Whisper, World Cruise 2018 Sector ex Papeete to Auckland
13 Night World Cruise sector departing from Papeete to Auckland onboard Silver Whisper.
When you cruise aboard a ship with only a few hundred fellow guests, you can connect more authentically with the lands you visit, exploring hidden corners and immersing yourself more fully in the lifestyle of the people. And you’ll be sailing with kindred travellers from around the globe, sharing their warm fellowship in an ambiance of pampered elegance and privilege. And, To give you more time to explore ashore, we’re including 17 overnights, 13 late-night stays and even more connections to re-join the ship. A fascinating collection of exotic venues await.
Highlights of this cruise:
PAPEETE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colours on his canvasses, Tahiti has embodied a mysterious allure and still summons up the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the centre, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the island’s highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks, and steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains.
BORA BORA, SOCIETY ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Chances are that if you were asked to draw your idea of a Pacific island, you might come up with a picture that looks pretty much like Bora Bora—soaring rain-forest covered peaks, a classic lagoon of blues and greens, and a ring of coral reef and tiny islets with lovely beaches and coconut trees. The island itself can be explored in a few hours; there are sweeping beaches in the south and ancient Polynesian temples hidden in the jungle. It's populated by 8,880 Polynesians who love to show visitors their treasured lagoon and its marine inhabitants. They also love to entertain visitors with music and dance.
RAIATEA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Known as the "Sacred Island," Raiatea is a fascinating haunt for archaeologists and historians as it's one of the islands in the Pacific where Polynesian culture can trace its roots. Visitors will find many of the older Polynesian structures still in place and are fascinating places to explore. In the 16th century, Raiatea developed a powerful cult dedicated to Oro the God of War and built a large meeting ground, the Taputaputea Marae, which is still intact. Human sacrifice was practiced until around the middle of the 18th century and visitors should look for the sacrificial stone.
AITUTAKI, COOK ISLANDS
Aitutaki is an "almost atoll". It has a maximum elevation of approximately 403 feet (123 metres) with the hill known as Maunga Pu close to its northernmost point. The barrier reef that forms the basis of Aitutaki is roughly the shape of an equilateral triangle with sides 7.4 miles (12 kilometres) in length. The southern edge of the triangle is almost totally below the surface of the ocean, and the eastern side is composed of a string of small islands (including Mangere, Akaiami, and Tekopua).
The western side of the atoll contains many of Aitutaki's important features including a boat passage through the barrier reef allowing for anchorage close to shore at Arutanga.
Situated just west of the International Date Line, Tonga is the first country to greet each new day. The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of some 170 islands that are divided into three groups – Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u. Only 45 islands are inhabited; more than 75 percent of the population lives on Tongatapu, the main island. Tonga’s attractions showcase the South Pacific charms of coral reefs, clear blue skies and inviting atolls. Its gentle people maintain a traditional way of life that has changed little over the centuries. Dutch explorers were the first Europeans to visit Tonga in 1616, followed by Abel Tasman. Captain Cook came ashore here in 1773 and labeled Tonga the Friendly Islands.
BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
The Tasman Sea on the west and the Pacific Ocean on the east meet at the top of North Island at Cape Reinga. No matter what route you take, you'll pass farms and forests, marvellous beaches, and great open spaces. The East Coast, up to the Bay of Islands, is Northland's most densely populated, often with refugees from bigger cities—looking for a more relaxed life—clustered around breathtaking beaches. The first decision on the drive north comes at the foot of the Brynderwyn Hills. Turning left will take you up the West Coast through areas once covered with forests and now used for either agricultural or horticulture.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats."Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. About one in four households in Auckland has a seacraft of some kind, and there are 102 beaches within an hour's drive; during the week many are quite empty. Even the airport is by the water; it borders the Manukau Harbour, which also takes its name from the Māori language and means solitary bird.
|22/01/18||Papeete, Tahiti||09:00 PM|
|23/01/18||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||08:00 AM||overnight|
|24/01/18||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||07:00 AM|
|24/01/18||Raiatea, French Polynesia||11:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|26/01/18||Aitutaki, Cook Islands||08:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|28/01/18||Date Line Crossing|
|30/01/18||Nuku'alofa, Tonga Islands||08:00 AM||03:00 PM|
|02/02/18||Bay of Islands, New Zealand||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|03/02/18||Auckland, New Zealand||08:00 AM||overnight|
|04/02/18||Auckland, New Zealand|