Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: January 13, 2022
(Sailing January 14, 2022)
Australia and New Zealand are often at the top of traveler’s lists—and for good reason. From the sheep-dotted plains of New Zealand to its cliff-lined fjords, and from the rugged Australian Outback to the Great Barrier Reef, the Land Down Under features a nonstop lineup of dramatic landscape and sophisticated cities. On this Enrichment Journey, you will experience the famous icons, incredible culture and pristine natural environments of these fascinating destinations. Explore New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, before boarding the Celebrity Eclipse. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, explore windy Wellington on an exclusive Shore Excursion, and indulge in the region’s prized wines, before arriving in Sydney. You will marvel at the Opera House in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney, stand in awe of Uluru’s monolith, Ayers Rock, during sunrise, and listen to Aboriginal stories in the Outback’s “red center.” You will discover unique fauna and flora in Australia’s tropical rainforests and swim with colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef. On this remarkable Journey, you will enjoy an unforgettable exploration of the best that New Zealand and Australia have to offer.
2023 Pre-release! Journey to the Australian Outback and New Zealand 2023
Visits: Auckland, Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Hobart, Cairns; Celebrity Cruises; 100120A
Start Date: January 13, 2022
(Sailing January 14, 2022)
|1||Arrive Auckland – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Auckland – City Sights Tour and Transfer to Port for Embarkation||6:00 PM|
|3||Bay of Islands, New Zealand||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|4||Tauranga, New Zealand||7:45 AM||6:30 PM|
|6||Napier, New Zealand||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|7||Wellington, New Zealand – Included Shore Excursion||8:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|8||Picton, New Zealand||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|9||Christchurch, New Zealand||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|10||Dunedin, New Zealand||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|11||Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, New Zealand, New Zealand||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|14||Hobart, Australia||7:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|16||Sydney, Australia – Debarkation and Sydney Sights Tour||6:30 AM|
|17||Sydney – Wildlife Tour|
|18||Sydney to Ayers Rock – Base Tour|
|19||Ayers Rock – Uluru at Sunrise, Tour of Kata Tjuta and Field of Light Dinner|
|20||Ayers Rock to Cairns|
|21||Cairns – Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail|
|22||Cairns – Great Barrier Reef and Farewell Dinner|
|23||Cairns – Hotel Check-out and 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.
Day 1 – Arrive Auckland
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. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Auckland, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension—which will add one night to your Auckland hotel stay.
Day 2 – Auckland
Following breakfast and check-out this morning, depart on a half-day city sights tour. Auckland, known as the City of Sails, will delight you as you take in all the highlights! We will see Princes Wharf, Bastion Point Lookout, Holy Trinity Cathedral. Then, a stop at Parnell village where you can wander the street of the oldest neighborhood in Auckland and enjoy a light lunch before re-joining the coach for your journey to the pier for embarkation. (B)
Day 3–6 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse
Day 7 – Wellington Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Wellington. Your day 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. Next, it’s on to Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. Here you will enjoy lunch followed by a 60-minute guided tour of the museum. Following your time at the museum, you will be transported 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 of 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. We will then head back to the ship where an Enrichment Journey surprise awaits you.
Day 8–15 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse
Day 16 – Sydney Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and begin your tour of Sydney. Take a scenic drive along the seaside cliffs facing the Tasman Sea. We will stop at The Gap, a famous cliff named for the gap in the rock that has been carved out by the relentless waves. Then, continue to the golden sand beach of Bondi, a beloved spot by both local and tourists alike. At Bondi, you will have time to dip your toes into the ocean, stroll along the esplanade, or perhaps grab a coffee or ice cream and just enjoy the views. Wrap up your visit to Australia’s most famous beach with lunch. Soak up the view as you enjoy delicious food with a glass of wine or beer. 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. Walk along the Sydney Harbour before transferring to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy your evening at leisure to stroll along the harbour and enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants. (B, L)
Day 17 – 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 kangaroos, you may wish to purchase some feed and engage in the fun of hand feeding them. After spending time at the park, you will depart and head to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair located adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. Here you will stop for a quintessential photo of the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Next, allow the bustling city to melt away as you immerse yourself within the Royal Botanic Gardens for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Sydney on your own. Perhaps, enjoy some time to wander the garden grounds or visit one of the many shops located close by. (B, L)
Day 18 – Sydney to Ayers Rock
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 be transferred to your hotel and enjoy a light lunch. Following lunch, depart for your walking tour of 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 Centre and Maruku Arts and Craft gallery to learn more of this ancient culture. (B, L)
Day 19 – Ayers Rock
Rise early to catch the stunning Uluru sunrise and watch the day’s first light illuminate Uluru in fantastic array of ever-changing colors. Then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast before your tour of Kata Tjuta. 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 meaning “many heads.” In fact, there are thirty-six domes! Upon arrival to the area, start you tour with a walk down the natural creek bed between the red walls of Walpa Gorge. Afterwards, travel to the western section of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Hear of the domes’ formation, once thought to be 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 where you will have the afternoon free to enjoy lunch and the hotel facilities, pool, 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 Field of Light art installation. This global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro uses light sculpture which changes color, creating a field of light. Enjoy a self-guide walk around the magical light display before returning to your hotel for a group dinner. (B, D)
Day 20 – Ayers to Cairns
Enjoy a well-deserved sleep-in this morning followed by some time at leisure to have breakfast and meander around the Ayers Rock Resort one final time before your afternoon flight direct to Cairns. Following your arrival into the sunshine state, transfer to your hotel. You are free to explore Cairns this evening at your own pace. (B)
Day 21 – Cairns
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby to begin an action-packed exciting day in Kuranda. Transfer by coach to Freshwater Station where you will travel in style on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Once aboard, experience your scenic journey in splendor of KSR Gold Class. Take pleasure in the luxury and heritage of hand-crafted Victorian inspired décor and club class lounge seating. A spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls awaits within the 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 Journey surprise looms as no trip to Australia is complete without seeing a Koala. Take a guided tour of Koala Gardens before sitting down to a group lunch. Our visit to the rainforest continues on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This unique rainforest experience takes you on an unforgettable journey over Australia’s World Heritage listed rainforest. Spanning 4.6 miles in the Barron George 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, Cairns’ tropical region, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations where you can learn about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. (B, L)
Day 22 – Cairns
Today you’ll 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 the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Included in this experience is the opportunity to snorkel (all equipment is included) as well as a 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 choose to experience the Great Barrier Reef, they’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 before sitting down to a final group dinner. (B, L, D)
Note: guests not wishing to snorkel should inquire about land-based alternatives for learning about the reef.
