Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Discovery Cruise

Price per person
from £5,306

Price based on
London Stansted
28th Feb 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 27 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

  • Ocean cruises

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and watch the sunset in the outback on this Southern Hemisphere adventure that explores the highlights of Australia and New Zealand.

At a glance


  • Melbourne Explore the key cultural attractions of Australia's largest city on a guided tour.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Enjoy champagne and canapes as you admire the changing colour of this prestigious rock at sunset.
  • Great Barrier Reef Swim, snorkel or ride a glass-bottomed boat to the reef from Green Island
  • Sydney Cruise along Sydney Harbour and enjoy uninterrupted views of the city skyline.
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Dunedin
  • Akaroa
  • Wellington
  • Napier
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Overview

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and watch the sunset in the outback on this Southern Hemisphere adventure that explores the highlights of Australia and New Zealand.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

Depart UK

Days
1 - 2

Melbourne

Day
3

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights.

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this vibrant city.

Melbourne

Day
4

This morning begins with a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, the Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Melbourne

Day
5

A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

Melbourne - Alice Springs

Day
6

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the School Of The Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the Old Telegraph Station to discover how early settlers developed communications.

Alice Springs - Uluru

Day
7

Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendour of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a champagne toast while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles—Uluru at sunset.

Uluru - Cairns

Day
8

Enjoy a tour around the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's tropical rainforests.

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Day
9

The world’s largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet’s most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Lunch

Cairns

Day
10

Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amongst lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia’s World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy.

Cairns - Sydney

Day
11

Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

Sydney

Day
12

Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder—the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. End the day with a cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Sydney

Day
13

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city.

Sydney - Sydney to embark

Day
14

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the cruise port to embark your cruise ship for your 13-night New Zealand cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

At sea

Days
15 - 16

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fiordland National Park

Day
17

At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies the stunning natural attraction, Milford Sound. Cruise to this spectacular fiord, bound by dense rainforest and steep cliffs that soar dramatically out from the water’s surface. If you’re lucky to experience this area in the rain, you will see the number of waterfalls multiply. Look out for wildlife as you survey the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Port Chambers (for Dunedin)

Day
18

Disembark the cruise ship at Port Chalmers and transfer to Dunedin. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South' because of its strong Scottish connections, Dunedin has preserved many of its grand Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings. Spend the day exploring the area. Perhaps pay a visit to the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or New Zealand’s oldest university.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Akaroa

Day
19

Today you have the opportunity to explore Akaroa. Situated on the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse range of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins. Visitors are lured by the area's secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wellington.

Day
20

Arrive in New Zealand's small but bustling capital city, Wellington. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, Wellington has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Take a walk and people-watch on lively Courtenay Place, or perhaps you can pay a visit to the Museum of New Zealand to learn more about the country’s Māori heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Napier

Day
21

Today you have the opportunity to explore Napier, one of New Zealand’s most attractive cities. After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, this coastal area was completely rebuilt in art-deco style. Get your bearings on a walk along Marine Parade, the attractive waterfront promenade lined with parks, gardens and memorials. The nearby i-SITE Visitor Centre is within easy reach if you want to explore other activities available in the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tauranga

Day
22

Continue your journey to the coastal city of Tauranga, situated on New Zealand’s North Island. With its golden beaches and well-kept parks, Tauranga is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. Sit and people-watch at a waterfront cafe, take a dip in the sea or take the opportunity to try your hand at a new water sport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Auckland

Day
23

Situated between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland’s waterside location has earned it the nickname ‘The City of Sails'. Discover the city at your own pace today. You may want to explore the shops and restaurants along the harbour or visit one of the city’s beautifully-kept parks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bay of Islands

Day
24

Consisting of more than 140 subtropical islands, the stunning Bay of Islands enclave is located next to New Zealand's North Island. Visitors flock here for its untouched beaches, fishing trips and excellent water sports. Enjoy a full day to discover its natural wonders for yourself.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At sea

Days
25 - 26

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sydney - UK

Day
27

After breakfast, disembark your ship.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
28

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Day 6: The School of Air and the Royal flying doctor service is subject to opening times.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

The cruise itinerary is subject to change.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Melbourne: Holiday Inn Flinders
  • Alice Springs: Chifley
  • Uluru: Outback Pioneer
  • Cairns: Park Regis City Quays
  • Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard

Majestic Princess

Setting sail in spring 2017, Majestic Princess is the newest addition to the fleet and is a sister to Royal and Regal Princesses.The new ship will be based in China year-round and become the first vessel tailored specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a unique blend of international and Chinese features. She will be home-ported in Shanghai, carrying 3,560 guests for cruises to Japan and Korea, and will offer many of the special features that have made Royal Princess and Regal Princess so popular and distinctive.

