No medals for Samoa yet in the Commonwealth Games, but this weeks Cruise & Travel Show was ‘Gold’ as Greg & Gary took you on an island adventure. A stunning island, and one of the lesser visiting South Pacific destination.
So let’s go there, and I have a deal worthy of a place on the podium!
Flying over to Auckland on the 15th March, you will enjoy a night at the 5* Pullman hotel, located in Albert Park and just a stones throw from the harbour. Virtually surrounded by water, Auckland is known as ‘The City of Sails’ with good reason. Opt to see the city from above with a visit to its Sky Tower, complete with a revolving restaurant! Sail on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour for a taste of its yachting culture.
You then embark the 5* Celebrity Solstice, one of the highest rated cruise ships to sail the South Pacific. As you stroll among the expansive decks, you’ll experience the rich colour palettes illuminated by beautiful natural light, and revel in the extensive amenities – all delivered with the attentive service for which Celebrity Cruises is renowned. Celebrity Solstice is built around you and the way you long to travel. On the newest Solstice-class of ships, you will discover a refined level of elegance – an unrivaled experience making a distinctive statement of style and design.
Your first port of call is just up the coast of New Zealand, and its the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands next to the country’s North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artifacts. It’s also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its days as the country’s first colonial capital. in 2006, the Bay of Islands was adjudged to have the second bluest sky in the world, just trailing behind Rio de Janiero
After a couple of relaxing days at sea you arrive into Fiji. The locals call Lautoka the Sugar City, after its primary export. Shopping here on the main street lined with royal palms is a distinctively South Pacific experience, and a wealth of handicraft markets and duty-free stores make it all the more inviting. The Fiji archipelago is at the crossroads of the South Pacific, with 333 islands for an exciting adventure or peaceful repose. Built around a reef protected natural harbour, Suva, with its colonial buildings nestled alongside modern commercial venues, parks and a residential sprawl, is the home of nearly half of Fiji’s urban population. The people of Fiji are the most multi-racial and multi-cultural of all South Pacific island countries. It is an exotic and fascinating culture filled with legends and rituals. Witness firewalkers, Kava Ceremonies, tribal drumming, dance and song.
The feature port for today’s island destination arrives as you land in Apia in Samoa. Lush and volcanic, the nine islands of Samoa constitute a reef-fringed oasis in the vast Pacific Ocean. One of Apia’s greatest attractions is a hotel—Aggie Gray’s— immortalized by Michener and frequented by Robert Louis Stevenson, Marlon Brando and Gary Cooper. Other worthy elements include rain forests, waterfalls, craters, blowholes, beaches, and the ever-present fa’a Samoa—the Samoan Way.
Now this gets complicated…..even though you have sailed from Apia and slept peacefully that evening, you wake up the next morning and the date is yesterday! Why, well overnight you crossed the International Dateline – and you will be given the 23rd March all over again! Any this bizarre repeated day sees you back in Samoa, but this time it is a port in American Samoa, an island just 100km from the other Samoa. American Samoa is a U.S. territory covering 7 South Pacific islands and atolls. Tutuila, the largest island, is home to the capital and your port for the day, Pago Pago, whose natural harbor is framed by volcanic peaks including 1,716-ft.-high Rainmaker Mountain. Divided between the islands Tutuila, Ofu and Ta‘ū, the National Park of American Samoa highlights the territory’s tropical scenery with rainforests, beaches and reefs.
Here’s the bad news. You will leave American Samoa on the 23rd March, wake up the next morning on the 25th March…..what happened to the 24th??? Well its that pesky Dateline again! Never mind, you can drown your sorrows in paradise as you arrive in the charming island nation of Tonga. 171 islands and islets belong to the Kingdom of Tonga, the last monarchy in Polynesia. One of them is Vava’u. Mount Talau rises majestically into the sky here and offers magnificent views over the picturesque island. The water shimmers in every shade of blue imaginable on the way to Swallows Cave before inviting you to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in a South Seas idyll on Nuku Island. The following day you have the chance to explore the capital city of Tonga, Nuku ‘alofu. Seat of the government and the Royal Family, Nuku ‘alofu translates as “Home of Love”, and gives you an insight into Tongan life as you explore the streets and wander tha markets.
You then have a couple of relaxing days at sea to recover from your amazing South Pacific adventure before you arrive back into Auckland and fly back to Australia.
This is a really unique itinerary, exploring lesser visited parts of the South Pacific, and doing it in 5* luxury. Fortunately we don’t have a 5* price tag stuck to it! For this weeks Cruise Deal of the Week we have this 14 night fly, cruise and stay package, which includes:
- Return flights from Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney – other airports are possible)
- One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation at the Pullman Auckland, including Breakfast
- Thirteen night cruise on board the Celebrity Solstice in an Ocean View Cabin
At a fantastic package price of just $4,449 per person. And we can add more value by including a FREE CLASSIC BEVERAGE PACKAGE and FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET for the full cruise!
Higher grades of cabin are also available, and if you want to stay longer in New Zealand we can help with that also.
Spaces are limited so call the team at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to grab that cabin!!!