Australia & New Zealand

 

Celebrity Cruises on the

Celebrity Solstice

February 5 - 17, 2020

13 Days / 12 Nights

(From Sydney to Auckland)

Includes 2 pre-nights in Sydney

Air departs US on February 3rd in order to arrive in Sydney on February 5th. 

 

Sydney, Australia ~ Hobart, Tasmania ~ Milford Sound, New Zealand ~ Doubtful Sound ~ Dusky Sound ~ Dunedin, New Zealand ~
Akaroa, New Zealand ~ Tauranga ~ New Zealand ~ Auckland, New Zealand

Celebrity Solstice® is one of Celebrity's most decorated ships. So it's no wonder that it's full of "firsts." The first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show℠. The first cruise line to have five women, known as "the Leading Ladies℠," redesign its staterooms. Celebrity's passion for outstanding cuisine takes the onboard dining experience to a whole new level. But luxurious staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship's charm. Celebrity Solstice also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center. Pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our expert trainers. If only life on land were as good as life on board this exceptional vessel.

 

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Australia & New Zealand

 

Celebrity Cruises on the

Celebrity Solstice

February 5 - 17, 2020

13 Days / 12 Nights

(From Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand) 
Includes 2 pre-nights in Sydney

Air departs US on February 3rd in order to arrive in Sydney on February 5th. 

 

PICK TWO PERKS!

If you book by March 6, 2019

Classic Beverage Package

Unlimited Internet Package

$150 On-Board Credit per Person
Pre-Paid Gratuities
Choose 2 for free perks at the time of booking. Applies only to first and second passengers in an Oceanview or higher cabin. Guests in the same stateroom must select the same option. Offer expires 3/6/19

 


Days 1 - 3

Sydney, Australia ~ 2 pre-nights.

Cruise Departs on Day 3 at 6:45 PM

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower. You’re never far from nature in this thriving urban center. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring over 7,500 plants—offer visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans. Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the globe, offering a wealth of cuisines, unique museums, and cultural opportunities. Explore lively pubs, shops, and historic buildings at The Rocks, located on Sydney harbor.  

 

Day 4

At Sea

Discover indigenous Maori culture in a land of sparkling seas and pristine beauty. Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical paradise of clear blue water, hundreds of undeveloped islands, diverse wildlife, and historical significance. The pristine oceans, warm weather, and many animal species attract nature lovers from around the globe. Take an eco-cruise and discover the area’s dolphins, penguins, marlins, whales, and bird life. Journey into a beautiful cave with majestic rock formations and glow worms. Kayak, sail, swim, or sunbathe on one of the many beaches. Those who love beaches consider these in Bay of Islands & New Zealand some of the world’s finest, with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. And as tempted as you’ll be to pull up a lounge chair and soak in the surroundings, many consider Bay of Islands the ideal place to partake in more active pursuits, such as kayaking, mountain-biking, parasailing, swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving.

 

Day 5

Hobart, Tasmania ~ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

A thrilling way to see the sights on your Hobart cruise is high above. Helicopter rides overlook Seven Mile Beach, Mount Wellington, and the River Derwent.

From your ship, stroll the historic waterfront, enjoying street entertainers and stopping into pubs. Two historic pubs from the 1840s are the Customs House Hotel, a waterfront fixture, and the Shipwright Arms Hotel, at Battery Point.

Browse Tasmanian Aboriginal art, including rare shell necklaces, paintings, prints, and more, at Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery. It's next to the Henry Jones Art Hotel—a combination first-class hotel and gallery of Tasmanian visual and performing arts—which now occupies the harbor-front factories and warehouses of the 1820s.

Blocks from the port, the Salamanca Arts Centre presents multiple artist studios, galleries, venues, and public spaces. Choose a memento, sip fair-trade coffee, and savor baked treats at the café. Enjoy contemporary theatre and film in its Peacock Theatre. Catch some comedy, music, or dance in the Venue loft. If your Hobart cruise is in port on Saturday, experience Salamanca Market and meet the artists and growers in 300 stalls of hand-made Tasmanian woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, fashions, fruits, and vegetables.

