Not only is it cheaper, but cruising to the South Pacific in winter is a perfect way to shake off the chill.
Baby, it’s cold outside. But not everywhere. Off the north-east coast of Australia, the South Pacific is a magical region where the sun is always shining, the water is warm and temperatures are a balmy 25 degrees Celsius – and it’s just a short cruise away.
There are endless reasons to take a cruise in winter, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top three.
In winter, much of Australia experiences temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius. In the South Pacific, it’s going to be a reliable 25 degrees – or higher. The weather here is consistent all year round, so it will be only slightly cooler than it is in summer. In fact, winter can actually be a more pleasant time to visit as it’s the dry season, so you can expect lots of sunshine, hardly any rain and very low humidity. The sea is also invitingly warm, usually no less than 22 degrees. That means the South Pacific is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving, which you can easily organise on a shore excursion. Instead of waiting for the bus in the rain or trying to squeeze into a train carriage full of people in overcoats, you could be sipping piña coladas under the South Pacific sun. Seems like an easy choice to us.
Cruising is good value at any time of year. Fares are all-inclusive, so once you step on board, your meals, activities and entertainment are all covered (with a few exceptions). In winter, the deals get even better, so you’d best subscribe to Carnival’s emails to keep you in the loop on the hottest deals. Compare that to a land-based holiday, where you’ll have to pay for transport, accommodation, meals and recreation, and the numbers start to look even better.
Carnival Spirit is based in Sydney year-round and sails to the South Pacific regularly over the winter months. Cruises last from seven to 12 nights and visit places like Noumea and the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, Port Denarau and Suva in Fiji, and Port Vila and Santo in Vanuatu, as well as a few pristine uninhabited islands. You’ll also have a couple of days at sea as you sail out of Australian waters (and the same on the way back). Use those to take advantage of the swimming pools and sun lounges, and get your tan underway before spring arrives.