Best Cruises: South Pacific
Australia & The South Pacific
The indigenous cultures of Australia and West Papua and pristine seas of Raja Ampat and Palau are highlights of a 15-night cruise departing May 27 from Darwin, Australia, to Koror, Palau, also aboard the Silver Discoverer. Rates start at $10,750; silversea.com.
The inherent romance of sailing meets all the benefits of a high-tech yacht aboard Windstar's 148-passenger Wind Spirit. Its year-round seven- and 10-day voyages take in the dramatic seascape of French Polynesia. Rates start at $3,199; windstarcruises.com.
Tahiti & The Marquesas
The new Aranui 5 plays a dual role of casual cruise ship and cargo freighter to little-visited islands of the Marquesas. The 254-passenger ship makes 13-night voyages throughout the year round-trip from Tahiti. Rates start at $3,024; aranui.com.