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Sail Down Under on an over-the-top vacation that immerses you in cosmopolitan cities from Sydney to Auckland, natural wonders from the Great Barrier Reef to Milford Sound, and world-class beaches from Fiji to Vanuatu. This is a region of beautiful scenery, majestic fjords, fine wine, friendly people, and exotic wildlife.
And with its opposite seasons, it’s the perfect place for those from the Northern Hemisphere to escape the winter blues. From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the soaring green mountains of New Zealand—and every palm-fringed beach in between—this region offers newness, tradition, and sublime scenery.
Choose from a wide variety of itineraries aboard the award-winning Celebrity Eclipse®, from two-night jaunts around Sydney to longer sailings around New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, and the South Pacific. Choose from two convenient home ports, Sydney and Auckland, both gorgeous coastal cities with endless sightseeing opportunities.
It’s the outdoors that makes this region truly exceptional—from the snowy peaks of New Zealand to the picture-perfect beauty of Tahiti. Dive the Great Barrier Reef on your cruise to see multi-colored fish and corals. Photograph the towering Mitre Peak as you glide through the otherworldly Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful Sounds in New Zealand. Discover a peninsula of pink granite mountains, eucalyptus forests, white beaches, and azure waters of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.
The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and first arrived here in canoes from their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki over 1,000 years ago. Their traditions are still very much alive today. Tribal tattoos are an expression of commitment and respect, while skillful wood carvers create intricate works that pay respect to the past.
The flora and fauna found in this region is among the most diverse on earth. Koalas. Kiwi birds. Duck-billed platypus. Tasmanian devils. Kangaroos (Australia is home to more kangaroos than people). See the most breathtaking reef inhabitants in the world including manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks on a South Pacific cruise. Hike through jungles to waterfalls in Fiji. And be sure to pick up some rare Manuka honey to bring home from New Zealand.
World-class wineries and breweries. The freshest seafood. Legendary New Zealand lamb. French cuisine in Noumea and Tahiti. Your options in this region are diverse and delicious. In Australia, smear toast or a sandwich with Vegemite that is full of B vitamins and has a savory “umami” flavor. When the cruise ship docks in Tahiti, try the local food trucks, called roulottes, which offer inexpensive, but tasty, dishes.
On an Australia cruise, Cairns serves as the starting point for many to make the short jaunt to the Great Barrier Reef. In northern Queensland, it’s known for its tropical climate and awe-inspiring natural sights. Nearby, Daintree National Park offers a mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
With a fascinating history as an old penal colony, and its massive national park, Tasmania seems like another world. However, cool Hobart will thrill you with its cutting-edge cuisine, world-class museums, and wine tasting rooms. Visitors on an Australia cruise will find so much to explore.
On a New Zealand cruise, hundreds of small islands are just waiting for you to explore. The Bay of Islands, a ruggedly scenic collection located just off of the northern tip of the North Island, are some of the most beloved. They’re well-known for water recreation, particularly fishing, sailing, and scuba diving.
Beyond the incredible nature excursions, including hiking and swimming in Colo-I-Suva Forest Park or a quick trip to nearby Pacific Harbor, there’s also plenty of history at the Fiji Museum and breathtaking landscapes at Thurston Gardens. Then, get to know the locals as you stroll the stalls at Suva Market. A cruise to beautiful Fiji truly has something to offer to all kinds of travelers.
Sydney is one of the most epic cities in the world, located on a large harbor, with a stunning skyline. It offers a combination of cosmopolitan experiences, thrilling architecture, scenic parks and ports, and some of Australia’s best beaches nearby. Explore this gorgeous area of the world before embarking on an Australia and New Zealand cruise from Sydney, or other areas of the South Pacific.
