Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Cruise

From $2699 (was $2949)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

19 Days

Includes daily breakfast on tour, all meals on cruise
Passport Required

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This program is currently sold out but new dates are coming soon! Call 877-332-6185 for more details.

Introduction

Say g’day to brand new experiences as you spend 19 days discovering the awe-inspiring landscapes and distinct cultures of Australia and New Zealand on this cruise tour through these spectacularly unique nations.

 

Trip includes

  • 12-night cruise: Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double accommodations in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed on the land portion.

  • Meals: All meals onboard the ship plus daily breakfast on the land portion.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

Activity Level

Relaxed
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Passports and Visas: You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Please visit www.eta.immi.gov.au to obtain this visa and for further information on Australia’s entry requirements. The current cost of the ETA is $20 AUD, however this is determined by the Australian government and is subject to change. PLEASE BE ADVISED: This must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy 2 days and an included tour in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city
  • Spend 12 nights in freestyle comfort aboard NCL’s spacious Jewel visiting 8 of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular ports
  • Visit Tasmania, an island off of Australia's southern coast
  • 2 days and an included tour in Auckland, New Zealand’s delightful city between 2 harbors
  • Add 2 nights in Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef (additional cost)

Set Sail Offers

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This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.
This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Tours Starts: Sydney, Australia

Tours Ends: Auckland, New Zealand

Days 1 & 2

Depart for Sydney

Overnight in flight Note: Depending on the departure time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day later.

Day 3

Arrive in Sydney, Australia

Arrive in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a YMT representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening, relax on your own. (B)

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 4

Sydney City Tour

Your morning starts with a city tour. Visit The Rocks, the heart of early Sydney where you will see fascinating relics and evidence of the city’s turbulent past. Pass the picturesque Botanical Gardens, the Conservatorium of Music, and enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. (B)

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 5

Embarkation in Sydney (Departs 5:00 PM)

Enjoy the day at leisure before boarding the Norwegian Jewel. (B)

Day 6

Eden, Australia (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The town’s name reflects what you will find inside this stunning natural wonderland. Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas, and enticing beaches. It’s considered one of Australia’s best locations for oyster farming, so bring your appetite. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Day 7

Melbourne (Port of Geelong), Australia, (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

Once the richest city in the world thanks to a gold rush in the 1850s and 60s, Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with remarkable architecture, elegant galleries, and boutiques. Wave at a wallaby or say g’day to a dingo at one of the many local wildlife parks.

Day 8

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

A collection of artisans on the northwest coast of the island of Tasmania, Burnie has a long history as a community of makers—enjoy locally crafted European-style cheeses, fine papers, ceramics, and single-malt whiskey.

Days 9 & 10

At Sea

Day 11

Cruise Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world, rugged cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, as mountain peaks scrape the sky and towering waterfalls cascade downwards.

Day 12

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home; and Larnach Castle sits high above the city, offering sweeping views from its gardens.

Day 13

Akaroa, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is New Zealand’s lone French settlement, which you will notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 14

Picton, New Zealand (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island. This small but bustling town is known as the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and is the perfect place to taste local wines. The Sauvignon blancs, especially, are widely considered some of the best in the world.

Day 15

Napier, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The coastal city of Napier is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. It feels like an exotic re-imagining of the 30s in parts of Napier, with the era’s most iconic visual elements co-mingling with Maori motifs and Louis Hay designed buildings.

Day 16

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its stunning natural beauty and 18 lakes. Visit Te Wairoa's Buried Village, a Pompeii-like town frozen in time after being smothered by a volcanic eruption in 1886. Look for Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, “the stairway to heaven.”

Day 17

Disembarkation and Auckland City Tour

After disembarking, enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and the beautiful, quaint village of Davenport known for its chocolates, art, and numerous cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum, whose collections concentrate on the history of New Zealand. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 18

Auckland Leisure Day

Spend a full day exploring the city on your own. Wherever you go in Auckland, you’ll find something to delight you—shopping, restaurants, bars, and galleries are surrounded by vineyards, stunning beaches, pristine rain forest, and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 19

Depart for Home


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

Tours Starts: Cairns, Australia

Tours Ends: Auckland, New Zealand

Days 1 & 2

Depart for Cairns

En route, cross the International Date Line, separating East from West. You will “lose” a day traveling to Australia.

