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Visit the picture-perfect Pacific islands of Polynesia and beyond on these unforgettable cruises from Hawaii to Tahiti. This region is known for its unspoiled island paradises that inspire deep relaxation, aesthetic awe, and cultural fascination. You’ll find turquoise lagoons, rainforest waterfalls, and delicious local cuisine at each island throughout your journey. Discover the South Pacific in luxury and comfort aboard any of these incredible itineraries.

Taste fresh tropical fruits and hand-carved crafts at the Papeete Market. Snorkel in the crystal-clear and turquoise-hued waters and spot stingrays and black-tip sharks up close in the lagoons of Moorea. Spend the day in sun-soaked bliss as you lay out in the white sands on the beaches of Motu Iriru in Raiatea. From hiking excursions to ATV tours, fresh fish and pineapple rice, and barefoot walks in the sand, these luxury cruises from Celebrity will show you the best of this lush, tropical region.

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Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and the bustling heart of the island of Tahiti. Start your adventure with a trip to the famous central market, then take a short walk to explore Place Vaiete nearby. Head to Tahiti’s east coast to witness the powerful Arahoho blowhole as it projects jets of ocean water and mist over the volcanic rocks along the shore. Learn about the ancient and modern history of Polynesian pearl harvesting at the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world.

Moorea, French Polynesia

The island of Moorea is a scenic paradise famous for its picturesque beaches, sparkling blue shallow waters, and thrilling outdoor activities. Spread your toes on the warm sands of Temae Beach as you walk along near iconic stilt houses and breeze-swept palms under the sun. Take in the best views on the island from Belvedere Lookout where you’ll find panoramic vistas of the Opunohu Valley, the majestic Mt. Totui, and Opunohu Bay.

Raiatea, French Polynesia

On mountainous Raiatea, you’ll find deep Polynesian cultural heritage sites, pristine beaches, and fantastic artisan market shopping all on one island. Discover the ancient ruins of Marae Taputapuatea, a UNESCO World Heritage site where visitors can walk through preserved stone sculptures that once served as local religious shrines. Immerse yourself in colorful tropical plant life at the Faaroa Botanical Garden and hike through the beautiful Banyan trees that line the lush green area.

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Revel in nature and discover the dramatic geology of Hawaii’s islands. Traverse the turquoise waters of the South Pacific to French Polynesia and embrace the culture and traditions of island life. Admire the stunning beauty of Moorea, Bora Bora and the secluded Marquesas Islands, whose landscapes have inspired artists and writers, from Paul Gauguin to Herman Melville. Explore more with an overnight in Tahiti and immerse yourself in this tropical paradise.

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View of Mount Otemanu in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Mount Otemanu towers 2,400 feet above the lagoon. Its jagged peaks are among Bora Bora's most distinctive sights, and locals have held it as sacred since time immemorial — the bodies of ancient Polynesian kings rest here. You can get to the summit by 4x4 jeep tour, helicopter or good old-fashioned hike.

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Fish and a stingray in the ocean

Let a guided boat get you up close to the rainbow of underwater wildlife of Bora Bora. Observe black-tipped sharks via snorkel, or feed some of the friendly mantas while you enjoy the clear, calm waters.

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Explore the island on a 4x4 tour to hear the fascinating history of Bora Bora, spanning its ancient Polynesian past to its role as a military base in World War II. Whether it's a champagne tour or a hearty jungle trek, you can learn at exactly your speed.

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Bora Bora's cuisine brings a mix of French, Asian and Tahitian flavors to the local seafood bounty. Looking for a breakfast fit to fuel a hike up Mount Otemanu. Try firi firi , a Tahitian donut that's also made with the ever-present coconut milk. Don't leave without trying the French Polynesian specialty, poisson cru , a ceviche of Tahitian ahi tuna in coconut milk and lime juice.

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Head to the shops of Vaitape for stunning pearl jewelry — one of the signature items of French Polynesia, with the pearls themselves plucked straight from the lagoons. Other treasures include Tahitian tapestries, colorful printed pareus (sarongs), monoi oils for the skin and island fragrances laced with vanilla and tiare.

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Rimmed by coral reefs, aquamarine lagoons and pristine beaches, the French Polynesian islands have lured those seeking paradise for centuries. Tahiti is the largest of the chain, and its capital, Papeete, is a great base from which it explore its treasures. Gorgeous Moorea, with awe-inspiring vistas from the top of its mounts, to the less frequented yet stunning destinations of Rangiroa and Raiatea; Bora Bora, the cradle of Polynesian culture, and Huahine, two pristine islands connected by a graceful bridge.

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The waters of French Polynesia have been called the richest aquarium on Earth, teeming with stunning snorkeling and diving experiences with reef sharks, rays and more. Its crystal-clear waters are home to the most exquisitely colored pearls in the world. Enjoy the island’s wonders on a catamaran to Moorea’s top snorkel spots. Spy Bora Bora’s under-the-sea wonders on a glass-bottom boat, and visit the freshwater eels of Huahine – where you can feed them by hand.

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First, you want to get away from it all, feel some sun on your skin and see clear-cut horizons. Next comes your departure, where you eagerly look forward to the picture-postcard landscapes you're about to enter. But in the end, French Polynesia exceeds expectations. Blues and greens come to life in the lagoons, on the beaches, in the forests and on the reefs. They glisten under the water, where the protective corral barrier teems with life. All you need to do now is put images to the names you've so often dreamt of: Tuamotu, Marquesas Islands, Leeward Islands, Bora Bora…and enjoy. 

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Polynesia and Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are like idyllic ends of the earth. People here speak English or French, keep unique cultural traditions alive and live among lagoons and dense forest. From Bora Bora to the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotus and the Society Islands, here are the islands to visit in the Pacific .

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A getaway on land and at sea in Moorea - French Polynesia

A getaway on land and at sea in Moorea - French Polynesia

A few nautical miles from Tahiti, Moorea is THE Polynesian picture-postcard. The lovely fine-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons offer great swimming and snorkelling . The coastline is also a haven for spinner dolphins , rough-toothed dolphins and pilot whales. You can see them for yourself accompanied by a marine biologist who knows how to approach without disturbing the animals. Moorea is a green island. From the Belvedere Lookout , you can take stock of the abundant natural surroundings right down to the water. Pineapple plantations give way to subtropical forests in a palette of dazzling greens.

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Learn about Marquesas culture - Nuku Hiva island, Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas archipelago in the South Pacific has its own special character. Isolated over 1,500 kilometres from Tahiti, the Marquesans are proud of their culture and their wildly beautiful islands. To learn more, there is nothing better than visiting Koueva (an archaeological site where rituals were held), or Hikokua (a prehistoric site in the middle of a coconut grove). In the north of the island, go on a detour to Hatiheu Bay and Valley, which are easily recognised with their peaks towering over 1,000 metres tall, to enjoy seeing Mother Nature's abundance in the Marquesas Islands.

Feel like you're in paradise - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Feel like you're in paradise - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's no two ways about it: the images you see of Bora Bora show that this is a rare paradise on earth. From the centre on Pahonu Hill, you can take in the beautiful lagoon and its sparkling blue waters protected by the coral barrier. Flying over the island on a small plane only confirms just how incredible this place is: the elements come together is perfect harmony. Back on the ground, a swim in the crystal-clear waters is a must. And why not also go and meet blacktip reef sharks and rays ? One thing's for sure: Bora Bora is certainly exotic!

