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Sydney & New Zealand Cruise | Feb 10, 2023

13 days
Australia & New Zealand
Starting from $3298* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on a 13-day Sydney and New Zealand Cruise with 10 nights aboard Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas, starting at $3,298* from Los Angeles, CA, departing on February 10, 2023. Journey to places such as Sydney, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, and much more! 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • International Airfare
  • Cruise Taxes
  • Administrative fees
  • Program fees

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 February 10 - Depart USA

Depart USA

Day 2 February 11 - Cross International Dateline

Cross International Dateline

Day 3 February 12 - Arrive in Sydney, Australia & Embark on the Ovation of the Seas

6:45 PM Departure

Arrive in Sydney, Australia and make your way to the port to board the Ovation of the Seas

Day 4 February 13 - At Sea

At Sea 

Day 5 February 14 - At Sea

At Sea 

Day 6 February 15 - Dusky, Doubtful, & Milford Sounds

Scenic Cruising from 8:00am - 5:00 PM

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 16 - Dunedin

9:00 AM Arrival / 7:00 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 17 - Christchurch

8:00 AM Arrival / 5:00 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 18 - 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 10 February 19 - Wellington

8:00 AM Arrival / 5:00 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 11 February 20 - At Sea

At Sea 

Day 12 February 21 - At Sea

At Sea 

Day 13 February 22 - Disembark in Sydney & Return to USA

6:00 AM Arrival

Enhance Your Journey

Sydney Pre-Tour Starting from $999

February 8 – 12

February 8  - Depart USA

February 9 - Cross the International Dateline

February 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - Embark on the Ovation of the Seas

This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the cruise port to embark on the Ovation of the Seas. (B)

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