These include a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship; the unique over-the-ocean SeaWalk - a glass-floor walkway extending 8 meters (28 feet) beyond the edge of the ship; special Chef’s Table Lumiere - a private dining experience that surrounds guests in a curtain of light, as well as new venues and features developed for Chinese travelers.

Among her highlights, the new Majestic Princess offers:

  • An even larger and expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options.
  • Their largest top deck pool ever with an enhanced Movies Under the Stars® screen and the new SeaWalk with views 128 feet straight down!
  • Balconies on all outside staterooms.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Size: Large
  • Number of crew: 1350
  • Number of cabins: 1780
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 36
  • Capacity: 3560 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: CNY
  • Number of decks: 19
  • Gross tonnage: 141000
  • Length (m): 330
  • Width (m): 66
  • Speed in knots: 22
  • Launch year: 2017

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of the expansive Suites. Your Suite stateroom includes a spacious cabin and large balcony, along with special suite-only benefits. Suites feature a separate seating area with a sofa bed, walk-in closet, full bathroom and deluxe amenities.

Full amenities include upgraded balcony furniture with room for four: two comfortable loungers, a table and two chairs, complimentary mini-bar set-up, CD/DVD player with access to a complimentary DVD library, and a walk-in closet with personal safe.

Deluxe Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed come with comfortable luxury pillow-top mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton linens. Guests can enjoy upgraded bathroom amenities and hair dryer, Two 42" flat-panel satellite TVs, an evening bed turn-down service with chocolates on your pillow, a refrigerator, a writing desk and phone and even a hot tub in select suites.

Details

  • Stateroom: 440 to 682 square feet
  • Balcony: 83-338 square foot
  • Sleeps up to 4

The Premium Mini-Suite offers a spacious cabin with an extra-large balcony. The cabin features a separate seating area with a sofa and the bathroom offers a combination tub and shower, as well as a welcome glass of champagne as guests arrive.

The large balcony area comes with patio furniture and the luxurious bathroom is fully stocked with products.

The twin beds convert to a queen-size bed and come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard.

Other amenities include Two flat-panel televisions, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 229 Square Feet
  • Balcony: Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

The luxurious Mini-Suite offers approximately 299 square feet of comfort and an additional, separate seating area with a sofa bed for lounging or sleeping a third passenger. The spacious balcony is approximately 41 square feet and the bathroom offers a combination tub and shower. The large balcony area comes with patio furniture and the luxurious bathroom is fully stocked with products.

The twin beds convert to a queen-size bed and come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard.

Other amenities include Two flat-panel televisions, Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 229 Square Feet
  • Balcony: Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

Larger than the Standard Balcony staterooms, Premium Deluxe Balcony cabins include all the same features of the Balcony stateroom, plus an additional sofa bed for lounging or sleeping a third passenger. The large balcony area comes with patio furniture and the luxurious bathroom is fully stocked with products.

The twin beds convert to a queen-size bed and come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard.

Other amenities include Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 233 Square Feet
  • Balcony: 41 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 3

Larger than the Standard Balcony staterooms, Premium Deluxe Balcony cabins include all the same features of the Balcony stateroom, plus an additional sofa bed for lounging or sleeping a third passenger (Some also have a pullman bed to accommodate a 4th passenger). The large balcony area comes with patio furniture and the luxurious bathroom is fully stocked with products.

The twin beds convert to a queen-size bed and come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard.

Other amenities include Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 233 Square Feet
  • Balcony: 41 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

The spacious Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from its private balcony, complete with patio furniture.

The twin beds convert to a queen-size bed and come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard and the bathroom is fully stocked with products.

Other amenities include Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 222 Square Feet
  • Balcony: 41 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

The Interior staterooms are richly appointed with fine amenities. Some also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.

Facilities include twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed and also come with 100% Egyptian cotton linens as standard. The bathroom is fully stocked with products also.

Other amenities include Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, daily house keeping service and an evening bed turn-down with chocolates on your pillow.

Details

  • Stateroom: 166-175 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

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