa, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, French Polynesia, Tahiti and Pitcairn Island). Melanesia’s islands are mostly high volcanic, while Polynesia’s islands are low reefs and atolls.
Popular activities on shore are market-shopping, water sports, and taking in the stunning views. These islands hold a fascination for city-dwellers, who envy the carefreeness of island life and
culture. Two dozen ships from cruise lines Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Pando Australia and RCI offer three- to five-star sailings. Cruises embark from Sydney and Brisbane, some are trans-Pacific, and grand cruises circle the Pacific (75 nights).
The growth of South Pacific cruising gives the traveller a wealth of choices! Since there are many sea days with larger vessels, select a ship with on-board activities that suit your lifestyle. From Cairns smaller expedition vessels make port-intensive explorations around Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.