Day 1: Australia – – Auckland
Board your Qantas bound flight to Auckland. Make your way to your hotel and check-in for your one nights’ accommodation ahead of the beginning of your cruise tomorrow.
Day 2: Auckland (D)
Wake this morning to head out to explore the extraordinary sights of Auckland. With so many incredible things to do and see around the city, it’s hard to choose where to begin. For those looking to do a spot of shopping, why not make your way to Queen Street, Britomart or Newmarket? Venture out to admire the beauty of Waiheke and Rangitoto Island, and stop by the stunning gardens of Auckland Domain. For panoramic views of the city, head to Auckland’s Sky Tower to peer out across the cityscape below from a staggering 328 metres high above street level. In the afternoon, head to the port terminal ready for your 6:00pm departure.
Day 3: Bay of Islands (B, L, D)
Find yourself tendered in the beautiful Bay of Islands this morning. Have breakfast on the ship and then take smaller boats to shore. This region is renowned around the world for its pristine landscape and dazzling scenery – all crystal-clear water, untouched islands and an incredibly diverse ecosystem of wildlife and flora. One of the most popular things for visitors to do in the area is an eco-cruise around the coast and islands. This is a great opportunity to see dolphins, marlin, seals and maybe even a whale if you’re lucky! Keen bird-watchers will revel in the chances to indulge this passion while in the Bay of Islands. Another activity option is to visit caves to see glow worms and rock formations, or you might stick to land-based pursuits with scenic walks and mountain-biking. The Celebrity Solstice is tendered in the Bay of Islands until 6pm.
Day 4: At Sea (B, L, D)
Peer out the window of your cabin to find yourself staring out at an endless blue expanse of ocean. Your first full day on-board the Celebrity Solstice is spent at sea, making it an ideal opportunity to delve further into the ship’s array of facilities and amenities. First however, head to the Main Restaurant to fuel up with a hearty breakfast. All of your meals are included for the duration of the cruise, so you’ll never have to worry about where to go whenever you start to get peckish. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Begin to mingle with fellow passengers you meet in the ship’s shared spaces, or choose to log some down time by unwinding in your cabin with a good book or a nap.
Day 5: Wellington (B, L, D)
Wake this morning to the site of beautiful Wellington. The day is yours to set out and discover all this city has to offer. Make your way to the top of Mount Victoria to admire the picturesque views of the city below, or take a visit to see the animals of Wellington Zoo. For those look to indulge in some delicious food, be sure to stop by Hannah’s Laneway in the heart of the city, a place filled with all your gourmet food needs.
Day 6: At Sea (B, L, D)
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: Dunedin (B, L, D)
Have today to discover the delights of Dunedin. The ship docks at 9am and is here until 8pm. 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 8: Dusky Sound – Doubtful Sound – Milford Sound (B, L, D)
Have your cameras ready to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary fjords. First on the list is Dusky Sound, the largest of the three fjords you’ll see today. It’s then on to Doubtful Sound, a unique region with a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater, and home to an abundance of native wildlife including the fiordland crested and blue penguins. Your last stop is arguably the most iconic of the three fjords, Milford Sound. Part of the Wahipounamu World Heritage Site, this region has been made famous by its rugged and towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforest.
Day 9: At Sea (B, L, D)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as your like. Be sure to take advantage of all that the award-winning Celebrity Solstice has to offer.
Day 10: At Sea (B, L, D)
Today is your last full day on-board the cruise. Be sure to check out an of the incredible restaurants, facilities or activities on-board you may not have gotten around to yet.
Day 11: Eden (B, L, D)
Spend the day in Eden today, a little coastal town located to the south of New South Wales.
Day 12: Sydney (B)
Sail into Sydney at 6.30am this morning. Enjoy one last breakfast on-board before disembarking. You are then free to move about Sydney ahead of your own travel arrangements for returning home. For those staying in Sydney a little longer, why not head out to explore its top sites? Stop by the Sydney Opera House, or for those looking for an adrenaline fix, why not tackle the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge climb? Stroll along the golden sands of Bondi Beach, pay a visit to the residents of Taronga Zoo, or catch a ferry across the harbour to explore Manly, you won’t be short of things to do in this buzzing city.