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Dive off Alofi Island - Wallis and Futuna

In Wallis and Futuna , you truly feel like you're at the ends of the earth. This French overseas territory is the furthest one from mainland France: 16,000 kilometres lie between them. The sense of the exotic is most noticeable in the south of Futuna on the inhabited island of Alofi . People come here to find a place for themselves off the typical tourist routes. Time stands still in the shade of the palm trees and on deserted beaches. Dives in the turquoise waters offer the opportunity to see a variety of fish, turtles and rays. If you're lucky, you'll even see dolphins... This is as close to true happiness as it gets.

 Live peacefully on Raivavae - Austral Islands, French Polynesia

Live peacefully on Raivavae - Austral Islands, French Polynesia

Four villages, 1,000 inhabitants, 740 kilometres from Tahiti. That's the key figures sorted. But Raivavae in the heart of the Austral Islands in French Polynesia can't be summarised in just a few numbers. This volcanic island surrounded by an emerald lagoon is often considered to be one of the most beautiful in the South Pacific. Arriving by sea, you can admire its slender fine-sand beaches bordered by rich and unspoilt vegetation. Heading deeper inland, you discover a way of life that combines growing taro (a plant with a root like sweet potato), farming and making sewn pirogue canoes using woven coconut fibres. This is unique traditional know-how. Locals mostly travel around on foot or by bike, adding to the calm of the place. Majestic ancient religious and tiki sites remind visitors of Polynesian culture 's integration. Hotuata (women's rock) and Ruatara (man's rock) are home to many birds including frigate birds.

Dive off the Austral Islands - French Polynesia

Dive off the Austral Islands - French Polynesia

Raivavae, Tubai, Rurutu, Rimatara… The Austral Islands are among the best dive spots in French Polynesia . Go underwater to enjoy a real show. The coral reefs are some of the most unspoilt on the planet. Sea anemones live together in symbiosis with parrot fish, groupers, flying fish, moral eels, sea turtles and rays. Lucky divers can even see humpback whales in the right season.

Visit a pearl farm in Rangiroa - Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Visit a pearl farm in Rangiroa - Tuamotus, French Polynesia

The Polynesians nickname it "vast sky". Dotted with hundreds of islands emerging from the sparkling water, the Rangiroa Atoll is the largest in French Polynesia and is reminiscent of the night sky. Rangiroa farms black pearls : one of many species found on the sea bed. The guided pearl farm tour explains how oysters are carefully selected, grown and grafted and how the pearls are classified according to their quality.

Huahine – Society Islands, French Polynesia

Huahine – Society Islands, French Polynesia

Some call it the "garden of Eden", while others know it as the "secret island". Unspoilt and picturesque Huahine is certainly worthy of these epithets. Surrounded by a lagoon, it offers a special swimming experience in clear waters. Hidden coves, stunning viewpoints at height and the warm welcome from the locals contribute to the idyllic nature of this island 167 kilometres north-west of Tahiti. An archaeological site and stone temples open to the elements, a vanilla plantation, meet lucky eels in the village of Faie... There are lots of activities to do, providing the opportunity to immerse yourself a little more in Polynesian culture.

Se laisser surprendre par la beauté sauvage de Hiva Oa – Marquises, polynésie française

Be surprised by the wild beauty of Hiva Oa - Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

People often say that the Marquesas Islands are the wildest in French Polynesia. Hiva Oa is a good example. Black-sand beaches, vertigo-inducing coastlines and craggy terrain give it a unique atmosphere. This almost mystical feel is bolstered by the presence of tikis, sacrificial sites and the Puamau archaeological site: the most famous in the Marquesas Islands. This power and wild beauty attracted the painter Paul Gauguin and then the singer Jacques Brel, both of whom are buried in the cemetery in the village of Atuona.

Visit Hilo - Hawaii

Visit Hilo - Hawaii

Head to Hilo on the east coast of Hawaii. Although this is the biggest town on the island (47,000 inhabitants), it has incredible natural surroundings . One side has the active Mauna Loa volcano. The other is home to the dormant Mauna Kea volcano. The region is also known for its significant seismic activity... And Hilo has a museum that is unusual, to say the least: the Pacific Tsunami Museum . In the town centre, the market gives a good overview of local produce . Fruit, vegetables, exotic flowers and little home-made dishes fill the place with scents. Twenty kilometres away, the Akaka Falls emerge from dense vegetation over 130 metres up, delighting travellers.

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Dos. Some Polynesians are happy to use informal language. There's no point speaking very formally: informality is a token of politeness and proof that relationships are simple and relaxed.

Don'ts. The most commonly used expression is "aita pe’a pe’a": "no problem". Patience, calm and respect for others are all encapsulated by this mantra.

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Unique features

The pirogues (dugout canoes) made on Raivavae island are unique. They have five different parts and are assembled individually by hand, glued together, then sewn. The stunning stitching done using woven coconut fibres strengthens the gluing. Every pirogue is then christened.

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Essential phrases

Tahitian is one of many Polynesian languages. Here are a few words you can use when travelling in the South Pacific islands.

Hello / Good evening: Ia ora na / Ia ora na Goodbye: Nānā Welcome: Maeva Excuse me / Please: Ēē Thank you: Māuruuru Yes / No: E oia / aita How are you?: E aha tō outou huru? Fine, thank you, and you?: Maita i roa, māuruuru, outou ? My name is…: O (name) tō u i oa

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Fish is everywhere in French Polynesia. It is eaten from breakfast onwards. Skipjack and tuna fillets are marinated in lemon juice, coconut milk, onions, tomatoes, chives and garlic. This recipe is reminiscent of South American ceviche .

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Myths and legends

Legend has it that Polynesia is so sunny thanks to a young warrior, Maui , who went to fight the Sun . The Sun believed it was working too hard in comparison with the humans on Earth. So, it decided to only get up for a few hours each day. With the nights became longer and humans suffering from the lack of light, Maui weaved a huge net using hair from his fiancée, Hina. He managed to capture the Sun and make it see reason. Since then, the Polynesian islands have enjoyed long sunny days. If you see a kind of green thread surrounding the Sun as it goes down in the evening, this is Hina's hair that has been left there to remind the Sun of its promise.

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In the spotlight

Faced with the urgency of the impact of climate change on corals, French scientists working on the " Under the Pole " project have shown that corals migrate to and find refuge in deeper water. This unprecedented discovery could provide remarkable hope in terms of restoring corals to the surface . During their underwater expeditions in French Polynesia onboard the Capsule, a submersible craft that makes it possible to conduct 72-hour long saturation dives, they amassed an extensive collection of mesophotic coral samples, amongst which a Leptoseris hawaiiensis specimen found at a depth of 172 metres, the deepest ever collected.

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Books. Could you leave everything behind to live a simple life in a corruption-free society? In his 1846 autobiographical novel, Typee , Herman Melville recounts the few months he spent living on Nuku Hiva island in the Marquesas Islands. This young seaman travelling on a whaler took advantage of a stopover in these stunning waters to abandon his post with one of his colleagues. Hiding in the jungle, he was welcomed by the Typee people, who were reported to be cannibals. The book describes locations, customs and inhabitants, immersing the reader in a bygone era of colonies and evangelising in a strikingly authentic narrative.

Music. Although every Polynesian archipelago has its own characteristics, Polynesian music is notably represented by himene : ancient airs combining Polynesian song with Protestant influences. They are accompanied by traditional flute-like instruments and ukuleles imported from Hawaii by sailors.

Film. Both in 1935, with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and in 1962 with Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard, the two versions of Mutiny on the Bounty tell the story of the mutiny led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian against Captain Lieutenant William Bligh in 1789. The film showcases the stunning landscapes of Moorea and Bora Bora.

