If you were asked to describe paradise, you’d probably describe the South Pacific. Beauty encompasses the entire region, from the picturesque beaches of Australia and New Zealand to the astonishing islands of Fiji, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. A Silversea Cruise to the South Pacific is the only way for you to see all of the wondrous, natural beauty up-close from the comfort of a world-class, luxury cruise. Special themed cruises will take you on scuba diving expeditions, where you can see the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. In some places, there are even historic shipwrecks teeming with marine life that you can explore.
With cruises that follow the scenic coasts of Australia and New Zealand and others that navigate the coral islands, lush forests, and magnificent beaches of the French Polynesian islands, you’re sure to see more natural beauty on a Silversea Cruise to the South Pacific than you’d ever thought possible. For more information on which of the many amazing locations will be visited on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise or contact an All-Travel travel agent for more information.
Silversea Discoverer, Whisper, & Shadow
Depending on which cruise you’ve chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Discoverer, Whisper, or Shadow. Due to its small size, the Silversea Silver Discoverer is the perfect platform for viewing the untamed landscapes of the islands of the South Pacific- her shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore. The Silversea Silver Whisper takes Silversea’s award-winning concept of all-suite luxury to the next level with a cosmopolitan ambiance and a variety of special amenities, including boutique shopping and full-scale productions, and the Silversea Silver Shadow offers the luxuries of a private yacht, the amenities of a country club, and the fine services of an exclusive hotel in one convenient package.
Things to Do in the South Pacific
Each Silversea Cruise to the South Pacific has its own unique itinerary. Whether you’re visiting large, urban cities or touring the more remote locations filled with culture, history, and scenery, there’s something for everyone. Cruises to the South Pacific present countless opportunities to try exquisite cuisine, explore natural wonders, and relax on the most beautiful beaches in the world. Tauranga, Port Vila, and the Kimberly Coast are just a few of the ports you’ll visit on a Silversea South Pacific Cruise.
In Tauranga you can go surfing at the gorgeous golden beaches, swim with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty, or climb through the trees of Adrenalin Forest. In Port Vila in Vanuatu you can hike to the 150-foot-high Mele Cascades waterfall and enjoy the local hotels, restaurants, and markets. The Kimberley Coast of Australia is larger than most of the world’s countries, and is hemmed by miles of impenetrable coastline and unforgiving deserts- making it the ideal destination for explorers searching for a real outback experience. Those who enjoy a more urban environment should select a cruise that travels to Sydney, where you can see the world-famous Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Finally, many of the islands you’ll visit have the clear, azure waters and soft white sand that make the beaches of the South Pacific a true paradise.
South Pacific Cruise Tips
You can expect a tropical climate all year in the South Pacific, but the best weather occurs during the dry season from May to October. The wet season, which has more rain, heat, and humidity, is between November and April. Many of the locations visited are south of the equator, so the seasons are reversed. There aren’t a lot of great opportunities to stock up on supplies, so make sure to plan ahead and pack as much as you can. Additionally, transportation is limited on many of the islands so take advantage of all of the tours that you can.
Several of Silversea’s cruises to the South Pacific embark or disembark from Australia, so visitors from the United States and Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which can be applied for online. An ETA will allow you to visit Australia as many times as you wish for up to 12 months, and stay for up to three months each visit. Note: if your cruise is less than 30 days and leaves from and returns to Australia, you’re considered a “round tripper,” which means that for immigration purposes you haven’t left the country.