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Take a break on board the Sun Princess enjoying 14 relaxing nights on this New Zealand Cruise to New Zealand. The voyage starts out from Brisbane and calls into 8 ports in 2 countries before returning to Brisbane. Your 4 star cruise from Princess Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

BONUS up to $75 onboard cabin credit for this cruise!

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Mon 18 Feb 2013 Brisbane, Australia 4.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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2 Tue 19 Feb 2013 At Sea
3 Wed 20 Feb 2013 At Sea
4 Thu 21 Feb 2013 At Sea
5 Fri 22 Feb 2013 Auckland, New Zealand 7.00am 6.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Auckland, set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and known as the ‘City of Sails’, is New Zealand's biggest city and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Situated on a narrow isthmus, it is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Places to be visited in the city include not only the central business district and the inner city park also known as the Domain, but also the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its colonial era homes. Travel to the summit of Mt Victoria with stunning panoramic views of Auckland City, and then visit Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hop On Hop Off buses for the city depart from Queens Wharf cruise terminal. Daily departures from Viaduct Harbour of the Whale and Dolphin Safari offer a guaranteed viewing of dolphins or whales as well as other captivating animals on every trip. If more adventurous take an hour and a half Auckland Bridge Climb, go hot air ballooning, or participate in bungy-jumping that operates daily and is available to anyone aged 10 years or over. Also on offer are Canyoning Adventures at various levels of difficulty with no experience required. With tours catering for all kinds of travellers, you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.

Wherever you are in Auckland you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, outstanding food - including the 'Pacific Rim' cuisine that has perfected the fusing of Pacific and Asian flavours - and award-winning wine. Enjoy great shopping at the home of top fashion designers in the city's heart, or visit the markets that are a magnet for bargain hunters. Places to visit include the Museum, Zoo, and the Botanic Gardens.

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6 Sat 23 Feb 2013 Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand 6.00am 5.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Rotorua (Tauranga) is a centre of tourism and a place of extraordinary natural beauty. It is a smallish city on the shores of a lake of the same name, in the crater of an ancient volcano in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The entire area is thermally active, and the smell of sulphur, a 'rotten eggs’ smell that is never far, results in the nicknames 'Sulphur City' and 'Rottenrua'. The surrounding geothermal wonderland including 16 beautiful lakes and the lush green of the abundant native flora, soon causes one to get used to the odour.

View active geysers, bubbling mud pools of spectacular colours, experience spa rejuvenation with a mud spa therapy treatment, soak in geothermal waters, and get a taste of 'how life should be'. If adventure is your thing, Rotorua has many attractions to get the adrenalin flowing. Everything from sky-diving, fantastic trout fishing, and myriads of forest walking tracts, as well as mountain biking along some of the world's best mountain biking trails, are all on offer.Take a tour or hire a car and experience Maori culture by visiting places such as Mitai Maori Village, home of the sacred spring and glow worms.

Rotorua is the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled here more than 600 years ago and their presence has resulted in numerous cultural experiences to be enjoyed. Visit the Living Thermal Village to interact with locals and enjoy their shows. Try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground, and take a tour of an authentic pre-European Maori village, or treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy session. Rotorua is certainly an area packed with pioneering history.

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7 Sun 24 Feb 2013 Napier, New Zealand 12.00pm 7.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Napier is a port city in Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is known as the 'Art Deco' capital of the world because following the earthquake which almost levelled the city in 1931 the rapid rebuilding was strongly influenced by Art Deco architecture. The building style of clean simple lines and bas-relief decoration was not only at its height of popularity, it also suited the needs of the city. It is now maintained by the Art Deco Trust. Indeed, those who appreciate discovering the history of cities should take a guided walking tour with the Trust and take the time to explore the Museum and Art Gallery.

Napier is home to the oldest historic wineries and wine-making establishments such as the Mission Estate Winery. Another option would be to enjoy freewheeling around Hawkes Bay on the great range of comfort bikes or tandems that are also on offer. With its Mediterranean climate Napier is famous for a wide variety of water sports including water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, and parasailing. Also of great interest are its beautiful public gardens and wonderful scenery. Many ride horses along the Cape Kidnappers’ Track with the assistance of the Horseback Riding Stable.

Families should visit Marine Parade with its delightful children’s playground. Don’t miss the National Aquarium of New Zealand, one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions. Right at the waterfront is Napier’s Kiwi House, a small zoo dedicated to the country's national emblem that is designed to raise awareness about the delicate situation these birds face. Another outstanding place of interest is the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre with its interactive environment for children. For shopping be sure to visit the Specialty Store and Classic Sheepskins.

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8 Mon 25 Feb 2013 Wellington, New Zealand 8.00am 6.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, is situated on the SW tip of the North Island, and is set on the edge of a stunning harbour surrounded by rolling hills. As the political centre of New Zealand, it houses Parliamentary buildings as well as the bulk of foreign diplomatic missions. However, it is also renowned for its cafe-culture, as there are more cafes per capita than in New York City, and they rival the world’s top culinary destinations for flavour and variety. The city’s world-class film industry attracts many visitors who are taken by expert tour operators to locations of several famous movies. Not surprisingly, the city is affectionately called Wellywood.

