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JANUARY 9-24, 2017
A 12 night Celebrity cruise with 3 nights in Sydney before the cruise

One ocean view cabin for single or double occupancy left with free upgrade to balcony and classic drinks package

One inside cabin left for single or double occupancy
On these remaining spaces, promo deadline extended until Sept 30th for Free Classic Drinks Package and $300 per room shipboard credit. ($150 per person in each double occupancy room).



 The beautiful scenery in Milford Sound New Zealand     


 Join us for an exciting odyssey through the beautiful lands down under on celebrity cruise line - voted best premium cruise line by travel weekly magazine for 8 years in a row.

We will start with 3 nights in Sydney Australia where we will enjoy a full day tour featuring a visit to a wildlife park where you can play with the kangaroos, have your photo taken with the koalas and see emus and other native animals. 

Our tour ALSO TAKES US into the blue mountains FOR STUNNING VIEWS PLUS AN OPPORTUNITY for a ride on A SCENIC CABLE WAY TRAM AND A RIDE ON the world’s steepest incline railway EACH OFFERING MORE stunning SCENERY.


WE WILL FIRST VISIT MELBOURNE, Australia, WHERE WONDERFUL EXCURSION OPTIONS AWAIT AND THEN ITS ON TO New Zealand, where we will enjoy visits to both the north and south, visiting some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
A full day cruising through the stunningly beautiful fjords of Dusky Sound, Doubtful sound and milford sound provides up close views of BREATHTAKING waterfalls, towering cliffs and majestic mountains, all with the backdrop of the sea.

Book a space in an ocean view cabin by Friday July 29th with your refundable $600 deposit and receive a free upgrade to a balcony cabin and receive the cruise line's classic drinks package free for the entire cruise.





Monday January 9th – Arrive in Sydney. Ask us for assistance in booking your flight or book it on your own if you wish.  Rates start as low as $1150 per person including tax round trip from Los Angeles (Air rates are based on availability at time of booking).

Upon arrival at our hotel, the day is free to relax and unwind.

Our group will spend the next three nights at the 4 star Holiday Inn Darling Harbour located ideally in the heart of the popular Darling Harbour district , just a short walk from great dining, shopping and nightlife.

The hotel offers free breakfast each morning and offers free wifi to anyone who  is a holiday inn rewards member or signs up for holiday inn's free rewards membership program.

The hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar.

All rooms include a minibar, tea/coffee making facility, quality bed linens and a bathroom with hair dryer and shower.

This evening we will have a group orientation at our hotel and then for those interested, join us for an optional short walk to Darling Harbor for dinner at any of its many waterfront restaurants.

 Tuesday January 10th – Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to see some of Australia’s native wildlife and its spectacular scenery.

Escape Sydney’s urban bustle for a day to explore the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Blue Mountains. Soak up panoramic views of lush valleys and eucalyptus forests from Echo Point, and learn about the Aboriginal legends behind ancient rock formations. Explore the charming mountain town of Leura, and get an up-close encounter with koalas and kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Upgrade to include a ride on a cableway or railway at Scenic World for a thrilling perspective on mountain cliffs and waterfalls.



 Take a scenic drive along the winding Cliff Drive into the Blue Mountains National Park
 Enjoy panoramic views over the Megalong Valley at Echo Point.
Visit the quaint mountain villages of Leura and Katoomba

See Australia's native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Blue Mountains National Park offers a spectacular natural playground just 1.5 hours from Sydney. Your full-day wilderness adventure begins with  a drive across the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge.

See the park’s ancient plateaus and valleys come into view along the spectacular Cliff Drive.


We will arrive at Scenic World, at the edge of the park near Katoomba, where, if you wish, you can choose to ride the world’s steepest passenger railway and get an aerial park view from a gondola skyway and cableway. 


 Take in panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point, and hear the Aboriginal legends associated with the awe-inspiring landscape.

For a taste of mountain culture, next we will visit the charming township of Leura, where you will have free time for lunch.

Browse antique shops, indulge your sweet tooth with authentic international treats at The Candy Store and enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant in Leura (lunch is at your own expense, or is included if you book the skyway/railway option – only $49 including the rides on the skyway, cableway and railway at Scenic World and lunch afterward on our visit to the village of Leura)


  After lunch, our tour will continue with a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park for an up-close encounter with native Australian animals.


Here you can Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies, take photos of sleepy koalas and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting.


Relax on the scenic return drive to Sydney, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening.  The evening is at your leisure to relax.


            Optional Scenic World rides package:

Scenic Skyway - Australia's only horizontal passenger-carrying cable car. It is a 7-minute ride 656 feet (200 meters) above the Jamison Valley, where you can appreciate superb views of the Three Sisters Rock formation, Katoomba Falls, Mt Solitary and Orphan Rock. The Skyway operates every 10 minutes.

Scenic Railway - This is the world's steepest incline railway. Travel through a cliffside tunnel and ancient rain forest as the railway descends 1,361 feet (415 meters) down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees. The railway takes you to the rain forest boardwalk connecting to the Sceniscender platform and operates every 10 minutes.


Scenic Cableway - The steepest aerial cable car in Australia will take you on a 1788-feet (545-meter) ride into the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Jamison Valley. The Scenic Cableway is completely wheelchair accessible.

The optional rides package is only $49 including all three rides and lunch in the village of Leura.
(This optional rides package must be pre booked by November 15th.)


