Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Cruise

From $2699 (was $2949)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days
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Australia & New Zealand Cruise Details

Say g’day to new experiences as you journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes and distinct cultures of Australia and New Zealand. Fall in love with these unique nations on this spectacular Australia and New Zealand cruise through their most famous ports and cities.

Your journey starts in Sydney. Enjoy a fascinating tour of this city famous for its rich Aboriginal history and colorful past as a penal colony. Once rough and tumble, it is now an expensive center of culture and international commerce. Its iconic skyline is one of the world's most recognizable.

From Sydney, your cruise begins. Enjoy the great outdoors in Eden, shop 'til you drop in Melbourne, and sample cheeses and whiskey in Tasmania. After a few relaxing days at sea, you'll enter the jaw-droppingly beautiful fjords of New Zealand.

Your first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin, which is rich in both history and scenery. You can see penguins and a distinctly French flair in Akaroa, then sample local wines in Picton. The art deco beauty of Napier will transport you back to the 1930s, while Rotorua is best known for New Zealand's own Pompeii, the frozen-in-time site of the Buried Village. Your final stop is Auckland, for disembarkation and an included city tour. Your Australia and New Zealand cruise tour is a colorful journey you'll always remember!

Tour Includes

2 Countries
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Sightseeing
  • Sydney
  • Eden
  • Melbourne
  • Burnie (Tasmania)
  • Dusky Sound
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Milford Sound
  • Dunedin
  • Akaroa
  • Marlborough
  • Napier
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
Cruise Accommodations
  • 12 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Spirit
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch on land portion
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
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

Easy going activity level

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Passports and Visas:

Australia
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.


New Zealand
You must have a valid U.S. passport and submit an electronic entrance form to enter New Zealand. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to New Zealand for tourism purposes can obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) online for a small service fee. Please visit https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz to submit your form and for further information on New Zealand’s entry requirements. The current cost of the NZeTA is $47NZD, which includes the cost of the International Visitor Conservation Levy (IVL). Requirements are determined by the New Zealand government and is subject to change.

Please Be Advised: These must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy 3 days and an included tour in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city
  • Spend 12 nights in freestyle comfort aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Spirit visiting some of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular ports
  • Visit Tasmania, an island off of Australia's southern coast
  • Take city tour of Auckland, New Zealand

Free Balcony Upgrade and Free Beverage or Internet Package Set Sail Offers

*Inside Cabins receive choice of two set sail offers. Ocean View and Balcony Cabins receive choice of four set sail offers. Unlimited Open Bar requires additional service fees. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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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.

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney or similar

Day 4

Sydney City Tour

Enjoy a city tour in the morning and visit The Rocks, Sydney's birthplace. See relics and buildings of the city's past, pass the picturesque Botanic Gardens, and take in the view of the Sydney Opera House before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney or similar

OPTION: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUROPTION: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR:

More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece! $79 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.





Day 5

Embarkation in Sydney (Departs 6:00 PM)

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

Day 6

Eden, Australia (8:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

The town’s name reflects what you will find inside this natural wonderland. Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas, and enticing beaches. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Day 7

Melbourne (Port of Geelong), Australia (12:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

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 (11:00 AM - 7:00 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 Dusky Sound, Doubful Sound and Milford Sound

Dusky Sound is the largest fjord in Fjordland National Park. It is the bredding land for the Fjordland Crested Penguins due to it's isolated and remote nature. Doublful sound is New Zealand's second most famour toursit attraction due to spectacular scenes, numerous waterfalls and diverse sea life which includes fur seals, crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins and whales. Milford Sound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fusion of spectacular natural features. 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 (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

This South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and history.

Day 13

Akaroa, New Zealand (7:00 AM - 5:00 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 may notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 14

Marlborough, (Picton) New Zealand (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. Small but bustling, it 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 (9:00 AM - 4:00 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 zigzagpatterned 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.

Day 16

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its natural beauty. 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, a geothermal park with boiling pools, geysers and mud baths.

Day 17

Disembarkation and Auckland City tour (Arrives at 7:00 AM)

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 village of Davenport known for its chocolates, art, and cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum's collections on the history of New Zealand. (L)

Grand Mercure or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. 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. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand with Cairns Pre-Tour

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.

Novitel Oasis Resort 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 or enjoy the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. (B, L)

Novitel Oasis Resort 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)

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney or similar

Day 6

Sydney City Tour

Enjoy a city tour in the morning and visit The Rocks, Sydney's birthplace. See relics and buildings of the city's past, pass the picturesque Botanic Gardens, and take in the view of the Sydney Opera House before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney or similar

OPTION: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUROPTION: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR:

More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece! $79 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.





Day 7

Embarkation in Sydney (Departs 6:00 PM)

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

Day 8

Eden, Australia (8:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

The town’s name reflects what you will find inside this natural wonderland. Eden is nestled among national parks, wilderness areas, and enticing beaches. Eden and its surrounding landscapes offer an abundance of outdoor activities on the water and by land.

Day 9

Melbourne (Port of Geelong), Australia (12:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

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 (11:00 AM - 7:00 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 Dusky Sound, Doubful Sound and Milford Sound

Dusky Sound is the largest fjord in Fjordland National Park. It is the bredding land for the Fjordland Crested Penguins due to it's isolated and remote nature. Doublful sound is New Zealand's second most famour toursit attraction due to spectacular scenes, numerous waterfalls and diverse sea life which includes fur seals, crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins and whales. Milford Sound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fusion of spectacular natural features. 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 (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

This South Island coastal town offers a mix of unique natural beauty and history.

Day 15

Akaroa, New Zealand (7:00 AM - 5:00 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 may notice in the scenic small town’s shops, cuisine, and architecture.

Day 16

Marlborough, (Picton) New Zealand (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Picton is a picturesque town located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. Small but bustling, it 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 (9:00 AM - 4:00 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 zigzagpatterned 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.

Day 18

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Discover Rotorua, known for its natural beauty. 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, a geothermal park with boiling pools, geysers and mud baths.

Day 19

Disembarkation and Auckland City tour (Arrives at 7:00 AM)

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 village of Davenport known for its chocolates, art, and cafes. Explore the Auckland Museum's collections on the history of New Zealand. (L)

Grand Mercure or similar

Day 20

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. 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. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


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 Cabin

Inside Staterooms are the most affordable way for you to cruise. With room for up to four, you'll have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate two more.

Accommodates: 3-4
Total Approx. Size: 149 sq. ft.

Ocean View Cabin

These Oceanview Staterooms located on a lower deck, can accommodate up to three guests and come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate one more. You'll also have a big picture window to enjoy the amazing view.

Accommodates: 3
Total Approx. Size: 157 sq. ft.

Balcony Cabin

With room for up to three guests, Norwegian Spirit staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing view.

Accommodates: 2-3
Total Approx. Size: 201 sq. ft.
Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit Deck Plans

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




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