- Return flights to Auckland & from Sydney (as required)
- 8 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) & 8 dinners (D)
Ruby Princess Inaugural Cruise
from $2,250 per person, twin share*
*The fare displayed above is a from price, based on a tour departure in low season and is correct as at . Surcharges may apply to some departure cities & dates. Visit our website or call us for all of our current available departure dates & prices from your departure city.
11 days | Departs 13 Oct 2019 –
Fly across to New Zealand and enjoy a 2 night stay in Auckland, the City of Sails, before boarding the Ruby Princess’ inaugural sailing to Australia.
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Your adventure begins with a flight to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the city centre and the Viaduct Harbour.
❱ Hotel stay: The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (2 nights)
Spend the day taking in the highlights of Auckland. We have included a ticket for the Auckland Explorer Hop On Hop Off Bus to get you to some of the city’s most popular attractions including Viaduct Harbour, Bastion Point, Kelly Tarlton’s, Parnell Village, the Auckland Museum, Sky Tower, Wintergardens, Mt Eden, Auckland Zoo, MOTAT & Devonport.
Take a short walk to Princes Wharf this afternoon and board the Ruby Princess for your cruise. Enjoy dinner onboard as you sail out of Auckland’s spectacular harbour.
❱ Ocean cruise: Ruby Princess (8 nights)
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.
Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Ruby Princess as you sail towards New Zealand’s South Island.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy 2 days at sea as you sail across the Tasman Sea to Sydney.
Arrive in Sydney this morning and disembark your cruise. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport in time for your flight home.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
13 Oct 2019
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Interior Cabin – ID, Obstructed View Cabin – OW, Oceanview Cabin – OF, Balcony Cabin – BD, Mini-Suite – MB
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 Air New Zealand ‘W’ Class Economy airfares from Adelaide & Perth to Auckland, Virgin Australia ‘N’ Class Economy airfares from all other cities to Auckland and Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares from Sydney to your homeport, 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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