Spotlight on South Pacific

The South Pacific is inherently romantic. With its unparalleled beauty, abounding culture, and relaxed state of mind, it’s the ideal getaway for any couple. 

Discover the South Pacific, Where Luxury Awaits

Discover the South Pacific, Were Luxury Awaits
Destination Spotlight

When it comes to the South Pacific, you might be spoiled with choices. But trust me, that’s not the only thing you’ll be spoiled by. With a dizzying array of colors, bright sunshine, and exotic flavors awaiting, each island is replete with its own unique cultures, peoples, and customs.

What is it? 

Often referred to as Oceania, the South Pacific islands encompass parts of New Zealand, Australia, the Americas, and Asia. Their inherent romance pairs perfectly with a desire for indulgence, enveloping the islands in a hazy dreamscape that seems closer to fantasy than reality.

How to Get There?

When planning your travel dates, keep in mind nothing will rain on your parade more than, well, actual rain. The South Pacific wet season falls between November and April, so opt for a trip anytime between May and October, when the skies are clearer and the temperatures a bit milder. Traveling between islands is a little trickier than you might anticipate, so your best bet is to fly into one of the major ports in Tahiti or Fiji and keep a flexible schedule. But island hopping is definitely possible. The trick is to customize your itinerary based on where you’re traveling from, and be prepared to take a few hopper flights as you jump from island to island.

Once you’ve made it, however, you can let all your worries float away in the warm island breeze. The South Pacific was seemingly made to evoke every one of your senses. From gazing upon breathtaking sunsets to floating in vivid blue-green waters, you’ll witness some of the most pristine natural beauty the world has to offer. 

What to Pack?

Now, let’s discuss packing, the fun yet stressful part of any vacation. Travel documents are key, so make sure they’re easily accessible throughout your journey. Sun protection and medication is also necessary, as nothing ruins a trip more than an uncomfortable sunburn or unexpected stomach bug. And, keep in mind the South Pacific, while home to warm weather, can also be unpredictable, so throw in some wet weather-friendly items. Speaking of waterproof clothing, pack your swimwear! You won’t be able to resist the glistening turquoise waters, so grab all your cute swimsuits and poolside outfits; if it can get wet, pack it!  

What Can You Expect?

In the South Pacific, you’ll discover new meaning to luxury with every single moment you spend there. The islands are renowned for their rich cultural traditions and super-friendly locals. Nestled in between lush flora and fauna, you’re able to let go of the little distractions of daily life. A simple stroll around any of the islands is elevated by the stunning vistas surrounding you. And, if you want to take it up a notch, grab a scooter and enjoy all the hidden delights the South Pacific has to offer. You might happen upon a hidden waterfall for an impromptu swim or romantic picnic. In the South Pacific, morning commutes are replaced by sails around the islands, and evenings of Netflix are replaced with sunset views from your own private yacht. Who could complain?

Your time in the South Pacific will be nothing short of transcendental. With lush greens, opulent accommodations, fresh air, and warm hospitality, each island offers something unique to travelers. Couples will be enamored by the all-inclusive luxury resorts, while adventure-seekers will revel in the many adrenaline-pumping activities at their disposal. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for the most unforgettable experience of your life!

Intimate Escapes in the South Pacific

French Polynesia is, perhaps, best described by one word – romantic. We caught up with Debora Roberts, a business development manager for Tahiti Nui Travel, to get the scoop on why the Tahitian islands are the perfect getaway for couples.

Q: What makes the islands of Tahiti the perfect getaway for couples?

Simply put, the islands of Tahiti are the most beautiful islands in the world. The diversity and the beauty of each island make them unique and incomparable. French Polynesia is made up of 118 small isolated islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Here, you have exotic flowers and fragrances, pristine turquoise lagoons, vibrant sunsets, private beachfront candlelit dinners, picnics for two on secluded motus (small islets), small resorts instead of mass market tourism and, most importantly, the birthplace of the overwater bungalow!

