New Zealand Christmas Cruise

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14 days | Departs 20 Dec 2019 –
Celebrate Christmas & the New Year aboard the Golden Princess, sailing around to spectacular destinations in New Zealand and enjoying the celebrations onboard.

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Inclusions
  • Return flights to & from Melbourne
  • 13 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) & 13 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Depart Melbourne (D)

Your adventure begins with a flight to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be met & transferred to your cruise ship.

❱ Ocean cruise: Golden Princess (13 nights)

Days 2 & 3 – At sea (BLD)

Enjoy 2 days at sea as you sail across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

Day 4 – Fiordland National Park (BLD)

New Zealand’s largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand’s South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.

Day 5 – Christmas Eve, Dunedin (BLD)

Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand,” Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand’s only kilt maker and whisky distillery – as well as many bagpipe bands – keep Dunedin’s ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush.

Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city’s octagon.

Day 6 – Christmas Day, Akaroa (BLD)

On the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children.

The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand’s existence as a British colony.

With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa’s heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector’s dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area’s secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

Day 7 – Wellington (BLD)

New Zealand’s capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, “wonderful, windy Wellington” is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.

Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

Day 8 – At sea (BLD)

Enjoy a day at sea as you cruise around the North Island’s coastline.

Day 9 – Tauranga (BLD)

New Zealand’s natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua – a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction.

Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.

Day 10 – Auckland (BLD)

Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand’s fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland.

Auckland served as New Zealand’s capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

Day 11 – At sea (BLD)

Enjoy a day at sea as your ship sails around the northern tip of New Zealand. Take advantage of the many activities available onboard the Golden Princess – we recommend ending your day with Princess Cruises’ renowned Movies under the Stars at the Pool Deck.

Day 12 – New Years Eve, At sea (BLD)

Enjoy another relaxing day onboard the Golden Princess today as you sail across the Tasman Sea towards Australia. Tonight, join in the celebrations as you sail into 2020!

Day 13 – New Years Day, At sea (BLD)

Continue on your journey across to Australia today. Join in some of the many activities onboard, watch a show or simply relax by the pool.

Day 14 – Arrive in Melbourne (B)

Arrive in Melbourne this morning and disembark your cruise. You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport in time for your flight home.

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

20 Dec 2019

Cruise Cabin Type

Interior Cabin – ID, Obstructed View Cabin – OW, Oceanview Cabin – OF, Balcony Cabin – BD, Mini-Suite – MD

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 90 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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