New Zealand (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Melbourne, Australia to Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 22 Dec 2018 - 04 Jan 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
22 Dec 2018
Melbourne, Australia
4:00 PM
DAY 2
23 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
24 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 4
25 Dec 2018
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 5
26 Dec 2018
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 6
27 Dec 2018
Akaroa, New Zealand
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 7
28 Dec 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 8
29 Dec 2018
Gisborne, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 9
30 Dec 2018
Tauranga, New Zealand
8:45 AM 8:15 PM
DAY 10
31 Dec 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
7:30 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 11
01 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 12
02 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 13
03 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 14
04 Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia
6:00 AM
New Zealand map

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About the Ship

Coral Princess
Golden Princess®

An inviting world of wonder awaits your arrival on Golden Princess.® Connect with family and friends over world-class cuisine, gaze out at sea from one of 700 balcony staterooms or share new experiences with our Discovery at SEA programs. From casino gaming to relaxing options like the Lotus Spa,® you'll find an array of ways to renew body and soul.

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations | All on-board meals and entertainment | Port charges

Not Included

  • Airfare | Items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically mentioned as included

About Us

At Princess Cruises, we believe in the power of discovery. That's why we design experiences that bring our guests as close as possible with the wonders of the world around them—whether in the Alaskan wilderness or in the warmth of the Caribbean. It's through these experiences that our guests can find a moment of change and come back new. Our marketing campaign highlights the most special gift we can offer our guests: change. It's what's at the heart of our come back new promise. It's the result of the destinations we sail to, the experiences we offer, and the passionate dedication of our crew.

Insider Tip

Get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action on the Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour. Final stop is the command center, where you'll meet the Captain and enjoy breathtaking views from the bridge!

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply. Ship's Registry: Bermuda

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Melbourne, Australia - 22 Dec 2018

Offered by: Abercrombie & Kent Australia
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Length: 10 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
A&K Private Great Ocean Road Drive/Shared Fly Full Day

Meet your A&K driver/guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day private tour of the Great Ocean Road.

Get the best of both worlds. Travel the most scenic part of the Great Ocean Road on the ground before taking to the skies. After a relaxing one and a half hour drive from Melbourne, get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Visit the historic Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet, which is credited with saving hundreds of ships and thousands of lives along Australia’s treacherous ‘shipwreck coast’.

Soak up the atmosphere of Victoria’s premier holiday town, Lorne before marvelling at the cliff-hugging road that stretches between Lorne and Apollo Bay. It’s one of the most spectacular roads in the world, home to monstrous cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, and secluded beaches. En route, visit the wild koalas of Kennett River and get acquainted with some of Australia’s most colourful birds. We’ll also step off the beaten track for a 30 minute walk to Sheoak Falls. Hidden off the Great Ocean Road, the falls are a quiet surprise – after a short ascension the falls are located at the head of a shallow gorge.

Enjoy a unique gourmet lunch of local seafood and produce, set outdoors in a secluded setting. Your guide will select the location according to your tastes.

Next it is time to climb aboard your shared fixed-wing aircraft and take one of the world’s truly great scenic flights. For the rest of the Road you’ll be flying high. Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the Twelve Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Light station, Gibson’s Steps and Loch Ard Gorge before a gentle touch down back in Apollo Bay.

Travel through the majestic Otway Ranges on your way back to Melbourne where the tour will conclude at your accommodation.

Exclusives to A&K:

30 min each way walk to Sheoak Falls off the beaten track which not many know about. Gourmet picnic lunch at a secluded bush setting after walk.

Offered by: Abercrombie & Kent Australia
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
A&K Private Sheep Farm Experience Full Day

Meet your A&K driver/guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day private tour of working sheep farm “Tarndwarncoort”.

