NZ & Australia Christmas Cruise & Sydney

Tour departs: 09 December 2017
Tour length: 20 Days


Tour Departs –  09 December 2017

Tour Length – 20 Days.

Cruising in New Zealand and Australia has become very popular in recent years, so why not have a little break before the “silly season” and enjoy some of New Zealand’s wonderful scenery as well as visiting Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. Celebrity Solstice is one of their more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Their passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world.

At the conclusion of the cruise, we spend time in Sydney and enjoy a tour of the Southern Highlands, the Blue Mountains, and a special Christmas Dinner .

This cruise has proved to be very popular due to stunning scenery and being close to home.  We would ask you to book as early as possible as a number of travellers have missed out previously due to our staterooms being recalled by the cruise line.

For those who would rather be home for Christmas, we can arrange flights home on the 23rd of December.


Saturday 09 December                                                      

Auckland     (D)

There is plenty of time today to arrive in Auckland where we join our cruise ship in time for an 8pm sailing.

Sunday 10 December                                                          

Bay of Islands   (B,L,D)

Those who love beaches consider these some of the world’s finest, with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. And as tempted as you’ll be to pull up a lounge chair and soak in the surroundings, many consider this the ideal place to partake in more active pursuits, such as kayaking, mountain-biking, parasailing, swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving.

Monday 11 December                                                        

Tauranga, New Zealand       (B,L,D)

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Allowing time for uncovering authentic local finds are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation.

Tuesday 12 December                                                        

At Sea    (B,L,D)

There is plenty to do on board, or maybe just relax, the choice is yours.

Wednesday 13 December                                                 

Wellington, New Zealand     (B,L,D)

Wellington is a vibrant city, and the port is very handy to down town, enjoy a walk around the Harbour.

Thursday 14 December                                                      

Akaroa, New Zealand      (B,L,D)

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial history, even the largest little penguin colony on the mainland.

Friday 15 December                                                            

Dunedin, New Zealand     (B,L,D)

Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s only castle, a 15-year construction endeavour complete with the only staircase of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and magnificent woodwork.

Saturday 16 December                                                       

Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sound          (B,L,D)

Today is a real highlight as we cruise through Fiordland in style.

Sunday 17 & Monday 18 December                             

At Sea      (B,L,D)

Tuesday 19 December                                                        

Melbourne, Australia        (B,L,D)

Wednesday 20 December                                                 

At Sea        (B,L,D)

 Thursday 21 December                                                      

Sydney, Australia        (B)

Sadly, it’s time to leave our cruise ship behind, but the tour isn’t over!  We enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of this exciting city.  We will be staying at the luxurious Langham Hotel Sydney, situated in the historic The Rocks district.

Friday 22 December                                                            

Sydney, Australia    (B,D)

A free day today to explore this city and maybe do some last minute Christmas shopping. This evening we will meet for dinner at the hotel to say farewell to those returning home tomorrow.

Saturday 23 December                                                       

Southern Highlands       (B)

Today we enjoy the relaxed environment of the Southern Highlands.  The country towns of Bowral and Berrima have so much to see and do.  You’ll relax and unwind among the gentle green hills of the Southern Highlands, where a cool climate and rich soil have produced excellent wines and beautiful, formal gardens.

Sunday 24 December                                                          

Blue Mountains        (B,D)

Another lovely day tour today.  We will venture into the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region where you will experience the raw magic the Blue Mountains has to offer, with sheer rock faces, native flora and fauna and spectacular waterfalls.

Monday 25 December                                                        

Sydney     (B, L)

After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, maybe take a stroll down to the Rocks, or around the Opera House. Late morning, we will take the ferry over to Manly, where we are in for a beautiful luncheon experience. Sit back and relax as we watch the world, or at least Sydney meander past us. After lunch, maybe spend some time wandering around this iconic part of the Sydney beach lifestyle before taking the ferry home again.

Tuesday 26 December                                                        

Sydney       (B, D)

A free day today to absorb the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. This evening we will enjoy a final dinner together.

Wednesday 27 December                                                 

Sydney – Home       (B)

Sadly, our time has come to return to the airport this morning for our flights back home.



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Cruise & Tour Costs Per Person – 2017 Pricing
Share Twin Per Person – $7,300
Single Room Supplement – $3,800


Cost includes
  • Airfare from Sydney to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
  • All prepaid government, airport, security, port taxes and charges as at 1 July 2016.
  • Ocean View with Balcony staterooms (category 1B) on board Celebrity Solstice.
  • 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at the Langham Hotel, Sydney.
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling of 1 suitcase per person.
  • All tips to cruise staff, coach drivers, and local guide.
  • Fully escorted by Maher Tours Leader.
  • All meals while on board Solstice.
  • All breakfasts and dinners in Sydney plus a special Christmas Lunch.
Costs Exclude
  • Domestic flights from your home city to Auckland and transfer to the Port of Auckland can be arranged if required.
  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in this itinerary.
  • Visa fees, travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as room service, telephone and laundry.

“What can you say about Annie! She was great fun, no query too big, always had an answer for any question. Organised us all just so good. Not had to worry about anything. Lovely ship, exceeded my expectation. From the captain down the crew were marvellous. Tour highlights were the ship, the laughs, the hotel, and meeting new friends.”
– Joy Beggo

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