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Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand

 

Celebrity Cruises on the Celebrity Solstice

October 28 - November 9, 2020

13 Days / 12 Nights

(Roundtrip Sydney)

 

Sydney, Australia ~ Hobart, Tasmania ~ Milford Sound, New Zealand ~ Doubtful Sound ~ Dusky Sound ~ Dunedin, New Zealand ~ Akaroa, New Zealand ~ Wellington, New Zealand ~ Picton, New Zealand ~ Sydney, Australia

Celebrity Solstice® is one of our 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. Our 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, Tasmania

& New Zealand

 

Celebrity Cruises on the

Celebrity Solstice

October 28 - November 9, 2020

13 Days / 12 Nights

(Roundtrip Sydney)
Air departs US on October 26th in order to arrive in Sydney on October 28th.

 


Day 1

Sydney, Australia ~ Depart 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 2

At Sea

Make the most of your vacation time and continue your health, fitness and wellness routine while on board. You're invited to indulge your mind, body and spirit in the state-of-the-art fitness facilities with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows. Experience the profound pleasures of the spectacular spa setting with luxurious services and enlightening presentations designed to restore your serenity and leave you feeling fantastic.

 

Day 3

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

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 4 & 5

At Sea

Enjoy an amazing array of flavors and a wide selection of restaurants to suit every mood. Our menus are inspired by, and sourced from, the incredible regions we visit.

 

Day 6

Milford Sound, New Zealand 

As we 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 7

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.

 

Day 8

Akaroa, New Zealand ~ 7:00 AM to 6:00 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 9

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

Wellington claims to be the coolest little capital in the world. See for yourself on your cruise to Wellington. Get an overview of its geological, biological, and cultural history at Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, just 10 minutes from CentrePort. The interactive exhibits pique your curiosity through innovative storytelling. Wander along Oriental Bay, the scenic waterfront that is highly walkable—and jog-able, skate-able, bike-able—and dotted with cafés, bars, and ice cream vendors. Hike up through a large central park to Mount Victoria for 360-degree photo opps of the city, airport, and harbor—including your Wellington cruise. At Wellington Zoo, a 10-minute drive south, you can play with meerkats, hand feed a giraffe, and stroke a cheetah. The zoo has 100 species of animals. Blocks west of the port, ride the iconic cable car up to beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden, with a cable car museum, observatory, and planetarium. Catch a shuttle out to the Zealandia ecosanctuary, a project to restore 556 acres of bush, where you can hike to the singing of native birds. On Miramar Peninsula, film fans off a Wellington cruise make their journey to Middle Earth—and beyond—to learn secrets of great film making. Weta Workshop is the design and effects facility behind big movies like Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Power Rangers, Man of Steel, and several Hobbit properties. To taste your way through Wellington, start on Cuba Street, home to hipsters, artists, and lovers of all things vintage. Amid the city's creative craft beer scene, the street has colorful shops and street performers, as well as bohemian bars and cafés. For food and drink, look for Husk, café by day, beer bar by night; Olive, with big breakfasts, excellent waffles, and mimosas; Laundry, when you feel like a classic burger or tacos; Floriditas, famous for eggs and scones; and Midnight Espresso, the quirky place for coffee, snacks, and people watching.

 

Day 10

Picton, New Zealand ~ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

A charming seaside town at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton was settled by early 19th century whalers. Today, it is a bustling seaport surrounded by award-winning restaurants, delightful local art galleries, water sports' activities plus beautiful yet challenging nature trails. Take an adventurous hike along the famous Queen Charlotte track and experience the photogenic flora and unique fauna of New Zealand. Since the climate of Picton is always temperate, at any season, you can take in stunning costal views, mystical waterfalls and diverse wildlife.


 

Days 11 - 12

At Sea

Since the first Canyon Ranch wellness resort was created in 1979, the Canyon Ranch experience has been focused on pursuing optimal health, learning how to feel your best every day. Encouraging people to become more active, informed participants in their health care, because wellness is largely based on everyday lifestyle choices about nutrition, stress management, preventative care and staying fit. You can find a place where you can relax, reduce stress and have a great time.

 

Day 13

Sydney, Australia ~ Arrive 6:30 AM
 

 

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