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19 Day Australia & New Zealand Cruise: Sydney to Sydney

Duration
19 Days
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Embark on an Australian cruise to visit two major Australian cities and the highlights of New Zealand’s east coast. Begin in the cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne before heading across the ocean to cruise Milford Sound, tour the wine regions of Marlborough and Napier, and explore the diverse capitals of Wellington and Auckland.


This 19-day cruise takes you from Sydney and Melbourne across the ocean to the islands of New Zealand.

Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Sydney is famous the world over for its incredible natural harbour, so that should be your first stop when exploring the city. Visit the iconic Harbour Bridge and tour the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Then head to the Rocks neighbourhood to learn about the country’s history as a penal colony before hitting up the promenade to do some shopping. Close out your time in Sydney by working on your tan on Bondi Beach, making sure you look your best before taking to the sea.

From Sydney, embark on the Norwegian Jewel to journey west to Melbourne. With over 16 dining options, 15 bars and restaurants, a casino, pool, spa, and theatrical shows, the Norwegian Jewel, has plenty of fun to keep you occupied during your time between cities. First port of call is Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia that is consistently rated the most livable city in the world. After spending a day there, you’ll understand why it attracts so many people. Visit Federation Square to experience the epicentre of its cultural scene, taking in the trendy laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that have taken the city by storm. If you want to experience the diversity of its neighbourhoods, head to St. Kilda’s to see the famous amusement park, Luna Park, before bonding with locals at Fitzroy.

From Melbourne, cross the ocean to New Zealand and the picturesque area around Milford Sound on the South Island. Milford Sound is one of the top travel destinations in the world and its central highlight, Mitre Peak (Rahotu), is the most photographed mountain in the country. Take a cruise across this fjord and two nearby fjords, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, to appreciate why so many people from around the world pilgrimage to see it.

Dip onto the east side of the island to Dunedin to see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and royal albatrosses. Then explore the city centre full of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and see New Zealand’s only castle. Head further north to Akaroa to a town with a balmy climate that’s known for boutiques and local cheese. On the northern tip of the island, visit Picton, which thrives off its accessibility to the Marlborough Sounds. Take a cruise down the sounds to see what makes these sea-drowned valleys so distinctive. It’s also close to the popular Marlborough wine region, which is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc.

Pass onto the North Island to visit Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and its second largest city. Take a ride on the red Cable Car up to the Botanical Gardens to achieve an incredible view over Cook Strait. Then stroll through the lanes, admiring the Victorian timber homes on the hillside, perhaps stopping off at a gallery or crafts store to appreciate the city’s growing cultural scene. You might also want to take in a museum while you’re there; the city has the National Archives, National Art Gallery, National Library, and Museum of New Zealand all within its borders.

Up the east coast, you’ll find Napier, a city that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in the art deco style. Tour the Marine Parade and enjoy the local wines before heading further north to Rotorua, a geothermal marvel where you’ll find mud pools, hot springs, and the Pohutu Geyser. It’s also New Zealand’s centre of all things Maori, so visit Whakarewarewa Village to learn about the island’s indigenous culture.

End your trip to Australia and New Zealand by exploring the Bay of Islands, a region of 140 subtropical islands that afford incredible fishing opportunities and pristine beaches to swim off of. Close out your cruise in Auckland, a picturesque city framed by two natural harbours. Climb the Sky Tower to admire the harbours and visit Auckland Domain to explore a park built around an extinct volcano. Then cross the ocean back to Sydney to finish your Australia vacation.


 

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Duration
19 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

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    ParkRoyal Darling Harbour



    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to ...

    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Panoramic Sydney Sights

Visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before being dropped back in your choice of Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Guests will need their own way back to their hotel.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Overseas Passenger Ship Terminal

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney, Australia

Embark - 06:45PM

Sydney's harbour is the hub from which there's much to see and do. You'll want to explore this area, home of the iconic Opera House. Admire the skyline, swim at a harbour beach or cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Want to see surfing? Grab your sunblock and towel and spend the day on world-famous Bondi Beach, or take a scenic walk on the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach. The Rocks district is a shopper's mecca offering a wide variety of goods, from woodcrafts and unique art to outback fashions.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration16 Nights
Accommodation

Norwegian Jewel

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    Norwegian Jewel



    As the namesake of our "Jewel Class" cruise ships, you can bet she's got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement: 16 ...

    As the namesake of our "Jewel Class" cruise ships, you can bet she's got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement: 16 dining options, 15 bars and nightclubs and that's just the beginning.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining facilities
    • Lounge
    • Spa and Fitness
    • Sports facilities

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Day 4

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Melbourne, Australia

Arrive - 08:00AM, Depart - 06:00PM

Once the richest city in the world thanks to a gold rush, Melbourne is Australia's cultural capital with striking architecture, chic galleries and boutiques. Wave at a wallaby or get close to a koala at a wildlife park. Feel closer to the land on a ride on the Puffing Billy steam locomotive through the mountains and countryside. Back in the city, explore a different culture and visit Chinatown - the oldest one in the West.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Cruise Doubtful Sound - Cruise Dusky Sound - Cruise Milford Sound