Travel 1.5 hours from Melbourne city and be taken to the rich, fertile farming region of the Otways in South Western Victoria, where members of the Dennis family will extend a warm welcome to their heritage working sheep farm “Tarndwarncoort” - more affectionately known as ‘Tarndie’. Tarndwarncoort is one of Victoria’s oldest surviving homesteads, and is the continuation of one of Australia’s oldest family farms. Today, the Dennis family still today grows Polwarth wool from Australia’s first breed of sheep which originated at Tarndie in the 1880’s.

Learn the ebb and flow of Australia’s pastoral heritage directly from the Dennis family and explore the homestead and surrounding property. Enjoy a 3-course lunch in the 1878 Dining Room with Dennis family members. This day is an authentic opportunity to experience life on a working Australian farm.

This tour will conclude at your accommodation.

**This tour is available Monday-Friday.
Offered by: Abercrombie & Kent Australia
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine • Romance & Honeymoons • Sightseeing
A&K Private Yarra Valley Full Day

Meet your A&K driver/guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day private tour of the Yarra Valley.

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s leading wine making regions, just a short drive from Melbourne. With a picturesque backdrop of the Yarra Ranges as well as renowned restaurants throughout the area, wine and food lovers alike will revel in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer.

Spend time exploring the region, meeting local characters and sampling wine from boutique wineries such as Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills and Yering Farm. Avoiding the crowds of the larger wineries – the tour will be tailored to suit the epicurean.

At Oakridge Estate, be greeted by your host at the cellar door, and commence the “Oakridge Experience”. Enjoy a glass of 2012 Oakridge Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine for an introduction to the stunning cellar door. Visit the Estate’s 700sqm kitchen garden and pick some of the ingredients that chef Matt Stone will use to create a sumptuous dining experience. At the winery, sample wines from the barrel with a masterclass on what makes Oakridge’s wines so special. Lunch will follow, comprising a four course menu showcasing “Yarra Valley Cuisine’. The format of this dining will be sharing style, the style of dining that brings people together best. Matched wines from Oakridge’s Local Vineyard series accompany each course.

This tour will conclude at your accommodation.

**This tour is available Thursday-Monday.

2 extras:

Premium matched wines with lunch

Masterclass Pack

Exclusives to A&K:

‘The Oakridge Experience’ – Combination of a glass of sparkling on arrival, hosted tour through the kitchen garden with Matt Stone picking produce for lunch, sumptuous four-course lunch with matched wines, and a barrel room tasting masterclass.
Offered by: Abercrombie & Kent Australia
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine • Romance & Honeymoons
A&K Private Mornington Peninsula Full Day

Meet your A&K driver/guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day private tour of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula has been captivating visitors for more than 100 years. Attracted by the gentle hills, kilometres of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer, not least the food and wine. The Peninsula is a glorious tapestry of changing topography, vegetation and cultivation lending itself to be one of Victoria’s leading food and wine regions.

Regarded highly as a quality cool climate wine-growing region, you will find some of the best Australian examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

Enjoy seated private tastings, mouth-watering farm grown produce and meet a variety of artisans throughout this pristine coastal wine region.

Mornington Peninsula’s newest world-class destination is Jackalope, incorporating Willow Creek Vineyard, the Rare Hare restaurant with executive chef Guy Stanaway, and the stunning Jackalope Hotel. After enjoying a private winery tour and barrel room tastings with a Jackalope host, a two-course share menu lunch of the chef’s daily selection is served in Rare Hare with matched wine. After lunch, your host will tour you through the Hotel’s diverse art collection.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure, sample more fine wine or try something a little different with a visit to the Main Ridge Dairy, Red Hill Cheese or Mornington Peninsula Chocolates.

There is also the option to see Australia’s native wildlife at the Moonlit Sanctuary.

This tour will conclude at your accommodation.

**This tour is available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Exclusives to A&K:

Exclusive touring experience at the Peninsula’s newest venue Jackalope – 2-course lunch, wine tasting in the barrel room, vineyard tour and guided art tour.

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