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Cruising the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand


Lee-Ann Barker, AAA Travel Professional

he 2007 movie, the Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, began many conversations among the traveling public about “bucket list” destinations – you know, those places we dream about visiting and hope that some day, before we die, we will have the opportunity to see them. In the years since the movie premiered, many travel industry surveys have asked the public, “What are the top destinations on your bucket list?” And without fail, Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific are always in the Top 10. If you too have these destinations on your personal bucket list, this year might be a great time to make your dream a reality. Lying in the southern hemisphere, these destinations make great winter month vacations. As the weather cools here, the temperatures are warm and inviting in the South Pacific. And because these destinations are literally on the other side of the world and require one or more flights to get to, a bit of planning is needed. While you can choose one or two of the great destinations in the South Pacific to visit on your own, many people choose a cruise vacation to maximize their time and money by visiting multiple destinations in one fabulous cruise vacation. Like a string of pearls shimmering along the South Pacific, the natural beauty and incomparable allure of the islands in the South Pacific is irresistible. If you choose to cruise, you will enjoy experiencing the idyllic islands of French Polynesia, from Tahiti to Bora Bora or Nuku Hiva, as one isle after another rises from the sea. Fiji and New Caledonia offer not only pristine

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beaches, but also equally stunning vistas of tropical rainforests. And everywhere you cruise, the crystalline waters of the South Pacific, the lush landscapes, flora and fauna, and the many beaches and lagoons will amaze you with their brilliant colors and stunning beauty. These islands are truly bucket list worthy! The vitality of Australia and the diversity of New Zealand likewise draw travelers. Australian icons such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House will delight you, as will the beautiful coastline, beaches and perhaps even the island of Tasmania. The rugged fjords and majestic volcanoes of New Zealand will be forever etched in your fondest memories and cosmopolitan Auckland and the Maori culture are meant to be to savored. A cruise to Australia and New Zealand will allow you to see so much more of these wonderful countries – all in one vacation. If you choose to cruise, you can see multiple islands and/or Australia and New Zealand and more in one, two or more weeks – without having to pack and unpack multiple times, change hotels, find restaurants or fly again to another destination on your own. Oceania Cruise Line takes care of all these things for you while moving you from one grand destination to another – in luxury and comfort. And when you combine a cruise with destinations such as the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, you can check these destinations off your

bucket list with flair! So don’t wait another day. Call your AAA travel consultant and book an Oceania Cruise to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand today!

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I have always had a passion for travel. There is something magical about getting away that brings couples and families closer, allowing them to reconnect. Being able to assist clients in planning their dream vacation is truly rewarding for me. I have been in the travel industry for over 7 years and cannot see myself doing anything else. I have extensive travel experience in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, including cruising. I am a cruise specialist with many of the leading cruise lines in the industry including Oceania. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!! Traveling is a luxury that starts with a travel agent! - Lee-Ann Barker , Travel Professional


San Jose Woman's Journal - June/July 2014  
San Jose Woman's Journal - June/July 2014  

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