Wednesday January 11th – Sydney free day at leisure

Today is a full free day to explore Sydney at your leisure.  You may wish to visit the popular beaches of Bondi or Manley, as it is summer here and beach worthy temperatures.  You may also wish to take a guided tour of the famous Sydney Opera House or a guided climb of the famed Sydney Harbor Bridge.  Other attractions are a guided visit to local wineries, a dolphin watching excursion, helicopter or seaplane ride, a scenic one hour cruise in the harbor, a visit to the site of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, take an elevator to the top of the Sydney Tower for a panoramic view of Sydney, or just a visit to the museums along Darling Harbor.  You may also wish to ride the Hop on Hop Off open air buses, allowing you to see Sydney at your leisure today.  If you wish, take in a performance at the famous Sydney Opera House, located alongside the famous Sydney harbor Bridge, making for fantastic photo opps. Of both lit up in the night sky.


The Sydney Harbor Bridge, illuminated at night.

Thursday January 12th – Board cruise ship; Afternoon in Sydney

Today we will be taken together to the Harbor to board our cruise ship for the start of our 12 night cruise.  We will board the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship at around 12 noon and then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the ship, or if you wish, explore Sydney further at your leisure. Our cruise ship is docked in Darling Harbor, just a short walk from the Sydney Harbor Bridge, allowing for easy access to stroll around the harbor, walk the pedestrian pathway across the bridge and enjoy the attractions along the harbor, if you wish this afternoon.  All passengers must be back on board the ship by 5:30pm.  The ship sails from Sydney at 6:30pm

Tonight we will enjoy the first of our nightly group dinners and then enjoy the first of the ship’s nightly lavish shows.  Afterward, you may wish to visit the piano bar, the disco or casino

Our ship is the Celebrity Cruise Line’s Solstice
Celebrity Cruise Line has been ranked the #1 Premium Cruise Line by Travel Weekly Magazine 8 years in a row.
The Celebrity Solstice ranked among Top 20 Large Cruise Ships in Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Reader's Poll


Celebrity Solstice® is one of our more decorated ships at sea. So it's no wonder that it's full of "firsts." Like the first Hot Glass ShowSM. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as "the Leading LadiesSM" redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship's charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice. 

Celebrity Solstice Facts:

Occupancy : 2850
Tonnage : 122,000
Inaugural Date :
Nov 23, 2008; Plus multimillion dollar enhancements added Jan 2012 and another multimillion dollar set of enhancements set for Oct. 2016. (so when we sail in January 2017, this ship will look and feel new, making your cruise experience even more exceptional)

Just a few onboard highlights in a long list of many:
Three pools, six whirlpools, jogging track, fitness center.

Celebrity Solstice offers fine dining, magnificent venues, spacious staterooms, and award-winning service.
Description: Canyon Ranch SpaClub<small><sup>®</sup></small>
Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

Relax and rejuvenate in our serene spa at sea. Experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting—aboard Celebrity's modern luxury ships. Enhance your vacation with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores serenity, and helps you feel rejuvenated.
Description: Cellar Masters
Cellar Masters

Try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world in this inviting wine bar. To help you explore, we feature the state-of-the-art Enomatic® wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. It will pour your choice directly from the bottle in a 1-ounce, 2.5-ounce or 5-ounce portion as you swipe your SeaPass® card. Our Sommeliers will offer further insight into the fine art of wine selection.
Description: Lawn Club
Lawn Club

There's absolutely nothing like it. A freshly manicured lawn on the highest deck of Celebrity Solstice. This is The Lawn Club. Enjoy casual outdoor activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere, and let the grass between your toes take you places no cruise has gone before.

Description: Sky Observation Lounge
Sky Observation Lounge

A quiet refuge by day for gazing over the sea with a cocktail at hand. At night, the space comes to life with live music and dancing. In addition, special interactive theme parties include Live@Sky—music and dances of the 40s with a modern twist—and Motown, featuring funky soul with a live band, singers and dancers.
Description: The Hot Glass Show
The Hot Glass Show

Don't just appreciate art, experience it. Witness the incredible, gorgeous art of glassblowing with intimate live demonstrations. Watch and learn from professional glassblowers in this popular, one-of-a-kind exhibition from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.

Description: Silk Harvest Restaurant
Silk Harvest Restaurant

A subtle taste of Far East delicacies meant to share. As the first Asian restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest takes you on a journey to the Far East, offering authentic Asian hospitality perfectly paired with a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here you enjoy family-style dining in a warm and friendly setting.



Description: Celebrity Solstice Persian Garden
Celebrity Solstice Persian Garden


Description: Main Restaurant
Main Restaurant

A grand stage for dining. The Main Restaurant is the centerpiece of our immersive and enriching range of culinary experiences. We're proud to present an unparalleled wealth of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in sending out artfully presented dishes, every delicate micro-green garnish perfectly in place.










Thu Jan 12

Sydney, Australia


6:30 PM

Fri Jan 13

At Sea



Sat Jan 14

Melbourne, Australia

8:00 AM

5:00 PM

Sun Jan 15

At Sea



Mon Jan 16

At Sea



Tue Jan 17

Milford Sound, New Zealand

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

Tue Jan 17

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Tue Jan 17

Dusky Sound, New Zealand

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

Wed Jan 18

Dunedin, New Zealand

9:00 AM

7:00 PM

Thu Jan 19

Akaroa, New Zealand

7:00 AM

6:00 PM





Fri Jan 20

Wellington, New Zealand

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

Sat Jan 21

At Sea



Sun Jan 22

Tauranga, New Zealand

8:00 AM


Mon Jan 23

Tauranga, New Zealand


7:00 PM

Tue Jan 24

Auckland, New Zealand

6:00 AM


All of our ports, except the port of Akaroa, are docked ports, thus eliminating the need for tender services.  Docked ports mean that passengers can easily get off the ship, directly onto land, without the need to take a tender boat from the ship to the shore.

