Cruising Down Under

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Cruising Down Under

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Destination for this trip:

Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Port Douglas, Australia; Sydney, Australia

Length of trip:

20 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 8000 to $ 9000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

A leisurely cruise for 12 nights aboard Sapphire Princess is complemented by our inclusive shore excursions and multiple-night land stays in Auckland, Sydney and Port Douglas. Princess is one of the only cruise lines sailing to both of these incredible countries on the same voyage!

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Auckland

    Arrive Auckland.

    Tour begins: The Langham Hotel, Auckland. A transfer is included from Auckland Airport to The Langham Hotel, Auckland. Meals LD


    After a city tour, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World.

    Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

  • Day 2 - Auckland

    Vineyards and Wineries.

    Take a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island, and learn the secrets of the picturesque island’s successful red wines. Meals BL

  • Day 3 - Auckland

    Auckland / Embark Cruise.

    Attend a Maori cultural performance at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; embark Sapphire Princess. Meals BD

  • Day 4 - At Sea

    Tauranga / Rotorua / Dairy Farm.

    A walk through Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley awaits on a private shore excursion to Rotorua. Enjoy lunch at Longlands Farm, a working dairy farm; learn about sheep farming on a visit to the Agrodome. Meals BLD

  • Day 5 - At Sea

    Spend the Day at Sea.
    Ocean Cruise

    Sapphire Princess offers on-board activities from the ScholarShip@Sea™ enrichment series to the Lotus Spa®. Meals BLD

  • Day 6 - At Sea


    A Christchurch city tour precedes a Tauck-exclusive charter flight to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. Meals BLD

  • Day 7 - At Sea

    Dunedin / Queenstown .

    Sapphire Princess arrives in Dunedin; take a private charter flight to Queenstown for in-depth sightseeing. Meals BLD

  • Day 8 - At Sea

    Fiordland National Park.

    Cruise the beautiful waters of Fiordland National Park today, enjoying views of stunning Milford Sound. Meals BLD

  • Day 9 - 10 - At Sea

    Across the Tasman Sea.
    Ocean Cruise

    The next two days are spent cruising from the New Zealand to Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Evenings present a host of exciting entertainment possibilities! Meals BLD

  • Day 11 - At Sea

    Explore Hobart, Tasmania.

    Sapphire Princess arrives in Hobart, where you’ll travel to the Port Arthur Historic Site to discover the history of Australia’s early convict settlers. Lunch is served at the Junior Officer’s home, featuring servers in period dress.
    Meals BLD

  • Day 12 - At Sea

    Day at Sea.
    Ocean Cruise

    Today is a sailing day, giving you plenty of opportunity to try more of the ship’s many on-board activities. Meals BLD

  • Day 13 - Melbourne

    City Sights of Melbourne.

    Dock in Melbourne, where a sightseeing tour features stunning Victorian architecture. See the Melbourne Museum, Parliament House, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Meals BLD

  • Day 14 - At Sea

    Australian Coastal Cruise.
    Ocean Cruise

    Today marks your final day at sea aboard Sapphire Princess, and one last opportunity to indulge yourself! Meals BLD

  • Day 15 - Port Douglas

    Fly to Cairns / Port Douglas.
    Commercial Flight

    Disembark Sapphire Princess in Sydney and fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.


    Travel to Port Douglas on the Coral Sea for three nights in five-star luxury at an award-winning beachfront resort. Meals BLD

  • Day 16 - Port Douglas

    Great Barrier Reef Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Cruise by catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef; you’ll be accompanied by a marine biologist who provides insights into the fragile ecosystems of the coral reef, which you can observe first hand from a glass-bottom boat. Meals BLD

  • Day 17 - Port Douglas

    Tjapukai / Resort Leisure.

    Learn about Aboriginal life, including the significance of song and dance within the Aboriginal culture, during a performance by the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Troupe. The rest of the day is free. Meals B

  • Day 18 - Sydney

    Fly to Sydney / Time at Leisure
    Commercial Flight

    Fly to Sydney, where the remainder of the day is at leisure in this vibrant, multi-cultural city.


    There is much to see and do within easy walking distance of your hotel. Meals BD

  • Day 19 - Sydney

    Sydney Opera House / City Sights.

    A sightseeing tour of Sydney includes the Sydney Opera House, an architectural and artistic masterpiece; go behind the scenes for a look inside its distinctive “sails”! See Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. Meals B

  • Day 20 - Sydney

    Taronga Zoo / Harbour Cruise.

    Visit the award-winning Taronga Zoo, and join us this evening for a farewell reception aboard a Sydney Harbour cruise, followed by dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Meals BD

  • Day 21 - Sydney

    Journey Home.

    Tour ends: Sydney, Australia. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Sydney to Sydney Airport. Allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours for flight check-in. Meals B

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