Cruising the South Pacific again…and again…and agan

The Silver Spirit ship docked in Cartagena, Spain

Our home for 64 days. Last year, we sailed on Silver Spirit from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.

Updated 11.04.2019: What is it about the South Pacific that calls our name? Could it be the warm, tropical waters and relaxing sea days? Or could it be the fun we have on favorite South Pacific cruise excursions like swimming with stingrays in French Polynesia? Whatever it is, Alan and I answered the call — again.

For 64 days, Silver Spirit was the luxurious home to our boomer adventures. The journey was a Silversea Cruises Grand Voyage known as Southern Cross 2015. And this Grand Voyage started out in style with a gala event and night’s stay at the Montage Beverly Hills. Ooh-la-la. (Do you remember how much I loved the Montage Kapalua Bay?)

What do you think of our itinerary that included 64 days and 29 ports?

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Marquesas Islands: Nuka Hiva
French Polynesia: Rangiroa—the snorkeling was awesome, Moorea—we swam with stingrays, Papeete, Bora Bora
Cook Islands: Rarotonga
New Zealand: Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin—the hike on Mt. Cargill was so much fun, Stewart Island—with a walk on Ulva Island, Milford Sound, Dusky Sound
Australia: Melbourne, Tasmania (Burnie and Hobart), Sydney, Brisbane
New Caledonia: Noumea, Lifou
Vanuatu: Villa
Fiji: Lautoka, Savusavu
Samoa Islands: Apia
Kiribatu: Fanning Island
Hawaii: Kaui, Oahu—Alan toured the Mighty Mo, Maui—we opted for a jeep excursion on Lanai, and the Big Island
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By now, you’d think that we would have visited any South Pacific port worth seeing. But one reason Alan and I chose this itinerary were the new-to-us ports, including Tasmania and most of the New Zealand ones. We’ll also checked items off our boomer bucket list with visits to Milford and Dusky Sounds and Tasmania.

Alan and I loved relaxing days at sea, spa time and the guest lecturers onboard not to mention those 11 formal nights. Yes, we like to get dressed up and dance the night away.

Just so you know, this grand voyage was on our own dime, although Silversea kindly offered some cruise excursions and several dinners at Le Champagne, the only Relais & Château restaurant at sea.

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