RE­GION-WIDE CRUISE

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The eas­i­est way to see a chunk of the South Pa­cific in one go is to hop aboard a cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises (0844 493 2043; celebri­ty­cruises.co.uk) has a 13-night trip sched­uled from Auck­land on March 16. Celebrity Sol­stice will work its way north-east to Fiji, Samoa (in­clud­ing Amer­i­can Samoa) and Tonga. Vir­gin Hol­i­days Cruises (0344 739 2430; vir­gin­hol­i­dayscruises. co.uk) is of­fer­ing the trip from £5,029 a head, with re­turn flights from the UK to New Zealand. Ra­iatea is the hub of op­er­a­tions). Nei­ther pack­age in­cludes flights. Air New Zealand (0800 028 4149; airnewzealand.co.uk) flies to both des­ti­na­tions (land­ing at Fa’a’a In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Tahiti in the case of French Poly­ne­sia) from the UK, chang­ing in

Auck­land. (re­al­is­ti­cally, you need at least two weeks, if only to cope with the jet lag) in Hawaii are boun­ti­ful. Trafal­gar (0800 533 5619; trafal­gar.com) sells a “Hawaii Four Is­land Ad­ven­ture” which calls upon Oahu (in­clud­ing Pearl Har­bor), the Big Is­land (in­clud­ing Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park), Maui and Kauai. This costs from £3,351 in its “first class” in­car­na­tion, although this price does not in­clude flights from the UK. Amer­ica As You Like It (020 8742 8299; amer­i­caasy­oulikeit.com) dis­penses a 16-night “Hawaii Is­land Hop­per” which makes leisurely progress through Kauai, Maui and the Big Is­land from £2,229 per per­son, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional flights.

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