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Sailings
30 Night South Pacific
departing from Los Angeles, California
Cruise Line Oceania Cruises
Ship Insignia
Departing Mon, Jan 25, 2021
Return Port Sydney, Australia
Ports of Call Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili, Kauai | Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii | Hilo, Hawaii | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French...
Oceania Cruises
Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili, Kauai | Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii | Hilo, Hawaii | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia | Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Suva, Fiji Islands | Bay of Islands (Paihia), New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Sydney, Australia
Prices starting from
  • Inside
    Oceanview
    Balcony
    Suite
  • $6,799 USD $226.63 USD per day
    $9,999 USD $333.30 USD per day
    $13,999 USD $466.63 USD per day
Port charges of $1,770 included. Taxes and fees are not included.
Itinerary
  • Date Date Location Location Arrival Arrival Departure Departure
  • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- 6:00 pm
    Tue, Jan 26, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Wed, Jan 27, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Thu, Jan 28, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Fri, Jan 29, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Sat, Jan 30, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Sun, Jan 31, 2021 NAWILIWILI, KAUAI 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 01, 2021 HONOLULU, OAHU 7:00 am 7:00 pm
    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 HILO, HAWAII 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Fri, Feb 05, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Sat, Feb 06, 2021 CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- --
    Sun, Feb 07, 2021 NUKU HIVA, MARQUESAS ISLANDS 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 08, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Tue, Feb 09, 2021 PAPEETE (TAHITI), FRENCH POLYNESIA -- 11:00 pm
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021 BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA 10:00 am --
    Thu, Feb 11, 2021 BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA -- 4:00 pm
    Fri, Feb 12, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Sat, Feb 13, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Sun, Feb 14, 2021 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 15, 2021 INT'L DATE LINE WEST -- --
    Tue, Feb 16, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Wed, Feb 17, 2021 SUVA, FIJI 9:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Feb 18, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Fri, Feb 19, 2021 CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- --
    Sat, Feb 20, 2021 BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Feb 21, 2021 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 8:00 am 7:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 22, 2021 CRUISING THE TASMAN SEA -- --
    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 CRUISING THE TASMAN SEA -- --
    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 CRUISING THE TASMAN SEA -- --
    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 7:00 am --
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Oceania Cruises
General

Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Joe Watters and Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises is the world''s largest upper premium cruise line. The Finest Cuisine at Sea, Destination Specialists and Intimate & Luxurious Ships are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises'' five-star product, positioning the line as the cruise company of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.

Featuring a fleet of warm and luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for its gourmet culinary program inspired by Master Chef Jacques P├ępin and its array of destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises'' diverse voyages, which call on more than 400 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.

Core Values
At Oceania Cruises, we do things the R.I.T.E. way - Respect, Integrity, Trust and Excellence are the foundation of all our actions, every day, in everything we do.

Customer Profile
Oceania Cruises appeals to discerning, sophisticated travelers in search of world-class cuisine, unparalleled personal service, a luxurious onboard ambiance and enriching destination experiences.

Mission Statement
Oceania Cruises will provide the highest quality cruise product for mature and discerning travelers by offering the finest culinary experience at sea, authentic destination experiences, and a warm and luxurious ambiance on every voyage. Combining a casually sophisticated onboard experience with the most alluring destinations around the world, we provide our guests with a truly extraordinary travel experience.

Ship
Insignia
Overview

Our acclaimed Insignia has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Insignia offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.

Cuisine

The Grand Dining Room
The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe's marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as The Grand Dining Room's decor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur. Much of that is a direct reflection of the formally attired and classically trained wait staff, graciously serving course after course of European-inspired cuisine or delectable alternatives such as light and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine and gourmet vegan options. And on board Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena signature specials from Jacques and Red Ginger are featured nightly in The Grand Dining Room. As variety is essential, menus change daily with a brilliant choice of at least ten appetizers, soups and salads and twelve entrees at dinner.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.