Q: What’s the best time of year to visit?

Tahiti is a year-round destination, and these islands record some of the highest hours of sunshine in the world. Keep in mind the cool and dry season is between April and October, and the warmer, higher humidity season is from November to March. The average temperature is around 80°F.  

Q: What’s the ideal vacation length for a trip to the Tahitian islands?

I’d say seven to 10 days is the perfect amount of time, allowing travelers to visit two or three islands. The islands of Tahiti are only an eight-hour flight from the West Coast and are in the same time zone as Hawaii. It’s a quick overnight flight, and you wake up in paradise.

Q: What’s the best way to get from island to island?

From Tahiti (Papeete) to Moorea, the best mode of transportation is a high-speed catamaran. We have a few companies who operate regularly throughout the day. It’s an easy 45-minute, air-conditioned journey. To Bora Bora and the other islands in French Polynesia, Air Tahiti, our domestic air carrier, has frequent flights.

Q: If travelers want to explore more than one island, which islands do you recommend combining?

It’s very easy to combine islands in one visit. Bora Bora is a must-see with the iconic Mt. Otemanu and her stunning lagoon. Moorea is full of activities and offers the opportunity to explore via car or boat. Taha’a is our vanilla island, and it’s quiet and romantic. Rangiroa is a mecca for snorkelers, scuba-divers and those wanting to fish. And for the adventure seekers, we offer the Aranui 5 cruise. This 13-night voyage sets sail aboard a half-passenger / half-freight ship and explores the remote Marquesas Islands. These dramatic, lush islands offer true cultural experiences, ancient Mea’e (sacred ritual sites), archeological sites, and Polynesian legends.

Q: What’s a bucket list experience travelers shouldn’t miss when visiting the Islands of Tahiti?

There’s not one, but many…

  • Swim with sharks and rays
  • Snorkel in the lagoon
  • Stay in an original overwater bungalow
  • Experience a couple’s massage overlooking the lagoon
  • Eat Poisson Cru (Tahitian marinated raw fish)
  • Dine at the Roulottes (original food trucks) at the Papeete wharf
  • Explore Le Marche, the marketplace in Papeete
  • Purchase a black pearl
  • Wear a locally-made, colorful Pareo
  • Learn Polynesian dance and listen to our locals harmonize
  • Say “I love You” in paradise

Q: What makes traveling with Tahiti Nui Travel unique?

Tahiti Nui Travel is the oldest and largest provider of vacations in French Polynesia. Our staff know the destination like no one else. We are your eyes and ears on the ground in Tahiti.

This is our home; it is our passion, and we delight in sharing it with you for as long as you can stay.

 

Ready to book your trip to the Tahitian islands? Contact your travel advisor to start planning.

10 Ways to Pop the Question in the South Pacific

The South Pacific islands are inherently romantic. From sun-bleached sand enveloping your feet and cool island air caressing your skin, to transcendental sunsets with interplays of colors slowly dipping beyond the horizon, it’s the perfect romance-filled destination to pop the question. Here are 10 perfect ways to do so!

Searching for Your Picture-Perfect Paradise? Here's Where to Find It.

Searching for Your Picture-Perfect Paradise? Here’s Where to Find It.
Travel Style

There’s something utterly sublime and indulgent about the South Pacific islands. It could be the feeling the name itself evokes – of warm sand caressing your feet and an island breeze tousling your hair. Or, maybe, it’s the ‘real life but better’ pictures you see when scrolling through social media feeds – the perfectly-posed beach picture or the champagne toast on a dreamy yacht as the sun slowly meets the horizon.

The South Pacific islands seem to exist in a suspended state of reality, a land that appears to be untouched by the daily hustle of life. While that exact notion may not be true, there is some honesty to the fact that the unparalleled views, rich cultural traditions and slower pace make these islands the perfect destination for the luxury traveler within you.

