12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight

Including one-way Qantas flight from Auckland, luxury cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice, all meals while cruising, pre-cruise accommodation in Melbourne, and more.

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  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
  • 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise with one-way Qantas flight
 

Highlights

 

Make the journey from Australia’s iconic Harbour City to New Zealand’s beloved City of Sails on a 12 day Melbourne to Auckland luxury cruise.

Arrive in Melbourne of your own accord and have one nights’ pre-cruise accommodation in this world-renowned metropolis. The time before embarking on the cruise is at your leisure. First-time visitors can set their sights on Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks – the Federation Square, Eureka Tower and more – while return visitors may instead opt for lesser-known experiences, visits to quirky local galleries, or expeditions to track down some of the city’s best eats.

Find your way to the cruise port to board the award-winning Celebrity Solstice, a magnificent cruise ship that is fitted out with everything a passenger could want from a luxury voyage – a mix of fine-dining and casual restaurants, a swimming pool and day spa, lounges and bars, and a theatre space. The first full day of your cruise is spent enroute to Sydney. Use this time to become acquainted with your sea legs and map out all of the entertainment and leisure opportunities offered to you while aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Upon arrival in Sydney you have a day to explore as you wish. Tour the Sydney Opera House or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge; catch a ferry to Manly or walk along the golden sands of Bondi Beach; or uncover Sydney’s multicultural diversity at museums, galleries and restaurants.

Sail away from Australia on a course for New Zealand and have your first encounter with the overwhelmingly beautiful landscape at one of the country’s most visited sites: Milford Sound. Cruise through the narrow passages and channels of this world-renowned fjord, taking in the waterfalls, mountains and wildlife located here. The same day also sees you visit Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Continue to Dunedin, a city with a rich Scottish and Maori heritage, and then Akaroa, the only French-established settlement in New Zealand. Venture towards the North Island and dock in Tauranga on the Bay of Plenty. All docks made on the cruise give you ample time for independent exploration and discovery; there is no set itinerary for any of the stops. So, what you get out of and experience in each port is entirely in your hands. Devote these shore excursions to foodie pursuits, culture fixes, or learnings about local history and customs. The final port of the cruise is Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city that has the aptly-named nickname of the ‘City of Sails’. Choose to see what you can of the city in the time between disembarkment and your one-way flight back to Melbourne.

 
 

Day 1: Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne (at your own arrangements) and find your way to the hotel to check in for one nights’ accommodation ahead of departing on your cruise tomorrow evening.

Day 2: Melbourne– Embark on Cruise (D) cruise-icon

Today is the day! This evening, you depart on your Celebrity Solstice cruise to Auckland! The ship is scheduled to depart at 6.45pm and you are at your leisure until it is time to make your way to the cruise port. You’ll find a wealth of things to keep you more than preoccupied and entertained before boarding your cruise. Head into the CBD to see the renowned street art strewn along Hosier and AC/DC Lanes, pick up bites to eat and souvenirs at Queen Victoria Market, look down on the city from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, or find a grassy patch to picnic and unwind at in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Away from the city centre are vibrant suburbs promising excellent farmers’ and weekend markets, world-class multicultural cuisines, and plenty of quirky boutiques, museums and galleries.

Be sure to arrive at the cruise port with ample time to clear boarding procedures. Drop your luggage off in your cabin and waste little time becoming acquainted with the Celebrity Solstice, the multi award-winning ship that is your home for the next 10 nights. Scout out the ship’s collection of bars and eateries, make a mental note to book in for a treatment or two in the divine day spa, look in at the ship’s boutiques, and find out what performances will take to the stage of the Solstice Theatre.

Day 3: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Your first full at-sea day is a great opportunity to unwind and relax as you lounge by the swimming pool, sip cocktails at one of the bars, or chat with fellow passengers.

Day 4: Sydney (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Arrive into Australia’s Harbour City at 8am and have the day to work through its myriad of sights, attractions, landmarks and experiences however you like. The ship is docked here overnight, so you also have the chance to see how the city changes after dark. Passengers on their first visit to Sydney may find themselves drawn to the likes of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Bridge. Jump aboard a ferry to make the trip across to Manly for a slight chance of pace, or devote the late morning or afternoon to exploring some of the inner-city suburbs such as Surry Hills, Newtown, Paddington or Haymarket.

Day 5: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Another day of sailing and another day to continue relaxing as you take advantage of the facilities available to you on the Celebrity Solstice.

Day 6: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Another day of sailing and another day to continue relaxing as you take advantage of the facilities available to you on the Celebrity Solstice.

Day 7: Milford Sound – Doubtful Sound – Dusky Sound (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Welcome to New Zealand! The Celebrity Solstice sails into the narrow fjords of the breathtaking Milford Sound. Located within the Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is one of the most visited sites in New Zealand. Visitors flock to admire a landscape of craggy mountain peaks, verdant rainforests, plummeting waterfalls and wildlife including penguins, fur seals and even dolphins. Have your camera at the ready at the ship spends an hour cruising through these waters. It is then onto Doubtful Sound, a lesser-known but equally stunning fjord. Originally named Doubtful Harbour by Captain Cook, the sound has three sections – First Arm, Crooked Arm and Hall Arm – and is home to several waterfalls and small islands. The last site visited of the day is Dusky Sound. Keep your eyes trained on the waters for sightings of seals and dolphins (whales have even been spotted at times!), and cruise past the sound’s numerous coves and islets.