The Bistro
Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pepin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room. The menu features some of Jacques' favorite bistro-style dishes like the crisp salade nicoise and a warm croque-monsieur as well as a rich range of global flavors with Taste of the World selections from Cuba, Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Thailand, Morocco and beyond. Daily specials offer even more choices and opportunities to savor a new and different dish or a time-honored classic you crave. Bon appetit!

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.

Polo Grill
Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as Grilled Swordfish and Whole Maine Lobster Gratinee are also classics in their own right. The Classic Caesar Salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside and with gusto.

Open for dinner only. Reservations required.

Toscana
In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy's culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with an appetizer of Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of Northern Italy are featured as well, such as the Minestrone alla Genovese, Lasagne al Forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.

Open for dinner only. Reservations required.

Terrace Cafe
Informal and carefree, the Terrace Cafe is wonderfully inviting any time of day--feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria's oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a more sophisticated flair. Lobster tails and lamb chops are prepared to order, and freshly made hand-cut sushi and sashimi await your selection. Tomorrow, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.

Waves Grill
Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering luncheon menu as well as raw, cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies and healthy energy bowls during breakfast at the new Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar. During lunch, the chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.

Open for lunch and afternoon dining only. No reservations required.

Afternoon Tea
A ritual that dates back to 19th century England, afternoon tea is still a cherished tradition the world over. But few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts.

Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.

Baristas
This delightful coffee bar offers java lovers complimentary illy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by our master baristas, as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti that draw so many to Baristas throughout the day.

Room Service
After a day of enriching shore excursions ashore or various activities onboard, you may dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive Room Service menu is available around the clock. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private veranda, as you take in spectacular seascapes.

Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day.


Life On Board

Experience Insignia
Experience the warm and convivial atmosphere unique to Oceania Cruises: elegance without pretense. Feel wonderfully at home as you meet fellow shipmates, explore the ship and prepare for the fascinating ports of call you will soon discover. Meet friends for cocktails at Martinis and share adventures you enjoyed ashore. Join an afternoon bridge game, or perhaps simply relax by yourself in one of the many private retreats reserved just for you.

The stimulating variety of entertainment options on board our ships continually ensures your interests are piqued. Enjoy an engaging guest lecture by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share insider knowledge. Relax at a musical performance, perhaps featuring a live pianist, a classical string quartet, a dynamic vocalist or a spectacular headliner. Later, try your luck at the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino or go dancing at Horizons.

Tea Takes Center Stage
A ritual that dates back to 19th century England, afternoon tea is still a cherished tradition the world over. But few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts. Of course, a tempting selection of traditional and herbal teas is the essential centerpiece of this splendid afternoon pastime.

Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.

Artist Loft
For budding artists, there is the Artist Loft enrichment center, where talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction. Under their watchful eye, you may paint with oils or watercolors, sketch or create collages. The courses change continually and are designed with every level in mind, so everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals will find the classes engaging and enriching. With the masters' guidance, your talents will quickly blossom.

Available on board Insignia world cruises.

Boutiques
Our three stylish boutiques feature a bounty of items ranging from sundries to designer casual wear. Feel free to browse through our array of duty-free merchandise including fine jewelry, fragrances and Oceania Cruises logo wear.

Library
Enrich your mind in the tranquility of our English-style Library with over 2,000 books and periodicals ranging from destination-specific guide books to best-selling mysteries to classic literature.

Pool & Sports Deck
On the sparkling Pool Deck, take a refreshing dip in the large heated pool or relax in one of the two whirlpool spas. Plenty of comfortable chaises and luxurious day beds invite you to lounge poolside while you sip your favorite cocktail. For more active pursuits, head to the Sports Deck high atop the ship. As you take in the fantastic views, enjoy some friendly competition on the shuffleboard court or play nine holes of golf on the putting greens.


Entertainment & Onboard Shows

If you're an arts aficionado, you'll find our entertainment lively and engaging. Evenings aboard can be anything you desire. Marvel at the continuously changing talented guest entertainers as you delight in themed music sets and colorful folkloric shows inspired by your locale. Relax to the classical melodies of the string quartet. Chat with newfound friends over cocktails in Martinis as you enjoy the live piano music. Attend a spectacular production show in the Lounge, dance the night away in Horizons to the sounds of a marvelous musical group or show your talent at karaoke. Bold and crowd-thrilling, nostalgic and upbeat, or intimate and sophisticated - whatever you choose, the night is yours.