Downtown Wellington on Lambton Quay, home to the city's strong yachting fraternity, is popular with shoppers. Don't miss a trip on the Cable Car that takes you from Lambton Quay to Kelburn, the Botanic Gardens and superb harbour views. For a different perspective of the city take a harbour cruise or a ferry trip to Eastbourne where there are craft shops, galleries and cafes. A unique feature of Wellington is its closeness to nature. Just 10 minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia is a must-see eco-attraction. See some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment, while indoors, conservation is brought to life in a state-of-the-art exhibition.

Hire a car and drive just 15-30 minutes to discover the following: Lower Hutt with its fantastic recreation opportunities and leading-edge art museum; Upper Hutt and its pristine Hutt River with stunning riverside trails; Porirua to enjoy a range of water sports; and the award-winning Pataka Museum. Visit Wellington's wine region where you can sample culinary delights, and the boutique wine-village of Martinborough, as well as the antique and crafts stores of Greytown.

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9 Tue 26 Feb 2013 Christchurch, New Zealand 8.00am 6.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Christchurch, in the Province of Canterbury, is the largest city of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located mid-way down the island's east coast just north of Banks Peninsula, on the edge of the Canterbury Plains. It's a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. Christchurch was a planned settlement founded by English colonialists, and this rich English history is still apparent in the city's atmosphere. The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation’s deadliest peace-time disasters. The amazing spirit of the local residents immediately became evident, with ordinary citizens and those emergency services on duty responding immediately.

Indeed, in the immediate moments following the quake a full emergency management structure was in place within two hours, with many departments and ministries involved. The city has lost its cathedrals and almost all of its heritage buildings. This was the largest deconstruction of a modern city anywhere in the world. With 12,000 aftershocks, the impact has been unbelievable. However, currently all public transport systems and networks are operating normally. This does not include the historic tramway. Lonely Planet has described Christchurch as "re-emerging as one of New Zealand's most exciting cities".

Residents have displayed great initiative by using fashionably presented shipping containers, some even with two storeys, as retail shops and even hairdresser businesses in gardens at the front of their homes. Stroll down the New Brighton Pier and enjoy the high standard cuisine of the restaurants and cafes. Hire a car and visit neighbouring towns such as Sumner, but above all else, be sure to take a leisurely journey down the Avon River in a punt.

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10 Wed 27 Feb 2013 Dunedin, New Zealand 8.00am 6.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Dunedin is the principal city of the Otago Region of New Zealand. It was founded in 1848 by Scottish migrants, and today the city still contains many Scottish relics, including a statue of the Scottish Bard Robbie Burns. Fine examples of working heritage include the Speight’s Brewery, the Gasworks Museum and the very popular Taieri Gorge Railway. Then there are the standout Victorian and Edwardian buildings like First Church and Dunedin Railway Station, as well as the stately homes such as Larnach Castle and Olveston. Dunedin has a spectacular and varied coastline with good surfing north and south and a host of safe swimming beaches. St Clair beach with its vibrant Esplanade and the private and dramatic Tunnel beach are very popular.

Dunedin, or the Quirky Capital - named after its quirky annual events - is packed with historic architecture, cafes, bars, art galleries and New Zealand designer fashion. A city tour ending at The Otago Settlers Museum will uncover the tales of those who settled in Dunedin from early Maori, Scottish pioneers and Chinese gold miners. Definitely do not leave without taking note of Baldwin Street, officially named the world’s steepest street by the Guinness Book of Records. Kids will love the Otago Museum with its exotic Tropical Rainforest and Butterfly House, and Mum and Dad can relax in the excellent Museum Café.

Just thirty minutes by car, or a tour (many cycle) from the CBD, is the Otago Peninsula, ‘a must see’, as it is concentrated with unique New Zealand wildlife. Here you will see yellow eyed penguins, the only mainland albatross breeding colony, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and much more. Garden lovers will delight in a visit to Lanarch Castle, with its gardens of international significance (and very Scottish), the Rhododendron Dell, and the Botanic Gardens.

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11 Thu 28 Feb 2013 Fjordland Nat Park, New Zealand 8.00am 5.00pm
New Zealand Cruise Fjordland National Park occupies the SW corner of the south island of New Zealand, and is the largest of 14 national parks as well as a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It is a region of waterfalls and misty virgin forests, snow-clad mountains and towering granite peaks, crystal clear lakes, rivers and remote fjords. His, together with two off-shore ice carved islands, makes it one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in New Zealand.

