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Planning a Pacific cruise.

Planning a Pacific cruise

Sailing the Pacific is now easier than ever, as new ships enter service in the Orient, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. It's not too early to plan for 1991.

Both Hong Kong and Singapore have been regional hubs for arriving and departing passengers. But when Singapore completes extensive new port facilities in 1991, it will establish itself as the major base for cruising in Southeast Asia.


For some visitors to the Far East, travel can pose overwhelming problems with language, food, customs, and lodging--as well as crowded buses and airports.

But aboard a modern floating hotel, food and water meet Western standards, English is spoken, shore excursions are organized, and medical care is available. And you need unpack only once!

A cruise's main drawback is its fixed itinerary, which makes it impossible for you to linger long at any destination.

You'll be in port for several hours to a day or more. Go ashore on your own, or sign up for excursions that may include tours, an outing to a famous temple or garden, or evening entertainment.

Excursions can cost extra; higher cruise fares tend to include these costs.


The cruises listed on page 108 are actually segments of longer cruises. Segments are more affordable (in time as well as money), but you can put several together for an extended trip. Costs range from $250 to $650 a day, depending on whether air fare, pre- or post-cruise layover, and shore excursions are included. Find out before you book.

A travel agent can help you book your cruise and possibly cut costs. The further ahead you reserve, the greater your advance booking discount, and the better your chances of being upgraded at the last minute if your cabin class sells out.

Another cost-saving strategy is to wait until just before sailing to book. Extra spaces can be reduced up to 30 percent.


Listings correspond to our map (page 106). Ships hold 116 to 725 passengers.

Cunard Line Ltd., 555 Fifth Ave., New York, 10017; (800) 528-6273. Three ships cruise autumn through spring: Sea Goddess II (10 days at $6,600); Sagafjord (13 days from $4,410); Vistafjord (22 days from $6,550).

Oceanic Cruises, 188 The Embarcadero, Suite 500, San Francisco 94105; (800) 545-5778. Year-round on the Oceanic Grace (7 days at $3,395).

Pearl Cruises, 1700 Montgomery St., San Francisco 94111; (800) 338-1700. Year-round on the Ocean Pearl (18 days from $3,195).

Princess Cruises. 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90067; (213) 553-1770. Year-round except summer on the Sea Princess (10 days at $2,190).

Renaissance Cruises, 1800 Eller Dr., Box 350307, Fort Lauderdale, fla. 33335; (800) 525-2450. Spring and fall cruises on the Renaissance I (7 days from $2,100).

Royal Viking Line, 92 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, Fla. 33134; (800) 442-8000. Year-round except summer on the Royal Viking Sea (14 days from $4,835).

Society Expeditions, 3131 Elliott Ave., Suite 700, Seattle 98121; (800) 426-7794. Year-round on the World Discoverer (15 days from $5,350).


Local cruises are often the best way to visit remote areas comfortably. Most small vessels won't have lavish meals or entertainment. Locations are numbered on our map.

1. Fiji. Six ships (44 to 66 passengers) take four- to seven-day cruises around the Yasawa Islands (from $475). For a Blue Lagoon Cruises brochure, write to Fiji Visitors Bureau, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles 90045.

2. Indonesia. The catamaran Island Explorer takes 36 passengers on 7-day nature outings to west Java or 7- or 14-day cruises to Bali and nearby islands (from $1,530). Abercrombie & Kent, 1420 Kensington Rd., Oak Brook, Ill. 60521; (800) 323-7308.

3. Marquesas/Tuamotus. The 60-passenger cargo ship Aranui offers 17-day trips to islands in the French Polynesian archipelago (from $2,550). CPTM, 595 Market St., Suite 2880, San Francisco 94105; (415) 541-0677.

4. Papua New Guinea. The 40-passenger catamaran Melanesian Discoverer and the 20-passenger Melanesian Explorer cruise for 4 to 16 days up the Sepik River or to New Guinea's nearby islands (from $1,200). Melanesian Tourist Services, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., #305, West Los Angeles 90025; (800) 776-0370.

The 18-passenger Sepik Spirit visits middle Sepik region (3 to 6 days, from $200). For a brochure: Air Niugini, 5000 Birch St., Suite 3000, Newport Beach, Calif. 92660; (714) 752-5440.

5. Tahiti. The 150-passenger Wind Song sails the Society Islands (7 days from $2,195). Windstar Sail Cruises, 300 Elliott Ave., Seattle 98119; (800) 258-7245.
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