A Celebrity cruise to Australia and New Zealand invites you to experience some of the world’s most incredible modern architecture, fascinating aborigine and Maori culture, and miles of breathtaking coastlines. Celebrity’s Australia and New Zealand shore excursions will bring you from the pristine waters of the South Pacific to the tops of some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains, ancient forests and active volcanoes. You can shop in the chic, modern districts of Sydney and Auckland and experience the melting pot of culture that resides in these countries. You’ll get to sit back on your veranda and watch the sun wash over Sydney’s famed Opera House as you sip an afternoon cocktail. You can choose to boost your vacation with one of two packages featuring some of the region’s most extraordinary locations not visited on the cruise journey, including the marine wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef and the giant red monolith known as Ayers Rock.
Offered out of Sydney, the three-night cruise tour experience features one night in Sydney, followed by two nights in Cairns. Guests can also participate in an authentic Australian crocodile adventure in tropical North Queensland. The five-night land-based portion of the adventure combines one night in Sydney, two nights in Ayers Rock and two nights in the picturesque seaside village of Port Douglas. All Celebrity Australia and New Zealand Cruisetours include in their land portions fully escorted tours, some meals, four-star hotel accommodations, and all transportation, including transfers to and from the ship and airport, as well as flights between destinations. Ample time also has been built in for guests to independently shop, dine, sightsee or relax. The seagoing companion to Celebrity’s new Cruisetours, Celebrity’s Mercury, will present six 14-night open-jaw sailings between Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia, from December 2007 through March 2008. Among the line’s new destinations are Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Milford Sound, New Zealand, along with Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney, Australia, and Hobart, Tasmania.