Day 3

Arrive in Cairns, Australia

You will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 4

Included Day Trip to Great Barrier Reef

This morning head over to the Reef Fleet Terminal and board the Reef Magic Cruises catamaran to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or enjoy the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. (B, L)

Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 5

Fly to Sydney

This morning fly to Sydney to meet the rest of your fellow travelers and continue your great adventure in the Land Down Under. Some activities are optional and can be booked at an additional cost. (B)

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 6

Sydney City Tour

Your morning starts with a city tour. Visit The Rocks, the heart of early Sydney where you will see fascinating relics and evidence of the city’s turbulent past. Pass the picturesque Botanical Gardens, the Conservatorium of Music, and enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. (B)

Sydney Travelodge or similar

Day 7

Embarkation in Sydney (Departs 5:00 PM)

Enjoy the day at leisure before boarding the Norwegian Jewel. (B)

Day 8

Eden, Australia (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The town’s name reflects what you will find inside this stunning natural wonderland. Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas, and enticing beaches. It’s considered one of Australia’s best locations for oyster farming, so bring your appetite. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Day 9

Melbourne (Port of Geelong), Australia, (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

Once the richest city in the world thanks to a gold rush in the 1850s and 60s, Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with remarkable architecture, elegant galleries, and boutiques. Wave at a wallaby or say g’day to a dingo at one of the many local wildlife parks.

Day 10

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

A collection of artisans on the northwest coast of the island of Tasmania, Burnie has a long history as a community of makers—enjoy locally crafted European-style cheeses, fine papers, ceramics, and single-malt whiskey.

Days 11 & 12

At Sea

Day 13

Cruise Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world, rugged cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, as mountain peaks scrape the sky and towering waterfalls cascade downwards.

Day 14

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

This dramatic South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and the Royal Albatross all call Dunedin home; and Larnach Castle sits high above the city, offering sweeping views from its gardens.

Day 15

Akaroa, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Tiny penguins rule the roost in this historic settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is New Zealand’s lone French settlement, which you will notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 16

Picton, New Zealand (8:00 AM –6:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island. This small but bustling town is known as the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and is the perfect place to taste local wines. The Sauvignon blancs, especially, are widely considered some of the best in the world.

Day 17

Napier, New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

The coastal city of Napier is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. It feels like an exotic re-imagining of the 30s in parts of Napier, with the era’s most iconic visual elements co-mingling with Maori motifs and Louis Hay designed buildings.

Day 18

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its stunning natural beauty and 18 lakes. Visit Te Wairoa's Buried Village, a Pompeii-like town frozen in time after being smothered by a volcanic eruption in 1886. Look for Hell’s Gate, an aptly named geothermal park with boiling pools, fantastic geysers and mud baths, the largest of which is Poutamu, “the stairway to heaven.”

Day 19

Disembarkation and Auckland City Tour

After disembarking, enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and the beautiful, quaint village of Davenport known for its chocolates, art, and numerous cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum, whose collections concentrate on the history of New Zealand. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 20

Auckland Leisure Day

Spend a full day exploring the city on your own. Wherever you go in Auckland, you’ll find something to delight you—shopping, restaurants, bars, and galleries are surrounded by vineyards, stunning beaches, pristine rain forest, and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf. (B)

Mercure Auckland or similar

Day 21

Depart for Home


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Stateroom

With room for up to four guests, these Inside Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate two more. These staterooms are mid-ship, so you'll have easy access to everything on board. Accommodates: 2 - 4 Total Approx. Size: 138 - 143 sq. ft

Oceanview Picture Window Stateroom

These Oceanview Staterooms have enough room for up to three guests. Includes two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate one more guest. You'll also have an amazing view to enjoy from your big picture window, along with room service and many more amenities. Accommodates: 2 - 4 Total Approx. Size: 155 - 161 sq. ft.

Balcony Stateroom

These Norwegian Jewel mid-ship staterooms sleep up to three guests and come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a convertible sofa pulls out to sleep two more. Also includes a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with a great view. Because they are mid-ship, you'll have easy access to everything on board. Total Approx. Size: 205 sq. ft.

Norwegian Jewel Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Jewel's deck plans on Norwegian's website. Content that you may read on Norwegian's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.



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