The famous sunset cruises are a must-do for all couples. These cruises combine live performances and delicious meals, set against enchanting vistas of skies on fire with bursts of oranges and pinks. For the couple who wants a bit more privacy and luxury, private sunset cruises are available as well. Sail off the coast of Bora Bora or Fiji and get a glimpse into the true relaxation these islands have to offer. 

For the couple looking for absolute pampering, look no further than the many all-inclusive resorts. These luxurious, adults only properties offer chic surroundings, excellent amenities, and a truly relaxing experience. With overwater bungalows, thatched roofs, private views, and crystal lagoons, they’re perfect for the dream couple vacation. For the most private and luxurious experience, stay at The Brando, located on the Tetiaroa islands and owned by none other than famed veteran actor, Marlon Brando. Although the hotel isn’t all-inclusive, the island’s exclusive nature, including access by private plane, adds the luxury factor any couple would want. 

But if adrenaline-pumping activities are more your style, there’s plenty for the adventurous couples to do, too! From volcano hikes to harvesting your own pearls, you can explore a plethora of activities completely unique to the South Pacific. Some couples even opt for the shark diving experience at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve in Fiji; however, this must be booked a few months in advance as spots are limited.

The South Pacific’s sublime charm must be experienced to be believed. With its opulent surroundings and lush greenery, each moment is something out of a guidebook, or in today’s terms, something straight from Instagram. Each day spent on the islands will present new experiences, and each experience will be best spent with your special someone by your side. So, if a picture-perfect couple’s vacation is what you’re looking for, look no further than the South Pacific!

Step aboard the world’s greatest ships

Each month we’re showcasing our cruise partners to bring you the latest on the cruise line and their ships. With different cruising styles and a variety of ships to choose from, you’ll find these profiles helpful for selecting the cruise that’s right for you.

The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World

Photo: Cunard

From fabled vessels of the past to her present royal court — Queen Mary 2, also known as QM2®, Queen Victoria, also known as QV®, and Queen Elizabeth, also known as QE® — Cunard has carried guests across the great oceans and to the far points of the globe in unparalleled style.

The most glamorous names of yesterday and today have made champagne toasts in Cunard’s salons, waltzed the night away in grand ballrooms, savored grand feasts of the finest flavors in elegant dining rooms, restaurants and cafés, and whiled away hours immersed in fascinating conversation on the many decks, bars, lounges and pubs.

Book a stateroom, enjoy the luxury accommodation and relax with delicious room service dining. Indulge your curiosity, whether it’s literature or the arts, theatrical productions, music, films or the energy of a casino. There are endless entertainment and educational pursuits. Enjoy activities at sea or on land such as the spacious decks and pools, elegant soirées and scenic tours.

We invite you to take your place in the rich heritage of ocean travel, and write your own classic adventure tale. Join Cunard and let them arrange and book your journey on the legendary luxury ocean liners of Cunard.

The Ship

Venture aboard the Queen Elizabeth and immerse yourself in her evocative art deco elegance. The newest Queen exudes style and has an especially refined feel. Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable voyage.

Queen Elizabeth invites you to an uncrowded world where spacious decks set the perfect backdrop for you to savor a flawless Cunard experience. Immerse yourself in endless entertainment, luxurious accommodations, and an array of dining choices. Her Art Deco features and gleaming chandeliers mix with contemporary attractions to ensure a remarkable vacation. Enjoy croquet on her Games Deck, stunning entertainment in her Royal Court Theatre, or relax in her elegant conservatory. The choice is yours.

The inspiration of Alaska awaits you. There is no better way to experience the magnificence of Alaska than aboard Queen Elizabeth.

Choose from a selection of 2020 Alaska roundtrip voyages from Vancouver that include the Inside Passage as well as Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm, or College Fjord, along with unique Alaska experiences, only available on Cunard.

When you sail in Alaska aboard Queen Elizabeth not only do you get to enjoy the majestic beauty of Alaska, but you will also experience it in style—amplified by elegant surroundings and our renowned White Star Service™.

