Australia & New Zealand Cruises
Explore Down Under on the Best Australia Cruises & New Zealand Cruises
Sail Down Under on an over-the-top vacation that immerses you in cosmopolitan cities from Sydney to Auckland, natural wonders from the Great Barrier Reef to Milford Sound, and world-class beaches from Fiji to Vanuatu. This is a region of beautiful scenery, majestic fjords, fine wine, friendly people, and exotic wildlife.
And with its opposite seasons, it’s the perfect place for those from the Northern Hemisphere to escape the winter blues. From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the soaring green mountains of New Zealand—and every palm-fringed beach in between—this region offers newness, tradition, and the scenically sublime.
Celebrity Solstice® has been thrilling guests with unforgettable vacations in Australia and New Zealand, so you can understand why we’re excited to introduce her equally stunning sister to the Land Down Under—Celebrity Eclipse®. Now, you’ll have two luxurious ways to explore one of the most unique corners of the world.
Solstice offers a wide variety of itineraries, of different lengths, through New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, and the South Pacific. Choose from two convenient home ports—Sydney or Auckland.
Also, now sailing in these waters is Celebrity Eclipse, with a new homeport for us of Melbourne, as well as Auckland. Enjoy 11-to-15-night cruises throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific aboard this stunning ship.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Blue Mountains, Australia
Set sail from Sydney or Melbourne for a Great Barrier Reef adventure—or a New Zealand expedition. Head northeast from the most populous city in Australia, exploring the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as port cities, beautiful beaches, and a tropical rainforest along the way. Or travel to the incredible neighboring country of New Zealand, including visits to coastal towns in Australia, Tasmania, and beyond. Whichever journey you choose, each day Down Under is a g’day.
It’s the outdoors that makes this region truly exceptional—from the snowy peaks of New Zealand to the picture-perfect beauty of Tahiti. Dive the Great Barrier Reef on your cruise to see multi-colored fish and corals. Photograph the towering Mitre Peak as you glide through the otherworldly Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful Sounds in New Zealand. Discover a peninsula of pink granite mountains, eucalyptus forests, white beaches, and azure waters of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.
The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and first arrived here in canoes from their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki over 1,000 years ago. Their traditions are still very much alive today. Tribal tattoos are an expression of commitment and respect, while skillful wood carvers create intricate works that pay respect to the past.
The flora and fauna found in this region is among the most diverse on earth. Koalas. Kiwi birds. Duck-billed platypus. Tasmanian devils. Kangaroos (Australia is home to more kangaroos than people). See the most breathtaking reef inhabitants in the world including manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks on a South Pacific cruise. Hike through jungles to waterfalls in Fiji. And be sure to pick up some rare Manuka honey to bring home from New Zealand.
World-class wineries and breweries. The freshest seafood. Legendary New Zealand lamb. French cuisine in Noumea and Tahiti. Your options in this region are diverse and delicious. In Australia, smear toast or a sandwich with Vegemite that is full of B vitamins and has a savory “umami” flavor. When the cruise ship docks in Tahiti, try the local food trucks, called roulottes, which offer inexpensive, but tasty, dishes.
On an Australia cruise, Cairns serves as the starting point for many to make the short jaunt to the Great Barrier Reef. In northern Queensland, it’s known for its tropical climate and awe-inspiring natural sights. Nearby, Daintree National Park offers a mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
With a fascinating history as an old penal colony, and its massive national park, Tasmania seems like another world. However, cool Hobart will thrill you with its cutting-edge cuisine, world-class museums, and wine tasting rooms. Visitors on an Australia cruise will find so much to explore.
On a New Zealand cruise, hundreds of small islands are just waiting for you to explore. The Bay of Islands, a ruggedly scenic collection located just off of the northern tip of the North Island, are some of the most beloved. They’re well-known for water recreation, particularly fishing, sailing, and scuba diving.
Beyond the incredible nature excursions, including hiking and swimming in Colo-I-Suva Forest Park or a quick trip to nearby Pacific Harbor, there’s also plenty of history at the Fiji Museum and breathtaking landscapes at Thurston Gardens. Then, get to know the locals as you stroll the stalls at Suva Market. A cruise to beautiful Fiji truly has something to offer to all kinds of travelers.
