Get Inspired / Pacific Islands The beginner's guide to cruising the South Pacific Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands The beginner's guide to cruising the South Pacific story by: Inspire Magazine When it comes to cruising, New Zealand is perfectly positioned to experience paradise right from our doorstep. A popular option for many Kiwis, P&O Cruises has been cruising the Pacific Islands for over 80 years. Roundtrip sailings from Auckland capture the highlights of the Pacific Islands and more. There is an itinerary to suit everyone, from foodies and culture seekers, to those looking for an adrenaline rush, and travellers keen to experience the unique and more rustic island way of life. P&O's stunning Pacific Pearl brings the best of the Pacific Islands direct to you – so why not get to know her a little better? As the newest addition to the fleet, Pacific Pearl is also one of the most loved, and for good reason. Her top deck features a giant LED Big Screen (think blockbuster movies, live sports and Wii contests) and, she has an outdoor circus area primed for acrobatic performances, loved by kids and adults alike. The Dome features panoramic views and entertainment, MIX Cocktail Bar serves up premium spirits and The Orient offers a great selection of draught beer. Plus, families are perfectly catered for with four separate age-specific kids clubs. For dining, sample from a la carte selections in Waterfront Restaurant, buffet options at Plantation Restaurant or casual meals from The Grill, all included in your cruise fare. For a small cover charge you can enjoy a true celebrity chef dining experience at Salt grill by Luke Mangan where you can try the signature crab omelette or liquorice parfait with lime syrup, both delicious options. All this and you haven’t even got off the ship yet. No matter what your travel whim, whether you are holidaying with friends, family or as a couple, P&O Cruises offers a travel experience to suit. With idyllic Pacific Island destinations that never fail to amaze, an onboard lifestyle that offers as much fun or relaxation as you could want and an environment where every family member can have their ultimate holiday. It’s really no surprise that cruising is the fastest growing holiday category in New Zealand Click here for all Inspire South Pacific articles Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 9 things you need to know before you cruise Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The Pacific Islands: When to go Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.