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November 2017 Australia & New Zealand Cruise 2

Cruising Australia and New Zealand – November 23-December 9, 2017

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 luxurious Celebrity Solstice and sail throughout the stunning sites of New Zealand and Australia in comfort.

*We will be packaging private group shore excursions that will be available!

Itinerary:

November 23 – Fly to Sydney, Australia after your Thanksgiving meal!

November 24 – Continue flight to Australia and cross the International Date Line.

November 25 – Sydney, Australia – Arrive in Australia!  Upon arrival in Sydney enjoy a short city tour before being dropped off at your cruise ship to begin your cruising adventure. (Cruise Meals)

pacific3November 26 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

November 27 – Melbourne, Australia – A genteel city of Victorian buildings, verdant parks and a vibrant multicultural heart full of galleries, restaurants, fashionable boutiques – no wonder Melbourne has been named the planet’s most livable city. (Cruise Meals)

November 28 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

November 29Hobart, Tasmania – Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surroundings. From there you can look out over the busy harbor, which plays host to yachts from all over the world. The Salamanca Arts Centre also puts the region’s incredible artwork on display, including some stunning Aboriginal pieces. (Cruise Meals)

November 30 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

December 1 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

December 2 – 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)

December 3 – 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)

December 4 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)

December 5 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)

December 6 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

November 7 – Bay of Islands, New Zealand – 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. (Cruise Meals)

December 8 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)

December 9 Auckland, New Zealand to USA – Your cruise ends early this morning in Auckland.  An early afternoon flight will take you back to the USA where you will arrive on the same day. Welcome home.

 

*We will be packaging private group shore excursions that will be available!

 

Celebrity Solstice Ship: 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 Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set Celebrity Solstice apart are its specialty restaurants. Chef Jacques Van Staden’s passion for food 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 AquaSpa by Elemis 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.

 

Your Host: Steve Hansen

Steve was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. As a youth, his family did very little traveling other than camping trips to Yellowstone National Park. The world began to open up to him when he traveled to Europe at the end of his senior year in high school with a group of drama students. For six weeks they performed the play, The Miracle Worker, at locations in Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and England. He decided then that the world was a  very beautiful and he later served an LDS mission to the island of Taiwan. While there, he learned to speak fluent Mandarin and to really love the Chinese people.

Steve later married his high school sweetheart, Janet Hansen. They are residents of Kaysville, Utah, and are the parents of five children and currently have eleven grandchildren. Steve graduated from Utah State University with a degree in business and has enjoyed a career as a financial planner for over forty years. During that time, he and Janet have had the opportunity to travel to dozens of beautiful and interesting places throughout the world and are always fascinated with each place they explore.

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Inside Cabins (Double Occupancy) & Airfare from Salt Lake City (Other US cities available) – $3850 per person (includes airfare, cruise and taxes)

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

Sydney and Auckland Transfers  – Included

Australia Visa – $25 per person

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

Optional Group Shore Excursions – Prices Coming Soon

Deposit Required – $1800 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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