B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Australia Pre-Cruise Tour
Day 1**Feb 14 | Honolulu – Sydney
We begin our vacation by boarding an international flight to Sydney, Australia on Hawaiian Airlines. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.
Day 2**Feb 15 | Sydney
We will arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport tonight. Upon our arrival, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet and escort us to our hotel. Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city founded in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific. Long-term immigration has led to the city’s reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world.
Day 3**Feb 16 |Sydney – New South Wales (Blue Mountains) | (B, D)
Today after breakfast, we will have a full day tour in the Great Blue Mountains Region. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Three Sisters is an iconic formation that you must see at least once in your lifetime. There are different versions of the aboriginal story of the Three Sisters, but what you’re bound to agree with is how truly spectacular it is. We will also have unlimited used of scenic railway, scenic cableway and scenic skyway. Then we will visit Wentworth Falls, a historic town and World Heritage area in the Blue Mountains. It has a good collection of Victorian and other historic buildings, excellent trails into the Blue Mountains National Park, spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and a magnificent waterfall for which it is named. It has been a tourist destination for 130 years. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Sydney.
Day 4**Feb 17 | Sydney | (B)
After breakfast, we will have a city tour of Sydney. We will have a private guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, a masterpiece of late modern architecture and a symbol of both Sydney and Australia. It has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts center and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. St Mary’s Cathedral stands in the center of Sydney as a Christian statement of grace and beauty. Generations of artists have bequeathed their magnificent gifts in stone and glass to it, designing a unique space of solace and prayer within this vibrant city. This Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world. We will visit Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most unique and best wildlife park to enjoy an amazing animal adventure. Meet Rex, the huge 5 meter crocodile in Kakadu Gorge; see Creatures of the night in the Nightfall Habitat; cuddle up to Koalas at Koala Encounters; and watch Agile Wallaby. Enjoy some free time shopping at QVB (Queen Victoria Building), described by Pierre Cardin as “the most beautiful shopping center in the world”.
Day 5**Feb 18 | Sydney – Majestic Princess | (B)
Today, we will transfer to embark on the newest member of princess cruise, the Majestic Princess. She is the newest sister ship to Royal Princess® and Regal Princess®, offering the Princess experience and signature favorites you’ve always loved, plus exciting new features, including two specialty restaurants, Le Mer, a French Bistro, and Harmony, a Cantonese dining venue, that each offer menus created by Michelin-rated chefs! She is also the first ship in their fleet to feature a brand-new livery design at her bow with hair flowing toward the stern.
New Zealand Post-Cruise Tour
Day 16**Mar 2 | Auckland | (B)
After breakfast, we will start our City Tour to discover the beauty and uniqueness of Auckland. Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interests and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Our first stop is The Auckland War Memorial Museum, one of New Zealand’s most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history. The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style, and sitting on a grassed plinth (the remains of a dormant volcano) in the Auckland Domain, a large public park close to the Central Business District (CBD). We will drive to the summit of Mt. Eden for a panoramic view of the city. As we reach its peak, we will be able to see the Harbor Bridge and the Yacht Club. Next, we will visit Savage Memorial Park and Mission Bay, Auckland’s most urban beach with a vibrant beachfront promenade.
Day 17**Mar 03 | Auckland | (B)
Full day at leisure. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” Enjoy this free day opportunity to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting.
Day 18**Mar 04 | Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Waitomo Region where the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves are located. More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination. The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. A guide will escort our group underground to discover the Limestone Caverns and Glowworm Caves. Then we will continue our journey to Rotorua, the thermal wonderland in New Zealand. We will enjoy a city tour before tonight’s dinner. Government Garden is of legendary and historical importance to local Maori people because many significant battles have taken place here in the past. We will pass by The Lake Front, the best spot to take in the view of Lake Rotorua. Tonight, we will have a Seafood Buffet Dinner at the famous Skyline Restaurant.
Day 19**Mar 05 | Rotorua | (B, L, D)
This morning we will visit the Agrodome for a unique New Zealand farm experience. On the Farm Tour, we’ll get to hand-feed all sorts of friendly animals, including Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostriches, pigs and alpacas and take photos with them. We can explore a certified fruit orchard and olive grove and have the chance to taste natural kiwi fruit juice and delicious sweet honey produced on the farm. Then, we will enjoy a Sheep Show, a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds with a shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the audience. Continue on to Rainbow Springs, to explore the native wildlife in New Zealand. We will enjoy a Buffet Lunch on Lakeland Queen Cruise while enjoying a stress-free, leisure ride on the largest vessel on Lake Rotorua. After lunch we will visit Te Puia, home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the Thermal Reserve, world famous for its mud pools and Pōhutu geyser, a large active geyser. We may have a chance to see the Kiwi – New Zealand’s native birds there. After that, we will visit the Buried Village, New Zealand’s most visited Archaeological Site, where stories of the 1886 Mt. Tarawera Eruption come to life. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Feast, followed by a Maori Concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka war dance.
