Join us for an unforgettable adventure October 27th, 2019 as we travel down under. We start our 13 day adventure in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia, where we will offer a pre-cruise stay. We then set sail on Celebrity Solstice around New Zealand visiting 9 ports in 13 days! We then spend a few post-cruise days in the dynamic city of Auckland before we fly home.
Embark your cruise in Sydney. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board.
Hobart, capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails.
Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins.
Sometimes called 'the Sound of Silence', there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. At 421 metres deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct 'arms' and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 40.4 kilometres.
Dusky Sound is the largest fiord in New Zealand, which includes several large islands. The upper reaches of the sound are steep-sided, and the high precipitation of the region leads to hundreds of waterfalls cascading into the sound during the rainy season. Seals and dolphins are often sighted in the sound's waters and occasionally visited by whales.
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The railway station is pictured here.
Dunedin is at the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island’s southeast coast. Hiking and cycling trails crisscross the dramatic landscape of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins.
Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. In Flea bay is the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. The Giants House is a unique sculpture mosaic garden.
Picton is a town on the north coast of the South Island. It’s known as a gateway to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. The Edwin Fox Maritime Museum is a 19th-century former convict and cargo ship. EcoWorld Aquarium shelters and rehabilitates native animals such as tuatara reptiles and blue penguins. Nearby, the Queen Charlotte Track traverses coastal forest, skyline ridges and bays.
Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and one of the fastest growing populations in the country. It is also just a 15 minute drive from one of New Zealand's most popular beach towns, Mount Maunganui. Downtown Tauranga has several historically significant areas to view during a scenic walk around the area. The Strand waterfront area is modern and always buzzing, and is home to a number of cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, as well as a range of accommodation options. Tauranga’s harbour is in evidence almost everywhere you go, providing the urban area with an attractive waterfront setting. Fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange, or check out one of the local beauty spots – McLaren Falls or the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.
The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing 144 subtropical islands next to the country's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artifacts. It's also home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell, whose waterfront promenade is lined with remnants from its days as the country’s first colonial capital. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise.
Our cruise ends in Auckland, the major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
Celebrity Solstice has 19 decks, with a tonnage of 122,000. It carries 2,850 passengers with a crew of 1,250. The ship includes an ocean-going live grass lawn, a glassblowing studio, and a 12 deck-high atrium.
We have a couple of cabin categories available to choose from (rates based on double occupancy reflecting current special):
Taxes and port fees are $210 per person for this sailing and will be added to the cabin rates.
Those booked in our group will be invited to our private and exclusive shore excursion adventures, and our Red Hot Sail-Away party as we depart Sydney Harbour and our gala cocktail party during the cruise. More details on our fun adventures to come!
Deposits are $450 per person and due within 7 days of booking. Deposits are fully refundable through our final payment due date in July 29th of 2019. Deposits can be made with any major credit card by calling Rick at 425-501-4206. There are no penalties for cancelations made prior to July 29th, 2019.
Cabin space is limited and we are anticipating this sailing will sell out! To make a reservation use the online reservation request below, or contact Rick Scadlock by text or phone at 425-501-4206, or send a message on facebook messenger, or email email@example.com.
Trip Cancelation and Travel Protection plans are available for our sailing, they provide comprehensive travel protection and trip cancelation protection and cover your entire trip including the air, cruise and land portions of your journey.