Best Cruises for Island Hopping
Spend a few nights or longer on an island hopping cruise and immerse yourself in some of the most breathtaking scenery ever. Island hopping on a cruise ship grants passengers access to isolated communities still carrying on traditional ways of living, as well as unspoilt natural wonders, such as colourful coral reefs, stretches of white silica sand, and lush rainforest. Here are some of the best regions in the world to embark on this type of trip. Where will you go?
Cruising the Great Barrier Reef
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. Covering an area of approximately 348,000 square kilometres, and peppered with around 900 islands, it is one of the few living structures visible from space. Owing to its size, it’s also home to a colourful variety of marine life, including the rare large green turtle, the dugong (sea cow) and over 1,500 species of fish. Besides diving, the Great Barrier Reef and its islands offer cruise passengers the chance to get that golden tan and take part in all sorts of water sports (such as jet skiing, surfing, kite surfing, etc.) or more relaxing activities such as snorkelling or swimming. Royal Caribbean International has cruise itineraries that explore the Great Barrier Reef, with most departing from Brisbane.
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands
Island hopping your way around the gorgeous Hawaiian archipelago is the best way to appreciate the raw beauty found in this outlying US state in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. A diverse ecosystem of volcanic activity, Technicolor coral reefs teeming with marine life, and lush rainforest – the Hawaiian Islands have enough going to keep both the thrill seeker and placid beach-goer happy. Carnival and Celebrity Cruises have itineraries departing from Sydney to the Hawaiian Islands.
Cruising the South Pacific
Picture palm-fringed white sandy beach, crystal clear water, and the odd volcano or two, and you’ll be close to imagining one of the many island-nations scattered throughout the South Pacific. A region where natural beauty meets traditional island culture, a cruise through the South Pacific offers the perfect itinerary: snorkel in colourful coral gardens amidst tropical fish in the morning, take a tour to a traditional local village and be introduced to another way of life in the afternoon, and then head out to sea on a romantic dinner-time cruise whilst the sun gently sets below the azure sky. Then simply rinse and repeat. P&O Australia has cruises that visit Vanuatu and a handful of other South Pacific islands departing from Sydney. Royal Caribbean International has itineraries departing from Brisbane that include New Caledonia amongst other islands.
Cruising the Caribbean
The perfect combination of sun, sea and vibrant culture, the Caribbean Islands are a diverse island chain (over 700 of them) that’s long been a favourite cruise destination. Enjoying pleasant tropical weather all year round – with almost constant sunshine – the Caribbean Islands is famous for its warm and hospitable local population, and of course, its excellent rum. Apart from obvious beach fun, the islands are blessed with abundant underwater marine life fit for diving, and gorgeous montane landscapes ideal for hiking. A dynamic music and nightlife scene that’s guaranteed to get the blood pumping also permeates the islands: boredom simply isn’t in the vocabulary here. Notable Caribbean island nations include Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean International has short cruises to the Caribbean departing from Miami and Port Canaveral.
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