Facts and figures

Notre Dame Cathedral in Taiohae is one of the town's most iconic buildings. It is built on Tohua Mauuia: a sacred place for Marquesans. It was constructed using stones from the six inhabited islands in the archipelago: red volcanic tuff from Hiva Oa, stones from Ua Pou, Ua Huka and Fatu Hiva, pumice stone from Tahuata, slabs of phonolite from Ua Pou and white sandstone from Nuku Hiva.

Discover our cruises going through

  • Adamstown, Pitcairn Island (Pitcairn)
  • Anaa, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Atuona, Hiva Oa Island (French Polynesia)
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Hakahau, Ua Pou Island (French Polynesia)
  • Hanga Roa, Easter Island (Chile)
  • Hapatoni, Tahuata Island (French Polynesia)
  • Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island (French Polynesia)
  • Makatea, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Moorea Island (French Polynesia)
  • Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island (French Polynesia)
  • Papeete, Tahiti Island (French Polynesia)
  • Puama'u, Hiva Oa Island (French Polynesia)
  • Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Rikitea, Gambier Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Taiohae, Nuku Hiva Island (French Polynesia)

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The island of Moorea, French Polynesia

Discover French Polynesian culture, the pristine natural beauty of white sands and warm waters of crystal-clear lagoons on a French Polynesia cruise with Carnival. South Pacific paradise awaits in a range of French Polynesia cruises, including picture-perfect Moorea, Papeete and the vibrant hub of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Cruise to the majestic South Pacific with Carnival from Australia and experience heaven on Earth.

  • Thatched roofs, green peaks and azure lagoons: French Polynesia is a dream come true.
  • Taste paradise in the French Polynesian fusion of flavours.
  • White-sand beaches boast crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life.

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Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

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These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view.

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and shower with premium massage showerheads.

Vista Suite

With a verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a shower, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Signature Suite

  • Premium bathrobes, slippers

These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one murphy bed for one person.

Neptune Suite

  • Fresh flowers
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  • Complimentary laundry
  • Pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres served in suite
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Priority boarding for tender ports, priority dining/seating requests, special disembarkation service
  • High tea in suite on request
  • Exclusive tote bag

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses. The bathroom comes with a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, plus additional shower stall. Amenities include use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private concierge and an array of complimentary services.

Your Ship: Koningsdam

If complete bliss is the destination,  Koningsdam  cruise ship is the journey. Fluid lines, light-filled spaces, and a blend of 21st century elegance and nautical tradition dazzles at every turn. The ship abounds with innovative dining and entertainment options. Head to B.B. King’s Blues Club for Memphis R&B, take in visually stunning entertainment at World Stage, or revisit classic hits at Billboard Onboard. There’s much to see and do on  Koningsdam , the first of the cruise ships in Holland America Line’s Pinnacle class.

  • 2650 Guests
  • 975 ft. Length
  • 114.8 ft. Width

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Dining & Onboard Activities

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities

The Dining Room

Our flagship dining experience is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.

For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable multi-course dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. Behind the scenes, our Culinary Council,® an elite team of seven world-renowned chefs,  and our talented onboard executive chefs have worked to bring each dish to perfection. For dinner, choose from classics such as Boneless Lamb Loin en Croute, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian dishes. Enrich your journey with an extensive selection of wines, carefully selected by our Wine Curator, world-renowned wine critic James Suckling. 

Pinnacle Grill

The ultimate steakhouse at sea, with an exceptional menu of Prime steaks, seafood and wine.

Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, where an exceptional menu and impeccable service make for one of finest meals you’ll ever have. The refined menu features a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks — meticulously chosen to guarantee the finest quality — as well as classic steakhouse dishes and innovative recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef and Culinary Council® member, David Burke. Every dish is exquisitely prepared, beautifully plated and complemented by a vast collection of award-winning wines. Here, your meal is an event unto itself, a celebration of fine dining and a triumph of flavor.

*Meals at Pinnacle Grill are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Canaletto is a relaxed setting with authentic Italian cuisine that is best enjoyed when shared.

In Italy, there’s nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food. This is the inspiration for our onboard Italian restaurant, Canaletto. Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli. And for dessert: tiramisù, cannoli alla Siciliana, gelato, and more. Including pasta made fresh daily. Buon Appetito!

Meals at Canaletto are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Explore traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan with cuisine praised by Condé Nast Traveler as rivaling the top restaurants on land.

Praised by  Condé Nast Traveler  for cuisine “that rivals the top restaurants on land,” Tamarind is the perfect place to explore the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The menu, which honors the elements of water, wood, fire and earth, features such exotic fare as wok-seared lobster, barramundi (Asian sea bass) in banana leaf and sushi, accompanied by chilled or heated sake. 

Meals at Tamarind are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Rudi's Sel De Mer

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s award-winning, lively brasserie offers a modern twist on classic French dishes and seafood.

Named for Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Rudi’s Sel de Mer is an intimate brasserie featuring classic French dishes reimagined with contemporary flair. Menu selections include whole Dover sole meunière with shaved pink Himalayan sea salt, oysters on the half shell, fruits de mer, and salt-crust baked branzino, as well as favorites such as steak frites, duck cassoulet and coq au vin. Conclude your dinner with a classic dessert and fine French cheeses.  

Meals at Sel de Mer are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant is available on  Rotterdam ,  Koningsdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , but on other ships, the Rudi’s Sel de Mer menu is available on select evenings in Pinnacle Grill.

Grand Dutch Cafe

Enjoy a savory snack, a pint of lager or a traditional Dutch coffee in a space that exudes Dutch heritage from the moment you walk in.

Looking for a refreshing pick-me-up on an adventure-filled day? The Grand Dutch Cafe is for you. Located just off the atrium area, it’s the perfect spot to connect with friends over a cold beer, coffee or other Dutch specialty beverages, such as Genever and Advoccaat, and a snack. Choose from among 16 Belgian and Dutch beers (four on tap) and a variety of spirits or enjoy your favorite coffee beverage with complimentary Dutch snacks. For heartier appetites, there are made-to-order Dutch specialties from open-faced herring sandwiches to apple and bacon pancakes. Just place your order at the counter; anything we prepare will be brought to your table.

Lido Market

A casual, modern marketplace, Lido Market offers the widest range of food options on board for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night snack.

Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.

This casual poolside grill serves up the best burgers at sea, Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dogs, golden French fries and more.

Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.

New York Pizza

Our poolside pizzeria has fresh Italian salads and authentic thin-crust personal pizzas with savory toppings.

At New York Pizza, choose from a variety of scrumptious, 9-inch, thin-crust pies. Named for New York’s famed five boroughs, our signature pizzas are made to order and topped with only the finest ingredients. Enjoy your pizza by day while overlooking the Lido pool, and into the night. This venue is New York Deli & Pizza on  Koningsdam ,  Rotterdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , offering made-to-order deli sandwiches in addition to pizza.

24-Hour Room Service

Enjoy breakfast in bed or an early dinner on your verandah — entrées and more are available whenever you wish.

Sleep in and have breakfast delivered. Enjoy an early dinner on your verandah before an evening excursion. Order a salad, sandwich or entrée any time. Room Service is only a phone call away. All selections are included in your cruise fare unless otherwise noted on the in-room menu.

Explorations Cafe

Our relaxing café with panoramic views is your home for handcrafted espresso drinks during the day and refreshing cocktails in the evening.