Friday January 13th  -   Day at Sea to relax
Today is a full day at sea to relax and enjoy the sun deck, working on your tan in the summer sun, or in the six Jacuzzis on the ship.  We will have group activities today such as trivia games and the ship will offer guest speakers. Of course, for those who book by August 6th, with just a refundable $600 deposit, you will enjoy the free upgrade to a balcony cabin and what better way to enjoy a day at sea, than getting a tan on your cabin’s own balcony. (And for those who book by June 25th, enjoy both the free upgrade to the balcony cabin but the free drinks package to and the $150 shipboard credit to savor on our at sea days.)

Saturday January 14thMelbourne Australia 8am-5pm
Today we arrive in Melbourne Australia.  We will offer today the first of our customized private group excursions, or you may wish to book an excursion from the cruise line for such activities as winery visits, a scenic drive along the famed Great Ocean Road, a visit to a koala sanctuary, or even a scenic train ride.   

Our excursions in each port are generally less expensive than the cruise line’s excursions.  Each of our excursions generally cost between $50 to $70 per person and take between 6 and 10 people per chartered vehicle, thus giving you a very personalized excursion experience, where the people in each vehicle can decide if they wish to spend more or less time at each site on the day’s excursion. 

For those not interested in our group’s excursion of the day, there are many equally great excursions offered by the cruise line in each port as well. The excursions offered by the cruise line generally run between $60 and $139 per person in most cases.

Of course, the opportunity is always available for you to explore any port at your own leisure without an excursion, or to rent a bicycle and explore via your own two wheels, or hire your own private cab to create your own private excursion (after all, our ports of call are all English speaking locales in English speaking countries)


Multicultural Melbourne retains its Victorian-era elegance even as new districts spring up around historic harbor. It has a dynamic, eclectic urban scene that includes the arts and sports as well as exciting dining and great shopping.

Sporting Adventures
St Kilda, Melbourne's seaside suburb, is more than just a day at the beach. Say hello to your endorphins with a kite-surfing safari or kayak adventure.

The Yarra River (which flows right down the center of the city) is also a hot spot for some adrenaline-pumping activities. You can explore the sights by cycle or walking shoe, and there are plenty of cafés and pubs that are perfect for a pit stop.

On the other side of the Yarra is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This host to the 1956 Olympics is the largest cricket facility in the world, packing in 120,000 fanatical fans. Try to catch a game while there and see what all the excitement is about.
Shopping for Bargains
Leave it to the ladies to get it right. On the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets you'll find Queen Victoria Market, and shop 'til you drop is no understatement. You'll find a thousand or so vendors selling everything but the kitchen sink, and on a good day you may even find that.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
You won't have a problem locating world-class cuisine in Melbourne. The city offers a myriad of ethnic flavors from Asian to Italian, so it's no surprise that fusion cooking has become a hit with the local epicures. Some of Melbourne's finest restaurants can be found in St Kilda along Fitzroy Street


Our private group excursion today will feature:

Port Campbell National park scenic drive/walk Plus the famed 12 apostles viewpoint.

 Marvel at the iconic 12 Apostles, rugged rock stacks that crumble into white-capped water and shores embraced by golden cliffs. Travel inland from Melbourne by air-conditioned coach to visually-arresting scenery and enjoy lunch on Australia's postcard-perfect beaches. The pillars, each with an enchanting tale, are a phenomenon formed by centuries of unrelenting waves. Boardwalks offer ample access to view Loch And Gorge, named for a shipwreck and dramatic rescue, and forested Port Campbell National Park

Or choose one of many excursions offered by the cruise line:
Our suggested alternative Celebrity cruise line excursion today:
Countryside, Birds and Vintage Train - ML51 - $70
• Puffing Billy: Travel aboard an antique, steam-powered train and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Australia.
• Dandenong Ranges: Travel through one of the most beautiful regions of Victoria featuring lush gullies and misty mountain ash.
• Sherbrooke Forest: Keep an eye out for colorful, native birds that can be found while passing through the tall hardwoods


Sunday January 15th and Monday January 16th Enjoy two days at sea

Relax on board our ship as we sail to New Zealand.  Our ship has many ways to relax, including three pools and six Jacuzzis, plus ample sun deck space to catch that tan (remember its summer time here!)  There will also be guest speakers, plus trivia contests and group activities that you may participate in if you wish.  Of course, with our included free drinks package for bookings made by June 25th with a fully refundable $600 deposit, you can have as many pina coladas, beers, cosmos, vodka on the rocks or whatever is your drink of choice as you wish.


Of course, as we do every evening, we will enjoy a group dinner and then have the opportunity to hit the nightly show, then maybe a piano sing along or dance in the ship’s nightclub.

Tuesday January 17th – Today we will enjoy a visit to three of the most beautiful places in New Zealand – Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.

