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Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

19 Nights featuring The Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Sydney and New Zealand

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: February 10, 2023
(Sailing February 16, 2023)

About This Journey

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 flora and fauna 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 Eclipse for an unforgettable cruise to New Zealand’s most popular destinations. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of the Milford Sound, explore windy Wellington on an exclusive Shore Excursion, and indulge in the region’s prized wines, before returning to Sydney. On this remarkable journey, you will enjoy an unforgettable exploration of the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

Visits: Cairns, Bondi Beach, Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, New Zealand; Sydney, Cairns, Australia; Celebrity Eclipse

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Itinerary

Start Date: Feb 10, 2023
(Sailing Feb 16, 2023)

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 Ayers Rock – Tour of Mt. Olga & Kata Tjuta
5 Ayers Rock – Uluru at Sunrise & Cultural Center
6 Ayers Rock to Sydney – Sydney Opera House Tour
7 Sydney – Wildlife Park Tour & Transfer to Port for Embarkation 6:45 PM
8 At Sea
9 At Sea
10 Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 Dunedin, New Zealand 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 Christchurch, New Zealand 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
13 Wellington, New Zealand – Included Shore Excursion 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 Napier, New Zealand 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
15 Tauranga, New Zealand 9:15 AM 6:30 PM
16 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 At Sea
19 Sydney – Disembark, City Tour and Farewell Dinner 6:30 AM
20 Sydney – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

**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.

Land Program

  • Day 1 – Arrive Cairns

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Cairns, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Cairns hotel stay.

  • Day 2 – Cairns
Kuranda Sky Rail

Kuranda Sky Rail

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby to begin an action-packed exciting day in Kuranda. You will be transferred to Freshwater Station where you travel in style on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Once abord, experience your scenic journey in the splendor of KSR Gold Class. Take pleasure in the luxury and heritage of hand-crafted Victorian inspired décor and club class lounge seating. The train will make its way up the mountain 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. Afterwards, a special Enrichment Journey surprise looms as no trip to Australia is complete without holding a koala. Take a guided tour of Koala Gardens before sitting down to a group lunch.
After lunch, you will travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This unique rainforest experience takes you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia’s World Heritage listed rainforest. Spanning 4.6 miles in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail glides just meters over the canopy. You will be placed in comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two-mid stations where you can learn about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. At the end of the Skyrail, you will be transferred to the hotel and enjoy your evening at your leisure. (B, L)

  • Day 3 – Cairns
Sea Turtle in Great Barrier Reef

Sea Turtle in Great Barrier Reef

Today you will have an experience of a lifetime – exploring 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. Your exclusive Great Barrier Reef vessel is smaller and allows for a more personal experience. All activities are based on the back of the vessel on purpose-built platforms that provide direct access to the beautiful Pacific blue waters. This is where you can experience firsthand magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Included in this experience is the opportunity to snorkel (all equipment is included) as well as ride in a glass bottom boat where you can see the underwater world come to life. For an additional cost, you can choose to scuba dive. Whichever way you chose to experience the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder. Take some time to relax and refresh following your return to the hotel. (B, L)

  • Day 4 – Cairns to Ayers Rock
Kata Tijuta

Kata Tijuta

Check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your 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. Upon arrival, you will take a tour of Kata Tjuta. These rock formations are to the west of Ayers Rock and stand more than 1600 feet above the plain. The gigantic domes of Kata Tjuta/Mt. Olga, the traditional name meaning “many heads,” are indeed just that and in fact include thirty-six domes! You will be able to walk along the path of the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge.
After, you will travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where the guide will provide information about the unique and interesting history of the area. 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. Here, you will have a photo stop that will take in the complete vista. Travel to your hotel for lunch and check-in. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel facilities or enjoy the pool. (B, L)

  • Day 5 – Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Rise early to catch the stunning Uluru sunrise and watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in a fantastic array of ever-changing colors. Then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast before departing on the Walking Tour around the base of Uluru. 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 Center and MarukuArts and Craft Coop to learn more of this ancient culture. Return to the hotel to participate in some of the free activities or just have a nap to catch up from the early start. Tonight, an evening of beauty awaits you at the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy the scenic landscape as the sun sinks over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is famous. Following the Uluru sunset viewing experience, you will return to your hotel for a group dinner. (B, D)

  • Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Sydney
Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

After a leisurely morning at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. A take-away lunch will be provided as the airport is quite small. Upon arrival in Sydney, you be transferred to your hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen up. Next on the itinerary is one of those bucket list items – a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House! Go behind- the-scenes during an exclusive tour of this amazing venue and soak in every curve of its ornate architecture. Enjoy your evening at leisure to stroll along the harbour and enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants. (B, L)

