One of the benefits of being mature is that many of us have been fortunate enough to have done some travelling and to have enjoyed some lovely trips.
But even for those of us who have clocked up some miles, there are still some areas of the world which make our pulse quicken, places of such legendary beauty that we would like to see them while we can, or perhaps see them again.
One such area is Australia and the entire South Pacific which, of course includes New Zealand.
Jan thinks that for her, the appeal of the area is grounded in the film South Pacific which she saw at an impressionable age. As a former Travel Editor, however, she knows that the South Pacific is one of those places where the reality really does lives up to the hype and where the sights do, indeed, make you gasp at the sheer beauty of our planet.
And if you truly want to have your breath taken away by the beauty of the South Pacific, one of the best ways to see it is from the deck of a cruise ship.
Between January and April this year, P&O Cruises are offering six spectacular cruises in and around Australia, NZ and the South Pacific. Plus, if you need to plan further ahead, 10 voyages in that area at the same time in 2018.
Another benefit of being mature is that many of us have more leisure time. So, as well as a variety of destinations, the cruise programme in Australia and the South Pacific offers a variety of durations from 17 nights all the way to 51 nights.
If you can pack quickly, and can sail away this month, there is a magnificent cruise available later in January: the 17-night San Francisco to Auckland departing San Francisco on 26 Jan, aboard Arcadia. The luxurious, adults-only Arcadia visits two Hawaiian Islands as well as the legendary Pacific islands of Bora-Bora and Tahiti before arriving in Auckland on 13 February.
If this ravishingly beautiful region excites you, P&O Cruises has many other tempting cruise itineraries ‘Down Under’, both this year and in 2018, including 17, 52, 55 and 59-night voyages to Australia and New Zealand from Southampton and from Australia and New Zealand to Southampton, as well as a 99-night Western Circumnavigation aboard Arcadia.
Have you cruised in the South Pacific? Please share your memories and photos with us below…
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