Day 23 – Cairns
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.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand: Some of the most beloved of New Zealand’s smaller islands are in the Bay of Islands, an idyllically scenic collection of 144 islands located on the north-eastern coast of the North Island. The Bay of Islands is known for its water recreation, particularly fishing, sailing, and scuba diving. American author Zane Grey first wrote about big-game fishing in the Bay of Islands in 1930, and it has been a tourist destination for fishing ever since.
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.
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.
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.
Picton, New Zealand: Picton has developed a reputation in recent years. It’s the doorway to New Zealand’s South Island used by locals and international travelers alike to get to the islands and resorts of the Marlborough Sounds, an interconnected stretch of beautiful landscape. The surrounding area is famous for its wineries, so you can enjoy vineyard tours and tastings while stopped on Picton cruises. Picton is a hidden gem for international travelers. Beautiful scenery in the Marlborough Sounds and views of the New Zealand countryside make the area particularly memorable for first-time visitors. On the waterfront, explore Pollard Park for a leisurely stroll, or stop at EcoWorld Aquarium to see rescued and protected species during a tour of the wildlife rehabilitation center. On your New Zealand cruise, you’ll be endlessly surprised by its foodie and café scene, outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking, and beautiful water and mountain views.
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.
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.
Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, 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.
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.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. This program includes several day trips to natural, desert areas. This may include prolong walking (up to an hour) over natural earth paths and rocky terrain.
Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
One of the most popular destinations on the planet, Australia and New Zealand beckons to travelers. Australia is unique in its contrasting landscapes of desert, white sand beaches, and rainforests. Cosmopolitan Sydney with its man-made wonders like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge will contrast with Uluru’s natural immensity and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. A taste of aboriginal history will captivate travelers as they witness a culture more than 50,000 years old.
Rivaling Australia’s natural beauty, New Zealand has been the backdrop for movies like the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, being deemed “the Middle-earth,” for its unique and diverse geography. From jagged mountains, sheep-dotted hills, striking fjords, pristine beaches tranquil lakes and active volcanoes, New Zealand is characterized not only by its diverse beauty, but the unique wildlife it serves as home to as well Auckland welcomes lovers of boating and the sea.
You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Sydney to Ayers Rock: 2-hour flight
Ayers Rock to Cairns: 3-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.
All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 5/31/21 or when sold out.
Note: tours are not included. Price of $160 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|1/13/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Veranda (1B)||$13,465||$10,099||$3,366||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (2B)||$13,532||$10,149||$3,383||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$13,865||$10,399||$3,466||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|AquaClass (A2)||$14,332||$10,749||$3,583||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Suite||CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE|
Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $7,199 per person.
|Boston||$350||John F. Kennedy||$250||Phoenix||$250|
|Washington – Dulles||$300||Chicago||$300||Tampa||$400|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
396 Queen Street,
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
Phone: (64)(9) 393 8240
Once you are ready to discover the best of Auckland, simply step on to Queen Street, the destination shopping centre in Auckland. Directly opposite the hotel is Auckland Art’s precinct, home to Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Comedy Club and Q Theatre. Wanting to explore further, within a 10-minute walk are universities, a range of restaurants and the waterfront. Returning after an energetic day in the city, experience uncomplicated comfort with our modern fresh design, complimentary high speed wifi, free in-room movies and honest kiwi service. For other pleasures take a break with one of our signature Best Brews in the Queens Head Bar & Eatery, work out in our fitness centre, or take in the view from our Roof Top Bar & Terrace located on the 20th floor.
30 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia
Set in the heart of the city, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay boasts an ideal location and luxury amenities. Relax in our spacious rooms and suites outfitted with plush bedding and perks like mini-refrigerators and mini-bars. Indulge at our delicious, locally-sourced restaurants. Guests are also invited to take advantage of our fitness facility and sparkling indoor pool.
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.
131 -141 Esplanade
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Telephone: 011 61 2 9046 8489
The 5-star Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection provides a modern accommodation to stay in Cairns. With a personality of its own, Riley is a sophisticated character with a playful outlook on life. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design and a splash of fun. Residing in a prime location on Cairns Esplanade, Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites. Add to this a lagoon swimming pool spanning over 3,281 square feet with a private man-made beach, a spa, 24-hour fitness centre and fast and free wifi, you’re on your way to a truly great stay.
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.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Note: As of July 2020, 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 July 2020, 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 $35.00 NZD International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This fee enables multiple entries into New Zealand and is payable at the time you obtain your visa or ETA.
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Australia uses the Australian Dollar ($), currency code AUD
New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($), currency code NZD
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely encounter warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
Australia and New Zealand: English
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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