                             Milford Sound, NEW ZEALAND
Deep within Fiordland National Park lies New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction: Milford Sound. Discover the beauty of this pristine scenic destination.  Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards) and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.
Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 meters.  The views are stunning with towering mountains overhead, breathtaking vistas and ample photo opportunities.

Milford Sound is home to unique birds and wildlife; get up close and personal and view seals chilling on the rocks and playing in the shallows just meters away. On occasion dolphins, whales, and the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguin visit the sound providing privileged photo opportunities.

Take in spectacular views as these majestic mountains plunge into the deep waters of Fiordland; their ancient hanging rainforests give way to towering waterfalls. Gaze up at iconic Mitre Peak; get with the adventure and experience 100% pure nature as we pause under Stirling Falls – Milford Sound’s second highest permanent waterfall. This is awesome

The fjord is a geological wonder of the ice age, where waterfalls cascade over sheer cliffs into the dark waters below and mountains dominated by Mitre Peak reach toward the sky.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Cruising the sound affords views of Bowen Falls, Mitre Peak, Anita Bay and both Elephant and Stirling Falls. If there's still film left in your camera after that, try to catch a glimpse of the dolphins, seals and penguins that pop to the surface on nice days in these calm waters.







Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Getting to Doubtful Sound is an adventure in itself. With no direct road access, the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is by a cruise.   This isolation makes the fiord a very special place, a place only those in the know get to see 

You can only experience the grand scenery and tranquility of this magnificent fjord by boat. Doubtful Sound sustains an amazing array of wildlife.  its steep hills are covered with hundreds of waterfalls.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Its mountains and cascades are more immediately eye-catching, but Doubtful Sound abounds in rich marine life that makes a trip through its waters a special treat. Look overboard for bottlenose dolphins following the boat, or turn your eye ashore for lounging fur seals. You may even catch a glimpse of the Fiordland crested and blue penguins, gorgeous rare birds that call the sound home.

                       Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Part of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound was long the site of Maori camps but few permanent settlements. Captain Cook spent five weeks exploring the dramatic coastline that edges the mountainous wilderness.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
The myriad islands that lie in the sound make for spectacular sightseeing, particularly majestic Resolution Island, whose Five Fingers Peninsula shelters the sound from the northwest. The abundance of sunbathing seals on Seal Rock also sends visitors reaching for their cameras. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for bird and wildlife sanctuaries: Curlew, Shag, Petrel, Pigeon and Parrot Isles; Shag River; Seal Rock; Goose, Duck and Woodhen Coves.

Our ship will sail gracefully through each of the sounds today

Milford Sound, New Zealand

8:00 AM          to

9:00 AM

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

1:30 PM           to

2:30 PM

Dusky Sound, New Zealand

4:30 PM           to

6:00 PM

You can gather with friends up on one of the sun decks to saver the spectacular scenery, or if you book with just a refundable $600 deposit by august 1st, receive our free upgrade to a balcony cabin and enjoy all of the breathtaking scenery from the balcony of your own cabin!

Wednesday January 18th Dunedin New Zealand 9am-7pm
Today our cruise arrives in Dunedin New Zealand.  There is so much to explore in Dunedin. We will offer our group’s customized excursion for the day or you can sign up for one of the cruise line’s excursions:


Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin proudly celebrates its Scottish heritage but gold-rush fortunes are behind its grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture. From here you can also explore the Otago Peninsula, home to penguin colonies and scenic coastline

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Travel along the eastern shores of Otago Harbor Pass through the Salisbury Tunnel, and see mountain scenery and the Taieri River. Stop at the Pukerangi plateau.

Other Fun Things to Do
The Queenstown Overnight tour has it all: a smorgasbord of history, culture, scenic and alpine beauty.
Enjoy lunch in a unique lodge in the small Victorian mountain town of Clyde and wine tasting at the Gibbston Valley Winery.
Stay at Queenstown, a vibrant city situated on an old glacial valley floor surrounded by towering mountains. It is an ideal place to take a stroll with its narrow streets and compact town center lined with shops, boutiques, courtyards and restaurants. In the evening, you will board the vintage steamship, T.S.S. Earnslaw, for a 40-minute evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Visit the quaint township of Arrowtown, a former gold-mining town, or experience the tranquility and charm of Te Anau.

Sporting Adventures
If there's a sport you love, you'll have no trouble doing it in Dunedin. From hiking to biking to surfing and sea kayaking, the more adventurous you are, the more adventures you'll find. Take in the view from Mt. Cargill. Buses run to the base, but then it's just you and the mountain for the next 90 minutes. Or simply walk up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Even though Dunedin, Celtic for Edinburgh, was founded by the Scottish, finding a good Haggis is going to be hard. However, there are over 140 restaurants in Dunedin, most centered on the Octagon and George Street. Chinese is a city specialty as the Chinese population dates back to the gold-rush days of the 1860s. But your best bet is to let your feet and appetite guide you.

Shopping for Bargains
Dunedin is a large city and can be expected to have all kinds of shops, from national chains to local boutiques, Scottish kitsch to antique treasures, art galleries to clothing designer showrooms. It's a cosmopolitan place, and a bit expensive, so stroll George Street and you'll find what you like. Or it'll find you.

Our group excursion today will feature a visit to the Otago Penguin Colony at Penguin Place and the Botanical Gardens.
Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience -

Take a trip through the streets of Dunedin and then venture outside the city to meet some yellow-eyed penguins. Walk through the spectacular Botanical Gardens. See old churches, historic mansions, regal government buildings, and more. Then, travel along the coast to Penguin Place, where special hiding spots on the sand let you get close to these amazing birds for great views of the penguins in their natural habitat and great photo opps. You're sure to snap some great photos. Guests must be able to walk approximately 700 yards.  Also visit Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.


