Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sail Into a Tropical Sunset and Discover Tahiti by Sea

 Ever since the first intrepid sailors discovered the tropical paradise that is Tahiti and her islands, cruising has promised visitors one of the most spectacular ways to arrive.

Made up of 118 islands and atolls spread across an area the size of Europe, cruising offers a perfect way to explore the characters of Tahiti's distinctly different archipelagos.

Both Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises offer voyages from Australia that include Tahiti, with P&O Cruises' latest addition to its Australian fleet, Pacific Pearl, sailing a 28-night cruise from Sydney on July 1 visiting Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora.

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises' Australian-based superliner Dawn Princess will visit the islands of Tahiti twice in 2011, calling at four of the Society islands during her 35-night Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific voyage from Sydney in April as well as visiting Tahiti and Bora Bora again in August during her 104-night world cruise.

A range of international vessels will call in at Tahiti and her islands on world cruise migrations from the Northern Hemisphere, including Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas, Princess Cruises' Sea Princess and Odyssey from boutique cruise line Seabourn which will all visit Tahiti on enroute to Australia from September 2011.

For travellers keen to explore the breadth of Tahiti's unique archipelagoes in luxury, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers all-inclusive voyages of up to two weeks that cruise from Papeete to explore the Society Islands and the far-flung Marquesas as well as calling at Fakarava in the Tuamotus.

The Aranui offers a simpler Tahitian adventure, taking up to 200 passengers on a mixed passenger/cargo ship delivering essentials to the remote Marquesas islands on its regular 14-day route.

Lastly, smaller ships offer passengers the chance to visit picturesque bays and pristine beaches larger ships could not access. Haumana Cruises offers three-to seven-day cruises exploring Rangiroa and her atolls while Nomade Yachting Bora Bora takes just 32 passengers on voyages around the Society Islands in the luxurious Australian-built yacht, Tu Moana.

Ultimate Cruising has 10-night cruise holiday deals around the Society Islands featuring a seven-night all-inclusive voyage with Paul Gauguin visiting Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Taha'a. Plus travellers receive three-nights pre-cruise accommodation in Manava Suite Resort in a garden studio, all airport/ship/hotel transfers on Tahiti and all pre-payable air/cruise and hotel taxes. Prices ex Sydney and Melbourne start from $3899* per person twin share departing June 9, 2011. For more information and to book, call 1300 662 943 or visit

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Book and pay by April 30, 2011.

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