Day 8: Dunedin (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Have today to discover the delights of Dunedin. The ship docks at 9am and is here until 7pm. Dunedin is often referred to a slice of Scotland in New Zealand, thanks to its strong Gaelic roots. It is also known for its rich Maori culture and its Victorian and Edwardian-era architecture. Visit New Zealand’s only castle at Larnach Castle & Gardens, or snap photos of the striking Dunedin Railway Station. Make for the Otago Peninsula to try your luck spotting resident royal albatross, as well as yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins, and the rare New Zealand sea lion. Learn more about the legacy of the region by visiting the Otago Museum, stop to smell the blooms inside Dunedin Botanic Garden, or sate chocolate cravings with a stop at the Cadbury chocolate factory.

Day 9: Akaroa (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today’s port is the former French-British settlement of Akaroa. Located on the Banks Peninsula, this photogenic town is best-known for its historic architecture, Francophile influence and excellent gourmet credentials. It is also home to Akaroa Beach, where the waters are often frequented by the rare Hector’s dolphins. The Celebrity Solstice is docked in Akaroa from 8am to 7pm. Some of the activity and sightseeing opportunities for travellers today include an excursion to the Akaroa Marine Reserve, a visit to the Akaroa Lighthouse or Akaroa Museum, and a walk through the Garden of Tane.

Day 10: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Continue taking advantage of the facilities, entertainment offerings and activities aboard the Celebrity Solstice.

Day 11: Tauranga (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise arrives in Tauranga this morning. This harbourside city is perched on a scenic section of the Bay of Plenty and is the largest city in the region. Tauranga was originally settled by Maori groups in the 13th century, and today is a popular destination for visitors looking to discover the area’s white-sand beaches and pretty coves. The city also has a great gourmet and dining scene with a collection of cafes and restaurants dishing up plates using incredible local produce. See Tauranga at a leisurely pace by ambling along the waterfront Strand, or opt to admire old-world architecture at the Elms Mission Station. Walking enthusiasts can also hit one of the bush trails in McLaren Falls Park.

Day 12: Auckland – airplane-takeoff – Melbourne (B)

The Celebrity Solstice sails into Auckland, arriving at 6.30am. Auckland is built around two harbours and enjoys a reputation as the ‘City of Sails’, thanks to its locals’ love of boating and the number of yachts anchored in the water at any one time. Get your bearings with a bird’s-eye view over the city from the observation deck at the Sky Tower or the summit of Mount Eden. Journey out to Waiheke or Rangitoto Islands, explore the paths woven throughout Auckland Domain, take a ferry across to Devonport, or find a bar or restaurant along the bustling harbourfront to settle in for a session of people watching.

Once you have officially disembarked the Celebrity Solstice, the rest of the day is at your leisure until you find your own way to the airport to catch your one-way flight back to Australia. You may choose to extend your trip by a couple of days (fee-free!) to make sure you have ample opportunity to fully discover this contemporary and vibrant city. Head out on day trips to further afield destinations such as to the Hobbiton movie set, the magical Waitomo Caves, and the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Limited time offer – save up to 37%!
  • One-way Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne 
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation on-board the Celebrity Solstice
  • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Melbourne
  • All meals while on-board the cruise
  • Departing 28 February 2020
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Payment is strictly non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Your package is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Excludes:

  • Flights to Melbourne if travelling from interstate
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers 
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Shore excursions 
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Single Supplement:

Inside Stateroom – $1,599 per person in addition to the twin share price
Oceanview Stateroom – $1,899 per person in addition to the twin share price
Veranda Stateroom – $2,199 per person in addition to the twin share price

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: Unfortunately, this option is unavailable for this deal. 

Group Size: Please note this is an independent tour, and as such, you will enjoy the company of fellow cruise passengers while sailing. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary.

Children: Minimum age 2 years. Same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Melbourne: Rydges Hotel or similar
Celebrity Cruise: Celebrity Solstice®

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum room capacity: 2 people

Triple Share: Not available 

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice® – each stateroom on-board Celebrity includes world-class amenities that all contribute to your modern luxury experience:

  • Interior Stateroom – Interior facing room with no window/oceanview
  • Veranda Stateroom – Private veranda with outdoor seating. Please note, veranda staterooms include ocean views and could also include views of safety equipment such as lifeboats.

Some stateroom features include:

  • Celebrity’s eXhaleTM bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress
  • Queen size bed convertible to two lower beds 
  • Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe
  • Interactive Television system
  • Individual safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220 AC
  • Hair dryer
  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Personalised service with a guest ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Laundry service (additional charges will apply)
  • Mini Fridge (additional charges will apply)

Please note, all cabins will be allocated by the cruise line. Veranda Staterooms include ocean views and could also include views of safety equipment such as lifeboats.
Some staterooms will get allocated a stateroom number by the Celebrity Cruises no earlier than within 30 days of sailing and any stateroom location requests cannot be guaranteed.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

28 February 

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • One-way economy flight departing Auckland to Melbourne with Qantas Airlines and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Limited time offer – save up to 37%!
  • One-way Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne 
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation on-board the Celebrity Solstice
  • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Melbourne 
  • All meals while on-board the cruise
  • Departing 28 February 2020
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