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Sydney & New Zealand Cruise 2022

13 days
Australia & New Zealand
Starting from $3798* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us aboard the Celebrity Eclipse on an 11 night cruise of Sydney & New Zealand, starting at $3,798* with flights from Los Angeles, CA departing February 17, 2022. Visit places such as Auckland, Napier, Sydney, Picton, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

Australian Visas are required for US Citizens. Guests can apply for them by going to https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas

 

 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Meals on Ship
  • Port Charges
  • International Airfare
  • Cruise Taxes

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 February 17 - Depart USA

Depart USA.

Day 2 February 18 - Cross International Dateline

Cross International Dateline.

Day 3 February 19 - Arrive in Sydney, Australia & Embark on the Eclipse

5:00 PM Departure

Arrive in Sydney, Australia and make your way to the port to board the Celebrity Eclipse.

Day 4 February 20 - At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Eclipse.

Day 5 February 21 - At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Eclipse.

Day 6 February 22 - Dusky, Doubtful, & Milford Sounds

Scenic Cruising

At 25 miles in length, and five miles wide at its broadest, Dusky Sound is the largest and most spectacular fjord in Fjordland National Park. Captain Cook named Dusky Sound in 1770, as he sailed past its entrance at twilight. Three years later, he returned and stayed 47 days as his crew repaired and replenished his ship, Resolution, after sailing 11,000 nautical miles from Cape Town. You can still see evidence of his landfall at Astronomer’s Point, an overlook where the crew removed trees, so the ship’s astronomer could get a reading on the stars. Upon entering Dusky Sound, it’s customary to make a resolution as you sail past Resolution Island, named after Cook’s ship. Although technically not a sound (it’s a fjord), Doubtful Sound is the second longest in New Zealand—and the country’s second most famous tourist attraction. It does, however, capture the top spot for being the deepest, at over 1,300 feet. Doubtful Sound is also home to fur seals, crested penguins, bottlenose dolphin and whales. Carved by ancient glaciers, Milford Sound, which is really a fjord, is the crown jewel of Fjordland National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is only nine miles long from its head to the open sea, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur. Its vertical cliffs covered in verdant rainforests provide a breathtaking backdrop to thundering waterfalls, misty rainbows and the tannin-stained waters of the fjord. Below the surface is the largest population of black coral in the world.

Day 7 February 23 - Dunedin

9:00 AM Arrival / 8:00 PM Departure

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home. Equally impressive is the Victorian and Edwardian architecture that dates from its days as a gold rush town. New Zealand’s only castle sits high above the city and offers sweeping views from its famous gardens. Shop for a locally made souvenir, with crafts, artwork, wool and leather items being popular.

Day 8 February 24 - Christchurch

8:00 AM Arrival / 8:00 PM Departure

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Day 9 February 25 - Wellington

8:00 AM Arrival / 10:00 PM Departure

Travel to a Victorian past as you stroll by the city’s Victorian Gothic buildings. Take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or grab some sunscreen and head to the beach. Great views abound in Wellington; journey around the spectacular harbor and enjoy its amazing views. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Shopping opportunities are plentiful, with arts and crafts, jewelry, fine woolens and leather goods to purchase.

Day 10 February 26 - Picton

8:00 AM Arrival / 5:00 PM Departure

Built around a sheltered harbor, Picton is lined with cafés and restaurants for you to choose from (we suggest the fish and chips). Popular attractions in Picton include a maritime museum and an aquarium. But this town is not short on recreational activities. Some of Picton’s favorite pastimes include fishing, dolphin watching and sea kayaking. Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track or spend the day exploring the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Check out one of the many wine tours (probably after biking the track). Then relax as you browse the local shops that offer a wide range of trinkets, including handmade jewelry, paintings from local artists and woodcarvings. Before leaving Picton, it’s time for more fish and chips along the shore. It’s the Picton way!

Day 11 February 27 - Napier

8:00 AM Arrival / 3:00 PM Departure

Napier calls itself the Art Deco capital of the world, but it’s also a leading wine-travel destination. Leveled by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style. Along with Miami Beach, Napier is one of the best examples of this style, with many of its structures well preserved. Take a walk down Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains and gardens, or go out to the country to enjoy the lovely vistas, tour superb area vineyards and relax with a glass of wine.

Day 12 February 28 & March 1 - Tauranga

8:00 AM Arrival / Overnight / 6:00 PM Departure

Go walk-about and explore Tauranga, set on the beautiful Bay of Plenty. And indeed there are plenty of things to do. Head to the beach or discover Tauranga’s lovely parks and rich history. Visit a village buried by a volcanic eruption and captured in a moment of time – a fascinating yet moving experience. Take a selfie at Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, "the stairway to heaven."

Day 13 March 2 - Disembark in Auckland & Return to USA

6:00 AM Arrival

Disembark the ship in Auckland and return home.

Enhance Your Journey

Sydney Pre-Tour Starting from $850

February 15 - 19

February 15 & 16 - Depart USA & Cross the International Dateline

February 17 - Sydney

Today you will be welcomed to Sydney. Meet your bus and journey to your hotel. Check in and relax. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore on your own.

February 18 - Sydney

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel in an air-conditioned coach to begin the morning portion of your Sydney tour. Drive from Sydney (Central Business District) to the suburb of Manly, listening as your driver shares informative commentary about the city’s history and landmarks. Pass Darling Harbour, and stop at Milson’s Point and the Arabanoo Lookout for a new perspective on the engineering of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Wander in Manly on a pedestrian walkway known as The Corso, and end up at Manly Beach. After marveling at the majestic Pacific Ocean and dipping your toes in the water, hop back in your coach to drive back to central Sydney. Enjoy a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour. After lunch, see highlights in downtown, such as Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Parliament House. Stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas of Sydney Harbour from a landmark known as Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.Keep your camera handy as your coach travels out of town to the dramatic seaside cliffs called The Gap. There you have great photo ops of Watson’s Bay. Continue on to Bondi Beach. Your return journey to Sydney takes you through desirable areas such as Paddington and Rushcutters Bay, before dropping you off at your hotel.

February 19 - Embark on the Eclipse

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the cruise port to embark on the Celebrity Eclipse.

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Auckland Post-Tour Starting from $1350

March 2 - 4

March 2 - Auckland

Disembark the Celebrity Eclipse in Auckland today. On your tour of the "City of Sails" you will admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point. Enjoy a harbour cruise before checking in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

March 3 - Waikato Countryside

Today you will journey outside of Auckland to the Waikato countryside on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton, the filming site for the Lord of the Rings movies. After your tour of Hobbiton, journey through more of Waikato past their hydro dams and beautiful farmland on your way to the Waitomo caves. Explore these ancient caves viewing stalagmites, stalactites and lime columns. After you journey further into the caves, board your glowworm boat for a cruise on the grotto river to see the thousands of glowworms that light up these caves. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Auckland past a Maori Queen burial site and a famous battleground. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Auckland.

March 4 - Return to USA

Enjoy free time at your hotel this morning. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

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