Suggested Celebrity excursion today:
Speights Brewery and Dunedin Panorama Tour - DD70    $70
• Botanic Garden: Stroll the lush 19th century tropical gardens to learn about local flowers and plants.
• Dunedin Railway Station: Historic landmark; one of New Zealand’s most-photographed buildings.
• Speight’s Brewery: Tour and enjoy samples at the iconic producer of the “Pride of the South” since 1876

Thursday January 19th Akaroa New Zealand 7am-6pm
Today we visit the town of Akaroa New Zealand. The ship will be in Akoroa from 7am until 6pm

Akaroa, New Zealand
Set on a beautiful harbor, Akaroa is a quaint resort town with unique French heritage. It's your gateway to see amazing South Island nature, from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the mountains of the Southern Alps or to visit the charming town of Christchurch.


The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
The wildlife along the shoreline of the Akaroa Harbor, where you can see penguins frolicking on the rocks, seals lounging in the sun, dolphins popping the heads and jumping from the water, plus ancient lava flows and caves along the coastline.
Other Fun Things to Do
On foot or via sea kayak, join a guided tour to view the Pohatu Penguins, the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
Learn more about the Akaroa Harbor and the diversity of marine wildlife, birdlife and its volcanic origins during a harbor tour. You also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins in the Akaroa Harbor.

Our group excursion today:  Today we offer two group excursions – A two hour wildlife and scenery cruise along the harbor, followed by a two hour Double Decker sightseeing bus tour.

Akaroa Harbour and Wildlife Cruise
Witness the spectacular beauty of Akaroa’s harbor and rare marine life during a narrated cruise. Watch out for possible sightings of friendly Hector’s Dolphins peering through the water’s surface, White-Flippered Blue Penguins as they patrol the rocks or New Zealand’s fur seals basking in the sun. The popular historic resort village is located at the heart of an ancient volcano, where you can witness the ancient lava flows and caves along the harbor’s edge (This is not a private tour. There will be other passengers on the 2 hour harbor cruise) $84

Akaroa Double Decker Sightseeing Tour (This is not a private tour as it is a public double decker sightseeing bus open to all tourists.)
Akaroa’s sapphire harbor sparkles and its dramatic countryside astounds as a London-inspired double-decker bus delivers sightseeing in grand style. Local architecture tells the fascinating tale of the city’s French and British heritage, while nearby Barrys Bay and Duvauchelle reveal dramatic vistas. Entertaining guides proceed to “the Hilltop” for spectacular views of waters sheltered by emerald green hills of an ancient volcanic crater. Relax at the charming Hilltop Tavern while savoring innovative delights and classic favorites $49



Today’s suggested alternative Celebrity excursions:
Akaroa Jet Boat KQ39 - $99
Hang on to your hat as you begin the most exhilarating 50 minutes imaginable, rocketing through the magnificent Akaroa Harbor on a jet boat. Of course you'll stop to take in the beauty and snap photos at the Harbor's most picturesque and popular sites including Nikau Palm Gully, Dan Rogers Bluff, Onawe Peninsula and the majestic Cathedral Cave where majestic Cormorants and utterly adorable Little Blue Penguins can be seen nesting throughout the day.

Giants House and Lookout Panorama (KQ20) $79
Enjoy panoramic views and a walk through a beautiful mosaic and sculpture garden at the Giant's House of Akaroa. Relax in comfort as you pass Akaroa Harbor and see the rustic countryside of the region. See an awe-inspiring volcanic crater from a lookout at Hilltop. Then, visit the Giant's House in Akaroa, known for its sculptural garden and fascinating mosaics. You'll feel like you've stepped into a real giant's house

Friday January 20th Wellington, New Zealand 8am-6pm
Wellington embraces its reputation as a cool “little” capital. Downtown is compact but there’s no shortage of big-city culture. The charm extends to the surrounding green hillsides while countryside and rugged coast are within easy reach.


The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
If there was one event that signaled Wellington's arrival on the cultural scene, it was the opening of the Te Papa Tongarewa national museum of New Zealand in 1998. This enormous $317 million cultural and architectural masterpiece has received 10 million visitors since then, with almost 30% from overseas. Located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront, Te Papa has built a reputation for its "fresh and bold approach" to presenting the country's treasures and stories. A visit to this museum is just as exciting and invigorating for children as it is for adults. For a small fee, you can try the interactive exhibits including a "virtual" bungee jump, sheep-shearing and a trip to prehistoric New Zealand.

Sporting Adventures
Like a typical New Zealand city, Wellington offers plenty of outdoor opportunities. For starters, there's the terrific 8K Red Rocks Coastal Walk along the southern coastline, past the lava formation of Red Rocks to the seal-covered shores of Sinclair Head. If you're up for a tougher test, you could go on a rock-climbing excursion or hire sea kayaks. You also have the option of hiring a 4-wheel-drive ride for a trip to the rugged hill country with spectacular views of Cook Strait and the South Island.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
There are enough restaurants per capita in Wellington to rival some of the biggest cities in the world. Almost every corner of the globe finds itself well represented in this city of restaurants, with Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean fares being particularly conspicuous. If you want to eat out on a budget, Cuba Street is as good a place as any and it also offers a number of vegetarian eateries. The suburbs of Thorndon, Mount Victoria, Oriental Bay and Eastbourne also have their own islands of culinary delight.

