Explore down under

From the Outback to the Blue  Mountains, reefs teaming with tropical fish to expansive sandy beaches, and cities including Melbourne and Sydney, there is something for everyone in Australia. If you have time for a cruise-and-stay, visit Ayers Rock (Uluru); and of course the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef boasting jewel colours and beautiful marine life, is not to be missed. Cruises take in the great Australian cities and beaches and the neighbouring islands of Fiji, Samoa and O’ahu in Hawaii, where you can visit Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach.

A 23-night cruise departing 31 January 2015 from San Francisco, calling at Australia and Hawaii costs from £3,459pp including flights ( 373 0111).