Cruise - Pacific Princess, World Cruise 2014 ex Ft Lauderdale to Tahiti
52 Night World Cruise sector sailing from Ft Lauderdale to Tahiti aboard Pacific Princess.
Pacific Princess (More about the ship)
Day 1 20 Jan 14 Ft Lauderdale (Pt Everglades), USA 5.00pm Day 5 24 Jan 14 Panama Canal 5.00am 4.30pm Day 8 27 Jan 14 Guayaquil, Equador 5.00am 7.00pm Day 11 30 Jan 14 Callao (Lima) Peru 7.00am 6.00pm Day 17 5 Feb 14 Easter Island (Hanga Roa), Chile 7.00am 5.00pm Day 20 8 Feb 14 Pitcairn (Adamstown), Pitcairn Islands 10.00am 1.00pm Day 23 11 Feb 14 Papeete, Tahiti 8.00am overnight Day 24 12 Feb 14 Papeete, Tahiti 4.00am Day 24 12 Feb 14 Moorea, French Polynesia 8.00am 5.00pm Day 27 15 Feb 14 Date Line Crossing Day 31 19 Feb 14 Auckland, New Zealand 7.00am 10.00pm Day 34 22 Feb 14 Fjordland National Park, New Zealand 8.00am 6.00pm Day 37 25 Feb 14 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 7.00am 8.00pm Day 41 1 Mar 14 Tauranga, New Zealand 8.00am 6.00pm Day 42 2 Mar 14 Auckland Islands, New Zealand 7.00am 5.00pm Day 43 3 Mar 14 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 7.00am 5.00pm Day 44 4 Mar 14 Date Line Crossing Day 47 7 Mar 14 Pago Pago American Samoa 7.00am 4.00pm Day 50 10 Mar 14 Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia 9.00am 7.00pm Day 51 11 Mar 14 Moorea, French Polynesia 8.00am 5.00pm Day 51 11 Mar 14 Papeete, Tahiti 8.00pm overnight Day 52 12 Mar 14 Papeete, Tahiti
** Itinerary may vary by sailing date
52 Night World Cruise sector sailing from Ft Lauderdale to Tahiti aboard Pacific Princess.
Soak up the warm rays during your cruise through the glass walls of the Panorama Buffet or from your balcony. Relax in the library or enjoy the special guest lectuer programme. Take your pick of dining options from Polynesian cuisine to room service, all as you sail from one picturesque port to another. With ultra-spacious staterooms for only 670 passengers and the lavish Lotus Spa, you'll feel as if you're cruising on a five-star resort.
Highlights of this cruise:
According to the popular 1960 beach movie, Fort Lauderdale is "where the boys are." The city's reputation as America's Spring Break capital, however, has been replaced with the more favorable image of a prime family tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually. The most popular beach resort in Florida is even more rightly famed as the "Yachting Capital of the World," with more than 40,000 registered crafts calling its waters home. The city also prides itself on being the "Venice of America" with more than 300 miles of navigable waterways. Fort Lauderdale boasts world-class theaters, museums, sightseeing, and shopping.
The city sits 24 miles north of Miami and is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. Look hard and you might find remnants of three of them today. More people seem to be interested in taking a water tour aboard the "Carrie B."
In 1535, Francisco Pizarro labeled the open plains where Lima now stands as inhospitable. Despite the verdict of the great conquistador, Lima became the center of imperial Spanish power, a "City of Kings" where 40 viceroys would rule as the direct representatives of the King of Spain. With independence in 1821, Lima became Peru's capital. Near Lima, one of the world's most desolate deserts is home to the famed drawings of Nazca. These drawings inspired Erik von Daniken's best-selling book "Chariots of the Gods." With mysteries seeming to be part of Peru's history, perhaps these "drawings" are in fact "the largest astronomy book in the world."
The monoliths of Easter Island have fascinated and puzzled Westerners since the Dutch seaman Roggeven made landfall there on Easter Sunday, 1722. The mystery of Easter Island's first settlers remains just that - a mystery. Today, most anthropologists believe the island was settled as part of the great wave of Polynesian emigration. (The oldest of the Moai, as the great monoliths are called, date to 700 A.D.) The society that produced the Moai flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries, but population growth, deforestation and food shortages led to its collapse. Today some 3,400 souls inhabit this 64-square-mile island, which lies some 2,200 miles equidistant from Tahiti and South America.
The society of Rapa Nui possessed stone-working skills on a par with those found in the Inca Empire. Islanders also possessed a script called Rongorongo, the only written language in all of Oceania.
Tahiti is not just an island - Tahiti has always been a state of mind. The bustling capital of Tahiti and her islands, Papeete is the chief port and trading center, as well as a provocative temptress luring people to her shores. Immortalized in the novel "Mutiny on the Bounty," who could blame the men of "HMS Bounty" for abandoning their ship in favor of basking in paradise? And what would Modern Art be without Tahiti's influence on Gauguin and Matisse? Today the island is a charming blend of Polynesian "joie de vivre" and Gallic sophistication. But venture out from Papeete and you find a landscape of rugged mountains, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and deserted beaches.
Contrasting with other French Polynesian ports, Papeete's coastline initially greets you with a vista of commercial activity that graciously gives way to both black and white-sand beaches, villages, resorts and historic landmarks.
To discover the storied Polynesia of Melville, Gauguin and Michener, you have to travel to Tahiti's outer islands. Moorea, the former haunt of Tahitian royalty, is one such island where you still see fishermen paddling outrigger canoes, pareo-clad women strolling along the roads and children fishing from island bridges. Moorea is an island of vertiginous mountains - most of its 14,000 people live along the narrow coastal shelf. Behind tin-roofed wooden houses lie lush green mountains rushing up to fill the sky.
French Polynesia comprises some 130 islands, of which Tahiti is the best known. Just 12 miles across the lagoon from Tahiti lies Moorea.
Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand's former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland's largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand's fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland.
Auckland served as New Zealand's capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.
As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney - hailed by many seafarers as "the most beautiful harbor in the world." Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney - from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains.
Australia's oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the "First Fleet" transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.
New Zealand's natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay after he was able to replenish his ship's provisions, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua - a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.
Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.
Majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny motu, or islets - welcome to Bora Bora, perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Only 4,600 people live a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in the main villages of Vaitape, Anau and Faanui. No wonder those generations of travelers - including novelist James Michener - regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise.
Connected to its sister islands by water and by air - the landing strip sits atop Motu Mute, one of the reef's islets - Bora Bora remains relatively unspoiled by the modern world.
Departure date Departs from Price from 20 Jan 14 Ft Lauderdale (Pt Everglades), USA Ask
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