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Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

23 Nights featuring Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef plus a 16-night cruise featuring Auckland, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Maui

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, Baggage Handling, and more!

Departs: April 18, 2020

About This Journey

Australia’s rugged outback, New Zealand’s sweeping landscapes and Polynesia’s paradise islands await you. These locations may seem like a world away, but this Enrichment Journey will bring you to the heart of each Pacific nation where you will experience the incredible culture, famous icons and pristine natural environments of these fascinating destinations. Stroll through tropical rainforests and snorkel around the world’s largest coral reef. Stand in awe of Uluru’s monolith, Ayers Rock, in Australia’s “Red Centre” during sunrise, and sit under a starlit sky in the middle of the Outback. Marvel at the Opera House in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney and hand-feed a friendly kangaroo. From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback, the land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscapes and sophisticated cities. After 7 days of exploring Australia, you will embark the Celebrity Solstice for a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Honolulu. This cruise makes awe inspiring stops at several beautiful Polynesian Islands. From New Zealand to Tahiti, you will surely disembark in Honolulu feeling that you have visited a world apart.

Visits: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns, and Port Douglas, Australia; Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand; Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Hilo, Lahaina (Maui), Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii; ocean-crossing; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Solstice

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Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Cairns – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Cairns – Rainforest, Kuranda & Skyrail Tour
3 Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Tour
4 Cairns to Ayer’s Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta
5 Ayer’s Rock – Uluru at Sunrise and Cultural Center Tour
6 Ayer’s Rock to Sydney – Sydney Opera House Tour
7 Sydney – Sydney City Tour
8 Sydney – Transfer to Port for Embarkation  5:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 At Sea
11 Bay Of Islands, New Zealand  10:00 AM  6:00 PM
12 Auckland, New Zealand  7:00 AM  4:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 At Sea and Crossing the International Dateline
15 At Sea
15 At Sea
16 Papeete, Tahiti, Frrench Polynesia  10:00 AM 10:00 PM
17 Bora Bora, French Polynesia  8: 00 AM 6:00 PM
18 At Sea
19 At Sea
20 At Sea
21 At Sea
22 At Sea
23 Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii  8:00 AM 11:00 PM
24 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii – Disembark and Transfer to Airport  7:00 AM
 

Land Package Highlights

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)

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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 travelling 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 surprise looms as no trip to

Koala

Koala

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)

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Day 3 – Cairns For an experience of a lifetime, explore the Great Barrier Reef. A friendly and knowledgeable crew will transfer you by boat to a pontoon located at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, providing access to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Snorkeling is included in this experience, at a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You also have the option to dive (additional cost), stay dry by exploring the reef from the comfort of a semi-sub just one yard underwater, and watch a fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. You’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder. The cruise includes lunch and afternoon tea. (B, L)

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Day 4 – Cairns to Ayer’s 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)

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Day 5 – Ayer’s 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)

Opera House

Opera House

Day 6 – Ayer’s 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)

Kangaroos

Kangaroos

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. After the photo stop, a delicious lunch will be served at a nearby café. After lunch, it’s onto ‘The Gap’ and the world famous Bondi Beach. Located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, the cliff formations of the Gap and golden sands of Bondi Beach attract visitors year-round from all corners of the world. At Bondi, you will have time to stretch their legs, stroll along the esplanade, or perhaps grab a coffee or ice cream and just enjoy the views. (B, L)

Day 8 – Sydney After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 16-night cruise to Hawaii. (B)

Day 9-24 – Cruise onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 25 – Honolulu Disembarkation – Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Optional 2-night Honolulu hotel stay available, see “special offers” for more information.

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.

Port Highlights

Sydney, Australia: As your ship passes Sydney’s Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand: The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule and granting the native inhabitants equal status. Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries and New Zealand’s early settlers. The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century. Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists and missionaries.

Auckland, New Zealand: Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand’s former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand’s fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland. Auckland served as New Zealand’s capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: Her beauty once inspired artist Paul Gauguin. Now she’ll do the same for you. You can visit the Musée Gauguin to see how he translated this island sanctuary’s beauty onto canvas, or perhaps embark on a four-wheel-drive or equestrian adventure inland to see the rain forests and canyons that make this such an idyllic destination.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia: You may never find a more colorful place than Bora Bora. Verdant valleys covered in hibiscus blossoms look out over white sand beaches. A vibrant coral reef and lagoon are home to thousands of tropical fish, while shops offer some of the world’s best black pearls and locally made pareus and straw hats. Its signature landmark is the tombstone shaped Mount Otemanu, which towers over the island at 2,379 feet.

Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii: The most prominent feature of Maui is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. And from the historic town of Lahaina, you might also witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of humpback whales returning to their winter feeding grounds, which takes place between December and March.

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

Included Features

  • Round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 7-night pre-cruise land program in Australia
    • Cairns, Australia – 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour of the Rainforest, Kuranda and Skyrail
      • Full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef
    • Ayers Rock, Australia – 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Mt. Olga & Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park
      • Half-day tour of Uluru at sunrise and cultural center
      • Evening dinner and Field of Light experience
    • Sydney, Australia – 2-night hotel stay
      • Sydney Opera House tour
      • Full-day city tour
  • Tour leader throughout pre-cruise land program and local tour hosts during included tours.
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard.
  • 16-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Solstice
  • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

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.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately 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 and outdoor sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the natural environment or 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.

Cultural Focus

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.

An infinite shades of blues and greens will enthrall you with every step, swim and sail of your journey through French Polynesia. Marvel at the shadowy mountains and waterfalls among black-sand beaches of Tahiiti. Live a dream come true on the shores of Bora Bora as you drift away in the breathtaking views at every angle.

In Hawaii, venture to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, for a bird’s eye view of the crater, sprawl on the world-class beaches or stroll through the historic town of Lahaina in Maui. Honolulu’s urban-jungle provides precious moments to commemorate those at Pearl Harbor. Experience Honolulu’s version of the Smithsonian Institute – Bishop Museum and capture the beauty of Diamond Head at Waikiki Beach. Must book Honolulu Extension to visit Honolulu sites.

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.

Unique Factors

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.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Beneath the Southern Cross, Judy Nunn

The Secret River, Kate Grenville

Eucalyptus, Murray Bail

A Biography of a Nation, Phillip Knightley

Green Mountains,  Bernard O’Reilly

The Bone People, Keri Hulme

The 1 Thing: A Small Epic Journey Down New Zealand’s Mother Road, Bob Moore

Travel Guides & Blogs

www.sydney-travel-guide.org/

http://www.fodors.com/world/australia-and-the-pacific/australia/new-south-wales/sydney/

http://destination-nz.com/

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/new-zealand-travel-tips/

http://www.backpackingmatt.com/

http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/french-polynesia?iid=sr-link2

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/hawaii 

Transportation

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, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Cairns – Ayers Rock Airplane 2.5 Hours
Ayers Rock – Sydney Airplane 3.5 Hours

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

Special Offers

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

1-night Cairns Extension (pre)
With this optional extension you will arrive to Cairns one day early, giving you time to rest, get over jetlag and explore the city on your own before the Enrichment Journey program starts. Note: tours are not included. Price: $115 per person

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Cairns with breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

 

2-night Honolulu Extension (post)
Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Honolulu, the itinerary does not include any time there. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Honolulu after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price: $375 per person

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Honolulu with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

Dates & Prices

 

04/18/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
12 (Inside) $10,532 $7,899 $2,633 CALL FOR DETAILS
8 (Oceanview) $11,465 $8,599 $2,866 CALL FOR DETAILS
2B (Deluxe Veranda) $12,265 $9,199 $3,066 CALL FOR DETAILS
C3 (Concierge) $12,799 $9,599 $3,200 CALL FOR DETAILS
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Miami $450 Seattle $200
Boston $400 New York – Newark $350 Toronto $400
Chicago $400 New York – JFK $300 Vancouver $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Philadelphia $400 Washington-Dulles $450
Houston Intercontinental $400 Phoenix $400
Los Angeles $0  San Francisco  $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.

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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. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Riley by Crystalbrook Hotel

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 1,000 square metres 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.

Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort

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.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

30 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia

Telephone: +61-2-9259-7000

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.

Celebrity Solstice

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.

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. 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 have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

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.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

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.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance. Should you exceed the baggage allowance, you will be charged additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To easily pass through security screenings, 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 weight and size restrictions.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

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 are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual 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:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

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.

Cell phones

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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

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 beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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 outside the United States. 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.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

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.

Briefing sessions

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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii

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Regional Information

Travel documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. 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.

For entry into New Zealand, if you are a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for a visa waiver and do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.  You must have a valid passport.  Visit the New Zealand Embassy website for the most current visa information.

