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Perth (Fremantle) , Australia | Esperance , Australia | Adelaide , Australia | Melbourne , Australia | Milford Sound (Cruising) , New Zealand | Doubtful Sound , New Zealand | Dusky Sound (Cruising) , New Zealand | Dunedin , New Zealand | Lyttelton (Christchurch) , New Zealand | Picton , New Zealand | Napier , New Zealand | Wellington , New Zealand | Sydney , Australia

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Perth (Fremantle), Australia

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

PICTURE PERFECT

Perth Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the city center and there's a regular public bus service operating between the two destinations. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy in the city when you cruise from Perth. This includes the Art Gallery of Western Australia, where you can find beautiful paintings of Perth's past, and The Bell Tower, which offers a perfect vantage point for photographers.

Skyline of Perth with city central business district at the noon
View of the sandy beaches in Perth, Australia
View of the urban landscape in Perth, Australia

Perth Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the city center and there's a regular public bus service operating between the two destinations. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy in the city when you cruise from Perth. This includes the Art Gallery of Western Australia, where you can find beautiful paintings of Perth's past, and The Bell Tower, which offers a perfect vantage point for photographers.

Skyline of Perth with city central business district at the noon
View of the sandy beaches in Perth, Australia
View of the urban landscape in Perth, Australia
Things To Do

in Perth (Fremantle)

An underground tunnel in Perth, Australia

Jailhouse Rocks

Fremantle Prison is Australia's most intact former convict establishment. After 140 years in operation, it only closed its doors as a maximum security jail in 1991. Fremantle Prison opened to the public one-year later and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. There are interesting tours daily and interactive exhibits, too.

Famous monument in King Park in Perth, Australia

Be King for a Day

Perth's Kings Park is bigger than New York's Central Park. Visit its 750-year-old boab tree, walk over the treetops on a suspended bridge, see the State War Memorial, take photos of the Swan River and skyline or do one of the various daily free walking tours on offer.

An aerial viw of Leighton Beach with lots of beach goers enjoying the day in Perth

Get Some Beach Time

Perth and Fremantle's beaches are known for their turquoise waters and gentle waves. Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular, and it has many waterfront cafes and restaurants. Leighton Beach is another picture-perfect option, while City Beach is the closest beach to Perth's city center.

Roasted tiger prawns on the barbecue

Local Cuisine

Around Perth, you'll find lots of restaurants specializing in the fruits of the locals waters. Seek out Exmouth tiger prawns, Cervantes lobster and Bremer Bay abalone. But you'll also discover that modern Australian food is all about fun. During your Perth cruise, grab a salted caramel popcorn milkshake from Whisk. Or try the Chinese-style steamed bun filled with barbecue pulled pork at Pleased to Meet You.

Find didgeridoos while shopping in Aboriginal museums in Australia

Shopping

City Gifts and Souvenirs stocks the largest range of gifts in Perth. Purchase Australian-made wallets, postcards or even a toy quokka. Creative Native is an Aboriginal Art Gallery and Emporium. They stock contemporary and authentic indigenous paintings, didgeridoos and boomerangs, as well as clothing, gift and home wares.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

THINGS TO DO

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - TENDERED

Esperance, Australia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Blue Water City

If you're looking to stick around Esperance proper, start your day relaxing at calm Twilight Beach, then explore Esperance Museum and the Cannery Arts Centre. Want to head further afield? Take the half-hour drive to Cape Le Grand National Park and its hot spot Lucky Bay, where kangaroos are known to laze by the beach. Or take a half-day excursion to Woody Island Nature Reserve, where you can hike the granite cliffs or go snorkeling.

Aerial view of the coast of Esperance, Australia
A white sand beach in Esperance, Australia
A cliff by a beach in Esperance, Australia

If you're looking to stick around Esperance proper, start your day relaxing at calm Twilight Beach, then explore Esperance Museum and the Cannery Arts Centre. Want to head further afield? Take the half-hour drive to Cape Le Grand National Park and its hot spot Lucky Bay, where kangaroos are known to laze by the beach. Or take a half-day excursion to Woody Island Nature Reserve, where you can hike the granite cliffs or go snorkeling.

Aerial view of the coast of Esperance, Australia
A white sand beach in Esperance, Australia
A cliff by a beach in Esperance, Australia
Things To Do

in Esperance

A kangaroo on a beach in Esperance, Australia

Try Your Luck

Cape Le Grand National Park is about a 30-minute drive east of Esperance. It's home to two fantastic beaches at Lucky and Hellfire Bays. At Lucky Bay, kangaroos are regularly spotted lazing on the sand. You can also hike Frenchman's Peak or the Le Grand Coastal Trail.

