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Lake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

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Take a stroll through the glow-worm caves and under the ancient kauri trees. Enjoy geothermal hot springs and a white-knuckle jet boat ride through a spectacular river gorge. Explore picturesque arcades and alleys, observe Australian shepherds herding sheep, and shuck your own rock oysters. A trip to Australia is not complete without a stop at the cellar door, where you may try some of the best wines in the world.
Two Melbourne icons: Flinders St Station and the City Circle TramAmazing aerial view of Fiordland National Park on scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown, NZCityscape image of Sydney, Australia with Harbour Bridge and Sydney skyline during sunsetGeothermal area in Rotorua, Te PuiaVisit AucklandLake and mountains in Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
Highlights
  • Explore geysers, mud pools, steam vents and volcanic phenomena of Tauranga
  • Tour Dunedin's historic buildings,¬†the¬†legacy of its Scottish settlers
  • Cruise the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the mysterious Milford Sound fjord
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Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand | Embark

Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two separate bodies of water. The central part of urban Auckland covers a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Auckland's diverse geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle regularly ranked in the world's top ten. A half hour drive from the city there is an abundance of activities: sailing to a secluded island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or exploring a black sand beach.

Day 2: Russell (Bay Of Islands), New Zealand

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Waitangi is the location on the scenic Bay of Islands, in New Zealand’s North Island, where the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed by representatives of Great Britain and the indigenous Maori people in 1840, founding the nation of New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum tells the tale by means of a state-of-the-art Museum, with Maori treasures gathered from all over the country, and buildings including the so-called Treaty House and the Whare Runanga Maori Meeting House. In the latter building, visitors are treated to a thrilling and spirited haka ceremonial dance performance. Also on the grounds is a huge waka taua canoe carved from immense kauri logs. 

Day 3: Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand

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Leave Tauranga for a 90-minute panoramic drive inland through kiwifruit country. Arriving in Rotorua, visit Te Puia, where young Maori apprentices are taught the ancient arts of carving and weaving. From here, you will begin a walking tour through Rotorua's largest geothermal reserveTe Whakarewarewa. The spectacular geothermal activity in this area has made Rotorua one of New Zealand's greatest attractions. A guided stroll takes you past boiling mud pools, hot pools and geysers -- an incredible display of nature's raw fury and an awesome experience.

Day 4: Gisborne, New Zealand

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The gateway to the North Island’s Eastlands is a treasury of Maori culture. Follow the Tairawhiti Heritage Trail to milestones of Maori and European history that have intertwined in this picturesque countryside.

Day 5: Days At Sea

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Enjoy onboard amenities and activites.

Day 6: Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand

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Explore the Banks Peninsula volcanic area. You'll head to the Hilltop Lookout located at the top end of Akaroa Harbour, where the views are inspiring. Light refreshments are served here.Continue around the Summit Road before dropping down into Okains Bay. Here you'll find the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum -- once a private collection of Maori artifacts. Housed in the retired Okains Bay Cheese Factory building, the museum opened to the public in 1977. Exhibits include a working blacksmith's shop, a print shop, a saddlery and a restored school, a Maori meeting house and Colonial Hall.
Head back to Akaroa for a stop at the Giant's House -- a mosaic and sculpture garden with garden artworks, sculptures and other creations. The garden, gallery and homestead are full of surprises.

Day 7: Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

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Port Chalmers is the main port for the city of Dunedin. Situated in a natural amphitheater at the head of a long fjord-like inlet, Dunedin was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, founded in 1848. Not long afterwards, gold was discovered in the region, and the province quickly became the richest and most influential in the colony. While Christchurch is New Zealand's most English town, Dunedin is its most Scottish; the name Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Numerous distinctive and historic buildings remain from the time of its predominantly Scottish settlers, preserving its architectural heritage.

Day 8: Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand

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You might not realize that New Zealand has a third island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited, and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand. Oban is a very small town, about 800 souls. The phonebook is printed on a single sheet of A4 paper!

Day 9: Cruising Fiordland Natl Park | Milford Sound, New Zealand

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New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park is the largest of the country’s 14 national parks, at 4,868 sq. mi./12,607 sq. km. Located on the southwest corner of the South Island, it was founded in 1904, to protect the natural environment for nature lovers and trekkers. It comprises a large portion of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site. The key features of the park are the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps, which rise to heights from 1,500 m/4,900 ft to over 2,500 m/8,200 ft., as well as the spectacular U-shaped glaciated fjord valleys that cut into the mountains as deeply as 25 miles from the sea. There are three major fjords that are navigable by your ships, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Your exact itinerary will be determined by your captain depending on the weather and other conditions on the day. But whatever course you sail, you will be treated to spectacular waterways curving between sheer cliffs towering thousands of feet above the mirrored surface of the fjord. Depending on recent rainfall, waterfalls tumble down the rock faces from above. Many of the peaks have nicknames based on their resemblance to animals or other objects of previous observers’ imaginations. You are also likely to see seals, birds including fiordland penguins, bottlenose dolphins and possibly such other fauna as red deer or whales.

Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, off the Tasman Sea. Part of the Fjordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, it has been judged one of the world's top travel destinations in an international survey. Frequently visited by rain, the mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm. Acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.

 

Day 10-12: Days At Sea

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Enjoy the onboard amenities and facilities. 

Day 13: Melbourne, Australia

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Located at the mouth of the Yarra River, Melbourne was founded by free settlers in 1835, 47 years after the first European settlement in Australia. Transformed rapidly into a major metropolis by the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, Melbourne became Australia's largest and most important city, and by 1865 was the second largest city in the British Empire. Today, Melbourne is a major center of commerce, industry and cultural activity, and is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Day 14: Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

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At the Conservation Centre, view koalas at tree-top level on a skywalk, and attend the sunset “Parade” when Little Penguins waddle from the sea to their nests among the dunes. 

Day 15: Days At Sea

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Enjoy the onboard amenities and facilities. 

Day 16: Eden, New South Wales, Australia

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This picturesque town near the border of New South Wales and Victoria was the site of a thriving shore-based whaling industry that depended on the cooperation of orcas, which herded baleen whales into Twofold Bay. Learn about it at the small but informative Killer Whale Museum. The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre concentrates on smaller sea-life. Ben Boyd’s Tower looms over Disaster Bay in the scenic national park named after the eccentric 19th-century magnate. The town’s name is unrelated to the biblical garden. It was named for George Eden, first Earl of Auckland.

Day 17: Sydney, Australia | Disembark

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Sydney is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city surrounded by golden sand beaches, World Heritage areas, lush national parks and acclaimed wine regions. Sydney owes much of its splendor to its magnificent harbor. Arriving by ship provides an unequaled impression, showing off the city's famous landmarks: the dramatic white sails of the iconic Opera House and the celebrated Harbor Bridge, looming over the skyline.

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Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature: A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Ocean View Suite(OS)
Ocean View Suite (OS) Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature: A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Ocean View Suite(A)
Ocean View Suite (A) Located on Deck 4; Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature: A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Ocean View Suite(A1)
Located on Deck 4; Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature: A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower
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Veranda Suite(OB)
Veranda Suite (OB) Total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Veranda Suite(V1)
Veranda Suite (V1) Located on Deck 5; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with shower. *The veranda railings in categories V1 and V2 are part metal and part glass from floor to teak rail.
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Veranda Suite (V2)
Veranda Suite (V2) Located on Deck 5; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. *The veranda railings in categories V1 and V2 are part metal and part glass from floor to teak rail. Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Veranda Suite (V3)
Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Deck 6; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square feet meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower.
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Veranda Suite(V4)
Veranda Suite (V4) Located on Deck 7; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with shower.
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Veranda Suite (V5)
Veranda Suite (V5) Located on Deck 6; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square feet meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Veranda Suite (V6)
Veranda Suite (V6) Located on Decks 7, 8, 9 and 10; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square feet meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
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Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite Approximately 436 square feet (41 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 98 square feet (9 square meters) All Penthouse Suite feature Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
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Penthouse Spa Suite
Penthouse Spa Suite Approximately 536 to 539 square feet (50 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 167 to 200 square feet (16 to 19 square meters) All Penthouse Spa Suite feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
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Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite Approximately 526 & 593 square feet (49 to 55 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 133 & 354 square feet (12 to 33 square meters) Owner's Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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Signature Suite
Signature Suite Approximately 859 square feet (80 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 493 square feet (46 square meters) Signature Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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Wintergarden Suite
Wintergarden Suite Approximately 914 square feet (85 square meters) of inside space, one veranda of 183 sq. ft. (17 square meters.). Wintergarden Suites feature: Large windows Dining for six Whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two closets Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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Grand Wintergarden Suite
Grand Wintergarden Suite Approximately 1189 square feet (110 square meters) of inside space, plus two verandas totaling 214 square feet (20 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Two bedrooms Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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  • 16 Nights Accommodations
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  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • All dining venues are complimentary
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