Sydney is one of the most epic cities in the world, located on a large harbor, with a stunning skyline. It offers a combination of cosmopolitan experiences, thrilling architecture, scenic parks and ports, and some of Australia’s best beaches nearby. Explore this gorgeous area of the world before embarking on an Australia and New Zealand cruise from Sydney, or other areas of the South Pacific.
Celebrity Eclipse will sail from Melbourne (a first for us) to the rest of Australia, New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, and the South Pacific Islands. You’ll want to arrive in Melbourne a day or two before you sail to explore this multicultural city. You’ll discover Victorian-era architecture, famed cafés, great bars and restaurants, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. It’s no wonder Melbourne is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.
The biggest city in New Zealand is one of the most energetic cities you’ll ever visit. It’s known for its walkability and historic sites like the War Memorial Museum. Two harbors hug the region, so it’s surrounded by water with boats floating nearby and plenty of harborside bars and restaurants to explore. Auckland’s friendliness and relaxed vibe embody urban life. It’s hard to go wrong with activities like diving at the Goat Island Marine Reserve or walking down to the Waitemata Harbor, making your time before taking a cruise from Auckland just as memorable as the cruise itself.
In addition to the cities above, the capital of Hawaii offers incredible ways to experience the culture and history of the island before embarking on a cruise from Honolulu. From volcanoes and beaches to the historic events of WWII at Pearl Harbor, there’s no shortage of places to explore. The Waikiki neighborhood is its center for dining, nightlife, and shopping. Famed for its iconic crescent beach backed by palms, the volcanic Diamond Head crater can be seen in the distance. Attend a torch light and hula ceremony and check out the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium.
Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re visiting a sanctuary or exploring Tauranga Zoo, be sure to have your camera handy. In the water, you’ll have chances to see turtles, reef fish, corals, and sharks. On land, you may come upon adorable koala, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, wallabies, or a waddle of penguins.
You’ll have many chances to explore the various cultures that first inhabited the South Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. Interestingly, Tasmania was once a penal colony for British convicts. On a New Zealand cruise, you can visit a Māori village to get acquainted with the indigenous tribe and learn about their customs, tattoos, legends, dance, and arts. You’ll even hear about the original inhabitants of Australia—the Aboriginal people—who have a close and caring relationship to the land.
Each and every island in the South Pacific has its own culinary style, so you can try something new at every port of call. In Australia, try their famous vegemite or “kanga bangers” (kangaroo sausage). In New Zealand, get ready to savor lamb in various dishes. All along the coastline, you’ll find fresh seafood including world-famous mussels. And throughout your journey, local wineries and craft breweries provide a delicious taste of local life.
From snorkeling or diving the Great Barrier Reef to hiking through rainforests, there’s no shortage of things to do and see outdoors. The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world. Just outside Melbourne you’ll find the Twelve Apostles, a collection of breathtaking limestone stacks rising up majestically from the sea. The overall landscape offers everything from arid desert and majestic fjords, to amazing waterfalls, lush rainforests and hot springs.
Two award-winning Solstice class ships are ready to take you on a journey through one of the world’s most beautiful regions.
Travelers may not always think of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific as top culinary destinations, but this region has a lot to offer.
From velvety Chardonnays to vibrant shiraz and more, the area is rich with respected wineries and blessed with the perfect climate to grow grapes. A world of wonderful wineries is found in the countryside on many of your ports of call as well as a booming brewery scene in the cities. Cheers!
As a region that has strong currents connecting it to the rest of the world, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific have a wide range of seafood available year ‘round. In fact, rare Bluff oysters from New Zealand are among the world’s finest. Pair with a crisp sauvignon blanc for a taste of heaven
Sheep farming has become an iconic symbol of New Zealand itself. Lamb from here has an all-natural advantage. It’s free-range and naturally fed on verdant pasturelands, so it’s mild tasting and naturally lean and tender. It’s no wonder roast lamb is a Kiwi meat-lovers’ favorite.
As you prepare for your Australia & New Zealand cruise, there’s a lot to think about, especially if you’ve never been here before. Create a checklist of key items you need to bring. This will help you have wonderful experiences everywhere you go, whether you’re visiting historical sites, absorbing the local vibe, enjoying regional cuisine, or marveling at natural wonders you won’t see anywhere else in the world.