The last thing I want to do is alarm you, but you might want to bring forward that Pacific cruise you were planning.
I only say that because it turns out the world’s biggest ocean is getting smaller. It’s still the largest around, but who knows for how much longer. You see the Pacific is shrinking, while the Atlantic is expanding, which means the two oceans are locked in a deadly battle for supremacy.
If I’ve understood this right, each year you delay your trip, the Atlantic grows about an inch and there’s an inch less of Pacific for you to enjoy.
My concern is – how do we know some of the Pacific’s best inches haven’t already gone?
What’s more, if things carry on the way they’ve been doing for the past few years, the Atlantic could emerge as the number one ocean in just 160 million years from today.
OK, so maybe my headline at the top of the page conveyed an inappropriate level of urgency, but nevertheless when the Pacific ceases to be number one, it will be a dramatic event. One that may even have implications for the whole cruise industry.
Know your ship
In the meantime, it’s fair to say, the sooner you take that Pacific cruise, the more ocean there’ll be for you to experience.
So what exactly does the Pacific have to offer? Well, its great size means there is a huge variety of itineraries to choose from – more than 140 in the South Pacific alone. But it also gives you the prospect of spending some serious time at sea and really getting to know your ship.
Here are just two of the many options available.
Say hi to Hawaii
For just £1,499 per person you could see Hawaii on the Golden Princess.
Your cruise starts on 7 November 2012 from Los Angeles, California and after four days at sea you’ll reach the island of Hawaii, which forms part of the 50th state of the US.
This is a good chance for you to learn more about this chain of islands, with stops at four different ports. You’ll not only set foot in Lahaina, but also sail to more northerly islands to visit Honolulu and Kauai.
After that you can look forward to another four days at sea before reaching Ensenada in Mexico and then arriving back in LA on 21 November.
Feast your eyes on Fiji
I’ve always had a strong desire to visit any place with three consecutive dots in its name. Beijing is on my list and so is Fiji.
Since this Celebrity Solstice cruise to Fiji doesn’t sail till 23 October 2013, I’ve plenty of time to save up for it, not to mention plan my shore trips.
I’ll be setting off from Sydney, Australia and will then spend two days at sea before reaching Lifou in New Caledonia. After that I have another day at sea before arriving in Lautoka, Fiji, the second largest city in the South Pacific.
Lautoka is only beaten by Suva which is Fiji’s largest city and the next stop on my journey. After that I return to New Caledonia to visit Nourmea and then the Isle of Pines.
Total cost per person is £2,421. If necessary, I can always sell the cats.
If you are considering a Pacific cruise, other possible starting points for you are New Zealand, Mexico or Canada. So there’s really no excuse.
Another interesting feature of these cruises is that in many cases you get to cross either the equator or the international date line – sometimes both.
To whet your appetite for a cruise in this region, here’s a brief excerpt from the legendary Rogers and Hammerstein musical.