Insignia's versatile and talented cast performs the following diverse production shows:

4 on the Floor
A musical tribute to legendary groups of four, 4 on the Floor brings you the rhythms of The Four Seasons, ABBA, the Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles and many others.

Tuxedo
Tuxedo presents a fresh take on the music of the Rat Pack, the Great American Songbook and the music of legends such as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and many more.

Acoustic Sessions
Acoustic Sessions presents the most recognizable pop music of the last four decades in an "unplugged" acoustic-style live-band setting.

Get on the Floor and Dance
Get on the Floor and Dance is a tribute to the music of dance and features iconic, hit music from artists like Gloria Estefan, Michael Buble, Christina Aguilera and Brian Setzer.


Casinos At Sea

Casinos At Sea Rewards Program
Welcome to our Casinos At Sea rewards program. Elevate your game and your card status will follow with exclusive perks and privileges. Casinos At Sea reward points can be earned for many benefits, from free play, to complimentary drinks and exciting promotional offers. The more you play, the more you are rewarded.

Earn Casino Points
Getting started is easy. Stop by the casino cage and pick up your Oceania Cruises casino player card and start earning points today, by inserting your player card while playing your favorite slot machines and table games. The more you play, the more you earn!

  • REEL & VIDEO SLOTS - For every $5 coin-in, receive 1 point.
  • VIDEO POKER - For every $10 coin-in, receive 1 point.
  • TABLE GAMES - Points are based on average bet, session play or hands played and game type.

Redeem Casino Points
You've played. You've earned. Now you're ready to redeem. Downloading points for play is quick and easy. Redeem your casino points for play right at your machine by following the on-screen prompts or stop by the casino cage - the choice is yours.

Casino Cash & Credit
Front Money deposits are accepted for gaming in the form of cash, traveler's checks, cashier's checks and wire transfers delivered to us prior to embarkation. All cashier's checks require prior verification.

Cashless Wagering
Charge gaming to your onboard account directly from your game of choice or at the casino cashier, using your stateroom key card. Convenience fees, daily limits and cruise limits apply. Euros may be exchanged at the casino cashier, exchange rates apply. All gaming is in US Dollars.

Credit
Casino Credit is available to all players with an existing reservation. The minimum application amount is $10,000.00 and a personal check is required onboard to activate the credit line. Applications are processed 1 month prior to sailing. The application process is easy and there is no fee to apply.


Bars & Lounges

Martinis
Martinis serves numerous incarnations of this famous cocktail in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private gentleman's club, featuring live piano music.

Grand Bar
Before enjoying a gourmet meal, sample a rare vintage or imbibe your favorite libation as you enjoy spirited conversation with new found friends amid the opulence of the convivial Grand Bar.

Lounge
From headline acts to comedians and magicians to lively jazz ensembles, the Lounge is the center of nightly entertainment aboard Oceania Cruises.

Horizons
An elegant observation lounge with dramatic floor to ceiling windows and a country club casual ambiance, Horizons features our beloved teatime by day and transforms into a sophisticated evening venue by night. Dance the night away to the sounds of a lively musical group and enjoy cocktails with friends at the convivial bar.

Waves Bar
Located in shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Bar offers a wide variety of libations to enhance your poolside experience. A perfect afternoon on the deck with your favorite cocktail or a glass of wine or beer can be further enhanced with a decadent dessert such as a creamy homemade gelato, a made-to-order hot fudge sundae or a thick, hand-dipped milkshake. Nearby, at Waves Grill, chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with the side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.


Stay Connected

Oceania @ Sea Computer Center
Stay connected with family and friends or monitor business developments in our 24-hour Internet center, Oceania@Sea. For personalized service, Oceania@Sea is fully-staffed on both sea days (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and port days (8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.).

