Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: November 1, 2020
(Sailing November 9, 2020)
Australia and New Zealand are often at the top of travelers’ lists—and for good reason. From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, and from the sheep-dotted plains of New Zealand to its cliff-lined fjords, the Land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscapes and sophisticated cities. On this Enrichment Journey, you will experience the incredible culture, famous icons and pristine natural environments of these fascinating destinations. You will discover unique fauna and flora in Australia’s tropical rainforests and swim with colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef. You will stand in awe of Uluru’s monolith, Ayers Rock, during sunrise, listen to Aboriginal stories in the Outback’s “red center,” and marvel at the Opera House in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney. Then, board the Celebrity Solstice for an unforgettable cruise to New Zealand. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, explore windy Wellington on an exclusive Shore Excursion, and indulge in the region’s prized wines. On this remarkable journey, you will enjoy an unforgettable exploration of the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.
Visits: Australia, Cairns, Rainforest, Kuranda, Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Mt. Olga, Kata Tjuta, Sydney, Opera House, Eden, Melbourne, Hobart, Tasmania, Fjordland National Park, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, New Zealand, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland; Outdoors
Start Date: November 1, 2020
(Sailing November 9, 2020)
|1||Arrive Cairns – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Cairns – Rainforest, Kuranda & Skyrail Tour|
|3||Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Tour|
|4||Cairns to Ayers Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta|
|5||Ayers Rock – Uluru at Sunrise and Cultural Center|
|6||Ayers Rock to Sydney – Visit Sydney Opera House|
|7||Sydney – Wildlife Tour|
|8||Sydney – City Tour|
|9||Sydney – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||6:45 PM|
|10||Eden, Australia||8:30 AM||5:30 PM|
|12||Melbourne, Australia||9:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|14||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|17||Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising (Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound), New Zealand||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|18||Dunedin, New Zealand||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|19||Christchurch, New Zealand||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|20||Wellington, New Zealand – Included Shore Excursion||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|22||Tauranga, New Zealand||8:15 AM||7:30 PM|
|23||Auckland, New Zealand – Disembark, City Tour and Hotel Check-in||6:30 AM|
|24||Auckland – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive in Cairns
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Cairns
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby to begin an exciting day in Kuranda. Transfer by coach to Freshwater Station where you will board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Once aboard, experience the old-world charm of traveling in Victorian-inspired carriages with club class lounge seating, gently meandering past breathtaking scenery. A spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls awaits within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. Once in Kuranda, you will have the chance to explore the area. Kuranda is the aboriginal word for ‘village in the rainforest,’ and over the years it has taken on a distinctive character as a popular visitor destination in its own right. Afterwards, a special Enrichment Journeys surprise looms, as no trip to Australia is complete without seeing a Koala. Take a guided tour of Koala Gardens before sitting down to a group lunch. Our visit to the rainforest continues on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and deep into the forest. Spanning 4.6 miles, Skyrail has comfortable six person gondola cabins which glide just yards above the canopy, providing uninterrupted views of the rainforest, Cairns’ tropical region, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations where you can learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. (B, L)
Day 3 – Cairns
Today you’ll have an experience of a lifetime–exploring the magic of the Great Barrier Reef! A friendly and knowledgeable crew will transfer you by boat to two dedicated mooring locations with some of the best snorkeling reef around. All snorkel equipment is included, as well as a ride in a semi-submersible vessel where the underwater world comes alive. All activities are based from the back of the vessel on purpose-built platforms that provide direct access to the beautiful Pacific blue waters. For an additional cost, you also have the option of scuba diving or snorkeling alongside a marine biologist. The cruise includes lunch and afternoon tea. You will surely have a marvelous time on this unique excursion, and will bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder! (B, L)
Note: If you do not wish to snorkel, click here for information about our land-based alternative for learning about the reef.
Day 4 – Cairns to Ayers Rock
Check-out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your early morning flight to Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is one of Australia’s most identifiable icons.