Travel to French Polynesia does not require a visa. If you are traveling as a tourist, you must be in possession of a return ticket. Your passport must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. You do not need a visa if you enter on a regular tourist passport and your stay is no more than 90 days every six months. French Polynesia officials may require the purchase of a non-refundable ticket upon arrival if  you do not already possess a return ticket.

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

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and the United States.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

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, 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.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is 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 and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce, especially within Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or click here to visit the website.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Australia uses 240/250v and New Zealand uses 230v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

Australia is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and is 14 hours ahead of New York City.

New Zealand is on New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) and is 16 hours ahead of New York City.

Tahiti is on Tahiti Time Zone (UTC) and is 6 hours behind of New York City.

Hawaii is on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) and is 6 hours behind of New York City.

Money Matters

While visiting various countries throughout your Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This money is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip. You will need the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and in French Polynesia you will use Pacifique francs (CFP/XPF) for this Journey.

Australian Banknotes:

Banknotes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coins represent 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins

New Zealand Banknotes:

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coins represent 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins

French Polynesian Banknotes: 

Banknotes in 500, 100, 5000, 10,000

Coins represent 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100

Click here for current exchange rates

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Australia and New Zealand that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few euros is customary. 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.

Climate

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 embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Ayers Rock 99/71 96/69 92/63 84/55 74/47 68/41 69/39 73/42 84/52 89/59 93/65 96/68
Sydney 80/67 80/67 78/64 73/58 69/53 64/48 63/46 66/48 70/52 74/56 75/60 79/64
Auckland 73/60 74/61 72/58 68/55 63/52 59/48 58/46 59/47 61/49 64/52 67/55 70/58
Tahiti 83/78 83/78 83/78 83/78 81/75 81/70 81/69 81/69 81/75 83/75 83/76 83/78
Honolulu 80/63 80/63 80/65 82/68 85/70 88/73 88/75 89/75 89/75 88/75 85/70 80/65

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Australia:

Sydney – 30

Port Douglas – 13

Ayers Rock – 2,831

New Zealand:

Auckland – 643

French Polynesia: 

Moorea – 3,960

Tahiti – 7,342

Bora Bora – 2,385

Hawaii:

Lahaina – 2.953

Maui – 59

Honolulu – 19.03

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:

Australia

Away with the pixiesdreaming.
Example: She’s not listening. She’s in love and away with the pixies.

Bob’s yer uncle: if you do this (whatever is said first) it will work or be all right.
Example: Just add some extra water and Bob’s yer uncle.

Fifty k’s south of Woop Woop: in the middle of nowhere
Example: He wants to go camping 50 k’s south of Woop Woop.

Full as a goog: drunk or eaten to the excess.
Example: That was a great meal. I am full as a goog.

New Zealand

bun-fight: social gathering with food

buggered: exhausted

boohai: awry, out of the way non-existant place
Example: up the boohai shooting pukeko’s with a long-handled shovel

crikey dick!: gosh! wow!

cods wollop: untrue statement or remark is referred to as a “load of cods wollop”.

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Australia and New Zealand before you embark on your Journey.

Australia

  • The name “Australia” comes from the Latin world “australis”, meaning southern.
  • It is estimated that humans have lived in Australia for around 45,000 years.
  • Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.
  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902.
  • Australia is the only place in the world where you can still find the lung fish, which is a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
  • The largest Greek population in the world besides Athens in Greece, can be found in Melbourne, Victoria.

New Zealand

  • In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.
  • The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand.
  • Dairy products are New Zealand’s highest earning exports.
  • Organized commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.
  • Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street.

Tahiti

  • Bora Bora is known as The Romantic Island, Moorea as The Magical Island and Tahiti as Queen of the Pacific.
  • There are no poisonous snakes or insects in French Polynesia.
  • The beautiful black pearls, cherished by natives and visitors alike, are indigenous only in the Tuomotu Islands of French Polynesia.
  • The number of people living in French Polynesia is just over 285,000. About 75% are Polynesian; 15% European and about 10% Chinese.

Hawaii

  • Hawaii produces about 320,000 tons of pineapple each year.
  • Maui has no billboards. Other than traffic and safety signs, you have free view of the natural landscape around you.
  • Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui is the world’s largest dormant volcano.
  • Maui has been voted the “Best Island in the World” 16 times by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.

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