  • Day 7 – Sydney Embarkation
Feeding Kangaroos

Feeding Kangaroos

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart to Featherdale Wildlife Park where your tour manager will introduce you to some of the park’s residents including a native dingo, crocodile and wombat. Ample free time is provided for you 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. After spending a couple of hours at the park, transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Eclipse for a 12-night cruise to New Zealand. (B)

  • Day 8–18 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse (see below for cruise highlights):
  • Day 13 – Wellington Shore Excursion
Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car

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, it’s a ride on the Wellington Cable Car up the hill to the Botanical Gardens for morning tea. After relaxing in the gardens, you will travel around the bays to Mt. Victoria for a photo stop. Travel to Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. Here you will enjoy lunch followed by a guided tour of the museum. Following your time at the museum, you will be transferred to Zealandia, the world’s first fully enclosed urban ecosanctuary. Here, you will be guided through the park by your expert guide and learn about the special conservation project that has welcomed back 18 species to native wildlife. Many of these species have been non-existent in mainland Zealand for over 100 years and now reside within the protective fencing of this unique sanctuary. You will then head back to the ship where an Enrichment Journey surprise awaits. (L)

  • Day 19 – Sydney Disembarkation
Bondi Beach, Australia

Bondi Beach, Australia

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and begin your tour of Sydney. You will visit The Gap and 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 your legs, stroll along the esplanade and grab lunch, all the while enjoying the spectacular views. Following your visit to Bondi, the tour continues to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. Here, you will stop for the quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and time to freshen up. In the evening, you will join your fellow travelers for a final group dinner. (B, D)

  • Day 20 – Sydney

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.

Port Highlights

  • Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, New Zealand:
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Steep cliffs that have been carved over centuries by dozens of waterfalls surround the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand coast, Dusky Sound. It’s also a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water, and birds like broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Dramatic views and incredible natural beauty await you in New Zealand’s second-longest fjord, Doubtful Sound. On your New Zealand cruise, the narrow inlet into Doubtful Sound takes you back to eras where entire continents went undiscovered. Enjoy rare moments in remote nature surrounded by stunning mountains and glacier-fed waters. They call Doubtful Sound a “place of silence,” and they’re not wrong. Soak up every moment of clear-headed quiet and refreshing mountain air. An incredible blend of saltwater from the ocean and freshwater from mountain runoff creates a unique ecosystem here. The area is known for its wildlife, particularly the blue penguin, the Fiordland crested penguin, and fur seals. Experience pure New Zealand on a Doubtful Sound cruise and marvel at the night sky full of stars.

As you sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, even your massive ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife.

  • Dunedin, New Zealand:
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin is the second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, after Christchurch to the north. It is located in the Otago region on the southeast coast of New Zealand and serves as the region’s principal city. Dunedin cruise passengers will find a stunning, energetic city center situated at the end of a long inlet. As your New Zealand cruise ship pulls into port, admire the extinct volcano, Mount Cargill, or simply stare into the shimmering sea.

  • Christchurch, New Zealand:
Christchurch, New Zealand

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.

  • 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.
  • Napier, New Zealand:
Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand

A Napier cruise stop is famous for a couple of things, including the 1931 earthquake that essentially razed the city to the ground. From the disaster, locals rebuilt the city in the style of the day: colorful, bold art deco. As a result, Napier has a completely different vibe to other cities you’ll pass through on your New Zealand cruise. Don’t miss the Napier Seawalls, a district of local street art highlighting the talents of local artists. Beyond the center of town, Napier is a gateway to winery tours and elegant tastings at local vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, making it an ideal stop for wine enthusiasts and would-be sommeliers. Napier manages to be just the right amount of outdoorsy, offering adventures like a trip to the Bluff Hill lookout, or to majestic Cape Kidnappers, which is home to the world’s largest colony of the quirky gannet bird.

  • Tauranga, New Zealand:
Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga, New Zealand

In Tauranga, a mix of quirky sites and extraordinary natural attractions make it easy to spend the day here and get a sense of the town’s completely unique personality. The harbor and port town make for a popular beach resort by the name of Mount Maunganui. Waterfront restaurants and cafés give Tauranga a sense of glamour. Aside from that, it’s hard not to feel swept up in the flurry of activities travelers can do here, like taking a dip in a hot mud bath. Tauranga’s food scene offers cuisines of every variety. Of course, Tauranga doesn’t forget its Maori history, and you can tour traditional villages to learn about their ancient and contemporary Polynesian culture.

