Auckland to Los Angeles & Las Vegas – Majestic Princess – 5 April 2023
New Zealand Cruises
Although many people think that Australia and New Zealand are the same, the island nations coexist in the South Pacific as close neighbors with completely different personalities. Aussies and Kiwis enjoy a healthy sibling rivalry on the sporting field, but New Zealand has its own distinct offerings that cannot be compared to Australia’s. The Māori culture is one of the strongest in all of Polynesia, and if you’ve seen the breath-taking, sweeping vistas portrayed in blockbuster movies like “Lord of the Rings,” you won’t be disappointed; this is where they were filmed.
Best Time for a New Zealand Cruise
New Zealand is best enjoyed during the peak summer months of December, January, and February, although the cruise season officially kicks off in early October, with most of the major activity winding down toward the end of April. Between May and September, only a handful of ships visit, with no activity at all in July, the first month of winter.
The Pacific Cruises
Many travelers dream of cruising the islands of the South Pacific, and this is one of those magical destinations that doesn’t disappoint. The turquoise and azure blue waters, majestic tropical scenery, gorgeous white sand beaches and remarkably welcoming people seem, well, perfect in many respects. And, indeed, they truly are.
The region that’s so captivated our imaginations is comprised of some 7,500 islands, only 500 of which are inhabited. Scattered across a vast expanse of ocean, the island chains are commonly grouped into three major regions: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Despite many similarities, these island nations and their roughly 6 million people are surprisingly varied and diverse, with unique histories, cultures, languages, geology, and scenery.
Best Time to Go
The South Pacific is blessed with a year-round tropical climate. The best weather, with little to no rain, occurs during dry season from May to October (although trade winds pick up during these months). During wet season, between November and April, rain, temperatures, and humidity increase. North of the equator in Micronesia, the seasons are reversed.