At Explorations Café, sink into plush chairs and sofas in a comfortable environment. Sip elegantly prepared espresso drinks and nosh on fresh pastries from the coffee bar. You can also take in fantastic views, catch up on your favorite book or browse the web. 

Dine on delectable sushi and sip Asian-inspired spirits at Nami Sushi, a sushi bar within Tamarind offering stunning ocean views.

Nami Sushi offers a tempting array of the sushi rolls he’s created. Choose from such delectable selections as Tempura Lobster Roll with soft shell crab tempura; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce and avocado; Tsutsumi Roll with snapper, green olive, caper and avocado; Futomoki Roll with crab, yamagobo, avocado and cucumber; Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis; Nigiri sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp; and more. The word “nami,” Japanese in origin, means “wave” and is an homage to the ocean views you’ll enjoy as you dine on the freshest, tastiest and most inventive sushi at sea.

With many flavors to choose from and ingredients like Sicilian pistachios and amarena cherries, each frozen spoonful transports you to Italy.

At “G” Gelato, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a classic European gelato (ice cream), made fresh on board each day by chefs trained at the Carpigiani Gelato University. Choose from among 12 delightful flavors, two of which are rotated daily. Smooth, creamy and refreshing, this tasty treat is served in a variety of ways, including gelato popsicles and the flavors of G, composed shots with layers of caramel, nuts and gelato. Love pistachio?  Select ingredients like Sicilian pistachios make our pistachio gelato out of this world!

Club Orange Program Benefits

Club Orange offers an added level of luxury on Holland America with expanded dining menus, special events and priority access. Learn more about Club Orange.

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Join Club Orange to experience a new level of luxury, from priority check-in and disembarkation to premium dining amenities. Club Orange benefits include a complimentary stateroom upgrade, a special event chosen by the captain and priority check-in and disembarkation. Read on for a full list of Club Orange benefits.

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Crow's Nest

BARS AND LOUNGES

Enjoy cocktails and sunsets in this lounge, featuring panoramic views.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges onboard. The panoramic view takes center stage in The Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can relax just about any time of day and enjoy your favorite drink.

Enjoy cocktails and ocean views while listening to live music.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges. This popular bar is at the top of the atrium and is the perfect locale for cocktails and dancing.

Tamarind Bar

Partake in exotic cocktails and sakétinis amid wraparound ocean views.

Which is more delightful: the apple-pear saketini in your chilled glass or views of the sun going down in a crimson blaze? Enjoy both in this stylish hideaway – your destination for panoramic views and exotic cocktails, and just one of the wide selection of lounges and gathering places on board.

For aficionados, this is truly your whisk(e)y wonderland. At NOTES, a dedicated whisk(e)y bar guests can gaze in awe at the more than 120 labels on display.

For aficionados, this is truly your whisk(e)y wonderland. At NOTES, a dedicated whisk(e)y bar guests can gaze in awe at the more than 120 labels on display — and sample some of the rarest whisk(e)y selections in the world. An interactive menu board and multiple tasting options are designed to identify uniquely personalized flavor profiles for every guest.

Billboard Onboard

ENTERTAINMENT

Sing along, test your music trivia knowledge, or sit back and enjoy as chart-topping hits fill the room each night.

2 pianos - 60 Years of Chart Toppers - 100s Of Songs.  Sing along, test your music trivia skills or just sit back and enjoy as the hits fill the room each night.

World Stage

World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.

World Stage, the largest theater on board is home to a variety of performances day and night. Our exclusive EXC® Talk lecture series features captivating regional stories told by local experts and narrated by your Cruise & Travel Director. In the evenings, Step One Dance Company, vocal sensation Cantaré, BBC Earth in Concert and more take the stage.  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam  bring the World Stage experience to the next level by surrounding you in spectacular sight and sound with a two-story, panoramic LED screen.

Rolling Stone Lounge

Our 7-piece band brings you the best in rock, pop, country and more.

Dance to your favorite songs with one of the best bands at sea. From rock and pop to country and beyond, we provide the perfect playlist live, each and every cruise.

Onboard Shopping

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping onboard.

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in such signature shops as The Vault, Diamonds and Gemstones by Merabella, which offers the best diamonds at sea, brought to you by Effy.

Fitness Center

Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center.

Stop by the professionally staffed Fitness Center equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. Try one of our classes on indoor cycling, Pilates and more or work out at your own pace. You can also head out for fresh air and exercise on deck, where you'll find basketball and volleyball courts, and two refreshing pools (available on select ships). Some classes may have a nominal fee.

Holland America Line Navigator

Personalize your cruise experience with our free mobile-friendly tool.

Personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship with our free mobile-friendly tool. Plan your daily activities, browse and purchase shore excursions, view restaurant menus, make dining reservations, check your account balance and more. 

Casino Action

The Casino offers games for all levels.

Your Holland America Line ship’s Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, our dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction — and we offer many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.

Movies On Board

Enjoy recent-release films in the movie theater on select ships or in the comfort of your stateroom.

Screening nightly in the movie theatre (on select ships) are recent-release films and perennially popular classics. You can also watch movies any time in your stateroom or suite. And aboard  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam , watch your favorite stars light up the night on a giant outdoor LED movie screen by the Lido Pool.

Pickleball at Sea

Enjoy complimentary lessons, tournaments, and courts with amazing top-deck views.

Play the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. with Holland America Line, the exclusive cruise line partner of the Professional Pickleball Association. All our cruise ships feature pickleball courts with amazing top-deck views. The equipment and courts are available for a match anytime, so long as the weather allows. Frequent pickler? Join a pickleball tournament at sea and put your dink shot to the test. Hesitant amateur? Learn the basics at complimentary beginner’s lessons, starting in spring 2023. Commemorative starter kits will soon be available in our retail shops — purchase as gifts for avid players or as souvenirs, so that you can always look back on your pickleball cruise memories.

Kids ages 3 to 17 can enjoy an array of activities. Registration required for children under 13.

Holland America Line's youth activities program, Kids Club, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties. Note: Kids Club is not offered on cruises of 25-days or longer, including all Legendary and Grand Voyages. We will offer a selection of children’s activities throughout these longer voyages for any children who may be onboard.

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hawaii & french polynesia voyage

  • Day 1 San Diego, united states San Diego
  • Day 2-6 At Sea At Sea
  • Day 7 Hilo, united states Hilo
  • Day 8 Lahaina (Maui), united states Lahaina (Maui)
  • Day 9 Honolulu, united states Honolulu
  • Day 10 Nawiliwili, united states Nawiliwili
  • Day 11-15 At Sea At Sea
  • Day 16 Bora Bora, french polynesia Bora Bora
  • Day 17 Moorea, french polynesia Moorea
  • Day 17-18 Papeete, french polynesia Papeete

Embarks 5:00PM on Jan 06

san diego, united states

Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles is the laid-back city of San Diego, a popular year-round destination due to its Mediterranean climate, 70 miles of coastline, great beaches, and a book’s worth of attractions.

Jan 07 - Jan 11

Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

Arrives 9:00AM on Jan 12 | Departs 6:00PM on Jan 12

hilo, united states

Surrounded by breathtaking beauty, this quaint settlement tucked on the eastern side of Hawaii Island offers unlimited opportunity to relax, explore, and learn a thing or two.

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Arrives 8:00AM on Jan 13 | Departs 10:00PM on Jan 13

lahaina (maui), united states

Arrives 6:00AM on Jan 14 | Departs 11:00PM on Jan 14

honolulu, united states

Think of Honolulu, Hawaii, and visions of swaying palm trees, beautiful beaches, and hula no doubt dance to mind. But that’s just a scratch on the azure surf(ace) of this cosmopolitan capital city.

