Melbourne, Australia's stately southern city, is the first stop, and the cruise then crosses the Tasman sea to the beautiful Milford area of New Zealand. Here you will experience a day of scenic cruising in three beautiful drowned valleys- Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. The next port where you can disembark and explore is Dunedin, a student city surrounded by hills and pasture.
Akaroa is the final stop in the South Island, a town that was once a settlement of french pioneers to New Zealand. In this pretty spot you can swim with Hector's Dolphins in the harbour or wander the picturesque waterfront and enjoy the french influence.
by Stephan Ridgway Flickr Creative Commons
In the North Island, the cruise visits the capital city, Wellington, which sits surounded by hills and at the edge of a big harbour. Wellington is known for its windy weather and also as a friendly and interesting city, home to the amazing Te Papa museum of the country's social and natural history. Next is the beachy city of Tauranga, where the ship will dock in Mount Maunganui, and then the cruise ends in Auckland, city of sails.
Vessel: Celebrity Solstice
Ports of Call: Sydney, Melbourne, Milford, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland
Sailing Dates: Monday 4th November 2013- Saturday 16th November 2013
Length of cruise: 12 nights
Day 3: At sea
Day 4: Melbourne, Thurs 7 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 5-6: At sea
Day 7: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds 09:00- 18:00
Day 8: Dunedin, Mon 11 Nov 09:00- 19:00
Day 9: Akaroa, Tues 12 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Wellington, Wed 13 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Tauranga, Fri 15 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 13: Auckland, arriving Sat 16th Nov 06:00
About the Celebrity Solstice
The Solstice benefits from a great design, which makes the ship feel uncrowded, light and airy. She is also easily navigable, and makes cruising easy and fun! Dinign options are plentiful, both those included in the cruise fare and specialty restaurants. The main restaurant is simply stunning thanks to the enormous chandelier and white walls, and you can try the best of French, Italian, Asian and more in the specialty eating places.During the day, enjoy the real grass at the Lawn Club, or try the cruise ship staples of gym, pool and bingo. There is an extensive enrichment program called Celebrity Life which includes a first at sea, the hot glass show which demonstrates the art of blowing glass.
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