Recently you may have seen ads popping up in your social media feed offering something that, given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, seems too good to be true.
The ad features an image of a beautiful cruise ship cutting its way through the smooth Pacific Ocean.
Surely we can't book a cruise amid a raging pandemic, you might think. But think again.
P&O Cruises' Pacific Explorer is scheduled to call Auckland home from July 5 to November 27 of 2022. To paraphrase the Vengaboys, the sky is blue and the sea is waiting for you.
The Pacific Explorer's cruise season is targeting Kiwis keen to dip their toes back into the pool of cruising, but don't want to travel too far away from the safe bubble of Aotearoa.
Pacific Explorer cruises in 2022:
Pacific Explorer cruise:
This nine-night cruise will head to Noumea, a Mystery Island and Port Villa. Fares start from $1099 per person, departing Auckland on August 5.
A four-night cruise to Marlborough Sounds in the South Island. Picton is said to offer some of the world's best water views and natural scenery for travellers to enjoy. Customers who book before August 10 can receive up to $600 onboard spending money per room. Departs Auckland on October 12.
This eight-night cruise is said to highlight Aotearoa's best ports. It offers wine and cheese tastings, adventure sports and World Heritage-listed wonders. Customers who book before August 10 can receive up to $600 onboard spending money per room. Departs Auckland on November 3.
This three-night cruise will provide both daily and nightly shows including the Comedy Cruise Gala, adults-only shows in the Sit-Down Comedy Club. Those looking to take the stage themselves can enter the Comedy Gong show. Fares start from $429 per person, quad share, departing Auckland September 2.