Day 20**Mar 06 | Rotorua – Matamamta – Auckland – Honolulu | (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to today’s highlight – the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for the Shire featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. We will enjoy a guided tour while exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set and village, where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began. During the trip, we will pass the Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Drago Inn, and other sites. Then we will transfer back to Auckland, and enjoy a decadent Buffet Dinner at Fortuna Restaurant in Sky City. SKY CITY is the premiere entertainment destination in the heart of Auckland’s Central Business District. The complex includes a 700-seat theater, a convention center, 12 bars and restaurants, and two hotels. Casino (the only casino in Auckland) is located at the base of the Sky Tower. After dinner, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight to Honolulu.
4 Shore Excursions Included
Shore Excursion 1. (Feb 20) | Port of Melbourne, Australia – City tour & Fitzroy Gardens
Melbourne is a sprawling city with friendly, sports-minded Australians and offers culture, art, and fashion. Melbourne’s roots can be traced back to the 1850’s, when gold was found in the surrounding hills and British settlers freely colonized the city. Today, we will enjoy sightseeing experiences to uncover the diversity of this city. We will visit the Melbourne Town Hall, the central municipal building of the City of Melbourne; the Parliament House of Victoria to discover how laws are created and what the state parliament does as an organization; and The Old Customs House, one of the Melbourne’s most import 19th century public buildings. After that, we will have a photo stop at the inspiring Shrine of Remembrance. Our next stop is the Fitzroy Gardens, one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful gardens. The layout follows a classic Victorian–era design, featuring pathways lined with elm trees, and a variety of flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees which together with extensive lawns create a diverse and layered landscape. After that, we will pass by the ornate Princess Theater. We will also see Melbourne Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Site of the 1956 Olympics, the Arts Centre, the Site of the Grand Prix and the beautiful St Patrick’s and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Shore Excursion 2. (Feb. 22) | Port of Hobart (Tasmania), Australia – Historic Richmond & Coal Valley Wines
Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania! A city of yachts and spinnakers; gardens and galleries; sandstone cottages and stately Georgian Homes – a city built on the pain and toil of yesteryear’s English convicts. Step back in time and visit Australia’s most delightful Georgian village. Established in 1825, five years before Port Arthur, Richmond is a genuine village of slate and cobbles, handmade brick and mellow stone, cottages and manors. Wander streets lined with sandstone buildings that showcase the best of Tasmania’s fine art and crafts and later on, taste some of the region’s fine wines. Visit Richmond Gaol built in 1825 as part of Governor Arthur’s system of police districts. The building was added to in the 1830’s and was last used as a jail in 1928. One of its infamous inmates was convict Ikey Solomon, said to be the model for Dickens’ Fagin. Next stop is a stunning Coal River Winery, set amidst hectares of vines with sweeping vineyard and water views. Enjoy a taste of Tasmania’s finest product, the cool climate Coal River wines.
Shore Excursion 3. (Feb 26) | Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand – City Drive & Larnach Castle Tour
Sightsee through Dunedin for a glimpse of what many consider to be the best-preserved Victorian city in the world. Soak up the grandeur of its architecture from the classical A.N.Z Bank to the buildings surrounding the Octagon, an eight-sided plaza that forms the core of Dunedin’s lively business district. A photo stop at the Octagon provides views of notable landmarks like the Town Hall, the Municipal Chambers and St. Paul’s Cathedral–all watched over by the statue of poet Robert Burns. The highlight of our half-day excursion is a guided tour of Larnach Castle, a magnificent neo-Gothic estate overlooking Otago Peninsula that was built for William and Eliza Larnach and their six children by renowned architect Robert Arthur Larson. After visiting Dunedin Train Station, we will transfer back to our ship.
Shore Excursion 4. (Feb 27) | Port of Akaroa, New Zealand – Christchurch City Tour
We will depart from Akaroa and head to Christchurch City. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and also the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. New Zealand’s place in English history is visibly apparent in Christchurch’s architecture and design. Life here revolves around its natural beauty, minimal rain and many long, sunny days. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which runs through the City Center. Enjoy the garden city of Christchurch on your own: visit Canterbury Museum, stroll around the expansive Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or explore the shops and cafes at the Re-Start Shopping Mall. Explore independently while enjoying the convenience of pre-arranged transportation between our ship and Christchurch.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $600 per person is required at the time of application. The balance is due on Oct 10, 2018. In the event the payment balance is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a cancellation fee.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. $200 penalty if you cancel within Oct 10 – Nov 10, 2018.
The cancellation fee will be as follows if cancelled after:
** Oct 10. 2018, $200 plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Nov 11, 2018, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Dec 11, 2018 or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute/replacement shall not be accepted. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make your reservation.
Price from: $6,388.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $2850)