Shopping for Bargains
Downtown Wellington is an ideal shopping destination. Considering how compact the city is, it takes no more than twenty minutes to walk from one end of downtown to the other. The city's best-known shopping area is Lambton Quay on Willis Street, also called the Golden Mile for its row of department and designer stores. For a more bohemian alternative, visit Cuba Street. Here you'll find markets, alternative boutiques, secondhand stores and, of course, great cafés

Today’s customized group tour:  Lord of the Rings movie site and dramatic coastal scenery drive:

We will begin with a drive to the summit of Mount Victoria for panoramic views and then continue to where the filming of the trilogy first started. Stroll through the picturesque forest of the ‘Outer Shire'. Visit Weta Cave, a mini-museum with original movie props and drive along Wellington's stunning South Coast to Owhiro Bay, where Frodo and Sam finally reached the ‘Gates of Mordor'.

Middle Earth’s ethereal splendor beckons Lord of the Rings fans and anyone who appreciates exquisite scenery and dramatic panoramic views. See New Zealand’ picturesque forest where the Hobbits’ journey began and see "Outer Shire", including the site where the "Get off the Road" scene was filmed. Visit Weta Film Studios and Weta Workshop, a mini-museum featuring original production props, displays and a short film. The tour also highlights a gorgeous marine reserve and 360-degree vistas of Wellington and the harbor.  Your trip continues to the Hutt River, but Lord of the Rings fans know it as the Great River of Anduin.  Lastly, we will visit Harcourt Park: Learn how this beautiful setting was used for the Gardens of Isengard in the Lord of the Rings.  Upon our return to Wellington, you have time at leisure to visit if you wish, the Te Papa Tongarewa national museum.

Today’s suggested Celebrity Cruise Line excursion:
Zealandia Sanctuary and Cable Car Experience - WL43  $99

• Zealandia: Visit a sanctuary for New Zealand's native wildlife.
• Wellington Cable Car: Ride through the main shopping street to the hills overlooking the city.



Saturday January 21st – Day at Sea

Today is a day at sea to relax on board our ship as we sail from the South island of New Zealand to the North island of New Zealand.  Our ship has many ways to relax, including three pools and six Jacuzzis, plus ample sun deck space to catch that tan (remember its summer time here!)  There will also be guest speakers, plus trivia contests and group activities that you may participate in if you wish.  Of course, with our included free drinks package for those booked by June 25th with a fully refundable $600 deposit, you can have as many pina coladas, beers, cosmos, vodka on the rocks or whatever is your drink of choice as you wish.
PLUS WITH THE FREE UPGRADE TO A BALCONY CABIN FOR ALL PASSENGERS WHO BOOK WITH JUST A REFUNDABLE $600 DEPOSIT BY AUGUST 1ST, WHAT BETTER WAY TO RELAX THAN ON YOUR CABIN’S OWN BALCONY(and if you book by June 25th, enjoy the free drinks package and $150  per person ship board credit as well)

Of course, as we do every evening, we will enjoy a group dinner and then have the opportunity to hit the nightly show, then maybe a piano sing along or dance in the ship’s nightclub.

Sunday January 22nd and Monday January 23rd – Tauranga New Zealand

Sun Jan 22

Tauranga, New Zealand

8:00 AM


Mon Jan 23

Tauranga, New Zealand


7:00 PM

Enjoy two full days exploring magnificent Tauranga New Zealand

Tauranga, New Zealand
On the Bay of Plenty, sunny Tauranga has a beautiful harbor, historic sights, a revitalized waterfront and easy access to beautiful beaches, vibrant Maori culture, and outdoor adventures in the sea, lakes, and volcanic landscapes.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
No visit to Tauranga would be complete without a trip to Mount Maunganui. This extinct volcanic peak rises from the mists of Tauranga Harbor, attracting tourists from all over New Zealand and abroad. The area, once a Maori stronghold, now houses the resort town of Maunganui, which is known for its tiled sidewalks lined with palm trees, turquoise-painted street lamps and gorgeous shoreline. And while you're there, take a dip in the hot saltwater pools located at the base of the mountain.

Also don’t miss the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. 
Explore the Whakarewarewa Valley, a desolate geothermic world of bubbling pools, hissing vents, and piping-hot geysers. Involves walking approximately .3 miles over over cobblestone paths.

Enjoy a combination of historic baths and amazing natural wonders. Ride through the scenic countryside to the lovely town of Rotorua and see the Prince's Gate, Government Gardens, the Victorian Bath House and Museum and the historic art deco Blue Baths. Venture to the village of Te Puia and watch amazingly skilled craftsman carve wood and join a guided walking tour through the wondrous geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa


Sporting Adventures
Unless the line at the Bungee Rocket is too long, don't leave Tauranga without trying it at least once. Be warned that this "sport" is not for the weak-hearted. You'll be fastened to a contraption that resembles a giant sling and then shot 50m into the air at a speed of about 100mph. It may sound a little reckless but don't be surprised if you keep coming back for more. You can also charter a boat from Tauranga for big-game fishing, snorkeling, dolphin watching or just cruising.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
With the arrival of new residents, the dining scene in this area has also taken off. Many of Tauranga's best restaurants are along The Strand, in the Wharf Street area and on the downtown end of Devonport Road between Spring and Elizabeth streets. The fare available is varied and ranges from Middle Eastern to Mongolian. You may want to pick up a free copy of the Dine Out guide from the visitor center.