Internet and Phone
Oceania Cruises also offers wireless Internet access throughout the ship, allowing you to connect through your laptop or mobile device. Guests in Concierge Levels and above are provided with a laptop. And as an added convenience, guests in all Owner's, Vista and Oceania Suites will have the use of an iPad throughout the voyage. Beginning in Winter of 2015, guests in Concierge Verandas and Penthouse Suites will enjoy a FREE Internet Package, and guests in Oceania, Vista and Owner's Suites will enjoy FREE Unlimited Internet.

Mail
Letters and postcards with the appropriate postage can be mailed at the Reception Desk. Postage for mail may be purchased at the Reception Desk for a nominal fee. Mail will be collected one hour prior to sailing from each port of call.

Incoming mail or faxes received by the ship on your behalf will be delivered directly to your stateroom.

Wireless Communications Service
Oceania Cruises offers Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices such as Blackberry when the ship is at sea.

You can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use other data services when the ship is at sea. You will be billed by your mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on your bill. While using the WMS service, international maritime roaming rates will apply. Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates and service zones.


Artist Loft

For budding artists, there is the Artist Loft enrichment center, where talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction. Under their watchful eye, you may paint with oils or watercolors, sketch or create collages. The courses change continually and are designed with every level in mind, so everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals will find the classes engaging and enriching. With the masters' guidance, your talents will quickly blossom.

Available on board Insignia world cruises.


Canyon Ranch SpaClub

More Than a Spa
Healthy living and spiritual awareness are at the very heart of the Canyon Ranch philosophy. Pushing the boundaries of spa services well beyond the traditional, its award-winning health resorts have been transforming lives since 1979, when the first one was created in Arizona's spectacular Sonoran Desert. Oceania Cruises and Canyon Ranch have recreated that unique, inspiring environment on board our ships. Through well-being explorations ashore, complimentary fitness classes, light and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine and a multitude of healing therapies, you can discover ways to unleash your untapped potential and make positive changes in your life. Of course, the star element of any Canyon Ranch experience is a spa treatment that will leave you wondering how anything could feel quite so perfect.

Restore and Revitalize
Lose yourself in deep relaxation with a signature Canyon Stone Massage or perhaps complete your wellness experience ashore with a Thai Massage, which originated in Buddhist monasteries. Ease into the soothing waters of the private, open-air whirlpool spa. All Concierge Level and Suite guests enjoy FREE unlimited access to the beautifully appointed Canyon Ranch SpaClub private Spa Terrace. More opportunities await you in the state-of-the-art fitness center, where you may exercise on the latest fitness equipment or join a free class in yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics or one of the many other options. We also encourage you to attend complimentary presentations on how to enhance nutritional balance and spiritual wellness.

Beauty & Wellness

  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub signature treatments
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics, private and group fitness classes and personal training
  • Private Spa Terrace featuring thalassotherapy pool or whirlpool tubs
  • Steam room, fitness track and beauty salon
  • Canyon Ranch cuisine served in the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Cafe
  • Nutrition and lifestyle consultations; wellness presentations

Ship Facts
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Year Refurbished: 2018
  • Gross Tonnage: 30,277
  • Length: 593.7 feet
  • Beam: 83.5 feet
  • Max Draft: 19.5 Feet
  • Stabilizers: Yes
  • Cruising Speed: 18 Knots
  • Electric Power or Voltage: 110 AC / 220 AC
  • Guest Capacity: 684 (Double Occupancy)
  • Crew size: 400
  • Guest-to-Staff Ratio: 1.71 to 1
  • Nationality of Officers: European
  • Nationality of Staff: International
  • Country of Registry: Marshall Islands
Decks
Stateroom Legend
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  • A1 Concierge Level Veranda
    A2 Concierge Level Veranda
    A3 Concierge Level Veranda
    B1 Veranda Stateroom
    B2 Veranda Stateroom
    C1 Deluxe Ocean View
    C2 Deluxe Ocean View
    D Ocean View - D
    E Ocean View - E (Obstructed View)
    F Inside Stateroom
    G Inside Stateroom
    OS Owner's Suite
    PH1 Penthouse Suite
    PH2 Penthouse Suite
    PH3 Penthouse Suite
    VS Vista Suite
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  • Launderette
    Obstructed Views
    Triple with Pullman
    Elevator
    Quad with Pullman
    Connecting Staterooms
    Restrooms
    Quad with Sofabed
    Wheelchair Accessible
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Deck Eleven

Deck Eleven
Destination
South Pacific
The Pacific Ocean has more than eleven million square miles of ocean dotted with islands, some no larger than a suburban back yard.

