Despite being one of the furthest cruise destinations from the UK, Australia, New Zealand the Pacific Islands remain hugely popular because they offer so much diversity. Often referred to as the ‘island continent’ because of its size and remote location, the sheer scale of Australia offers cruise passengers unrivalled choice and with most of the most popular cities located on the coast, Australia is particularly accessible for cruisers. New Zealand and Oceania offer a completely different range of experiences and you just can’t beat some of the extraordinary indigenous culture spread throughout this fascinating region, whilst Hawaii mixes US and Polynesian cultures and offers some of the most impressive geological landscapes on earth along it’s amazing coastline.


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Where else but Australia and New Zealand can you experience such a diverse range of landscapes? From endless golden beaches and rainforest to the vast wilderness of the outback and enchanting waterways of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park; this is the trip of a lifetime. 

 

Known for the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and the sun baked outback desert, there’s nowhere on earth quite like Australia. Here you can spot unique wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats or you can dive down to explore an enchanting underwater world. In New Zealand you can feel like you’re in ‘Middle Earth’ visiting the filming locations for the movie franchise Lord of the Rings or learn about the fascinating history and tradition of Maori tribes.

 

Beautiful cities such as Sydney, Wellington, Melbourne and Tauranga await and each offers a wealth of museums, art galleries, excellent eateries and natural attractions such as Blue Mountains National Park on the outskirts of Sydney or the active volcano White Island in Tauranga. With so many intriguing sights to see, you’re sure to return home with outstanding memories 

 

Here at WOWCruise we have a wide choice of cruise deals for Australia and New Zealand with cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Cunard and P&O. We can also enhance your holiday with pre or post cruise stays in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

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Sydney


Visit the famous Sydney Opera House, climb the iconic Harbour Bridge, take in the 360-degree views from the Sydney Tower outdoor platform or simply watch the world go by at Bondi Beach. This city is packed with art and culture and surrounded by beautiful national parks such as Blue Mountains and Ku-ring-gai Chase. This natural beauty flows into the city and it’s not unusual to see clouds of flying foxes pass overhead as evening falls or crested cockatoos screeching from balconies. With so much to see and do in Sydney, it’s an excellent choice for a cruise and stay destination.

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Milford Sound


Located in the Fiordland National Park on South Island, Milford Sound is serene and magnificent. The landscape has cascading waterfalls, mysterious waters and towering mountains covered with dense forest. This is the perfect location to explore by kayak, boat or even helicopter to appreciate this landscape from a different vantage point. Depending on the length of time you have here, you can also hike along the scenic Milford Track or learn more about the intriguing underwater life at the Milford Underwater Observatory.

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Tauranga


This impressive harbourside city is located in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. There is an abundance of exciting experiences to be had here including exploring ‘Middle Earth’ with a Lord of the Rings tour, visiting White Island (an active volcano) by helicopter, or hiking in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park which has 300km of tracks to explore - many of them originally created by Maori settlers. Just 15 minutes drive from Tauranga is the popular beach town of Mount Maunganui where white sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can sea and an abundance of watersports are on offer as well as dolphin spotting tours.



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Jonathon says "Having made the long journey to this great destination, it’s a must to take a few days to sample Sydney’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, beaches, Blue Mountains and the largest natural harbour in the world."


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With blissful blue skies, secluded beaches, intrepid rainforest and looming volcanoes, there’s no destination which provides relaxing escapism quite like Hawaii and for many cruisers travelling one of the itineraries here is top of their wishlist.

 

Hawaii is a hot spot for those wanting to explore the ocean and the wildlife that lives and visits here. Home to 24 species of whale and dolphin, Hawaii has great opportunity for you to see some of nature's most beautiful animals up close, in fact Oahu is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with whales and Kona offers the chance to swim with manta rays at night - a truly unique experience. The oceans around Hawaii are teeming with life and it’s highly regarded as one of the best diving destinations worldwide.

 

There’s just as much to discover on land too as Hawaii has a rich native history and traditions such as Luaus and Hula dancing have been preserved, giving you the chance to experience them first hand.

 

Points of interest are sprawled across the islands and on one day you can find yourself exploring caves in dense, tropical jungle whilst the next you could be enthralled by the history of sites like Pearl Harbour in Honolulu or fascinated seeing how coffee is farmed in Kona.

 

With activities like surfing, diving, horse riding, hiking and ziplining; the opportunities for adventure are endless, enabling you to explore this dramatic landscape in more ways than one and creating travel memories you’re sure to treasure for a lifetime.

 

Here at WOWCruise we have a wide choice of cruise deals available for Hawaii with Princess cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, P&O and more. We can also enhance your holiday with pre or post cruise stays in cities like Honolulu, Sydney or even Los Angeles. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

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Honolulu


As a beautiful cosmopolitan capital city, Honolulu is the racing pulse of Hawaii. Here you can visit notable points of interest such as the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S. - the Iolani Palace, Diamond Head State Monument where a walking trail will take you to the edge of a 300,000 year old volcanic crater, the historic Pearl Harbour and even Shangri-La, a highly noted centre for Islamic arts and culture. Honolulu also offers some fantastic eateries where you can try local dishes such as Lomi Lomi salmon or steamed manapau. Of course no visit to Honolulu would be complete without a pit stop at the stunning Waikiki Beach.

