Aria is designed to feel like an upmarket hotel.
The Swedish design company behind the new look, launched late last year, has
revolutionised P&O’s Australian cruise offering and set a new standard in
cruising excellence. In terms of its culinary and music offering, guests are
spoiled from the moment they board. Here’s five of the best cruises you can
book on Pacific Aria in 2016.
Brisbane on April 5 for seven nights with stops in Hamilton Island, Cairns and
This cruise is short enough for first
timers to test their sea legs, but long enough for you to relax and enjoy some
quality Queensland time. Hamilton Island, with its majestic hills, white
beaches and plethora of adventurous water sports, is the perfect action-filled
day-trip destination. Cairns will delight as you explore its indigenous
history, while Willis Island, located 450 kilometres east of Cairns in the
Coral Sea, is situated in almost perfect isolation.
Sydney on May 23 for 11 nights with stops in Luganville, Champagne Bay, Vila,
Mystery Island and the Isle of Pines
This is your chance to escape the cooling
Sydney climate and relive summer with a cruise to the South Pacific. The
temperature dial will be about six or seven degrees warmer as you dive into the
glass-like waters of the South Pacific. Here you’ll discover palm trees,
coconuts and the chance to start winter with a tan.
Brisbane on July 29 for 10 nights with stops in Alotau (PNG), Kitava (Trobriand
Islands), Rabaul (PNG), Kiriwina Island (Trobriand Islands) and the Conflict
Travelling to Papua New Guinea is easy on a
cruise ship. Island-hopping aboard Pacific
Aria takes the hassle out of navigating an area which is beautiful, but
sometimes low on tourism infrastructure. PNG has an amazing tribal culture, raw
adventures like no other place on earth, and unique jungle flora and fauna.
Imagine waking to the sight of smouldering volcanoes and untouched beaches as
you travel from island-to-island. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday
that will give you bragging rights for many decades to come.
Brisbane on August 15 for 18 nights with stops in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and
This cruise goes beyond the usual South
Pacific stops to explore Tonga and Western Samoa. Tonga, slightly east of the
International Date Line, is known as “the place where time begins”. Tonga is also
famous for its whale watching (so keep an eye out from your balcony), along
with great diving and snorkelling opportunities. Life in Western Samoa travels
at its own pace – generally fairly slow and laid-back. This is one of the most
appealing destinations in the cruise world, brimming with stunning sights and
Brisbane on November 14 for 14 nights with stops in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier,
Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin and Fiordland National Park
Cruising has become the best way to visit
our Kiwi neighbours. This two-week journey ticks all the boxes when it comes to
New Zealand. You start on the North Island with the big-city lights of Auckland
and finish by taking a scenic cruise through the isolated wilderness of the
South Island’s Fiordland. Dunedin, with its Scottish feel and welcoming charm,
will prove to be one of the highlights.