The large sandstone rock formation lies in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park approximately 279 miles southwest from Alice Springs. The Ayers Rock site is considered sacred to the local Aborigines. The rock’s color changes spectacularly with the sunrise and sunset, gradually turning to various shades of red as it fades into or out of the night. To the west of Ayers Rock and standing more than 1600 feet above the plain, are the gigantic domes of Kata Tjuta / Mt. Olga, the traditional name meaning “many heads.” In fact, there are thirty-six domes! Upon arrival to the area, start your tour with a walk down the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge. Then travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the immense 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta. Hear of the domes’ formation, once thought to have been a single rock, many times the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn of the flora and fauna of the region – some of the plants you will see are so rare that they are only found in and around these rocky formations. After your tour, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch before checking in. You will have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy the hotel facilities, pool, participate in some of the free activities or just relax from your busy morning. (B, L)
Day 5 – Ayers Rock
Rise early to watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in a fantastic array of ever changing colors. On the tour around the base of the rock, see ancient rock-paintings, water holes and hear stories of Aboriginal legends. Travel to the Cultural Centre and Maruku Arts and Craft Coop to learn more of this ancient culture.
The rest of the day at leisure at your hotel, with activities including indigenous art markets, guided garden walks, self-guided garden walks, bush yarns, cultural dance workshop, spear & boomerang throwing, wakagetti cultural dancers, and interactive didgeridoo playing. Tonight, an evening of beauty in the desert awaits you. Experience the Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Enjoy a self-guided walk around the magical light display before returning to the hotel for a delicious buffet dinner. (B, D)
Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney
After a leisurely morning at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. As the airport is small, a boxed lunch will be provided. Transfer to your hotel in Sydney, where you will check in and have some free time to freshen up. This evening, meet your guide in the lobby and walk a short distance to the Sydney Opera House.
Here, we will enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the iconic ‘House’. Following the tour, enjoy the evening at your leisure to stroll along the harbour and enjoy dinner at one of the many eating establishments in the vicinity. (B, L)
Day 7 – Sydney
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Upon arrival, the tour manager will introduce the park and some of the park’s residents, which includes a native dingo and wombat. Ample free time is provided to explore this delightful attraction and view the animals and native fauna at your own pace. For a truly great interactive experience with the kangaroos, you may wish to purchase some feed and engage in the fun of hand-feeding them.
Afterwards, we will depart and head to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. Here you will stop for the quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to continue exploring Sydney on your own. (B)
Day 8 – Sydney
Today we will explore the suburbs and beachside towns on the outskirts of Sydney. First, take a scenic drive along the seaside cliffs facing the Tasman Sea. We will stop at The Gap, a famous cliff named for the gap in the rock that has been carved out by the relentless waves. Then, continue on to the golden sand beach of Bondi, a beloved spot by both locals and tourists alike.
At Bondi Beach you will have free time to dip your toes into the ocean, take a stroll along the esplanade, or perhaps grab a coffee or ice cream and just enjoy the views. We will then return back to the city for a delicious lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to continue exploring Sydney on your own. (B, L)
Day 9 – Sydney Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 14-night cruise to New Zealand. (B)
Day 10-22 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 20 – Wellington Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Wellington! This full-day city sights tour will take in all the highlights. Your tour starts with a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, famed for its beautiful wood interior. Next, we will take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car up the hill to the Botanical Gardens.
Here we will enjoy the views and gardens before sitting down for a morning tea. After a relaxing view of the gardens you will travel around the bays to Mt. Victoria for a photo stop. Complete your day at the Te Papa museum, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. Here we will enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the museum. We will then head back to the awaiting ship. (L)
Day 23 – Auckland Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and meet your guide for a half-day city tour. Auckland, known as the City of Sails, will delight you as you take in all the highlights! We will see Princes Wharf, the Bastion Point Lookout and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Then, a stop will be made at Parnell village, the oldest neighborhood in Auckland. Known for its galleries, boutique shops and quaint cafés, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some free time. Afterwards we will continue to the hotel for check-in. This evening, rejoin the group one last time for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 24 – Auckland
Check out of the hotel and say farewell to the land down under. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Eden, Australia: Situated on the magnificent waters of Twofold Bay, Eden is a town marked by its unusual history. Once a major whaling district in New South Wales for most of the 19th century and up until 1930, it is now a winter hotspot for the annual migration of whales between Antarctica and the warmer winter waters to the north. Best time to whale watch (October – November) each year when whales are on their southern migration.