Arrives on Jan 15 | Departs 6:00PM on Jan 15

nawiliwili, united states

Removed from resort life, the island of Kauai delivers on authentic Hawaiian experiences and jaw dropping natural wonder.

Jan 17 - Jan 21

Arrives 8:00AM on Jan 22 | Departs 10:00PM on Jan 22

bora bora, french polynesia

In the vast South Pacific, warm, blue-green waters enclose two rainforest-covered, majestic interior peaks on beautiful Bora Bora—unquestionably one of the most stunning islands on earth.

Arrives 8:00AM on Jan 23 | Departs 5:00PM on Jan 23

moorea, french polynesia

A former retreat for Tahitian royalty, Moorea is a bucket list worthy destination that's home to a traditional farming village, amazing marine life, and winding jungle roads, ideal for exploring.

Debarks 8:15PM on Jan 23 | Jan 24

papeete, french polynesia

The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete is home to tropical blue lagoons, beautiful hiking trails in the shadows of ancient volcanic mountains, and Les Roulottes—mobile caravans full of culinary delights.

Staterooms and Suites

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Prices from 7,399 *

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Prices from 6,599 *

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Prices from 9,499 *

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Prices from 8,999 *

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Prices from 22,199 *

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Club Oceanview Stateroom

Revel in the polished style and stellar service of your own private retreat, boasting a modern and contemporary décor. Enjoy picturesque ocean views outside your window, and all the finer touches included in every stateroom.

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Stateroom Features

  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
  • 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)

Included Stateroom Amenities

  • Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Use of umbrella
  • Shoe shine-service
  • Turndown treats

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional 137.6 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

Club Interior Stateroom

Explore the world in comfort and luxury in this stylish, elegant stateroom featuring all the amenities of a boutique hotel at sea. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, 24-hour room service, and more.

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Our largest suites have been transformed with contemporary design elements that are both elegant and organic, with design that draws inspiration from nature—a sandy cliff, flowing river beds, exquisite white sand beaches, and rustling grasses. Enjoy a spacious living room, separate bedroom and all the amenities that come with our most luxurious suite.

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  • Stateroom: 560 sq. ft. (52 sq. m.) Veranda: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq. m.)

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Spacious and comfortable, our Club Continent Suites feature fresh new décor inspired by natural elements. With two beds convertible to a queen, a cozy sitting area, breezy balcony and refreshed bathroom with a bathtub or shower, this is your wonderful, refined home away from home.

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  • Stateroom: 266 sq. ft. (24.7 sq. m.) Veranda: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq. m.)
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With a large living room and a separate bedroom—plus your own private veranda—your suite offers a restful retreat after your immersive experiences on land. Enjoy elegant, contemporary décor, and rich marble touches. You’ll be spoiled by the attention to detail in these beautiful suites, and of course, all the pampering too.

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  • Stateroom: 440–501 sq. ft. (40.9-46.5 sq. m.) Veranda: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq. m.)

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Located next to the tranquil Sanctum Spa, our newest suites are the ultimate in contemporary design, comfort and pampering. With easy access to the Spa, open decks, swimming pool and our great restaurants, the Club Spa Suites surround you with organic, elegant décor, and the finest, most soothing amenities. Suites feature comfortable sitting area, daily delivery of healthy snacks, Frette plush robes and slippers, and in-room spa music. For the ultimate in serene surroundings, the spacious glass-enclosed spa soaking tub and separate rain shower bring the outside in, with views to the endless seas beyond. The perfect place to get away from it all, without being far from anything.

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  • Comfortable sitting area
  • Stateroom: 414 sq. ft. (38.5 sq. m.) Veranda: 40 sq. ft. (3.7 sq. m.)
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First, you want to get away from it all, feel some sun on your skin and see clear-cut horizons. Next comes your departure, where you eagerly look forward to the picture-postcard landscapes you're about to enter. But in the end, French Polynesia exceeds expectations. Blues and greens come to life in the lagoons, on the beaches, in the forests and on the reefs. They glisten under the water, where the protective corral barrier teems with life. All you need to do now is put images to the names you've so often dreamt of: Tuamotu, Marquesas Islands, Leeward Islands, Bora Bora…and enjoy. 

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Must-Sees - Polynesia and Hawaii

Polynesia and Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are like idyllic ends of the earth. People here speak English or French, keep unique cultural traditions alive and live among lagoons and dense forest. From Bora Bora to the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotus and the Society Islands, here are the islands to visit in the Pacific .

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Essential French Polynesia

Although Polynesian landscapes are certainly attractive, the islands' culture is often what incites people to travel. Below is our handy guide to help you become more familiar with French Polynesia .

Essential French Polynesia

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Dance, diving and traditional Kai Kai: experience a day in the Marquesas

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A getaway on land and at sea in Moorea - French Polynesia

A getaway on land and at sea in Moorea - French Polynesia

A few nautical miles from Tahiti, Moorea is THE Polynesian picture-postcard. The lovely fine-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons offer great swimming and snorkelling . The coastline is also a haven for spinner dolphins , rough-toothed dolphins and pilot whales. You can see them for yourself accompanied by a marine biologist who knows how to approach without disturbing the animals. Moorea is a green island. From the Belvedere Lookout , you can take stock of the abundant natural surroundings right down to the water. Pineapple plantations give way to subtropical forests in a palette of dazzling greens.

Learn about Marquesas culture - Nuku Hiva island, Marquesas Islands

Learn about Marquesas culture - Nuku Hiva island, Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas archipelago in the South Pacific has its own special character. Isolated over 1,500 kilometres from Tahiti, the Marquesans are proud of their culture and their wildly beautiful islands. To learn more, there is nothing better than visiting Koueva (an archaeological site where rituals were held), or Hikokua (a prehistoric site in the middle of a coconut grove). In the north of the island, go on a detour to Hatiheu Bay and Valley, which are easily recognised with their peaks towering over 1,000 metres tall, to enjoy seeing Mother Nature's abundance in the Marquesas Islands.

Feel like you're in paradise - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Feel like you're in paradise - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's no two ways about it: the images you see of Bora Bora show that this is a rare paradise on earth. From the centre on Pahonu Hill, you can take in the beautiful lagoon and its sparkling blue waters protected by the coral barrier. Flying over the island on a small plane only confirms just how incredible this place is: the elements come together is perfect harmony. Back on the ground, a swim in the crystal-clear waters is a must. And why not also go and meet blacktip reef sharks and rays ? One thing's for sure: Bora Bora is certainly exotic!

Dive off Alofi Island - Wallis and Futuna

Dive off Alofi Island - Wallis and Futuna

In Wallis and Futuna , you truly feel like you're at the ends of the earth. This French overseas territory is the furthest one from mainland France: 16,000 kilometres lie between them. The sense of the exotic is most noticeable in the south of Futuna on the inhabited island of Alofi . People come here to find a place for themselves off the typical tourist routes. Time stands still in the shade of the palm trees and on deserted beaches. Dives in the turquoise waters offer the opportunity to see a variety of fish, turtles and rays. If you're lucky, you'll even see dolphins... This is as close to true happiness as it gets.

