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A discretionary gratuity of $15.50 per guest for suites, $14.50 per guest for mini-suites and club class, and $13.50 per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms will be added to your onboard account (per day charge). This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet. A 15% gratuity is added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, and Lotus Spa® services. This is shared amongst the beverage staff, their support staff and Lotus Spa® personnel.
Overseas transfers between airport, hotels and cruise terminal are not included. It may be possible to add these for a supplement - please ask for details.
Day 1-2: Fly UK » Melbourne
Fly overnight from the UK to Melbourne.
Day 3: Embark Golden Princess in Melbourne
On arrival in Melbourne a private transfer will be waiting to take you to Melbourne Cruise Terminal, where you'll find Golden Princess - your home for the next 12 nights as you cruise to New Zealand.
Day 4-6: Days at Sea
Passionate about their culinary craft, Princess committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join them at one of their award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
Day 7: Auckland, New Zealand
Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand's former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland's largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand's fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland. Auckland served as New Zealand's capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.
Day 8: Tauranga, New Zealand
New Zealand's natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber centre and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua - a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand's primary tourist attraction. Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.
Day 9: Gisborne, New Zealand
Thanks to their proximity to the International Dateline, residents of Gisborne love to claim their town is the first city in the world to greet the sun each day. Other towns in the South Pacific might disagree - but there's no denying that this popular vacation spot on New Zealand's North Island draws sun worshippers and surfers to its famous beaches. Located at the confluence of three rivers, Gisborne has won renown of late as one of New Zealand's fine wine regions, producing internationally acclaimed chardonnay and Pinot gris. The region also boasts one of the largest Maori populations in New Zealand - scenes from the award-winning film "Whale Rider" was shot at the nearby Whangara Marae, a major Maori cultural center. On October 8, 1769, a lookout on HMS Endeavour spotted white chalk cliffs and sang out "Land ho!" Thus Captain James Cook was rewarded with his first sight of New Zealand. Cook named the headland after the young lookout - hence Gisborne's famous landmark Young Nick's Head.
Day 10: Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco. Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city centre.
Day 11: Akaroa, New Zealand
On the eastern shores of New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend. It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children. The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand's existence as a British colony. With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa's heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area's secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.
Day 12: Port Chalmers for Dunedin, New Zealand
Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand's loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the "Edinburgh of New Zealand," Dunedin is proud of its heritage. A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand's only kilt maker and whisky distillery - as well as many bagpipe bands - keep Dunedin's ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860s gold rush. Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city centre. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city's octagon. Travel tip: Dunedin is pronounced "Dunn-knee-din"
Day 13: Fiordland National Park - scenic cruising, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound. The town of Te Anau in Fiordland National Park is also your gateway to the South Island's other natural wonders including Lake Wakatipu, the resort of Queenstown and Mt. Cook National Park.
Day 14-15: Days at Sea
Everything you need to refresh your body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness centre, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.
Day 16: Disembark Golden Princess in Melbourne
Disembark the ship and a private transfer will take you to your hotel for a 3 night stay.
Day 17-18: Melbourne
Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and commercial centre, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theatres.
During your stay we've included a tour jam packed with the best attractions and various activities to take part in! Grand Penguins offers the best of Phillip Island with fantastic interactive experiences all culminating with the iconic nightly Penguin Parade. Imagine this … being able to get up close and personal with native animals in a wildlife sanctuary, being guided through activities at a working farm on Churchill Island, celebrating all things chocolate at Panny's "Amazing World of Chocolate" and finally, witnessing the star attraction ... Little Penguins waddling in from the ocean to return to their burrows. It is this nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade that has drawn so many visitors to Phillip Island Nature Parks and once you have seen it, you have to admit that it is a very special event to witness.
Day 19: Fly Melbourne » UK
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK
Day 20: Arrive in the UK
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