Thirty minutes west of Hobart, be 4,170 feet above sea level on Mount Wellington. Take in the panoramic views of the city, harbor, and islands. Enjoy a picnic, then hike off the calories on trails for all fitness levels. It's a rare environment.

An hour east of town, at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, meet animals found nowhere else, discover rare local plants, appreciate Tasmanian artwork, and help save endangered Tasmanian devils. Nearby, witness Port Arthur, an infamous penal colony from the 1800s. In this dreadful prison, the treatment was often less than humane for those who lived out their days laboring there. It's a ghostly lesson in Australian history.

 

 

Days 6 - 7

At Sea

Enjoy an exciting arsenal of outdoor activities designed to keep you on your toes and challenge your competitive spirit. Brush up on your basketball, ping-pong and golf putting skills, join a friendly game of Croquet or Bocce at the Lawn Club, or play pool volleyball with ship officers.

 

Day 8

Milford Sound, New Zealand

As you sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, even your massive ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife.

Doubtful Sound

As cold mountain water cascades from the cliffs above Doubtful Sound, it creates an unusual phenomenon-a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater. This serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins - the fiordland crested and blue penguin. 

Dusky Sound

Steep cliffs that have been carved over centuries by dozens of waterfalls surround the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand coast, Dusky Sound. It's also a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water, and birds like broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.

 

Day 9

Dunedin, New Zealand ~ 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Here in this capital of architectural heritage, you might think your Dunedin cruise had taken you to Edinburgh. The architecture, scenery, and culture—if not the accents—borrow heavily from those in Scotland.

Take a harbor cruise to spot albatrosses, cormorants, and other sea birds. You might even see penguins, dolphins, and seals. In town, stroll the spectacular Dunedin Botanic Garden, discover ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum, or learn all about beer at Speight’s Brewery—touring, tasting, and shopping for beer gear.

Browse several engaging art galleries in the central Octagon neighborhood, also known for bars and cafés. Look for experimental exhibitions at Blue Oyster Gallery, bespoke jewelry at Chris Idour, old masters at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, heritage at Reed Gallery, and New Zealand artists at the De Novo and Milford galleries.

Head inland aboard Taieri Gorge Railway, departing from the charming gingerbread Dunedin Railway Station, for a four-hour excursion past former gold-mining sites.

Venture out to Otago Peninsula and visit 19th-century Larnach Castle—New Zealand's only castle—perched on a hill overlooking the harbor. Hear stories of scandal, tragedy, and intrigue—all part of its lavish history. Top off your cruise to Dunedin with Highland dancers and bagpipers at Larnach.

  

Day 10

Akaroa, New Zealand ~ 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Visit the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa, 1.5 hours south of Christchurch, and explore the mountainous Banks Peninsula on which the town sits.

The Akaroa Marine Reserve, at the mouth of Akaroa Harbor (once an active volcano) was created in 2013, and many species of its fauna and flora are still undescribed. During an Akaroa cruise, enjoy a boat ride around this harbor, stopping to take in the natural beauty and snap picturesque photos.

This area is visited by Hector’s dolphins, endemic to New Zealand and the smallest species, just 4–5 feet long and 90–130 pounds in weight. Unlike the more common bottlenose dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin has a short beak, a rounded black dorsal fin, and elegant color variations from creamy white belly to dark gray extremities. Smaller species of whales also visit the reserve.

Fur seals and white-flippered penguins hang out along the rocky platforms edging the harbor, where albatrosses, petrels, and other seabirds visit. Do some excellent bird watching with your binoculars on a cliff-side stroll—but remember to watch your step.
Visit the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa, 1.5 hours south of Christchurch, and explore the mountainous Banks Peninsula on which the town sits.