 Live peacefully on Raivavae - Austral Islands, French Polynesia

Live peacefully on Raivavae - Austral Islands, French Polynesia

Four villages, 1,000 inhabitants, 740 kilometres from Tahiti. That's the key figures sorted. But Raivavae in the heart of the Austral Islands in French Polynesia can't be summarised in just a few numbers. This volcanic island surrounded by an emerald lagoon is often considered to be one of the most beautiful in the South Pacific. Arriving by sea, you can admire its slender fine-sand beaches bordered by rich and unspoilt vegetation. Heading deeper inland, you discover a way of life that combines growing taro (a plant with a root like sweet potato), farming and making sewn pirogue canoes using woven coconut fibres. This is unique traditional know-how. Locals mostly travel around on foot or by bike, adding to the calm of the place. Majestic ancient religious and tiki sites remind visitors of Polynesian culture 's integration. Hotuata (women's rock) and Ruatara (man's rock) are home to many birds including frigate birds.

Dive off the Austral Islands - French Polynesia

Dive off the Austral Islands - French Polynesia

Raivavae, Tubai, Rurutu, Rimatara… The Austral Islands are among the best dive spots in French Polynesia . Go underwater to enjoy a real show. The coral reefs are some of the most unspoilt on the planet. Sea anemones live together in symbiosis with parrot fish, groupers, flying fish, moral eels, sea turtles and rays. Lucky divers can even see humpback whales in the right season.

Visit a pearl farm in Rangiroa - Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Visit a pearl farm in Rangiroa - Tuamotus, French Polynesia

The Polynesians nickname it "vast sky". Dotted with hundreds of islands emerging from the sparkling water, the Rangiroa Atoll is the largest in French Polynesia and is reminiscent of the night sky. Rangiroa farms black pearls : one of many species found on the sea bed. The guided pearl farm tour explains how oysters are carefully selected, grown and grafted and how the pearls are classified according to their quality.

Huahine – Society Islands, French Polynesia

Huahine – Society Islands, French Polynesia

Some call it the "garden of Eden", while others know it as the "secret island". Unspoilt and picturesque Huahine is certainly worthy of these epithets. Surrounded by a lagoon, it offers a special swimming experience in clear waters. Hidden coves, stunning viewpoints at height and the warm welcome from the locals contribute to the idyllic nature of this island 167 kilometres north-west of Tahiti. An archaeological site and stone temples open to the elements, a vanilla plantation, meet lucky eels in the village of Faie... There are lots of activities to do, providing the opportunity to immerse yourself a little more in Polynesian culture.

Se laisser surprendre par la beauté sauvage de Hiva Oa – Marquises, polynésie française

Be surprised by the wild beauty of Hiva Oa - Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

People often say that the Marquesas Islands are the wildest in French Polynesia. Hiva Oa is a good example. Black-sand beaches, vertigo-inducing coastlines and craggy terrain give it a unique atmosphere. This almost mystical feel is bolstered by the presence of tikis, sacrificial sites and the Puamau archaeological site: the most famous in the Marquesas Islands. This power and wild beauty attracted the painter Paul Gauguin and then the singer Jacques Brel, both of whom are buried in the cemetery in the village of Atuona.

Visit Hilo - Hawaii

Visit Hilo - Hawaii

Head to Hilo on the east coast of Hawaii. Although this is the biggest town on the island (47,000 inhabitants), it has incredible natural surroundings . One side has the active Mauna Loa volcano. The other is home to the dormant Mauna Kea volcano. The region is also known for its significant seismic activity... And Hilo has a museum that is unusual, to say the least: the Pacific Tsunami Museum . In the town centre, the market gives a good overview of local produce . Fruit, vegetables, exotic flowers and little home-made dishes fill the place with scents. Twenty kilometres away, the Akaka Falls emerge from dense vegetation over 130 metres up, delighting travellers.

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Dos. Some Polynesians are happy to use informal language. There's no point speaking very formally: informality is a token of politeness and proof that relationships are simple and relaxed.

Don'ts. The most commonly used expression is "aita pe’a pe’a": "no problem". Patience, calm and respect for others are all encapsulated by this mantra.

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Unique features

The pirogues (dugout canoes) made on Raivavae island are unique. They have five different parts and are assembled individually by hand, glued together, then sewn. The stunning stitching done using woven coconut fibres strengthens the gluing. Every pirogue is then christened.

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Essential phrases

Tahitian is one of many Polynesian languages. Here are a few words you can use when travelling in the South Pacific islands.

Hello / Good evening: Ia ora na / Ia ora na Goodbye: Nānā Welcome: Maeva Excuse me / Please: Ēē Thank you: Māuruuru Yes / No: E oia / aita How are you?: E aha tō outou huru? Fine, thank you, and you?: Maita i roa, māuruuru, outou ? My name is…: O (name) tō u i oa

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Fish is everywhere in French Polynesia. It is eaten from breakfast onwards. Skipjack and tuna fillets are marinated in lemon juice, coconut milk, onions, tomatoes, chives and garlic. This recipe is reminiscent of South American ceviche .

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Myths and legends

Legend has it that Polynesia is so sunny thanks to a young warrior, Maui , who went to fight the Sun . The Sun believed it was working too hard in comparison with the humans on Earth. So, it decided to only get up for a few hours each day. With the nights became longer and humans suffering from the lack of light, Maui weaved a huge net using hair from his fiancée, Hina. He managed to capture the Sun and make it see reason. Since then, the Polynesian islands have enjoyed long sunny days. If you see a kind of green thread surrounding the Sun as it goes down in the evening, this is Hina's hair that has been left there to remind the Sun of its promise.

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In the spotlight

Faced with the urgency of the impact of climate change on corals, French scientists working on the " Under the Pole " project have shown that corals migrate to and find refuge in deeper water. This unprecedented discovery could provide remarkable hope in terms of restoring corals to the surface . During their underwater expeditions in French Polynesia onboard the Capsule, a submersible craft that makes it possible to conduct 72-hour long saturation dives, they amassed an extensive collection of mesophotic coral samples, amongst which a Leptoseris hawaiiensis specimen found at a depth of 172 metres, the deepest ever collected.

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Books. Could you leave everything behind to live a simple life in a corruption-free society? In his 1846 autobiographical novel, Typee , Herman Melville recounts the few months he spent living on Nuku Hiva island in the Marquesas Islands. This young seaman travelling on a whaler took advantage of a stopover in these stunning waters to abandon his post with one of his colleagues. Hiding in the jungle, he was welcomed by the Typee people, who were reported to be cannibals. The book describes locations, customs and inhabitants, immersing the reader in a bygone era of colonies and evangelising in a strikingly authentic narrative.

Music. Although every Polynesian archipelago has its own characteristics, Polynesian music is notably represented by himene : ancient airs combining Polynesian song with Protestant influences. They are accompanied by traditional flute-like instruments and ukuleles imported from Hawaii by sailors.

Film. Both in 1935, with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and in 1962 with Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard, the two versions of Mutiny on the Bounty tell the story of the mutiny led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian against Captain Lieutenant William Bligh in 1789. The film showcases the stunning landscapes of Moorea and Bora Bora.

Facts and figures

Notre Dame Cathedral in Taiohae is one of the town's most iconic buildings. It is built on Tohua Mauuia: a sacred place for Marquesans. It was constructed using stones from the six inhabited islands in the archipelago: red volcanic tuff from Hiva Oa, stones from Ua Pou, Ua Huka and Fatu Hiva, pumice stone from Tahuata, slabs of phonolite from Ua Pou and white sandstone from Nuku Hiva.