Shopping for Bargains
Tauranga City is the largest shopping area in the Bay of Plenty. Downtown Tauranga offers a unique and exciting mixture of high-end gift, travel and boutique shops

There is so much to do and see from Tauranga that the cruise line gives us two full days here to explore.    We will host a group excursion each day and you can again choose to take our excursion, or take one sponsored by the cruise line. 

Our excursions on these two days will be announced thirty days prior to the cruise date

Here are a few suggested excursions offered by the cruise line:

Lord of the Rings - Hobbiton Movie Set

This shore excursion takes you to the breathtaking landscape that served as the backdrop for Hollywood's epic saga – the Lord of the Rings. Deep in the New Zealand countryside, you'll find Hobbiton, the actual set where the movies where filmed. Enjoy a guided tour and take your photo in front of Bilbo Baggins' Hobbit Hole. Soak up sweeping views across the Kaimai Mountains that helped create movie magic and are even more impressive in person. Involves walking approximately .4 miles over grassy hills at Hobbiton.

Enjoy a guided walking tour through Hobbiton, a village of the Shire in "Lord of the Rings" and “The Hobbit” film Trilogies. The Hobbiton movie set is hidden within the most picturesque sheep farm with spectacular views of the Kaimai Ranges and surrounds. Explore the rebuilt set featuring hobbit holes with their beautiful exteriors. Soak up this unique atmosphere with a delightful cup of coffee at the Green Dragon Inn.

Kayaking Scenic Lake Rotoiti and Glow Worm Cave
Climb aboard your kayak and paddle out into the calm waters of Lake Rotoiti on your way to the Glow Worm Cave. Pass holiday homes and tiny islands on your way to the cavern. Paddle into the darkness to discover the glimmering bioluminescent light of New Zealand Glow Worms. It's an absolutely incredible sensation. Leaving the cave, kayak to Manupirua Beach, to relax in the warm geothermal pools.

Forest Canyon Jetboat and Hells Gate Experience

Journey to Rotorua to experience nature's untamed power and beauty at Hells Gate Geothermal Park.  Set amidst 50 acres of New Zealand's ever-changing volcanic landscape, Hells Gate is Rotorua's most active geothermal park.

Lake Rotoiti Hot Springs and Sailing Encounter

Board your luxury Rotorua catamaran for a scenic cruise of Lake Rotoiti. Skim across the waters of Okawa Bay, passing a traditional Maori Meeting House and the Motumauri Islands, as you head to the Manupirua Hotsprings. This secluded spot is only accessible by boat and consists of six pools of varying temperatures. Swim in the natural hot geothermal pools or just walk in the geothermal sand and discover pure New Zealand bliss.

Deluxe Rotorua and Polynesian Spa Hot Pool
Journey across the North Island to learn about the Maori people and enjoy some of the island's more luxurious pastimes. Experience the very best of Rotorua and stop at Te Puia to join a local guide for a fascinating tour of the valley. See geysers, mud pools, and mineral springs in addition to a traditional Maori cultural performance. At the Polynesian Spa, treat yourself and soak in one of the luxurious hot pools.

A Maori Legacy
Enjoy an authentic New Zealand experience. Journey to Whakarewarewa, an actual living Maori village, where descendants of the people displaced by the eruption of Mount Tarawera still live. The village lies in the middle of steam vents and scolding hot pools within a geothermal valley. Enjoy a guided tour and a wonderful family Maori cultural performance. Continue with a visit to the buried village of Te Wairoa and cruise on Lake Tarawera. There is approximately 2 miles of walking over hard, packed gravel footpaths, cobblestone surfaces and concrete surfaces.

White Water Rafting

Get ready for an unforgettable white water rafting extravaganza. Enjoy rafting for an hour and a half through beautiful forests lining the banks of the Kaituna River. This is a grade 3 river with an exciting grade 5 waterfall. There is no better way to enjoy the scenery of New Zealand's native and unspoiled bushlands. Get ready for an extraordinary adventure you'll never forget.


Tuesday January 24th – Auckland New Zealand – Disembarkation

Today we disembark our ship to return to the airport to fly home.  Transfers are available to be purchased from the cruise line either in advance or on the ship. 

If you book air with a late afternoon flight the cruise line offers excursions visiting sites of Auckland with the excursion ending at the airport with your luggage transferred to the airport for you.
Passengers wishing a quote on air from any US or Canadian city should contact us for a quote from their city. Rates start as low as $1150 round trip from Los Angeles, based on availability at time of request.


Anyone interested in staying in Auckland for a night can ask us to book a one or two night post cruise hotel stay and if you wish a roommate for this stay, we will do our best to find another passenger in the group wishing to also stay in Auckland for a post cruise night or two with you.

If you wish a post cruise visit to any other part of New Zealand or Australia, just ask us and we will do our best to put it together for you with hotel, air and touring arrangements.

Trip cost: $3779 per person including tax, with a non smoking roommate of the same gender assigned


12 NIGHT CELEBRITY CRUISE LINE SAILING FROM SYDNEY ON THE CELEBRITY SOLSTICE January 12-24 visiting Melbourne Australia, Milford Sound NZ, Doubtful Sound NZ, Dusky Sound NZ, Dunedin NZ, Wellington NZ, Akaroa NZ, Taraunga NZ and ending in Auckland NZ.  Cruise cabins are all oceanview – BUT IF YOU BOOK BY AUGUST 1ST WITH A FULLY REFUNDABLE $600 DEPOSIT YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE UPGRADE TO A BALCONY CABIN !! 

