Travel Two Ways: Fiji or Florida?

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Take a cue from the "natives" and use your vacation to slow things down a bit.

Two cruises, two budgets

Set sail across the South Pacific, or get adventurous in Key West and Miami.

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Snorkel the tranquil waters of Tahiti.
Cruise the Bahamas.

Fiji—the Splurge

Fly: Draw in the fragrance of fresh gardenia, dine on fine cuisine, and delight in the many perks of traveling Business Class round-trip from Dallas/Fort Worth via Los Angeles. Jet to Nadi with Fiji Airways, then return home from Papeete with Air Tahiti Nui.

Cruise: The South Pacific casts its spell during a 13-day voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Spend three days exploring Fijian isles, kayak along the Kingdom of Tonga, and taste fresh coconut while in the Cook Islands. Then bask in the rays on Bora-Bora, Tahaa, and Moorea before disembarking in Papeete, Tahiti. Get PADI certified from the watersports marina aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin, and let the butler handle any whims in your Veranda Stateroom.

Plus: Ease into island time with a pre-cruise stay at the 271-room InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Take a soak in the outdoor Cleopatra tub of your one-bedroom Club Suite and settle any remaining tensions with two 60-minute traditional Bobo massages.


Florida—the Steal

Fly: Generously sized seats provide plenty of room to relax in American Airlines’ Economy Class while flying round-trip between Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami.

Cruise: Visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and favorite haunt, Sloppy Joe’s bar, while calling in Key West during a five-day Bahamas cruise with Royal Caribbean International. Traveling round-trip from Miami leaves room for an eco-excursion through the UNESCO-designated Everglades before venturing on to Nassau and the cruise line’s private island, CocoCay.

Between calls, the 2,744-passenger Majesty of the Seas offers ample diversions ranging from a rock-climbing wall to a casino.

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, December 2013.

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