Milford Sound is truly breathtaking, so much so that it often attracts the title of The Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Fjordland is one of the wettest places in the world, and is as beautiful when raining as it is with clear skies, as waterfalls, too many to count, spring up anywhere! Cruise ships going into Milford Sound can take you right underneath massive waterfalls, and the whole 16 km to the end of the sound. Doubtful Sound is the second longest in Fjordland at 40 km long. On a cruise you will experience more shades of lush green than you knew existed, while you drift over 420 m deep water.

In both Milford and Doubtful Sounds you will experience a host of wildlife, such as seals and crested penguins gathering on the shores, and sometimes bottle-nosed dolphins can be sighted playfully swimming alongside the boat. Put this together with trips to the centrepiece town of Te Anu and the unique glow worm caves and your visit will be absolutely unforgettable.

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12 Fri 1 Mar 2013 At Sea
13 Sat 2 Mar 2013 At Sea
14 Sun 3 Mar 2013 At Sea
15 Mon 4 Mar 2013 Brisbane, Australia 7.00am
New Zealand Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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Until April 2015 Sun Princess is based in Sydney. From there visit New Zealand or the Pacific islands. A most popular round-trip Cherry Blossom Cruise of 42 nights departs Sydney late April 2015. During the southern winter cruises depart from Brisbane and Sydney. Itineraries of 10 to 37 nights visit a large range of Pacific islands, PNG and the Great Barrier Reef. Late in 2015 the ship repositions to Fremantle. Some exciting port-intensive tours head for SE Asia, and in January 2016 plan ahead for a circle of the Indian Ocean. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours that can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Accommodation
There are six main categories of staterooms - Suites with balcony, Mini-Suites with balcony, Balcony, Oceanview Deluxe, Oceanview, and Interior – and 28 grades, which give a broad choice according to guests’ needs of space and price. All cabins have pleasing décor and reasonable storage space, satellite TV, refrigerator, and 24-hour room service. Fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, bathroom lotions, and bathrobes (by request) come with every stateroom. Standard cabins are well-designed and functional. Some cabins accommodate a third and even a fourth person. Generally twin beds can be made up into a queen-size bed. Bedding is top quality. There are no interconnecting or single cabins. There are many wheelchair-accessible cabins, and guests with disabilities are well catered for. An in-cabin dining menu is available 24-hours.

Food and Dining
There are two main dining rooms (no Anytime Dining), and dinner is served in two set sittings in each dining room with the same waitstaff and assigned tables and tablemates. Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a complimentary stateroom menu.) One alternative eating venue is Stirling Steakhouse (extra charge, reservations) for really good steak and barbecued chicken. Another is the new Kai Sushi (extra charge) with food freshly prepared by Japanese chefs. New to the atrium is the very popular International Café. Chocolate Journeys is a recent fleet innovation. Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah.

Entertainment
In the evening having two show lounges (both theatre and cabaret style) is a great way to give passengers more entertainment choices. During her 2010 refurbishment additions included a Movies Under the Stars screen in the main pool area for new movie releases, sporting events and concert videos. Adults have their own private sunbathing area, the Sanctuary, at the front of the ship. Add seven bars and lounges, nightclub and dance floors, and the casino, to the list of evening options. Alternatively, just stroll around and shop duty-free, or for a quiet time retire to the Library/Card Room or Internet Café. Weddings are officiated by the Captain.



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Take a break on board the Sun Princess enjoying 14 relaxing nights on this New Zealand Cruise to New Zealand. When: Ship: Sun Princess Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: New Zealand Cruise
Duration: 14 nights
Ship: Sun Princess
Star rating:
Departs: Brisbane
Returns: Brisbane
Ports of call: 8
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Defence Force (active and ex-serving) onboard credit program (ADF & NZDF)
  • AUD in/out Australia
  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free
  • DINING
  • Main dining rooms (2)
  • Traditional Dining
  • Anytime Dining outside Australia
  • 24-h Room Service, Menu complimentary
  • Special diet requests (order ahead)
  • Formal dining (1/week)
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining (pay)
  • Stirling Steakhouse (pay)
  • Kai Sushi (Japanese, pay)
  • Chocolate Journeys (new)
  • The Piazza: Café
  • Horizon Court buffet top deck
  • Internet café
  • Patisserie, Wine bar
  • Soda, coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea service
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (2)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco, dance floors
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea enrichment courses
  • Library, writing room
  • Art, photo, video gallery
  • Celebration packages
  • Weddings (enquire)
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (3)
  • Whirlpools Spas (5)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis (pay)
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track
  • Lotus Spa & Fitness
  • Sports court & table games
  • Shuffleboard
  • UNDER 18
  • Princess Pelicans (3-7 y centre)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y centre)
  • Remix (13-17 y centre)
  • Group kidsitting (3-12 y, pay)
  • Children with special needs
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre (pay private rate, no Medicare)
  • No tipping, bar charges ex Australia
  • ATM on board (costly)
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone at sea (pay provider)
  • Laundromats self-serve
  • 220, 110 V cabin power
  • Wheelchair cabins, service animals
  • No wheelchair access to The Sanctuary
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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