South Pacific

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Limestone islands in a lagoon
Untouched forests, pristine white sand beaches, crystal waters filled with reefs and diverse sea life: a South Pacific cruise offers the ultimate getaway from winters in both the northern and …
Papua New Guinea is part of the largest island in the South Pacific. It is blanketed with tropical forests and savannas that are home to vast array of wildlife, including many species that are found …
Marquesan food definitely fits into the Polynesian genre of cuisine. The umu, or roast pig, is not only a delicious dish but an important cultural element as well. The pig is buried in a pit on top …
On your adventure cruise to Micronesia you will be amazed by the amount of natural beauty each of these islands hold. Micronesia is a sub-region of Oceana and it is made up of hundreds of tiny …
New Zealand is a land of snow-capped mountains, long sandy beaches and wild coastline, rolling grasslands and sapphire fjords. Its praises have been sung for centuries by the native Maoris, and its …
The island nation of Fiji is made up of an archipelago of 322 breathtaking islands. Some of the best beaches in the South Pacific can be found here, whether one is looking for luxurious resorts or …
A cruise to Australia can be an adventure, a relaxing holiday, or anything in between. The Australians are known for their friendliness, and the landscape is known for its wildness. Travelers to …
Text compliments of the Tourism Promotion Corporation of Chile Easter Island is a destination that seems to inhabit our subconscious. The image of those great stone moai with their backs to the …
Tapati Festival on Easter Island
Easter Island is full of mystery.  Visit during the first two weeks of February and you will be even more intrigued! During the Tapati Festival, the entire island comes together in song and …
Located in the warm Pacific waters, Guam is a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and coral reefs. A cruise to Guam will reveal an abundance of natural beauty and a unique cultural heritage that has …
The Marquesas Islands are the jewels of French Polynesia. They are located far from any continent, making them a secluded array of islands in the quiet South Pacific. They are known for their …
Tahiti has long been regarded as the ultimate tropical vacation. It is known for its dramatic forested peaks dropping down to perfect black sand beaches. The warm South Pacific waters are inviting …
The Solomon Islands are home to lush rainforests and over 200 varieties of orchids and tropical flowers. The coconut tree lined beaches and the thickly rain-forested interiors of this stunning …
The Kingdom of Tonga, Pule'anga Tonga, is a welcoming land of abiding tradition. The islanders maintain a record of the names of their kings for the last thousand years. In this Christian land, …
The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean, about equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand. They are named after Captain Cook, who discovered them in 1770. Made up of two groups, which …
Cabanas silhouette  on a Bora Bora cruise
Located in the heart of the South Pacific is the small coral island of Bora Bora. The island is 11.3 square miles and lies about 140 miles northwest of Tahiti. Bora Bora hosts an extinct volcano with …
The luxurious 332-passenger Paul Gauguin
Check out the MS Paul Gauguin ship on the Smithsonian Channel's "Mighty Cruise Ships" program.  This vessel is definitely one of our favorites, so we are "mighty" proud …
Visit Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
On stands now is Conde Nast Traveler's Cruise Guide, highlighting some of the best ships and itineraries in the cruising world -- from the resurrection of European River Cruising and unique …
Views from the Kapitan Khlebnikov
Antarctica travel photo by Laurie Allread NOVEMBER 15TH TUESDAY -- SOUTHERN OCEAN 7AM Last night we were warned to expect the worst and to secure our items in our cabins. Surprisingly, most of …
Antarctica landscape
Photo by Laurie Allread - Taken enroute to Snow Hill on her 2008 Antarctica Monday - Nov. 14, 2011 This morning we arrived at Perseverance Harbor, Campbell Island about 8am. Wind was 30 knots …

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