Australasia’s history is one of pioneers and of adventurers. But, in spite of the city icons and world-class vineyards, its desert outback, lush rainforest and Pacific islands – whether paradises or volcanically severe – will never fully be tamed.
It’s scenery showcased across a full range of cruises, taking in everything from Tasmania’s wild scenery and wilder animal life to the geothermal treasures and spectacular fjords of New Zealand. However, it’s the Great Barrier Reef that lingers longest in the memory. A true natural wonder, its palm-fringed islands offer white-sands relaxation and some of the world’s best diving.
Otherwise, look to the islands of the Pacific Ocean – tiny jewels sparkling in the midst of the world’s largest ocean. Fabulous and far-flung, names such as Fiji, Bora Bora and Tahiti conjure up images of palm-fringed beaches and kaleidoscopic coral reefs for the ultimate island retreat.