CHASING THE SUN

Cruise ships can be unabashed sun-worshippers. As summer wanes in one part of the world these floating resorts are off chasing the sun elsewhere.

April is a big month on the international cruise calendar as ships in the southern hemisphere sail back across the equator for the northern summer. Six months later they will be doing the reverse.

Some ships sail north (via Asia), to Middle Eastern ports, others cruise on to the Mediterranean, or to Florida in the United States. Trans-Pacific cruises from Australia usually sail (via Tahiti and Hawaii’s idyllic islands) to Seattle (USA) or Vancouver (Canada) for round-trips to Alaska’s celebrated Inside Passage where wildlife and stunning landscapes abound.

Cruise ships also reposition from the Caribbean to Europe and from Mexico and Central America (via the Panama Canal) to Florida.

These voyages are known as repositioning cruises, with lazy ocean days that evoke a bygone era when great distances could only be crossed by sea. Usually these one-way sailings have one-off itineraries with new ports to explore and onboard activities galore. As australiancruisingnews found there is also the additional cost of a one-way airfare home after the cruise, though many elect to travel on by land after disembarkation.

Cruise news log: Some ships including P&O Cruises’ fleet – Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel – stay in Australasian waters year-round with wide-ranging cruise itineraries that include South Pacific islands. Smaller ships such as the luxury expedition ships Orion and True North, favour the breathtaking beauty of Western Australia’s Kimberley coastline.

www.pocruises.com

www.orionexpeditions.com

www.northstarcruises.com.au

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