The Akaroa Marine Reserve, at the mouth of Akaroa Harbor (once an active volcano) was created in 2013, and many species of its fauna and flora are still undescribed. During an Akaroa cruise, enjoy a boat ride around this harbor, stopping to take in the natural beauty and snap picturesque photos.

This area is visited by Hector’s dolphins, endemic to New Zealand and the smallest species, just 4–5 feet long and 90–130 pounds in weight. Unlike the more common bottlenose dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin has a short beak, a rounded black dorsal fin, and elegant color variations from creamy white belly to dark gray extremities. Smaller species of whales also visit the reserve.

Fur seals and white-flippered penguins hang out along the rocky platforms edging the harbor, where albatrosses, petrels, and other seabirds visit. Do some excellent bird watching with your binoculars on a cliff-side stroll—but remember to watch your step.

 

Day 11

At Sea

The grand Solstice Theater is the premier live performance venue aboard Celebrity Solstice. While accommodating a generous audience, it retains a comfortable, intimate atmosphere, bringing you production shows, beautiful musical arrangements, and sidesplitting comedy. 

 

Day 12

Tauranga, New Zealand ~ 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 Explore this chic coastal town in the North Island and you’ll discover the land of the Māori. Tauranga’s white sand beaches offer something for everyone. Relax and sunbathe on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and popular coasts. Take a dip in the ocean or immerse yourself in a lush waterfall swimming hole. Watch dolphins frolic in the waves or swim with these lovable creatures. Learn to sail, try surfing, take a diving lesson, or refine your fishing technique. Water activities abound in Tauranga. If you’re a landlubber, you can tee up at a golf course on your Tauranga cruise or stroll down The Strand where you can enjoy cafés and a vibrant nightlife. Journey to charming waterfalls or board one of the many eco-cruises available in the Bay of Plenty. Sometimes called the New Zealand Riviera, downtown Tauranga offers galleries, shops, history, and a vibrant café and restaurant scene. The culinary culture brings together innovative chefs working in diverse traditions. Enjoy Italian, Indian, Turkish, Thai, French, and fusion flavors. Sip a hand-crafted drink or enjoy fresh-caught seafood from the Bay of Plenty. From casual al fresco dining to sophisticated New Zealand Riviera gastronomy, Tauranga offers something to tantalize every taste.

 

Day 13

Auckland, New Zealand ~ Arrive 6:30 AM

Experience New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city—a melting pot of British, Asian, Pacific, and Māori cultures. Your cruise from Auckland allows you to sample their diverse arts, entertainment, and traditions.

The Auckland Art Gallery has collected more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints, dating from 1376. Other attractions to visit include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and Museum of Transport and Technology.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performs concerts, operas, and ballets, and more arts events include the Auckland Festival, Auckland Triennial, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and New Zealand International Film Festival.

An Auckland cruise arrives via one of two ports, either Waitematā Harbour from the Pacific Ocean to the east, or Manukau Harbour from the Tasman Sea to the west. Perched on a skinny isthmus between them is a leafy urban cityscape of beautiful parks and modern buildings, a dramatic landscape molded by volcanoes (now dormant) and the ocean.

Natural landmarks include Auckland Domain, a central park offering great views of Hauraki Gulf; Mount Eden, with 360-degree views from the city's highest volcanic cone; Mount Victoria, a volcanic cone overlooking downtown from North Shore; and Waiheke Island, a remote site of beaches, forests, vineyards, and olive groves. The hills surrounding the city are cloaked in rainforest.

Man-made landmarks include Sky Tower, offering panoramic views from downtown; Auckland Harbour Bridge, the connection to North Shore; and Auckland Town Hall, which includes a fine concert hall.

Aucklanders love their boating—one in three households owns a boat—and they've hosted the America's Cup twice. Diverse forms of cruises from Auckland include adrenaline-fueled adventures aboard supercharged speedboats that take you flying passed the impressive skyline.

When it's time to go shopping, head to Queen Street, Britomart, Ponsonby Road, Karangahape Road, Newmarket, or Parnell. You won't come back empty handed from your Auckland cruise.

 

 

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