South Pacific


Royal Caribbean pledges Vanuatu resort will be first carbon neutral destination

Royal Caribbean is to build the regions’s first private destination island resort for its cruise ships on the pristine island of Lelepa in Vanuatu. The line claims it will be the first carbon neutral private […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 15 2019

Destination: Papua New Guinea

In 2016 P&O made headlines when it became the first cruise line in the world to offer calls to the Conflict Islands, bringing the pristine white sand beaches, World War II history, lush flora and exotic animals of Papua New Guinea – which were previously only accessible by helicopter or a treacherous local boat ride – within reach of Australian holidaymakers.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jun 4 2018

On island time with P&O

The dreamy South Pacific is deliciously remote, yet almost on our doorstep, so no wonder it’s Australia’s number-one cruising destination. And If anyone knows about cruising the South Pacific, it’s P&O.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jun 4 2018

Royal Caribbean’s massive 2019/20 Aussie deployment

Royal Caribbean has announced big details around the 2019/20 Aussie season. There will be a total of 30 South Pacific sailings – 25% more than last season, Ovation of the Seas will be returning, Voyager […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Apr 4 2018

7 of the best winter cruise destinations

Cruising in the northern hemisphere is one of the best and most affordable ways to follow the sun and see some amazing destinations. But there are also some warmly inviting options closer to home. Bernadette […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Mar 28 2018

British rockers Status Quo headline Rock the Boat

British rockers Status Quo will be headlining the seventh ROCK THE BOAT, Australia’s biggest music festival at sea. They’ll be performing their hits like Rockin’ All Over The World, Down Down, Whatever You Want and […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . May 20 2016

What a Pearler! P&O issues denial after passengers claims poor behaviour aboard the Pearl

P&O has come to the defence of cruislings after passengers contacted Cruise Passenger to claim poor behaviour aboard the Pacific Pearl 16-day cruise around the South Pacific. According to the passengers, while most of the […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 30 2015

Why Australians love the South Pacific

It’s Australia and New Zealand’s number-one cruise destination. According to this year’s Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) figures, 390,000 visited islands in the South Pacific – that’s 39 per cent of our burgeoning cruising market. […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Oct 16 2015

Best of cruise week: destinations

Cruise Passenger magazine has put together an interactive digital magazine for Cruise Week that allows you to experience life onboard a ship right from your desktop or mobile. Our video editing team has created a […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Sep 10 2015

Tasmania to welcome Aussie great

The rebranded Coral Expeditions will become the first small ship to cruise Tasmania’s remote coastlines when it launches its new itinerary in November this year. The company, founded by Tony Briggs in Cairns 32 years […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jul 21 2015

Why Vanuatu is waiting to welcome two lucky Cruise Passenger readers

Just three-and-a-half months ago, Cyclone Pam ravaged the tiny island of Vanuatu, one of the most popular destinations for Australia and New Zealand cruisers. But in this short period, Vanuatu has rebuilt its facilities to […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jun 26 2015