Cruise Itinerary

 

 


DAY

PORTS OF CALL

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE

Feb 17, Saturday Sydney, Australia (overnight) Embark pm  
Feb 18, Sunday Sydney, Australia   5:00 pm
Feb 19, Monday -
Feb 20, Tuesday
Cruising the Tasman Sea (overnight)    
Feb 21, Wednesday Cruising Doubtful, Dusky, & Milford Sounds, New Zealand    
Feb 22, Thursday Stewart Island, New Zealand 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Feb 23, Friday Dunedin, New Zealand 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Feb 24, Saturday Christchurch/Lyttleton, New Zealand 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Feb 25, Sunday Nelson, New Zealand 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Feb 26, Monday Wellington, New Zealand 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Feb 27, Tuesday Napier, New Zealand 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Feb 28, Wednesday Gisborne, New Zealand 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Mar 1, Thursday Tauranga, New Zealand 8:15 am 7:30 pm
Mar 2, Friday Auckland, New Zealand (overnight) 8:00 am  
Mar 3, Saturday Auckland, New Zealand   Disembark am
*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions

*Shore excursion will be designed with culinary culture and full of flavour*

Feb 17, Saturday - Feb 18, Sunday

Sydney, Australia

The billowing profile of the Opera House greets us as we overnight in Sydney's glorious, world-class harbor. Ahead lies the arch of the Harbour Bridge. These twin symbols, more than any other, identify one of the Southern Hemisphere's premier cities.

Sydney is an energetic and exciting metropolis whose nightlife, shopping and fine restaurants compare favorably with the finest the world has to offer. Despite its modern advances, Sydney has lovingly cherished its heritage, for this was the birthplace of the Australian nation.

Combine Sydney's boundless attractions with its superb harborside location, and you have that certain magic that few other cities can rival.

Feb 19, Monday - Feb 21, Wednesday


Cruising the Tasman Sea, Doubtful, Dusky & Milford Sounds

Aboard one of the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you.

Feb 22, Thursday
Stewart Island, New Zealand

Stewart Island, located south of New Zealand’s South Island, is named after William W. Stewart, the first officer of the ship that sailed here from Sydney, Australia, in 1809. The island is also called Rakiura, which translates to Glowing Skies in Māori, so-dubbed for either the sunsets that paint the skies rosy hues or for the southern lights, the Aurora Australis. No matter what moniker you attach to the island, you surely will be calling it remarkable. Roughly the size of Singapore, Stewart Island is surprisingly pristine and relatively uninhabited, with most of its human population gathered in Oban and an abundance of wildlife—especially birds—burgeoning throughout its lush forest. The two most famed animals, penguins and kiwi, can be found here. Trek, kayak, fish and breathe in the fresh air to appreciate rugged mountains, white-sand beaches and a general sense of nature’s grandeur.

Feb 23, Friday
Dunedin, New Zealand

The charming city of Dunedin lies in southeastern New Zealand, less than ten miles from our pier in Port Chalmers. Its name means Edinburgh in Gaelic and to this day it has retained enduring reminders of its Scottish roots. Adorning the streets of Dunedin is a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles. These architectural landmarks are imposing reminders of a more prosperous era. Surprisingly, the surrounding area is also home to prolific local wildlife, animals rarely found so close to a major city. The choice is yours: explore impressive city architecture, take a rail journey through unspoiled wilderness or venture out to view albatrosses and a country estate.

Feb 24, Saturday
Christchurch/Lyttleton, New Zealand

Just 30 minutes from the pier at Lyttelton lies Christchurch, New Zealand's spectacular "Garden City."

Founded as a model church settlement in 1851, Christchurch is now the South Island's premier metropolitan center.

The planner's dream of creating an English town is reflected in its well-tended gardens, fine Victorian architecture and ivy-covered stone homes, set beside the meandering River Avon.

