Australia & New Zealand Cruises
(New Zealand Cruise)
Step aboard your ship and discover the magical beauty of New Zealand with its glacier-capped mountains, sculpted fjords, lush rain forests and pristine beaches. Voyage to Australia where you'll experience the nation's megacities, and unique wildlife. This joint discovery of New Zealand and Australia's scenic and cultural highlights will have you cruising between both nations' capitals, Auckland and Sydney, as you discover this unique corner of the globe.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to rexplore the length of your ship. You'll set sail at midnight.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The Crystal Symphony, with its sleek silhouette, finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbours and idyllic ports of call. The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest ship is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world. Onboard amenities include grand lounges, full-service fitness facility, Crystal Casino, Feng Shui-inspired spa, 360° teak Promenade Deck, lap pool, Jacuzzi, acclaimed cuisine and spectacular entertainment.
The Port of Tauranga is located in a natural harbour protected by Mount Maunganui and Matakana Island, and is the only natural harbour between Auckland and Wellington, offering good shelter in all weather.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the southern-most capital city in the world, at the southern tip of the North Island. Wellington is home to Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Museum, Colonial Cottage, the New Zealand Cricket Museum, the Cable Car Museum, Old St. Paul's, and the Wellington Law school (largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere) and the Wellington City Art Gallery.
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour close to Banks Peninsula, a suburb of Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. Today, the port remains a regular destination for cruise liners.
Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the region of Otago. It is New Zealand's fifth largest city in population, the largest in size of council boundary area, and the hub of the fifth-largest urban area. For historical and cultural reasons and its location, Dunedin is considered one of the country's four main centres, although Hamilton has overtaken it in urban-area population and Tauranga has a slightly larger urban-area population.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea. You'll cruise scenic Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds in Fiordland National Park.
By road, Milford Sound is 295 km from Queenstown and 279 km from Invercargill (about four hours drive), with most of the tour buses to the sound departing from Queenstown. Some tourists also arrive from the smaller tourism centre of Te Anau, 121 km away. There are also scenic flights by light aircraft and helicopter tours to and from Milford Sound Airport. The drive to Milford Sound itself passes through unspoiled mountain landscapes before entering the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel which emerges into rain-forest-carpeted canyons that descend to the sound. The winding mountain road, while of high standards, is very prone to avalanches and closures during the winter half of the year.
Hobart, a port city on the estuary of the Derwent River, is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney. In 2012, Hobart was praised for its arts, food and scenery by the travel giant Lonely Planet, placing at number 7 for their "Best in Travel 2013" publication.
Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, and is located around Port Phillip Bay in the south-east. The city is often referred to as Australia's 'sporting and cultural capital' and it is home to many of the nation's most significant cultural and sporting events and institutions. Melbourne is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, its extensive tram network and Victorian parks and gardens, as well as its diverse, multicultural society.
With an early evening departure from port, you have another day to explore and discover the city of Melbourne.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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