Twofold Bay also offers all weather diving and daily fishing trips or simply cruise the Bay, where dolphins, fairy penguins and whales may also be seen. A visit would not be complete without a visit to the Killer Whale Museum, home to an extensive history of the magnificent creature that forms so much of Eden’s history.
Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne is a city famous for its sense of style. Glamorous events are a trademark of the city, as are its cafes, wineries and shops. It is also very easy to get around with the constant stream of trams. Pubs in and near the city feature live entertainment and a chance to meet the locals. The city’s multi-cultural mix of people from more than 100 countries has created a myriad of cafes and restaurants. Italian, Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, African and leading Australian chefs provide taste sensations to please every palate and every pocket. Just outside the city limits lies a world of natural beauty. The Twelve Apostles are accessible for a day trip although it is recommended you take your time traveling down the Great Ocean Road.
Just around the corner on Phillip Island is the famous penguin parade. Each night, hundreds of penguins shuffle ashore with plenty of room for spectators to enjoy. Only 50 kilometers or 1 hour drive from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, a region of hills, forests, and most importantly, wine. There are over 200 vineyards in Victoria with each producing magnificent wines.
Hobart, Australia: Hobart is Australia’s southernmost capital city and the country’s second oldest. The fact that it is also the smallest is a key to its particular charm. A riverside city with a busy harbour, its mountain backdrop offers fine views over the compact suburbs below. Its beautiful Georgian buildings (even the harbourside warehouses are picturesque), relaxed atmosphere, numerous parks and attractive homes make Hobart one of the most enjoyable and engaging of Australia’s cities.
Hobart is in the south-east of the state, in the middle of a series of islands and peninsulas that surround Storm Bay. It lies at the foot of Mt Wellington, and is approached from the north by the Tasman bridge and highway. Queen’s Domain and the botanical gardens feed into the grid of the central business area, which is just minutes away from the wharves that line Sullivans Cove. The waterfront area is the focus for the city’s events and the location of most tourist attractions.
Dunedin, New Zealand: Dunedin is a great place for people of all ages and lifestyle. Situated on the south eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, capital of the Otago Region, a city by the sea, surrounded by beautiful lofty hills, gracious distinguished buildings and white sandy beaches is Dunedin – a city to intrigue and enchant. It has everything from the ultimate geography for outdoor recreations, a vibrant nightlife with top class entertainment/theatre/music/restaurants/arts.
Dunedin combines magnificent, historical architecture, modern industry and business with dramatic scenery and wildlife reserves. It is a University City with strong Scottish heritage. Its striking bush covered hills and valleys at the head of a long natural harbour attracted Maori settlers as long as four centuries ago.
Christchurch, New Zealand: Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch – just like the rest of New Zealand – is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. Internationally famed ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch’s well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city’s founding fathers.
There is something different to see and do within one or two hours’ drive of Christchurch, in any direction. To the east lie the open ocean and Banks Peninsula, featuring sheltered bays, sandy beaches, bush clad valleys, rocky coastline and high, wild places. Boating, tramping, a visit to the wineries and the French settlers’ harbourside village of Akaroa are key peninsula attractions. To the west, past fertile plains and braided rivers, are forested foothills and lakes. Beyond them lie the tallest mountains in Australasia, the Southern Alps, strung out parallel to the coastline. A journey north reveals green rolling hills, forests and long, empty beaches, with the whale-watching centre of Kaikoura about 2 hours’ drive away, whilst an excursion to the south passes through farmland and crosses two more of Canterbury’s pristine rivers, ideal for fishing in, whitewater rafting or kayaking down.
Wellington, New Zealand – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Wellington. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
Tauranga, New Zealand: Tauranga is located at the western end of the Bay of Plenty, on the North Island’s central eastern coast. It is built around Tauranga Harbour and the surrounding region is a fertile fruit growing district. It is sheltered to the west by the Kaimai Ranges and to the east by Matakana Island.
The city is home to Gate Pa, the site of an historic battle between local Maori and European settlers. Artillery and earthworks can still be seen at the site. Today, Tauranga’s warm climate and coastal location makes the city a popular location to live, and it is the country’s fastest growing centre. Its major attractions are boating, surfing and fishing, and a host of other activities such as water skiing, diving and windsurfing. The city also has some interesting historical buildings and attractions, such as Tauranga Historic Village/Museum.