Celebrity cruises Classic Drinks package (see below) for free drinks over your entire cruise and $150 shipboard credit, if you book the trip by July 29th with a refundable $600 deposit.

All meals onboard the ship – Breakfast and lunch at your leisure on the ship and group dinners each night, plus group activities on the four at sea days.

Three nights accommodations at the four star Holiday Inn Darling Harbor including breakfast daily.

A full day tour from Sydney to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains with a visit to Scenic World, a visit to the charming countryside town of Leura and a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife preserve where you can feed and touch the Kangaroos and visit other native animals such as Emus and Koalas.

Transport as a group from the holiday inn to the cruise ship

Passengers booking this trip by June 25th will receive both the FREE upgrade to a balcony cabin and receive FREE Celebrity Cruise Line’s Classic Drinks package for unlimited drinks throughout your 12 day cruise.  This package normally sells by the cruise line for $55 per day per person, but with this cruise promo it is included in your cruise free.  Your package can be used in the Main Restaurant, any specialty restaurant, the casual dining restaurants and buffet, plus all bars and lounges anywhere on the ship.   The following alcoholic brands are included by Celebrity Cruise Line for this unlimited drinks package.

Vodka:  Absolut • Absolut Flavors • Stolichnaya • Stoli Flavors and Smirnoff

Gin:       Beefeater • Gordon's • Tanqueray

Tequilla:  Jose Cuervo Blanco • Cuervo Gold • Cazadores Blanco • Cazadores Reposado

Scotch:   Bell's • Chivas • Johnny Walker Red • Dewars White Label • J&B & Cutty Sark

Bourbon/Brandy:  Jim Beam • Martell VS • Jack Daniels

Rum:     Barcardi   Bacardi Flavors • Myer's • Malibu • Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum• Bacardi 8

Cordials: • Amaretto • Frangelico • Kahlua • Tia Maria • Pimms 1 • Cointreau • Chambord • Bailey's Irish Cream • Drambuie and Campari

Beers: Bud Light • Budweiser • Coors Lite • Miller Lite • Heineken Light • Heineken • Corona • Corona Light

Wines: We offer a large global assortment of red, white and sparkling wines(champagnes) by the glass. 

Please ask your server for the list included in the Classic drinks package
Non Alcoholic drinks: Fountain soda selections • Fresh and bottled juices • Premium coffees and teas • Non-premium bottled water.

If you wish to enjoy other brands of beer, wine and spirits, you may upgrade to the Premium Drinks package for only $10/day per person.  This package includes all of the brands listed above plus brands such as Grey Goose and Kettel One Vodka, Jameson and Highland Park Scotch, Courvoisier VSOP and Remy Martin VSOP Bourbon/Brandy, Mount Gay and Ron Zacapa Rum, Grand Marnier and St. Germain cordials. Red Stripe • Sam Adams • Dos Equis • Guinness Stout • Newcastle Ale • Stella Artois and Sierra Nevada beers; Premium bottled purified water • Vitamin Water • Red Bull

A $600 deposit is required to book your space on this trip.  This is refundable if cancelled by August 2nd.  From August 3rd to Sept. 1st, the deposit is 50% refundable.  After Sept. 1st the deposit is non refundable.

Balance payment is due September 30th and is non refundable unless replaced by another passenger.


Not Included in your trip cost:
A required Australia Visa ($25 which can be purchased easily online – You do NOT need to send your passport anywhere.  The visa is electronic (it is purchased online and you will receive the visa number instantly and that will also be stored electronically in the Australian immigration computer. It can be purchased on the Australia Visa website. (Note: There is no requirement for a visa for US or Canadian citizens to visit New Zealand)

Airfare from your home city to Sydney Australia arriving January 9th and home from Auckland NZ departing Jan. 24th.  We can quote optional air from any city in the US or Canada with rates starting as low as $1150 Round trip from LAX based on availability at the time of request.

Excursions during our cruise.  Most of our group excursions run between $50-$70.  Most of the cruise line’s excursions generally run between $50 and $139.

Optional upgrade at Scenic World to the rides & lunch package on our included visit there on January 10th in Sydney.

Optional Scenic World rides & lunch package:

Scenic Skyway - Australia's only horizontal passenger-carrying cable car. It is a 7-minute ride 656 feet (200 meters) above the Jamison Valley, where you can appreciate superb views of the Three Sisters Rock formation, Katoomba Falls, Mt Solitary and Orphan Rock. The Skyway operates every 10 minutes.

Scenic Railway - This is the world's steepest incline railway. Travel through a cliffside tunnel and ancient rain forest as the railway descends 1,361 feet (415 meters) down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees. The railway takes you to the rain forest boardwalk connecting to the Sceniscender platform and operates every 10 minutes.

Scenic Cableway - The steepest aerial cable car in Australia will take you on a 1788-feet (545-meter) ride into the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Jamison Valley. The Scenic Cableway is completely wheelchair accessible.

The optional rides package is only $49 including all three rides and lunch in the village of Leura.
(This optional rides & lunch package must be pre booked by November 15th.)

Travel insurance – This is optional- call for rates.



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