  • Auckland, New Zealand:
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Experience New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city—a melting pot of British, Asian, Pacific, and Māori cultures. Your cruise from Auckland allows you to sample their diverse arts, entertainment, and traditions. The Auckland Art Gallery has collected more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints, dating from 1376. Other attractions to visit include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and Museum of Transport and Technology.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Included Features

  • Roundtrip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-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 – Kata Tjuta National Park
      • Half-day tour of Uluru at sunrise
      • Half-day tour of Uluru Cultural Center
    • Sydney, Australia: 1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Sydney Opera House
      • Half-day tour of Wildlife Park
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Australia
    • Sydney, Australia: 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour of Sydney
      • Farewell Dinner
  • Tour Leader throughout pre- and post-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard Celebrity Eclipse
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Wellington, New Zealand, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Tips, Drinks & Wi-Fi are always included onboard Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer—Ends 6/30
    • Receive up to $400 Onboard Credit per stateroom on Journeys aboard Celebrity Cruises. Learn More ➤

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

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 active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. This program includes several day trips to natural, desert areas. This may include prolonged walking (up to an hour) over natural earth paths and 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.

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 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.

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.

Transportation

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:

Cairns to Ayers Rock: 3-hour flight

Ayers Rock to Sydney: 2-hour flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Special Offer—Ends 6/30

Receive up to $400 Onboard Credit per stateroom on Journeys aboard Celebrity Cruises.

Tips, Drinks & Wi-Fi are always included onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Interested in more?
  • For $30 pp/day, receive a Premium Drinks upgrade and up to $200 Shore Excursion Credit pp.
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All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 6/30/21 or when sold out.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

1-night Cairns Extension (pre-cruise)

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 $175 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

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

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Dates & Prices
2/10/2023 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (2C) $13,332 $9,999 $3,333 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (1C) $13,439 $10,079 $3,360 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (2B) $13,466 $10,099 $3,367 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C3) $13,599 $10,199 $3,400 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $13,999 $10,499 $3,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $7,699 per person.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Charlotte $300 Philadelphia $350 Phoenix $300
Denver $200 Los Angeles $0 San Diego $200
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Orlando $350 Seattle $200
Toronto $350 Miami $350 San Francisco $200
Washington – Dulles $300 Chicago $300 Tampa $350
– 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.

Accommodations
Bailey by Crystalbrook Hotel

163 Abbott Street
Cairns, Australia

Telephone: 1300 00 20 50
Email: reservations@crystalbrookcollection.com

The brand new 5-star Bailey, a luxury Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, provides a modern accommodation to stay in Cairns. Modern, innovative and with an appreciation for the arts, Bailey celebrates originality and individuality. All 217 rooms come with fast and free Wi-Fi, Apple iPad Control Center, Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming, up to 200 recent release complimentary movies, rainforest shower, Nespresso machine with recyclable pods and much more! Bailey is a food lovers haven with an enviable selection of stunning on-site restaurants designed to cater to any mood or occasion.

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 Eclipse

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 Eclipse

Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Before You Go

Money Matters

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.

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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

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.

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. 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:

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

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.

Labeling

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.

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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

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.

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 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.

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, 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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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 2021, 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.

Note: as of March 2021, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to New Zealand are required to obtain a New Zealand visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (NZETA) to visit New Zealand. To determine your visa requirements for New Zealand, please visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/ or download the ETA mobile app. Most visitors to New Zealand will also be subject to a $35.00 NZD International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This fee enables multiple entries into New Zealand and is payable at the time you obtain your visa or ETA.

Vaccinations

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.

Electric Current

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.

Local Currency

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 Guidelines

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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

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.

Time Differences

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.

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 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:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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

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 and New Zealand

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Thongs (Aus) or Jandals (NZ): Flip Flops
  • Togs: Swimsuit
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Quay (pronounced “key”): Warf
  • CBD (Central Business District): Downtown
  • Handle: Pint of beer
  • Sunnies: Sunglasses
  • Torch: Flashlight

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Australia

  • Koalas outnumber the total human population about 5 to 1!
  • 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.
  • Organized commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.
  • Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street.

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.

Books

  • Australia: Walkabout by James V. Marshall
  • Australia: Beneath the Southern Cross by Judy Nunn
  • Australia: The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  • New Zealand: Do They Speak English Down There? by Susan C Tunney
  • New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Travel Guides

Films

  • Australia: Australia (2008)
  • Australia: Walkabout (1971)
  • Australia: Gallipoli (1981)
  • Australia: The Castle (1997)
  • Australia: Tracks (2013)
  • New Zealand: Whale Rider (2002)
  • New Zealand: Boy (2010)
  • New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 2000 in New Zealand

Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023

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