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January 2018 Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Cruise

Cruising Australia, New Zealand & Fiji – January 26-February 12, 2018

Home to koala bears, aborigines, and film sites for Lord of the Rings, Australia and New Zealand are on most travelers bucket lists.  Come to the “land down under” on-board the Norwegian Jewel and sail throughout the stunning sites of New Zealand and Australia in comfort. Before your cruise, enjoy a stop in the paradise of Fiji and relax at a high-end beach resort!

*Optional cruise shore excursion pricing coming soon!

Itinerary:

January 26 – Fly to Los Angeles and connect to your international flight to Nadi, Fiji. The flight doesn’t leave Los Angeles until this evening.

January 27 – Continue flight to Fiji and cross the International Date Line.

January 28 – Fiji – Welcome to Fiji! A short 20-minute drive away is the luxurious resort district where you will be able to spend the time relaxing in the spa, sitting on the beach, or taking a dip in the pool. You will fall in love with the hospitality of Fiji. The next two nights are in Fiji.

January 29 – Fiji -The day is yours to relax on the beach or by the pool in the paradise of Fiji! Enjoy Fiji and overnight again at the resort.

January 30 – Auckland, New Zealand – Board a morning non-stop flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Upon arrival this afternoon, transfer to a nearby hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore Auckland on your own.

January 31 – Auckland, New Zealand – Free time this morning before a transfer will take you to your cruise ship – the Norwegian Jewel. Board the cruise and get familiar with it before setting sail from beautiful Auckland this evening. (Cruise Meals)

February 1 – Tauranga, New Zealand – Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga today is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwifruit-growing country. Farther afield: Rotorua, with its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools, the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and nocturnal kiwi houses. (Cruise Meals)

February 2 – Napier, New Zealand – Napier calls itself the Art Deco capital of the world. Leveled by an earthquake in 1931, Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style. Along with Miami Beach, Napier is one of the best examples of this style, with many of its structures well preserved. Take a walk down Marine Parade, a tree-lined ocean boulevard with fountains and gardens, or go out to the country to enjoy the lovely vistas. (Cruise Meals)

February 3 – Wellington, New Zealand – New Zealand’s friendly capital city features gaily painted old wooden houses and a red cable car that takes you up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens and a fine view of the harbor. A must-see is the engaging Te Papa Museum. (Cruise Meals)

February 4 – Picton, New Zealand – Built around a sheltered harbor, Picton is lined with cafés and restaurants for you to choose from (we suggest the fish and chips). Popular attractions in Picton include a maritime museum and an aquarium. But this town is not short on recreational activities. Some of Picton’s favorite pastimes include fishing, dolphin watching and sea kayaking. Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track or spend the day exploring the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Check out one of the many wine tours (probably after biking the track). Then relax as you browse the local shops that offer a wide range of trinkets, including handmade jewelry, paintings from local artists and woodcarvings. Before leaving Picton, it’s time for more fish and chips along the shore. It’s the Picton way! (Cruise Meals)

February 5 – Christchurch, New Zealand – Transfer to Christchurch, New Zealand to sightsee. Are you in England or New Zealand? It’s hard to tell in this city crowned by a neo-Gothic stone cathedral and set along the grassy banks of the Avon River. Nearby: the fertile Canterbury Plains and rugged high-country sheep stations. (Cruise Meals)

February 6 – Dunedin, New Zealand – Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is everywhere, evident in its statue of poet Robert Burns, in the work of its kilt makers and whisky distilleries and in its ornate Victorian train station. Aye, there’s even a castle that emphasizes the kinship. (Cruise Meals)

February 7 – Scenic Cruising Day – Grab your camera for a scenic cruising day through Milford Sound, New Zealand, Doubtful Sound, and Dusky Sound. As your cruise ship navigates these fjords you will find them comparable in majestic beauty as anywhere in the world. The numberless waterfalls will take your breath away! (Cruise Meals)

February 8 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea! (Cruise Meals)

February 9 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea! (Cruise Meals)

February 10 – Sydney, Australia – First came the Aborigines, then 759 British convicts, followed by a wave of military settlers known as the Rum Corps. The result: Sydney’s bold, egalitarian charm. History, opera, opals and koalas are all here. Head over to the Sydney Opera House or the famous Sydney Taronga Zoo. Today an optional excursion will show you the highlights of Sydney followed by a drop off at your hotel located next to the airport.

February 11 – Sydney, Australia – The day is yours to relax and explore Sydney on your own.

February 12 – Head over to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Welcome home!

 

Norwegian Jewel Ship: As the namesake of our “Jewel Class” cruise ships, you can bet she’s got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship’s filled with excitement: 16 dining options, 15 bars and nightclubs and that’s just the beginning. Come aboard and venture into the wild on an Alaska Cruise. Go from scenic views to city views on a Pacific Cruise. Or travel to stunning beaches and picturesque cobble stone cities on a Mexican Rivera Cruise. Whichever destination you choose, get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

 

Your Host: Bill and Diana McGuire

Bill graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science and then went on to graduate with the second graduating class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was employed with the Davis County Attorney’s Office for 34 years where he worked as a prosecutor for 30 years and ended his career in the Civil Division of the office. Bill is an avid sports enthusiast whose main passion is golf. Diana is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. She spent almost 30 years teaching in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department at BYU, as both a Professor and the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program. Having recently retired, she now spends time on her other passions: piano, violin (just recently!), and being Nana. Bill and Diana have enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world and deem their five children and fifteen grandchildren to be their greatest accomplishments.

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Inside Cabins (Double Occupancy) & Airfare from Los Angeles – $3899 per person (includes airfare, cruise and taxes)

Outside Port Hole Cabins (Double Occupancy) – additional $300 per person

Balcony Cabins (Double Occupancy) – additional $600 per person

Fiji resort for two nights and airport transfers  – Included

Auckland hotel for one night and cruise transfer  – Included

Sydney airport hotel for two nights and cruise transfer  – Included

Australia Visa – $25 per person

Airfare to and from Los Angeles – Arrange your own or call for assistance

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Optional Shore Excursions – Prices Coming Soon

Deposit Required – $2000 per person

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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