Australia & New Zealand
(New Zealand Cruise)
Discover Melbourne on a tour around the city. Embark on a cruise journey departing from Melbourne, Australia, and sail the Tasman Sea across to New Zealand for an immersive exploration of its spectacular fjords and cities. Discover the Bay of Islands, site of the first European settlement in New Zealand, and area known for dolphin watching. Set foot in Auckland, the metropolis of the North Island, and home of the impressive Sky Tower. Explore Napier with its impressive 1930's art deco architecture, and make landfall in Wellington, capital of New Zealand, ranking at #4 in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011. A visit to Fjordland National Park is an incredible highlight of your voyage, a natural haven of deep fjords carved out by glaciers from bygone eras. Experience it all in New Zealand.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: Nov 19, Dec 2
2014: Jan 10,23, Feb 5,18, Mar 3,16,29
Transfer between International airport to your hotel accommodation.
Positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's CBD and city, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is a 4.5 star hotel on Swanston Street surrounded by the city's most popular business and shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure invites guests to discover its spacious and stylish rooms, allowing for maximum relaxation in modern comfort. Put your feet up and enjoy supremely comfortable beds, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, large flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and opening windows for fresh air. You'll find it’s easy to relax in the comfort of our hospitality in the vibrant city of Melbourne. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure offers guests a range of eateries and a cosy bar for casual culinary comfort and pleasurable evening drinks. With vibrant Bourke St Mall right on your doorstep, other attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty’s and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central Shopping Complex are just a short stroll away. In addition, a quick tram ride will take you to all major sporting venues including the MCG and Etihad Stadium plus the city’s cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment hotspots such as St Kilda, Chapel St, Bridge Rd and Brunswick St.
Discover the city of Melbourne on a shared, half day sight seeing tour in a minivan with a Driver/Guide. See historical buildings, beautiful gardens and shopping areas famous for their restaurants and fashion. Pass by the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Rod Laver Tennis Centre, home of the Australian Open. Be enticed by food and fashion centres as cultural diversity is expressed in many ways. Walk along the shopping strips of up market Toorak, funky Chapel Street in Prahran or bargain central Bridge Road in Richmond. Be impressed by the beautiful Botanic Gardens as you sit on the banks of the Yarra River. Discover the Italian precinct of Lygon Street, Carlton before passing by the historic Exhibition Buildings.
Then its the afternoon tour to Phillip Island. Enjoy your tour to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the Little Penguins at dusk as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows. Visit Warrook, a working cattle farm in the prosperous Gippsland region. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of farm animals. Encounter koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Stroll along elevated boardwalks and spot koalas in the trees. View spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. From the walkways you may be able to catch a glimpse of Australia's largest population of fur seals living along the rugged coastline. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Learn about the little penguins and life on this stunning island. Watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows and learn of the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the remarkable wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. See the Little Penguins up close as they return to their nests to greet their young families and view the powerful southern coastline with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores.
Meet your driver for a private transfer between Melbourne and the port.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled into your cabin, and explore the ship's facilities. This evening at your welcome dinner will be a perfect opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges and taxes are included in your itinerary cost.
Based in Australia year-round and using only Australian currency onboard, Dawn Princess offers passengers a unique experience throughout some of the most exotic destinations in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. The ship offers the deluxe amenities you'd expect from a first class hotel: from 24-hour room service to chocolates on your pillow at night. Whether you’re in the mood for the peaceful tranquility of The Sanctuary®, our outdoor retreat exclusively for adults, or you’re seeking a family night out at Movies Under the Stars®, Dawn Princess offers it all. And, on a ship christened by the original cast of The Love Boat, romance is always in the air.
Today is your first full day at sea. The entertainment on board illuminates the stage in captivating productions, with some of the most talented musicians, singers and dancers at sea. Princess Signature Shows and lounge performers are just some of the entertainment options you'll enjoy as you escape completely.
A full day at sea opens up plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy your peaceful mode of transportation, cruise travel. Enjoy a massage as all of your stresses melt away.
Another full day is spent at sea as you cruise onward to tomorrow's destination, Auckland. The on-board Monte Carlo Club Casino deals out plenty of excitement for those interested in trying out their luck at the slots, a game of cards, or perhaps roulette. If taking a dip or splashing around is more fitting for your mood, try one of the ship's multiple pools or hot tubs.
Auckland is the largest city in the country, and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water. Auckland is popularly known as the "City of Sails" because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts, in fact over 135,000 are registered in the city. Many national treasures are displayed at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the National Maritime Museum, or the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Exotic creatures can be observed at the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World.
Due to its sheltered position on the east coast, Tauranga enjoys a warm, dry climate. This has made it a popular location to retire to. During the summer months the population swells as the holidaymakers descend on the city, especially along the popular white coastal surf beaches from Mount Manganui to Papamoa.
Napier is a port city in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Less than twenty kilometres separate the centres of Hastings City and Napier, and as such the two are often called "The Twin Cities" or "The Bay Cities". Napier's major tourist attraction is its architecture, which draws Art Deco and architecture enthusiasts from around the world. Other tourist attractions in Napier include The Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery which features information on both the 1931 earthquake and Napier's redesign as an Art Deco city, the National Aquarium, the Soundshell and the Pania of the Reef statue.
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.
Christchurch is the regional capital of Canterbury, New Zealand. The largest city in the South Island, situated just north of Banks Peninsula. The large number of public parks has given Christchurch the name of The Garden City. Hagley Park and the 30-hectare (75 acre) Christchurch Botanic Gardens, founded in 1863, are in the central city. Other attractions include; Canterbury Museum, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Orana Wildlife Park, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Air Force Museum, Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House, International Antarctic Centre.
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.
Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, with an area of 12,500 km², and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. During the cooler past, glaciers carved many deep fiords, the most famous (and most visited) of which is Milford Sound. Other notable fiords include Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. From one of the peaks within Fiordland National Park, a view of Mount Aspiring/Tititea to the far north can be observed.
Today is a full day spent cruising the Tasman Sea. Sometimes floating serenely just isn't enough- the on-board spa, gym and fitness facilities have various activities to suit any mood, from luxuriously relaxing to active and invigorating.
Your final full day at sea is upon you, cruising onward toward your disembarkation city of Melbourne. Meet up with some of your new cruise friends in any of the multitude of lounges and bar areas on board. Alternately, the day is an ideal opportunity to sit back with a drink in hand, and dive into a good book.
This morning you'll arrive back in Melbourne, where after breakfast, you'll disembark from your cruise vessel and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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