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Australia & New Zealand Explorer

  • Departure Date19 Nov 2022
  • Princess Cruises Royal Princess
  • 28 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £3,449 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Airlie Beach
  • Yorkeys Knob
  • Port Douglas
  • Willis Island
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Port Chalmers
  • Lyttelton
  • Wellington
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Sydney

This bucket-list adventure begins with a 2-night stay in the world-renown Sydney. Here you can take in the Aussie sun and see popular landmarks such as Harbour Bridge and the famous Opera House. You will then embark the glorious Royal Princess, which for the next 23-nights will be transporting you across the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand in style. Take in jaw-dropping ports of call such as Brisbane and see the iconic symbol of Australia, the Koala Bear. Visit the crystal-clear lagoon at Airlie Beach, before cruising the Coral Sea towards Willis Island - a haven for unique seabirds. Admire the spectacular scenery of Fjordland National Park, walk the stunning Dunedin Street Art Trail and go dolphin watching in Tauranga. Finish this once-in-a-lifetime trip by ascending the Sky Tower in Auckland, before marvelling at the beauty found at the Bay of Islands - renowned for its golden beaches and turquoise waters.

Highlights

  • FREE Sydney Stay
  • FREE Sydney City Tour
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 3 night stay in Sydney on room only basis 
  • FREE Sydney City Tour
  • 23 night cruise on board Royal Princess on full board basis
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Nov 2022£3,449-£3,989£4,649

Price based on flying from London. Transfers are not included. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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OUR CRUISE.....CANNOT WAIT....

Booked a 3 night stay in New York then a 9 night cruise to Bermuda, Curacao, Aruba and Fort lauderdale and added on a 2 night stay in Miami Kylie was fantastic sorting it all out for us. She sorted out cabins for us giving us all different options we ended up booking a infinite Verenda cabin on deck 7 on the New ship Celebrity Beyond that is coming out next year .....Excellent service well done Kylie and thanks for all your help... Would definitely recommend speaking to Kylie to book your holiday....We are so looking forward to this cruise as many of our holidays been cancelled due to covid.

Mrs Stonehouse / July 2021

They deserve the name CruiseKings, because they truly are.

We've used CruiseKings a few times, their staff are always friendly, well informed and professional. Booked a cruise this time very easily with the lady we spoke with and confirmation was received swiftly.

Mrs White / July 2021

Always use Cruise Kings! Jo was amazing recently dealing with a cancellation from Fred Oulsen and rebooking with Celebrity. Refund back within 7 days and Celebrity upgrades - could not be better!!

Mrs Shears / July 2021

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Itinerary for Australia & New Zealand Explorer

Day 1 - Fly UK to Sydney

Day 2 - Fly UK to Sydney

Day 3 - Enjoy Sydney

Day 4 - Enjoy Sydney

Day 5 - Embark Royal Princess in Sydney

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Brisbane

Once considered the "country cousin" among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation's third-largest metropolis - and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland's dazzling beaches. The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland's Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced "Bris-bin."

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia's premier playgrounds. The Whitsundays were once mountains. Rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday Passage between the islands and the mainland.

Day 10 - Yorkeys Knob

The picturesque town of Yorkeys Knob, dominated by its dramatic headland, is your gateway to Cairns - one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast. Inland lays the ancient rainforest of Daintree National Park. Cairns' graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. A travel tip - Cairns is pronounced "cans."

Day 11 - Port Douglas

In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan struck pay dirt on Hodgkinson River, igniting the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed boom, and Port Douglas slid into decades of obscurity. Then came a second gold rush in the 1980s as tourists flocked to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway to hardy adventurers en route to rainforest and reef. In addition to its nearby scenic wonders, Port Douglas boasts several resorts ranging from the Sheraton Mirage to the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa in the heart of the rainforest.

Day 12 - Willis Island

This tiny island measures in at just 1,600 feet long by 490 feet wide, though it is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. You won't find any neighborhoods, schools or homes here, however. The only structures on Willis Island comprise a weather monitoring station hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where just a handful of weather observers reside at any given time. Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles.

Day 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - At Sea

Day 15 - Sydney

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - At Sea

Day 18 - Fiordland National Park

Fiordland is a geographic region of New Zealand in the south-western corner of the South Island, comprising the westernmost third of Southland. Most of Fiordland is dominated by the steep sides of the snow-capped Southern Alps, deep lakes, and its steep, glacier-carved and now ocean-flooded western valleys.

Day 19 - Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers is a town serving as the main port of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, with a population of 3,000. Port Chalmers lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, some 15 kilometres northeast of Dunedin's city centre.

Day 20 - Lyttelton

Christchurch has a rich history of adventurers who used Christchurch as a gateway for Antarctic explorations. Famed explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton used the port of Lyttelton as a departure point for their expeditions.

Day 21 - Wellington

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Day 22 - At Sea

Day 23 - Tauranga

New Zealand's natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay after he was able to replenish his ship's provisions, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua - a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand's primary tourist attraction. Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.

Day 24 - Auckland

Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand's former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland's largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand's fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland. Auckland served as New Zealand's capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

Day 25 - Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand's early settlers. The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries. Note: Bay of Islands is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

Day 26 - At Sea

Day 27 - At Sea

Day 28 - Sydney, disembark & transfer to airport

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
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OUR CRUISE.....CANNOT WAIT....

Booked a 3 night stay in New York then a 9 night cruise to Bermuda, Curacao, Aruba and Fort lauderdale and added on a 2 night stay in Miami Kylie was fantastic sorting it all out for us. She sorted out cabins for us giving us all different options we ended up booking a infinite Verenda cabin on deck 7 on the New ship Celebrity Beyond that is coming out next year .....Excellent service well done Kylie and thanks for all your help... Would definitely recommend speaking to Kylie to book your holiday....We are so looking forward to this cruise as many of our holidays been cancelled due to covid.

Mrs Stonehouse / July 2021

They deserve the name CruiseKings, because they truly are.

We've used CruiseKings a few times, their staff are always friendly, well informed and professional. Booked a cruise this time very easily with the lady we spoke with and confirmation was received swiftly.

Mrs White / July 2021

Always use Cruise Kings! Jo was amazing recently dealing with a cancellation from Fred Oulsen and rebooking with Celebrity. Refund back within 7 days and Celebrity upgrades - could not be better!!

Mrs Shears / July 2021

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