Saturday, January 5, 2019

Diary of New Zealand Cruise



While onboard Sapphire Princess last January, we looked at cruises for 2019.  Princess Cruises was still celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a sale which included onboard credits.   We looked at several possible cruises, but hadn't made up our mind.

Our table mates were from Australia, which got us talking about traveling to that part of the world.  In addition, New Zealand is one of the hot destinations for 2019.  We try to stay current with travel trends so that we can advise our clients based on personal experiences.   Also, Majestic Princess is Princess Cruises newest Royal-class ship, which entered service in 2017.

Majestic Princess - Sydney R/T
We showed out mates the itinerary we were looking at, and they agreed with us that it would be a fabulous cruise, so we took advantage of the onboard booking incentives.   Ironically, the agent that had booked our Southeast Asia cruise was the Next Cruise Specialist onboard.  She was so excited to be planning our next cruise as well.

As usual, we arrived a day early so that we can get acclimated to the time change and avoid departure day anxiety should flights be delayed.  Our pre-cruise stay was at Intercontinental Hotel Sydney which overlooks the harbour.

Bookmark this page - we will be adding day by day reviews as well as links to our photo albums.


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13 Day Australia - New Zealand Cruise


PortBlog PostsPhoto Albums
Wed
Jan 9 
Travel to Sydney
ORD-LAX-SYD



Fri
Jan 11
Sydney Pre-Cruise
Intercontinental Sydney


Sat
Jan 12
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Check In 12:00pm-3:00pm


Sun
Jan 13
At Sea

Mon
Jan 14
At Sea

Tue
Jan 15
Bay of Islands
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Island & Cave Adventure (8:30 AM)


Wed
Jan 16
Auckland
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
LOCAL CONNECTIONS: CITY DRIVE & AUCKLAND MUSEUM (8:00 AM)


Thu
Jan 17
Tauranga
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (10:45 AM)


Fri
Jan 18
At Sea

Sat
Jan 19
Wellington
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Te Papa Museum & Cable Car (12:30 PM)



Sun
Jan 20
Akaroa
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wildlife Cruise by Sailing Ketch (8:30 AM)


Mon
Jan 21
Dunedin
6:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Otago Peninsula Yellow-eyed Penguin Reserve (9:00 AM)


Tue
Jan 22
Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed
Jan 23
At Sea


Thu
Jan 24
At Sea


Fri
Jan 25
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
6:00 AM
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
Sat
Jan 26
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay


Sun
Jan 27
Travel to Chicago






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