Day 1 | Feb 10. Depart for Sydney
Day 2 | Feb 11. In flight
Day 3 | Feb 12. Sydney, Australia
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Marina in Sydney, the spectacular capital of New South Wales and the site of the first British colony in the country.
Day 4 | Feb 13. Cruising the Tasman Sea
Day 5 | Feb 14. Melbourne, Australia
With a rich history and distinctly European flavor, Melbourne is a cultural mecca on the southern coast of Australia’s eastern seaboard. Victorian architecture and myriad museums and galleries complement the city’s scenic splendor. Nearby, the Healesville Sanctuary is considered the best place to view Australian wildlife.
Day 6 | Feb 15. Geelong, Australia
Gateway to Australia’s famed Great Ocean Road, Geelong is a port city on Corio Bay and the Barwon River in Victoria. Graced with distinctive architecture, botanical gardens, public art and a lively waterfront, this whimsical city is also renowned for its fascinating National Wool Museum and rare steam-driven, hand-carved wooden carousel.
Day 7 | Feb 16. Cruising the Tasman Sea
Day 8 | Feb 17. Hobart (Tasmania), Australia
Capital of the island state of Tasmania and the second oldest city in Australia, Hobart sits beneath majestic Mount Wellington, which rises 4,000 feet above the city. With a mesmerizing maritime culture, charming downtown area and captivating natural beauty, it’s no wonder Hobart is considered Australia’s most distinctive city.
Day 9 | Feb 18-19. Cruising the Tasman Sea
Day 10 | Feb 20. Cruising the Fjords of Milford Sound
Breathtakingly beautiful, this legendary fjord is an incredible natural spectacle of cascading waterfalls, swaths of rainforest clinging to towering cliffs and massive peaks rising vertically from serene waters.
Day 11 | Feb 21. Dunedin, New Zealand
On the southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin blends past and present, nature and culture from its perch on verdant hills overlooking a magnificent harbor. Beyond its bustling city center, Dunedin is home to the world’s rarest penguin and is the gateway to the celebrated Otago region.
Day 12 | Feb 22. Akaroa, New Zealand
Cradled within the serrated coastline of the Banks Peninsula is the small fishing town of Akaroa, meaning “long harbor” in Maori. Influenced by its European past, today the town is distinguished by its lovely architecture and winding streets appointed with elegant French names.
Day 13 | Feb 23. Wellington, New Zealand
The political center of New Zealand, Wellington is home to the Parliament Buildings, National Archives and National Library. The city is also celebrated for its chic culture and plentiful shops, restaurants and galleries. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa traces New Zealand’s history, environment, art and Maori heritage.
Day 14 | Feb 24. Napier, New Zealand
The distinctive Art Deco style of Napier memorializes the city’s resilient rebuilding effort following a devastating earthquake and fire in 1931. Irresistibly delightful, the city features the shore-hugging Marine Parade and the stingray-shaped National Aquarium of New Zealand. Nearby Port Ahuriri marks the first European settlement in the region.
Day 15 | Feb 25. Cruising the South Pacific
Day 16 | Feb 26. Tauranga, New Zealand
In the aptly named Bay of Plenty is picturesque Tauranga, home to the Elms Mission House, one of the country’s oldest homes. Just south of Tauranga is the popular town of Rotorua, a haven of Maori culture and a geothermal paradise with its hot springs, bubbling mud pools and gushing geysers.
Day 17 | Feb 27. Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Maori myths and local legends linger throughout the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands—speckled by some 150 islands and the site of New Zealand’s first English settlement. Spectacular seascapes, secluded coves and sapphire waters flank the region, which proudly claims one of the bluest skies on earth.
Day 18 | Feb 28. Auckland, New Zealand
Disembark and bid farewell to Marina.