Witness the unspoiled beauty of the South Island's waterfalls and fjords whilst cruising through Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

Arrive - 09:00AM, Depart - 07:00PM

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home. Equally impressive is the Victorian and Edwardian architecture that dates from its days as a gold rush town. New Zealand's only castle sits high above the city and offers sweeping views from its famous gardens. Shop for a locally made souvenir, with crafts, artwork, wool and leather items being popular.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Akaroa, New Zealand

Arrive - 07:00AM, Depart - 06:00PM

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. With a balmy, year-round climate, these famous foot-tall residents are certainly not snowbirds. The spectacular surroundings offer a wealth of outdoor activities, both in the sheltered harbour and on dry land. Cafes open onto streets and exquisite local boutiques and galleries offer superb local works. Be sure to sample the fine fudge and traditional cheeses.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Picton, New Zealand

Arrive - 08:00AM, Depart - 07:00PM

Built around a sheltered harbour, Picton is lined with cafés and restaurants for you to choose from (we suggest the fish and chips). Popular attractions in Picton include a maritime museum and an aquarium. But this town is not short on recreational activities. Some of Picton's favourite pastimes include fishing, dolphin watching and sea kayaking. Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track or spend the day exploring the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Check out one of the many wine tours (probably after biking the track). Then relax as you browse the local shops that offer a wide range of trinkets, including handmade jewellery, paintings from local artists and woodcarvings. Before leaving Picton, it's time for more fish and chips along the shore. It's the Picton way!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Wellington, New Zealand

Arrive - 08:00AM, Depart - 06:00PM

Travel to a Victorian past as you stroll by the city's Victorian Gothic buildings. Take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or grab some sunscreen and head to the beach. Great views abound in Wellington: Journey around the spectacular harbour and enjoy its amazing views. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Shopping opportunities are plentiful, with arts and crafts, jewellery, fine woolens and leather goods on offer.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Napier, New Zealand

Arrive - 08:00AM, Depart - 05:00PM

Napier calls itself the Art Deco capital of the world, but it's also a leading wine-travel destination. Leveled by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style. Along with Miami Beach, Napier is one of the best examples of this style, with many of its structures well preserved. Take a walk down Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains and gardens, or go out to the country to enjoy the lovely vistas, tour superb area vineyards and relax with a glass of wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand

Arrive - 10:00AM, Depart - 07:00PM

Go walk-about and explore Tauranga, set on the beautiful Bay of Plenty. And indeed there are plenty of things to do. Head to the beach or discover Tauranga's lovely parks and rich history. Visit a village buried by a volcanic eruption and captured in a moment of time - a fascinating yet moving experience. Take a selfie at Hell's Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, "the stairway to heaven."

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Arrive - 08:00AM, Depart - 06:00PM

This subtropical region of around 150 undeveloped islands is known for its stunning beauty and history. From kayaking to fishing to wildlife watching, it's a water enthusiast's paradise. You'll want to have your camera ready for an abundance of sea life, from dolphins that fly to penguins that dress in blue. The site of New Zealand's first British settlement, it offers numerous historic sites as well. Meet local artists while shopping for paintings, pottery, textiles and woodcarvings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive - 07:00AM, Depart - 04:00PM

Surrounded by tranquil golden beaches, lush forests and dramatic coastal trails, Auckland is a nature lover's paradise. The 48 volcanic cones that dot the surrounding area provide stunning panoramic views of the city and harbour. New Zealand's largest city is also a shopper's paradise offering everything from top designers to local open-air markets. Learn about the indigenous Maori and take home some native art pieces or jewellery. The fine, locally produced woolens also make excellent gifts.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18

At Sea

Today is a day at sea. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, the Norwegian Jewel has enough onboard activities - and relaxation options - to fill every minute of your cruise. Indulge in a refreshing swim, cocktail or ice cream treat at the Oasis Pool. Feeling lucky? Bet it all at the award-winning Casino at Sea. Hungry or thirsty? Choose from sixteen delicious dining options and fifteen bars and lounges. And when you need a break from it all, enjoy a pamper session at Mandara Spa. With so much to do, Norwegian Jewel will always have you coming back for more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 19

Sydney, Australia

Disembark - 06:00AM

Sydney's harbour is the hub from which there's much to see and do. You'll want to explore this area, home of the iconic Opera House. Admire the skyline, swim at a harbour beach or cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Want to see surfing? Grab your sunblock and towel and spend the day on world-famous Bondi Beach, or take a scenic walk on the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach. The Rocks district is a shopper's mecca offering a wide variety of goods, from woodcrafts and unique art to outback fashions.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 3

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All ship board accommodation
  • All meals shown in the Itinerary
  • Ship amenities
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney prior to your cruise
  • Arrival transfer from Airport to Hotel and from your hotel to the ship

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfer from Pier to Airport or city hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Certain onboard restaurants
  • Shore excursions. Various options available. Please enquire.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on double occupancy in an inside cabin. Balcony and other cabin categories available on request. Prices are based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply. Government taxes, fees, port expenses, and fuel supplement (where applicable) are additional. Goway reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the price increase above $65 USD per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Goway will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 USD per passenger per day. Prices are based on availability and subject to change.

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