The Ship
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Accommodations

Whether you want a stateroom with a view or a sumptuous suite, Cunard has every type of accommodation to make your cruise as comfortable as possible.

Wherever you wish to explore, there is a Queens Grill, Princess Grill, Britannia Club, or Britannia suite or stateroom to suit you, which includes plenty of thoughtful details to make you feel at home.

  • 24-hour room service
  • Satellite TV (with multi-language channels)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Daily shipboard programme
  • 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets

Grill Suite accommodations

These superbly appointed suites include a king-sized bed or two twin beds, nine-pillow concierge menu, dressing area, luxurious bathroom with bath and shower, Penhaligon's toiletries, robes and slippers. Satellite TV, a fully stocked bar, illy coffee machine, fresh fruit, books and a desk with personalized stationery await too. Relax in your lounge area, enjoy pre-dinner canapés and even order from the Queens Grill restaurant menu and dine in your suite. There’s an expansive private deck. Your butler and concierge will see to your every request, while priority embarkation, disembarkation and Grills Lounge and Grills Terrace access enhance the experience.

Club Balcony (category A) accommodations

Luxury awaits from the moment you arrive in your Club Balcony stateroom to find a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. It features all the hallmarks of Cunard style and comfort from the king-sized bed, 24-hour room service, luxurious bathroom with shower, bathrobe and slippers, nightly turndown service with chocolate, lounge area, and satellite TV. You’ll also benefit from a nine-pillow concierge menu, a private balcony, and the choice to dine when you wish in the intimate, single-seating Britannia Club restaurant.

Balcony 228-471 sq. ft. accommodations

Your stateroom is bathed in natural light and offers the benefit of ample storage. There’s a turndown service, complete with a chocolate left on your pillow, helping you get ready for a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable bed. Your bathroom features a shower, enhanced by Penhaligon's toiletries, along with a bathrobe and slippers. There’s a living area with a desk, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and a mini bar. Regular visits from your steward ensure everything stays pristine, and there’s also round-the- clock complimentary room service.

Single occupancy

The staterooms are located midships on deck 2 and offer a central location close to many of the most popular public rooms on Queen Elizabeth—including the Royal Court Theatre and Queens Room. There is a choice of Ocean View and an Inside room with the Ocean View rooms offering especially large windows. All offer spacious accommodation for the single traveler and come with oversize single beds.

Standard ocean view and insides staterooms are also available.

Accommodations
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Dining

Main dining

Your table is reserved for breakfast, lunch and dinner in either the Britannia Restaurant, Queens Grill restaurant or Princess Grill restaurant, depending on your room reservation. Each is the home of deliciously imaginative menus, exceptional wines and impeccable service. One evening you may start with such delicacies as Salmon Gravlax with Poached Quail’s Egg or a Croquette of Suckling Pig. For your entrée, you might be in the mood for Dover Sole Meunière or a Chateaubriand, perhaps rounded off with a rich Bitter Chocolate Soufflé or a lighter Mango Panna Cotta. They choice is yours.

Local specialties

With Cunard, you can have the finest dining experience at sea with dishes inspired by the provenance of Alaska’s ingredients and produce. Each voyage will bring the chance to savor dishes inspired by the provenance of key Alaskan ingredients.

Afternoon tea

Enjoy Cunard’s signature Afternoon Tea, served daily in the Queens Room, with a special Alaskan twist. Both sweet & savory options incorporating Alaska’s best recipes and dishes will be offered; paired with Alaskan iced tea, champagne and, of course, tea.

Alternative dining at nominal additional cost

If anything sums up the freedom of your cruise, it is the array of places to eat, from healthy to hearty, from light bites to haute cuisine. It’s simply a case of deciding what you’re in the mood for. The menu at The Verandah features specialty seafood and tender cooked-to-order prime cuts. Within either King’s Court or the Lido, alternative venues include Aztec with its Mexican flavors, Asian delicacies at Bamboo, Italian-themed La Piazza and the Smokehouse, inspired by a classic American grill.