The biggest city in New Zealand is one of the most energetic cities you’ll ever visit. It’s known for its walkability and historic sites like the War Memorial Museum. Two harbors hug the region, so it’s surrounded by water with boats floating nearby and plenty of harborside bars and restaurants to explore. Auckland’s friendliness and relaxed vibe embody urban life. It’s hard to go wrong with activities like diving at the Goat Island Marine Reserve or walking down to the Waitemata Harbor, making your time before taking a cruise from Auckland just as memorable as the cruise itself.
Honolulu is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and offers cruisers incredible ways to experience the culture and history of the island. From volcanoes and beaches to the historic devastation of war, there is no shortage of places to explore and things to learn during a Honolulu cruise. Stroll along the famous Waikiki Beach, attend a traditional hula ceremony, and get up close with local wildlife at the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. If you want to spend extra time in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu and explore even more of what the city has to offer, arrive a few days early before embarking on an unforgettable cruise around Hawaii., or other areas of the South Pacific.
Celebrity Cruises sails beyond the expected, traditional style of luxury, offering guests the opportunity to explore deeper connections to people, places and themselves. Celebrity’s Australia and New Zealand itineraries focus on what luxury travellers want most, carefully curated into three themes – Sun and Beach Escapes, Food and Wine Classics, and Five-Star Getaways - that further enhance and personalize your vacation and deliver a new luxury experience for guests cruising closer to home.
Taste local delicacies as we cruise port to port, sampling the best local produce on offer. Enhance your appreciation and enjoy exclusive experiences as Wine Makers provide unique insights into their local terroir, all served with a glass to be savored. As you go behind the scenes of Australia and New Zealand’s most-loved products, you’ll learn how cheese is matured and beer is brewed. Onboard, satisfy your appetite every night at restaurants with menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. From delectable meals at Tuscan Grill to Chef’s Table by Chef Daniel Boulud, savor incredible cuisine that takes your palate to new heights and raise a glass from the most awarded wine collection at sea.
Leave your cares behind and head for a sun-drenched beach vacation to remember. Explore Australia’s breathtaking coast, experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures on the Great Barrier Reef, and revel in a refreshed twist on the beach BBQ. Swim in warmer waters, where you will enjoy the stunning blue of Fiji and the South Pacific before retiring to Celebrity’s Lawn Club to soak up pink sunsets with an expertly crafted cocktail. From short getaways to in-depth journeys, the perfect amount of “me time” is right around the corner.
As you enjoy your well-deserved break, discover The Retreat aboard Celebrity Eclipse to enjoy stunning accommodations, a private restaurant, and an exclusive lounge that rivals any high-end resort. Relax in complete luxury and enjoy the most awarded wine range at sea while we cater to your every whim. From aromatic steam rejuvenating experiences at The Persian Garden to expertly crafted cocktails at Celebrity’s Lawn Club to, you will enjoy every moment of your time aboard to the fullest.
The award-winning Celebrity Eclipse is ready to take you on a journey through one of the world’s most beautiful regions.
Travelers may not always think of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific as top culinary destinations, but this region has a lot to offer.
From velvety Chardonnays to vibrant shiraz and more, the area is rich with respected wineries and blessed with the perfect climate to grow grapes. A world of wonderful wineries is found in the countryside on many of your ports of call as well as a booming brewery scene in the cities. Cheers!
As a region that has strong currents connecting it to the rest of the world, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific have a wide range of seafood available year ‘round. In fact, rare Bluff oysters from New Zealand are among the world’s finest. Pair with a crisp sauvignon blanc for a taste of heaven
Sheep farming has become an iconic symbol of New Zealand itself. Lamb from here has an all-natural advantage. It’s free-range and naturally fed on verdant pasturelands, so it’s mild tasting and naturally lean and tender. It’s no wonder roast lamb is a Kiwi meat-lovers’ favorite.
As you prepare for your Australia & New Zealand cruise, there’s a lot to think about, especially if you’ve never been here before. Create a checklist of key items you need to bring. This will help you have wonderful experiences everywhere you go, whether you’re visiting historical sites, absorbing the local vibe, enjoying regional cuisine, or marveling at natural wonders you won’t see anywhere else in the world.