Despite the devastating earthquakes of 2010 & 2011, Christchurch is rapidly re-building and you will see evidence of this throughout the central city where new retail precincts are springing up. Excellent sightseeing attractions abound, including flightseeing to snow-capped Mount Cook and drives into the gently rolling Canterbury Plains. You may also choose to view the country’s rugged High Country by a combination of coach, 4 wheel drive and jetboat, or visit one of the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ film locations at Mt Sunday. Alongside Christchurch Airport see the International Antarctic Centre. Whatever your choice, you are sure to agree that Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s favoured visitor destinations

Feb 25, Sunday

Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson isn’t only awash in sunshine; it is also overflowing with creativity. This city situated at the top of the South Island is the sunniest spot in New Zealand and for as a long as anyone can remember, it has been a magnet for writers, artists and other creative types. Today, more than 350 working artists and craftspeople live in this highly livable city, making it a haven for anyone who appreciates the cool vibe and interesting offerings of galleries, boutiques, studios and workshops. This being a sunlit corner of New Zealand, there is much to enjoy in the way of outdoor activities. Kayaking, kitesurfing, fly fishing, hiking, or simply trekking up the gravel walkway of a craft brewery or winery are all fine options for a day out.

Feb 26, Monday
Wellington, New Zealand

Hugging the hillsides around Port Nicholson, a horseshoe-shaped bay that is one of the world's finest, Wellington reminds many visitors of San Francisco. In cultural offerings as well as landscape - Wellington boasts the National Art Gallery and the Dominion Museum, as well as the Government Building, one of the world's largest wodden structures.

Feb 27, Tuesday
Napier, New Zealand

Northeast of the capital city of Wellington is Napier, a town with much to boast about. Napier is known for producing wool, growing fruit, cultivating grapes and making wine. The natural setting that helps in its agricultural pursuits also makes Napier popular among retirees and tourists; after all, who can resist picturesque countryside with an air of sophistication-and not a whiff of pretension? Add to its bucolic charms a rich Maori history and tales of explorer Captain Cook and you have a destination worthy of your own discovery.

Feb 28, Wednesday
Gisborne, New Zealand

Named in honor of New Zealand Colonial Secretary William Gisborne, the city of Gisborne (pronounced Gis-born, not Gis-bun) is situated on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. As such, it is the first city on Earth to greet the sun each day, an auspicious beginning to time spent in a place where “sunny— describes not just the weather but an attitude. The people are warm and friendly, with old Maori traditions interwoven into the local culture. Another golden aspect of the region is its famed chardonnay, with a quality and popularity that has made Gisborne the unofficial chardonnay capital of New Zealand. Venture along the wine trail to experience the boutique wineries or enjoy the New Zealand sun the old-fashioned way with a stroll on the beach, trek in the forest, ride on Gisborne’s renowned waves or stop at an outdoor café for a spot of tea (or glass of chard), with a chance to watch the contented Kiwi world go by.

Mar 01, Thursday

Tauranga, New Zealand

Sprawling along the sweeping bay, Tauranga is a popular summer resort and one of the country's most important ports for the export of kiwi fruit, timber, and dairy products. It is also the gateway for Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that is one of New Zealand's most famous attractions.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

Mar 02, Friday

Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome to Auckland, the "City of Sails." New Zealand's largest city is along the shores of an extinct volcanic cone known as Rangitoto, often visible to the east. Auckland's population of over one million people represents almost a third of the country's total.

New Zealand seems to have a bit of everything: great natural beauty, friendly people, magnificent glacier-studded mountain ranges, sculpted fjords, pristine untouched beaches, lush rainforest, an endless array of sporting activities, and, not to be forgotten, plenty of sheep and rolling farmland.

Auckland is the perfect city from which to experience most of what New Zealand has to offer. The city lies astride a narrow isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean on two harbors, the Waitemata and Manukau. Auckland and New Zealand's geographic and cultural treasures beckon for your discovery.

An enthusiastic welcome awaits you at this thriving city by the sea.

Mar 03, Saturday

Auckland, New Zealand (Disembark AM)

Due to frequency of flights, we have scheduled departure on the late evening of March 2nd and early morning on March 3rd.