The names themselves conjure up images of times past, great voyages of discovery and pitched battles, now etched in history - Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa - they all have a charm and allure which has attracted explorers, adventurers and fortune seekers since the dawn of time.

Thirteen island nations, with a total population of just over 6 million people offer so much to see and do. Going on a cruise to the rich and diverse South Pacific will let you experience the enchanting islands and beautiful people that for hundreds of years stirred the mind and excited the imagination.
Ports of Call
Los Angeles, California
City Los Angeles

Sprawling between the mountains and the beaches, Los Angeles is quintessential California. Whether your taste runs to fashionable Beverly Hills, the mega-entertainment of the movie studios, or the sizzle of homestyle Mexican food on Olvera Street, the city of angels is worth exploring.

Nawiliwili, Kauai
City Nawiliwili

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
City Honolulu

Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor - these names evoke feeling of magic, mystery, drama and history, and they are all located in Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii, this city not only offers some of the best beaches along side big-city skyscrapers, there are also parks, fabulous shopping, the only royal palace in America, the Arizona Memorial in the harbor at Pearl City, the Polynesian Cultural Center and more.

Hilo, Hawaii
City Hilo

Located on the eastern seashore of the big island of Hawaii, Hilo is an old sugar town and the second-best (after Honolulu) seaport in the islands. Also known as the flower capital of the state, Hilo boasts flower farms and Queen Liliuokalani Park, an authentic Japanese garden. You may wish to visit the black sand beaches of the Puna District. Or Kilauea, the world's largest volcano; its crater is the legendary home of Pele, goddess of fire, who keeps watch over her domain of Volcanoes National Park.

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia
City Nuku Hiva

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
City Papeete

The largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti held a magical attraction for artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. To understand why, simply listen to the winds whistling through casuarina trees on a secluded black-sand beach, or stroll through beautiful botanical gardens and marvel at island flora.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
City Bora Bora

James Michener called it the most beautiful island in the South Pacific. You may confirm his opinion, either by the local "Le Truck" transport, 4-wheel-drive van, or in a helicopter overhead. And the offshore beauty is accessible by a glass-bottomed boat or by snorkeling.

Pago Pago, American Samoa
City Pago Pago

Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, a verdant chain of seven South Pacific isles 2600 miles south of Hawaii. Populated for over 2,500 years, many experts believe this is the birthplace of Polynesian culture. The people of American Samoa are gracious and hospitable and value their traditional ways. You'll witness village life first-hand as you tour this lush, mountainous island.

Suva, Fiji Islands
City Suva

Suva sits on the southeast shores of mountainous Viti Levu ("Great Fiji"), largest of the over 800 islands which comprise the Republic of Fiji. Local folk traditions remain strong, like fire walks and welcoming ceremonies, wood-carving and the fabrication of tree-bark cloth. The island's proud history is showcased in the Fiji Museum, with its impressive collection of war canoes.

Bay of Islands (Paihia), New Zealand
City Paihia

Auckland, New Zealand
City Auckland

New Zealand's largest city is draped over seven volcanoes and wrapped around Waitemata Harbour (meaning "sea of sparkling waters" in Maori). Despite its British feel, it is the world's largest Polynesian city. Shop for Polynesian crafts on Queen Street, the main drag. Or from atop Mt. Eden, overlook the "City of Sails," which will host the America's Cup races in 2000.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is Australia''s showcase: the oldest settlement, the largest and most thriving city, the cultural melting pot. It curves around idyllic Port Jackson, where sandstone cliffs and bright islands complement the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Wander the cobbled colonial streets of the historic Rocks quarter, or tour the mansions of Watson''s Bay.