Travellers have the chance to go snorkelling in Vava'u, Tonga.

The far-flung South Pacific island nation of Tonga will become the newest destination added to the Royal Caribbean map when Radiance of the Seas calls in two different ports during an upcoming voyage during the 2016/17 season.

Back in Australia for its sixth consecutive summer, the 2,400-passenger vessel will depart Sydney on 03 December for the 13-night ‘Tantalising Tonga’ itinerary, on which it will stop in the Tongan ports of Vava’u on 12 December and the capital Nuku’alofa the following day. The voyage is also scheduled to visit Isle of Pines, Noumea; Lifou, Vanuatu; Suva and Lautoka in Fiji before concluding the cruise in Auckland, so you’ll need to fly home after you disembark.

Tonga was featured on Cruise Advice back in April when we looked at five of the brand new itineraries you can enjoy from Australia – read more about it HERE.

Guests on this voyage will have a variety of new shore excursions at their disposal including access to turquoise blue lagoons, majestic and beautifully manicured gardens as well as a chance to see the residence of the Tongan Royal Family. Tours will include whale-watching boat journeys, cultural tours and snorkelling adventures.

Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand managing director Adam Armstrong hinted Tonga will not be the last new South Pacific destination to be explored by the brand.

Radiance of the Seas will be bound for its maiden visit to Tonga in December 2016.
Radiance of the Seas will be bound for its maiden visit to Tonga in December 2016.

Radiance of the Seas is the perfect size for us to explore new ports in our region, paving the way for a number of new, exciting destinations for our guests,” he said.

Fares on the 13-night journey are currently priced from $1,599 per person twin share for an Ocean View Stateroom.