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and Dravuni Island in Fiji. Riley says many clients are looking to immerse themselves in the “castaway” experience of island life. “However, there are activities on offer for those looking to spend time away from the beach. The Waisali Rainforest Reserve excursion in Fiji allows guests to take a guided nature hike through the rainforest and cool off under their very own waterfall.” Book it: Sun Princess’ 14-night Fiji and South Pacific itinerary departing November 25, 2014 from Sydney starts from £1,428pp, based on two sharing an inside stateroom. Fare does not include flights. ■princess.com


Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity will operate a 19-night “Mysteries of the South Pacific” from Lima to Auckland in early 2015. The ship will trace the route of the legendary explorers to see the moai on Easter Island, the descendants of the Bounty mutineers in Pitcairn, Papeete, Bora Bora and Rarotonga. Justin Pearson, head of sales and marketing, Crystal Cruises UK, says: “Crystal Cruises offers some amazing excursions, including the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island, exploring the temples of Tahiti, and ocean floor walking in Bora Bora.” Book it: Crystal Serenity’s 19-night “Mysteries of the South Pacific” from Lima to Auckland, departing January 31, 2015 starts from £5,088, all-inclusive for cruise-only. ■crystalcruises.co.uk


Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice will sail an eight- night South Pacific itinerary next March – a round-trip from Sydney with stops including Isle of Pines (New Caledonia), Noumea (New Caledonia) and Lifou (Loyalty Island). Celebrity Cruises’ Nicki Tempest-Mitchell, director of Sales, UK and Ireland, says the Isle of Pines is a fantastic place for historians: “It was discovered by James Cook and used to be a French penal colony – the ruins are still there today.” It’s also a top draw for nature


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waters around the island are crystal clear, so great for snorkelling and scuba diving. On most islands Celebrity Cruises stops at, bike hire is a great way to get around, allowing visitors to take in the scenery and enjoy the experience.” Book it: Celebrity Solstice’s eight-night South Pacific fly-cruise departing March 14, 2015 from Sydney starts from £1,985pp, based on two people sharing an interior stateroom and includes return flights from Heathrow and transfers. ■celebritycruises.co.uk


Celebrity Solstice will set out from Sydney on an eight-night South Pacific itinerary next March


World Cruise is “an experienced traveller’s dream”. There are excursions on offer in


Bora Bora, including a Bora Bora Off-Road Adventure, a Shark & Ray Snorkelling Adventure and an AquaBike Adventure. Bonner says: “Silversea guests will be able to explore Bora Bora's Blue Lagoon in a new way on an exciting submersible scooter excursion. The underwater scooter has a transparent glass airlock with constant air supply, making it easy to breathe and captain the vehicle, while viewing myriad tropical fish, coral and marine life.” Excursions in Tahiti include


Pacific Princess in Bora Bora


Silversea The South Pacific will feature on Silver Whisper’s 115-day World Cruise in 2016, now on sale. The “Venetian World Odyssey 2016” will follow a westward path from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific, where featured stops will include Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti and Bora Bora. The epic voyage will continue to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India, Arabia and the Med, before concluding in Venice. Mike Bonner, UK general manager, says a


Papenoo Valley & Waterfall by Jeep, scuba for certified divers and a scenic flight to top them all. Bonner says: “The 15-minute flight makes for a thrilling experience. Views of Tahiti’s circular volcanic landmass, dominated by 6,700-ft Mount Orohena and beautiful deep valleys are indeed breathtaking. The vibrant blue water hugging sandy beaches is the icing on the cake.” Book it: Air-inclusive fares for Silver Whisper’s 115-day World Cruise 2016 start at £37,950pp, based on two sharing. Guests booking the complete package will enjoy added benefits including business class flights, $4,000 onboard spending credit, internet package and complimentary laundry service. ■silversea.com


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