Australia and New Zealand are the world-famous home of sparkling waters and stunning beaches. With modern cities juxtaposed against copper coloured desert and bright blue seas, Australia cruises and New Zealand cruises offer a look at countries of real contrasts.
You can choose from a variety of different cruises to both Australia and New Zealand, calling at points of interest across both of these stunning countries. With a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime adventures to be had, you will return from your cruise having had a true taste of life down under.
As you pass soaring peaks and palm-fringed beaches, you will dine in style every mealtime at the incredible restaurants on board your Celebrity cruise ship. Then, as night falls and the unmistakable cackle of kookaburras rings through the air, you will feel serene in your luxurious stateroom – complete with balcony to survey the stunning coastline.
On your cruise you can choose to include a range of excursions to make your adventure in Australia and New Zealand truly unforgettable. What’s more, with stops in Hawaii and French Polynesia, the opportunities are endless – from flightseeing tours of waterfalls to an encounter with sharks, and off-road trekking to Australian vineyards. Go on a crocodile safari, discover the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in Australia’s Airlie Beach, or tour the sights of picturesque Christchurch in New Zealand.
One of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Sydney offers a plethora of attractions. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour or people watch at legendary Bondi Beach.
Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial history, and even the largest little penguin colony on the mainland.
Take in the waterfront scene at Salamanca Place or savour a glass of wine at the Moorilla Wine Estate. Hobart’s Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens boasts the world’s only sub-Antarctic plant house.
As we sail into the fjords of the Milford Sound, even your ship will shrink in comparison. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is a wildlife haven.
A melting pot of migrant influences, many call Melbourne Australia’s cultural capital. Browse the 1,000-plus stalls of Queen Vic market or visit the Abbotsford Convent with its galleries, restaurants and gardens.
Many consider the Bay of Islands home to some of the world’s finest beaches. It’s the ideal place to try out some active pursuits, such as kayaking and swimming with dolphins.
Were it not for the absence of the Scottish brogue, you'd think you were in Edinburgh. Dunedin is home to New Zealand's only castle, and architecture borrowed heavily from Scotland.
A red-hot arts scene, hip wine bars, designer boutiques, nearby countryside and steep hillsides lined with picture-perfect Victorian houses – the Kiwi capital of Wellington has it all.
Celebrity Solstice’s Australia and New Zealand cruise itineraries for 2017 – 2018 include:
10- to 14-night open-jaw sailings from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand (and vice versa)
13-night adventures at new ports of call that explore the most exotic locales in the South Pacific – Apia, Samoa, Vava’u, Tonga, and Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Two 16-night itineraries along the Southern Coast of Australia to New Zealand – one from Auckland to Freemantle and another from Freemantle Auckland.
10-night Great Barrier Reef sailings with opportunities to swim, snorkel, and dive. As part of this iconic itinerary, guests will revel in a new Multi-Day Adventure with an overnight at the fabled heart of the ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, camping under the stars on the Moore Reef Pontoon.
Overnight stay in Hobart, Tasmania, where guests can enjoy the stunning Georgian and Victorian era architecture and shop the pedestrian mall on Elizabeth Street.
With authentic cuisine, culture, and entertainment from each port of call, guests will have the opportunity to get to know Australia and New Zealand before even leaving the ship. An enrichment program and partnership with the Australia Zoo allows guests to become experts on the wildlife from down under – from koalas to coral.
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Sydney is an essential stop on your Australia cruise. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and scale Sydney Tower to survey the city from on high.
Melbourne is another key port of call on our Australian cruises. Nicknamed the ‘Garden City’, you will spend your time here discovering the juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture, winding urban alleyways and flourishing outdoor green spaces.
To the north of New Zealand’s North Island is captivating Auckland. Look up at the soaring Sky Tower – or venture up it to take in 360-degree views of the city. Travel further inland to explore New Zealand’s absorbing Maori heritage, as well as 48 dormant volcanoes.
Steeped in history, the breathtaking Bay of Islands is home to some of the world’s most idyllic beaches. White sand meets crystal-clear waters in spectacular style – pull up a chair and relax or get your pulse racing with one of the many adventure sports that the area is known for, such as jet skiing, kayaking or even a hot air balloon ride.
Celebrity Solstice offers a whole host of exciting and contemporary features. Onboard Celebrity Solstice, your journey becomes a destination in itself. Whether you choose to treat yourself to an indulgent treatment at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, or get competitive with some games at the Lawn Club (our very own half acre of real grass), there’s luxury on every level onboard Celebrity Solstice.
As night falls, head to the Martini Bar where you can enjoy a cocktail; our talented bartenders transform mixing your evening drink into jaw-dropping entertainment. Or, simply sit back and admire the night sky from the Sunset Bar on the top deck.
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