Dining
Cunard

Activities

Onboard speakers

During an Alaska cruise aboard Queen Elizabeth, you will hear from award-winning writers and renowned explorers, giving their personal perspectives on Alaska. Our Cultural Heritage guides will join you throughout your journey, giving a unique perspective into the lives of the Alaskan people, their traditions and indigenous history.

Alaska on deck

With Cunard, you will spend scenic days cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, glean insight about your route at our Naturalist Outpost and cozy up with blankets and a warm drink while taking in Alaska’s breathtaking scenery.

Shore excursions

With Cunard, access over 140 shore excursions, explore Alaska’s wilderness, parks, wildlife and glaciers, including smaller-group luxury experiences such as Whale Watching by Yacht, Private Whale Watching and Private Hummer Tours.

Combine a Rocky Mountaineer land tour with your Cunard cruise. Rocky Mountaineer Gold-Leaf tours are offered pre- and post-voyage and includes either three, four or five nights' accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon.

Sporting Activities

Sports enthusiasts will feel right at hoome on our ships, whether taking part or just watching. There are many ways to keep yourself active on our ships. A few laps of the Promenade Deck and the games of shuffleboard and deck quoits have been pastimes for almost as long as we have been sailing. You’ll find pursuits like table tennis, paddle tennis, golf putting and swimming too. For armchair sports fans, Sport24 offers coverage of major events including the Premier League, Wimbledon, Formula 1, the Ryder Cup and more, shown in certain bars and lounges, and in all staterooms and suites.

Fitness classes

Keep up with your exercise routine or try something new in fitness classes for all levels. Setting your own pace really defines the Cunard experience, and our fitness classes offer a sociable way to stay active and energetic. Work on your posture and strength with Pilates, yoga or tai chi. It’s easy to raise the pace by joining aerobics and spinning classes, boot camps or even personal training sessions.

Evening performances

Every evening during your cruise promises a stellar array of entertainment choices. So, whether you’re in the mood for music, dance performances or even magic shows, prepare to settle into your seat. Watch the resident Royal Court Singers & Dancers stage dazzling Broadway style productions or abridged Shakespeare performances. We’ve also hand-picked a talented line-up of vocalists and instrumentalists, aerial performers and illusionists, stand-up comedians, and variety entertainers.

Gala evenings

Only Cunard offers the spectacular and immersive Ice White Ball in the Queens Room, specially created for Queen Elizabeth’s Alaska season.

Activities
Cunard

Family

Children’s facilities

Our ships are ideal family holiday destinations with plenty to keep our younger guests entertained.

Children of all ages are welcome on our ships, and our dedicated clubs offer activities and entertainment. These include arts and crafts, sporting activities, play areas, computer games and much more. They can make friends with other children at The Play Zone, for two- to seven-year-olds, and The Zone which is ideal for eight- to 17-year-olds. Our youth staff will supervise your children, organize events, activities and competitions, and even arrange “excursions” to the theater or cinema on board.

Select shore excursions are designed especially for families with children of all ages.

Family
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Services

Culture Heritage Guides

Only Cunard has a Culture Heritage Guide on every voyage, letting you immerse yourself in the contemporary life of the Alaskan people, while embracing their culture, tradition and indigenous history.

Mareel Wellness and Beauty

Only on Cunard can you indulge in Mareel Wellness and Beauty, our new holistic spa concept on every voyage, offering oceanic treatments and meditation rituals inspired by the Alaskan wilderness.

Live music

Live music will be an unmistakable signature of every moment on your ship. Our accomplished resident musicians will create an enticing ambience, during relaxing moments and on grand social occasions. The string quartet provides a warm welcome on board and melodic accompaniment to Afternoon Tea. The resident pianist sets an elegant tone to evening pre-dinner drinks in the Commodore Club, and you’ll also find harpists and contemporary bands in public rooms and lounges throughout the ship.

Services
Cunard