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  • Adamstown, Pitcairn Island (Pitcairn)
  • Aitutaki (Cook Islands)
  • Anaa, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Atuona, Hiva Oa Island (French Polynesia)
  • Beqa Island (Fiji)
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Crossing the International Date Line
  • Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Hakahau, Ua Pou Island (French Polynesia)
  • Hanga Roa, Easter Island (Chile)
  • Hapatoni, Tahuata Island (French Polynesia)
  • Hatiheu, Nuka Hiva Island (French Polynesia)
  • Huahine, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Lautoka, Viti Levu Island (Fiji)
  • Makatea, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Moorea Island (French Polynesia)
  • Motu Mahana, Taha'a Island, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Omoa, Fatu Hiva Island (French Polynesia)
  • Papeete, Tahiti Island (French Polynesia)
  • Puama'u, Hiva Oa Island (French Polynesia)
  • Raiatea, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Rarotonga (Cook Islands)
  • Rikitea, Gambier Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island (Fiji)
  • Suva, Viti Levu Island (Fiji)
  • Taiohae, Nuku Hiva Island (French Polynesia)
  • Vava'u Islands (Tonga)

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Choosing where to cruise is one half of a successful vacation: The right ship plus a carefully selected destination that matches your overall interests typically equals an enjoyable cruise experience.

So, what are the best cruise destinations for every type of traveler?

That depends. With several dozen destination options around the globe to choose from — everything from popular locales you can cruise to from U.S. ports to far-flung regions known to top many bucket lists — it can take a bit of research to find your perfect match.

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That’s why we’re here. We’ve been around the block (and around the world) when it comes to cruises. We’ve explored the most captivating cities, waded into the surf on world-class beaches, hiked unspoiled landscapes and gazed upon treasured landmarks. So before you book your next cruise, have a look at our picks for the best cruise destinations for every type of traveler.

Best cruise destination for beach lovers: The Caribbean

When it comes to optimal sun, sand and surf, it’s tough to beat the Caribbean. It also helps that every major cruise line offers multiple itineraries in the region, most from November to March but quite a few year-round. You can cruise to the Caribbean from more than 10 U.S. cities — everywhere from New York to Galveston, Texas — although the majority of Caribbean cruises sail from Florida ports: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and Tampa.

Which Caribbean islands have the best beaches? It’s impossible to choose since every island is fringed by talcum-soft sand and warm turquoise water and is home to lively beach bars offering music and tropical cocktails that will make your day in the sun all the more fun.

Cruises here are offered in three regions. Eastern Caribbean cruises visit ports including St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands. The Western Caribbean itineraries feature calls on Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. The Southern Caribbean voyages sail to islands such as St. Lucia, Barbados, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Many cruise lines also call on Nassau in the Bahamas and their own Bahamian private islands , where beach days are sublime. Some longer itineraries (10 nights or more) also combine Eastern and Southern ports of call with less-visited islands such as St. Kitts and Antigua.

Related: The best Caribbean cruises for every type of traveler

Best cruise destination for history buffs: The Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean, where it meets the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean seas, is home to century-spanning sites sure to tempt any history buff. Cruises in this region typically call on Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy, while some also visit Israel, Jordan and Cyprus. More than any other region, the Eastern Mediterranean offers cruisers the chance to step back in time simply by stepping off their ship.

For example, cruises often begin in Istanbul, home to the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the elaborate Blue Mosque, constructed between 1609 and 1616. Ports of call also in Turkey may include Kusadasi for the nearby Roman city of Ephesus and its wondrous Library of Celsus. In Greece, medieval and Venetian architecture are thoughtfully preserved in the islands of Rhodes and Corfu, respectively. Your cruise might end in Athens, site of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon and its antiquities.

Or you can cruise from Venice, with its splendid 11th-century Basilica of San Marco and palazzo-lined canals, across the Adriatic to the coast of Croatia. These sailings typically call on Split (home to Diocletian’s Palace, which dates to the 4 th century) and Dubrovnik (with its postcard-perfect 13th-century walled Old Town), as well as the island nation of Malta (realm of the Knights of St. John).

If Israel and Jordan are must-visits, look for a cruise with Holy Lands in its title. These sailings often depart from Athens and also call on several Greek islands and Cyprus.

Related: Best Mediterranean cruises for every type of traveler

Best cruise destination for outdoor adventurers: Alaska

The 49 th State is a vast 665,400-square-mile wilderness. It offers an incredible 46,600 miles of coastline (longer than the shorelines of all the lower 48 states combined) and a unique and plentiful mix of wildlife. An Alaska cruise offers true outdoor adventure.

In port, choose from hiking amid boreal forests to sea kayaking among seals and sea otters. You can fish for salmon (and have it shipped home), zipline above a landscape inhabited by black bears and gaze down at massive glaciers from a seaplane or helicopter (and even land atop one).

Have a less-adventurous travel companion? They can pan for gold, ride a vintage train and dog-sled (and afterward cuddle adorable husky pups).

The Pacific Northwest port cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia are the gateways for the majority of Alaska cruises. Inside Passage itineraries are the most popular and cruise lines offer these sailings from May through September .

On a round-trip cruise, you’ll call on Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital that’s reachable solely by sea or air and offers access to Mendenhall Glacier. Other top ports are Ketchikan, known for wet-suit snorkeling and floatplane flightseeing; Skagway, where you can combine an invigorating hike and a relaxing river float trip; and Icy Strait Point, a top spot for sea kayaking and whale watching.

A highlight for many passengers is scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park . This 3.3-million-acre national park is home to more than 1,000 glaciers, including the accessible and photogenic Margerie Glacier, which extends 21 miles from the mountains to the bay. Have your camera ready to capture the action as huge chunks of Windex-blue ice calve off of its 250-foot-high face with a thunderous crack and crash into the frigid waters below.

Related: The best Alaska cruise for every type of traveler

Best cruise destination for honeymooners: French Polynesia

Lagoons that shimmer in a mosaic of the purest blues imaginable, palm-fringed islets comprised solely of pristine white sand, and Polynesian culture steeped in heart-pounding song and dance make a cruise through the islands of French Polynesia ideal for honeymooners. Tahiti and the other Society Islands — Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine and Taha’a — offer a setting for celebratory romance that’s scenic and sensual.

Most cruises through the Societies are seven or 10 nights, with mornings spent exploring an island’s lush landscape by 4×4, visiting vanilla or black pearl farms or venturing into the lagoon for snorkeling excursions or shark and stingray feedings. In the afternoon, laze by your ship’s pool or give stand-up paddleboarding a try. Diving here is also superb, so couples who are certified can experience the thrill of underwater life beyond the lagoon.

On a cultural level, couples cruising through the islands of Tahiti can try new foods such as breadfruit and poisson cru (raw fish marinated in coconut and lime juice), melt into a state of blissful relaxation with traditional taurumi massage, and experience the soul-stirring drumbeats of Polynesian dance. Be sure to pluck a plumeria blossom and place it behind your left ear — to signify that your heart is spoken for.

Related: 7 things to do in French Polynesia that don’t involve romance or over-water bungalows

Best cruise destination for city explorers: The Baltic

The sophisticated capitals of Scandinavia — Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki — plus other coastal cities such as Tallinn, Estonia and Gdansk, Poland, are each compelling in their own right. So, imagine the rush of urban euphoria you’ll feel while exploring all of them on a Baltic (or Northern Europe) cruise from May through September.

While itineraries range from seven to 14 nights and the ports visited vary by cruise line, most sailings call on Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn. The Danish capital is a fascinating blend of imperial palaces, photogenic landmarks (including the vibrant waterfront of Nyhavn and the Victorian-era Tivoli Gardens) and modern culinary and design innovations.