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Hilo


This part of Hawaii is a natural wonderland and is blessed with dramatic waterfalls, blooming gardens and fertile rainforests. Hilo is also a short drive from Volcanoes National Park which sprawls over 330,000 acres and is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes. In early times Hilo was a busy farming and fishing area which evolved into a commercial center for the sugar industry in the 1800’s. You can discover the intriguing history of the area Lyman Museum or find out about the terrifying tsunamis that nearly wiped out Hilo at the Pacific Tsunami Museum. At the Hilo Farmers Market you can try fresh and delicious locally-grown produce and purchase local crafts and art.

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Kailua Kona


This is where some of the world’s best coffee is grown and whether you’re coffee connoisseur or not, you’ll find it fascinating to learn how this everyday product is cultivated. Whilst in Kona you can take a convenient walking tour of the historic points of interest such as Hulihee Palace, a vacation home for Hawaiian royalty and Ahuena Heiau, a religious temple dating back to 1812. Kona has calm, clear waters making it a paradise for diving, snorkelling and sailing. Dolphins, Hawaiian Green Turtles (referred to locally as honu) and manta rays can be spotted here and in fact, one of Kona’s most memorable experiences is to swim with these graceful sea creatures.



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Jonathon says "As you may have noticed, various Cruise lines operate 14 or 15 day Cruises as a Hawaiian round trip out of Vancouver, Seattle San Francisco or Los Angeles. However you may not be the type that wants 4 sea days to get to the islands and 4 sea days back. Instead, why not go Royal Caribbean from Vancouver to Honolulu where you can extend your stay in a perfectly positioned hotel on Waikiki Beach, then fly home via Los Angeles or another main American hub? Just saying!"


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Visit some of the world’s most exotic destinations with a cruise around the Oceania region of the Pacific Ocean. With islands like Fiji, American Samoa, Bora Bora and Tahiti on the itinerary, you’ll have a truly unforgettable holiday.

 

This is a paradise for nature lovers, there’s white sand beaches, tropical rainforest and coral reefs that teem with colourful fish. Pursuits like hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching are just some of the extraordinary experiences on offer here.

 

Many Pacific Ocean cruises will embark in Australia or Japan, giving you a diverse range of cultures, landscapes and points of interest to discover. We recommend enhancing your getaway with a pre or post cruise stay as you’re going to want more time to explore one or more of the spectacular cities of these countries.

 

Here at WOWCruise we offer Pacific Ocean cruise holidays with Royal Caribbean, P&O, Holland America and many others, so we can offer you a fantastic selection of great value packages. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

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Bora Bora


When you picture a holiday paradise, it’s likely that it’s Bora Bora you’re imagining. Known for its 5* exclusive resorts with villas which sit over the beautiful clear ocean, it’s no surprise that it has become a destination favoured by honeymooners and the rich and famous. A visit to Bora Bora should be appreciated by exploring the stunning white sand beaches, lined with swaying palm trees or by jumping in head first to snorkel the Motu Reef or the Bora Bora Lagoonarium where you’ll discover sharks, turtles, rays and a dazzling variety of fish.

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Suva (Fiji)


This beautiful harbour city is the capital of Fiji and a paradise for those who enjoy being in the great outdoors. There are hiking trails aplenty to be found in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve as well as great bird watching opportunities and the chance to swim in cool outdoor pools formed by gently running waterfalls. Walk to the top of Mount Tomanivi, a now extinct volcano, and lookout for rare birds along your hike. Another way to appreciate the flora and fauna of the island is to visit Thurston Gardens which dates back to the 1880’s and contains many species of plants as well as the Thurston Express, which used to transport sugar cane on the island but is now a stationary attraction. Next to the gardens is the Fiji Museum which houses archeological artifacts from the island which are over 3,700 years old.

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Pago Pago


Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa and gateway to the American Samoa National Park where rainforest stretches as far as the eye can see. This cruise port is one of the most beautiful for cruising into, so make sure you’re on deck as you approach to dock - the view is not to be missed. This destination will leave you feeling truly awe inspired as you learn about (and potentially meet) Samoan Princesses, spy colourful kingfishers darting around and spot fruit bats roosting in the trees. The appeal extends offshore too as this is a region frequented by humpback whales and which offers some of the most incredible diving spots thanks to the diverse coral reefs.



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Jonathon says "A must is to see the Sunrise behind Bora Bora after several days at sea. This icon shaped islands appears on the horizon and the colour changes as the sunrises are the most beautiful I have ever seen. Cruise lines that operate here often have late departures or overnight stays in Bora Bora and Papeete."


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