Nearby Mt Maunganui is built on a long sandy peninsula and can be reached by the harbour bridge or via the coast road. It is a popular resort with a long sandy beach and fine surfing. At the tip of the peninsula is Mt Maunganui itself. This bush clad hill has several walking tracks and excellent views of the area.
Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. The city and suburbs cover an area of 60 square kilometres, with many of the suburbs having their own unique character. The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, the Waitemata to the East and the Manukau to the West. Water sports are a pastime enjoyed by a large number of Aucklanders and the city enjoys the reputation as being known as the ‘City of Sails’ due the number of yachts which sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining. During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
One of the most popular destinations on the planet, Australia and New Zealand beckons to travelers. Australia is unique in its contrasting landscapes of desert, white sand beaches, and rainforests. Cosmopolitan Sydney with its man-made wonders like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge will contrast with Uluru’s natural immensity and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. A taste of aboriginal history will captivate travelers as they witness a culture more than 50,000 years old. Rivaling Australia’s natural beauty, New Zealand has been the backdrop for movies like the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, being deemed “The real middle earth,” for its unique and diverse geography. From jagged mountains, sheep-dotted hills, striking fjords, pristine beaches, tranquil lakes and active volcanoes, New Zealand is characterized not only by its diverse beauty, but the unique wildlife it serves as home to as well. Auckland welcomes lovers of boating and the sea. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager. Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Sydney – Ayers Rock: 3.5 Hour Flight
Ayers Rock – Cairns: 2.5 Hour Flight
Cairns – Sydney: 3 Hour Flight
Special Offers are available on this Enrichment Journey! See below then call a Personal Vacation Manager for more details.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Cairns a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $115 per person includes:
Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». Offer Expires 7/31/19. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.
|11/01/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Inside (12)||$11,599||$8,699||$2,900||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (2C)||$12,399||$9,299||$3,100||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (2B)||$12,532||$9,399||$3,133||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Veranda (C3)||$12,999||$9,749||$3,250||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Aqua Class Veranda (A2)||$13,599||$10,199||$3,400||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
|Chicago O’Hare||$300||John F. Kennedy||$350||Seattle||$200|
|Los Angeles||$0||San Diego||$200|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
131 -141 Esplanade
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Telephone: 011 61 2 9046 8489
The 5-star Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection provides a modern accommodation to stay in Cairns. With a personality of its own, Riley is a sophisticated character with a playful outlook on life. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design and a splash of fun. Residing in a prime location on Cairns Esplanade, Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites. Add to this a lagoon swimming pool spanning over 3,281 square feet with a private man-made beach, a spa, 24-hour fitness centre and fast and free wifi, you’re on your way to a truly great stay.
Yulara Drive | Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
Telephone: 61 (0)2 8296 8010
In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites. In a destination where one of the world’s oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, color and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert’s modern design. More than luxury accommodation, Sails in the Desert hotel is a destination of exploration and indulgence.
30 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia
Set in the heart of the city, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay boasts an ideal location and luxury amenities. Relax in our spacious rooms and suites outfitted with plush bedding and perks like mini-refrigerators and mini-bars. Indulge at our delicious, locally-sourced restaurants. Guests are also invited to take advantage of our fitness facility and sparkling indoor pool.
396 Queen Street,
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
Phone: (64)(9) 393 8240
Once you are ready to discover the best of Auckland, simply step on to Queen Street, the destination shopping centre in Auckland. Directly opposite the hotel is Auckland Art’s precinct, home to Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Comedy Club and Q Theatre. Wanting to explore further, within a 10-minute walk are universities, a range of restaurants and the waterfront. Returning after an energetic day in the city, experience uncomplicated comfort with our modern fresh design, complimentary high speed wifi, free in-room movies and honest kiwi service. For other pleasures take a break with one of our signature Best Brews in the Queens Head Bar & Eatery, work out in our fitness centre, or take in the view from our Roof Top Bar & Terrace located on the 20th floor.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice® is one of our more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show℠. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies℠” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Note: as of March 2019, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days should 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. You must apply for your ETA prior to departure. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Australia uses the Australian Dollar ($), currency code AUD
New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($), currency code NZD
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
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Australia and New Zealand: English
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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