Equally captivating is Stockholm, where a stroll through Old Town (Gamla Stan) will take you back to medieval times. A visit to the one-of-a-kind Vasa Museum offers a fascinating glimpse at a doomed 17th-century wooden warship, and a few hours in the ABBA Museum will have you humming the band’s hits for hours afterward.

Then there’s Helsinki. Expect to be charmed by this quirky city with its unpronounceable street names, elegant Esplanade and cache of unique churches (among them the red-brick Uspenski Cathedral and the Temppeliaukion Church, aka the Church of the Rock). And Tallinn? The city’s remarkably intact medieval Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site encircled by red-capped storybook-style towers. Easily explored on foot, it’s home to architectural landmarks that include Gothic-spired churches, Hanseatic merchant houses and a Pseudo-Russian cathedral.

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Best cruise destination for the culturally curious: Japan

A single-country cruise itinerary gives you a chance to enjoy a deeper dive into local culture. One of the most popular destinations for this type of immersive experience is Japan. As an island nation, it has a wealth of ports that can be explored on 12- to 14-night circle-island sailings offered by both large-ship and small-luxury cruise lines.

From the bright lights and youthful energy of modern Tokyo, an itinerary will visit 10 or so Japanese cities. Your ship will also call on Busan, South Korea as required by maritime regulations.

Kobe is your access point for Kyoto, with its temples and gardens, while Shimizu is your gateway to scenic Mt. Fuji. Visit the moving Peace Memorial Park honoring the tragedy of WWII in Hiroshima and historic Hirosaki Castle in Aomori. In Kanazawa, explore the well-preserved samurai and geisha districts. Don’t miss Sakaiminato, famous for its seafood and the Izumo-taisha Grand Shrine.

Along with enjoying Japan’s top sights on guided excursions, you’ll also have a chance to experience the country’s traditional music and dance, visit museums filled with centuries of art and soak in thermal hot springs. Be sure to sample culinary specialties, from udon noodles and sake to elaborate kaiseki multi-course feasts. Even better — you can do it all while only having to unpack once.

Best cruise destination for nature lovers: Panama Canal & Central America

Yes, the Panama Canal is manmade, but it cuts across 82 miles of Central American jungle on the isthmus of Panama to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A transit of the circa-1914 original or the 2016 extension takes a single day. The remainder of the cruise will be spent calling on ports in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia (historic coastal Cartagena), Mexico and the Caribbean.

That means there’s plenty of nature to appreciate. Some ships will spend a day in Colon, Panama, which offers access to Chagres National Park and the Gamboa Rainforest Preserve. Both are home to indigenous species such as toucans, coatimundis and monkeys.

During a visit to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, the volcanic landscape and surrounding rainforest and cloud forest offer opportunities for hiking, kayaking and spotting native species such as howler monkeys, sloths and crocodiles. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala is known for its coffee plantations and access to the historic city of Antigua. The region also offers the chance to hike the Pacaya Volcano or visit the ancient Mayan site of Iximche.

In the Caribbean, some Panama Canal itineraries call on one of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao) while others visit Grand Cayman, where stellar snorkeling and diving (and interaction with the playful residents of Stingray City) are top activities. On Mexico’s Pacific Coast, ports might include Huatulco, offering access to an iguana sanctuary and ecological park, or Puerto Vallarta, where you can enjoy a snorkel trip to Los Arcos de Mismaloya.

Related: The best time to cruise the Panama Canal

Best cruise destination for food and wine aficionados: Western Mediterranean

Italy, France and Spain are all celebrated for their distinctive cuisines and award-winning wines, which makes a Western Mediterranean itinerary perfect for culinary enthusiasts.

The fact that the region’s top cruise ports are the birthplaces of foodie favorites such as paella, pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara and moules-frites makes a cruise here a delicious indulgence. You can eat your fill of local cuisine in places such as Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, Marseille and Saint-Tropez in France, and Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Rome and Naples in Italy.

Add in the Western Med’s top island ports, and it’s impossible to cruise here without enjoying some of the world’s most memorable foods and flavors. Olives and olive oil are an art form on the Spanish island of Mallorca, while wild boar is a rustic favorite on the French island of Corsica. The Italian island of Sardinia is known for its strong Cannonau red wine, and Sicily is the birthplace of the famous cannoli.

Some cruise lines are especially attuned to offering their guests local culinary experiences. These take the form of shore excursions (cooking classes, market visits and farm and winery tours) and onboard dinner menus that highlight regional specialties and local wines. FYI: Cruise ships also have fully equipped fitness centers where you can work off all the extra calories you’ll consume.

Related: Western Mediterranean vs. Eastern Mediterranean cruises: Which itinerary will I like more? 

Best cruise destination for bucket-listers: Antarctica

When travelers dusted off their bucket list post-pandemic one of the places they most wanted to visit was Antarctica. The seventh continent, a place that belongs to no single nation but hosts research stations from almost 30, has fascinated adventurers for decades. But the swift expansion of luxury expedition cruising over the past five to seven years has made this frozen polar frontier the “It” destination of the 2020s.

What’s the experience like? On an expedition cruise, generally roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina, you’ll first have to cross the Drake Passage, a notoriously rough and windy body of water. Safely on the other side, you’ll arrive at landing points in the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Whether viewing regiments of gleaming icebergs from your ship’s deck or photographing parades of waddling penguins against a surreal landscape of ice while ashore, the experience is like no other. Some expedition itineraries also venture farther south to the continent while longer sailings call on South Georgia Island and/or the Falklands.

Antarctica requires two things of visitors. The first is a healthy budget. Expedition cruises generally start at around $12,000 per person, although some major cruise lines offer scenic cruising in Antarctica — with no landings — for under $3,000 per person. The second is a moderate fitness level to be able to venture ashore in Zodiacs and explore the rugged landscape.

The cruise season spans just five months, from mid-November to March, and you’ll want to book far in advance so you have time to prepare.

Related: Best Antarctica cruise ships exploring the White Continent

Best cruise destination for travelers without a passport: Hawaii

If you’re passport-less or have let yours expire, you can still enjoy a tropical island cruise that’s exotic and yet reassuringly familiar. We’re talking Hawaii, where a seven-night inter-island itinerary visiting four islands doesn’t require that you have a passport. These itineraries are offered year-round aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ’s Pride of America.

Since you’ll be cruising in U.S. territory, you don’t have to worry should you need to leave the cruise early and fly back to the states because of illness or a family emergency. This can be a concern for passengers on round-trip, closed-loop sailings from Florida to the Caribbean or Bahamas who board only with a driver’s license and birth certificate.

Beyond the practical, a Hawaii cruise that begins and ends in Oahu and spends two days on each of the other main islands — Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island) — offers plenty of time to enjoy the sights and even experience a cultural evening activity, such as a sunset luau. You’ll also avoid all the inter-island flights required for hotel stays.

Highlights of a Hawaii itinerary include a pre- or post-cruise visit to the historic sites of Pearl Harbor and perhaps even an overnight stay in Waikiki. On Maui, you can enjoy active thrills, such as biking down a switchback road on the volcanic slopes of Haleakala or snorkeling the offshore Molokini Crater.

Kauai is the place to admire the 50 th State’s lushest rainforests and to cruise past the scenic cliffs of the Napali Coast. And with two ports of call on the Island of Hawaii, you’ll enjoy the waterfalls of Hilo (along with access to Volcanoes National Park) and the sunny Kona coast, where snorkel trips and coffee farm visits are popular.

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