A small group standing on the sand at Blue Haven beach in Esperance, Australia

Be a Beach-Seeker

Check out some of the world's best beaches around Esperance. Twilight Beach is among the most popular in Western Australia. West and Fourth Beaches are ideal with surfers. Check out Blue Haven if you're looking for the perfect spot for sheltered swimming.

The full stonehenge replica in Esperance, Australia

Esperance Education

Take off your beach visor and put on your thinking cap. Esperance Museum holds various treasures that document the region's history, including vintage farm machinery, kitchen appliances and pieces of Skylab, a space station that crashed to Earth near Esperance in 1979. Then, visit the Cannery Arts Centre, or check out the full-scale recreation of Stonehenge.

Four fried shrimp on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Go where the locals go and visit Loose Goose Bar and Restaurant, which serves seafood caught in Australian seas only. Cruise to Esperance and try local scallops, grilled barramundi or prawns in sweet chili sauce. Or head to Fish Face for a lunch of classic fish and chips that you can take away and eat by the nearby beach.

An assortment of fudge for sale

Shopping

ESP of Esperance, located in the town's Museum Village, offers an international range of accessories, giftware and even homemade fudge. Meanwhile, Flame of Esperance houses some great Australian brands, including Nikki Lissoni jewelry, Endless Jewelry and Holiday Trading and Co. Head to Mermaid Leather for products made from unique fish and shark leather.

INSIDER TIP

It may be worthwhile renting a vehicle in Esperance to visit Lucky Bay at Cape Le Grand National Park.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

THINGS TO DO

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Adelaide, Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Explore Adelaide

Adelaide's city center is surrounded by its Park Lands — start your day by exploring the greenery at the Botanic Park or the Japanese-styled Adelaide Himeji Gardens. Then, walk through Victoria Square towards the city's cultural precinct. Here you'll find the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National War Memorial and the South Australian Museum. Afterwards, go for a walk along the Karrawirra Parri — the section of the River Torrens that runs through the city — and take in the city's modern architectural vibe.

A boat traveling through a river in downtown Adelaide, Australia
View of St. Peter's Cathedral from the Pennington Gardens in Adelaide, Australia.
A pelican resting on a pier with a view of a beach in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide's city center is surrounded by its Park Lands — start your day by exploring the greenery at the Botanic Park or the Japanese-styled Adelaide Himeji Gardens. Then, walk through Victoria Square towards the city's cultural precinct. Here you'll find the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National War Memorial and the South Australian Museum. Afterwards, go for a walk along the Karrawirra Parri — the section of the River Torrens that runs through the city — and take in the city's modern architectural vibe.

A boat traveling through a river in downtown Adelaide, Australia
View of St. Peter's Cathedral from the Pennington Gardens in Adelaide, Australia.
A pelican resting on a pier with a view of a beach in Adelaide, Australia
Things To Do

in Adelaide

The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide

Get Cultured

Check out the Art Gallery of South Australia — its collection includes 38,000 pieces from around the world. Then, head to the South Australian Museum: Peruse artifacts from Australian aboriginal peoples and other South Pacific cultures, and see fossils from the dinosaurs that once roamed this continent.

A sandy beach in Adelaide, Australia

Head to the Seaside

Glenelg Beach is the most popular beach in Adelaide. Here, you can go swimming, stroll along the jetty, treat yourself to lunch or dinner and visit the seaside shops and boutiques. There's also a coastal path you can bike or walk and several user-friendly foreshore parks.

An old, wooden cart in Adelaide, Australia

Get Out of Town

Easy day trips from Adelaide include the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, two of Australia's most popular wine regions. Explore Fleurieu Peninsula's beaches or head to the Adelaide Hills — home to the German-influenced village of Hahndorf, Penfolds Magill Estate and Cleland Wildlife Park.

A sliced Wagyu point steak on a board with asparagus

Local Cuisine

Make sure to visit Adelaide Central Market, one of the world's best food markets. Rosemont Hall is the perfect lunch spot, where you can sample Asian cuisine from Mr. Chan and Sunny's Shop. Meanwhile, Press Food and Wine serves contemporary Australian dishes, including Darling Downs wagyu eye fillet and Coffin Bay oysters.

An assortment colorful rugs piled up at a market

Shopping

Rundle Street is Rundle Mall's independent little sibling. Visit Relove, where South Australian designers sell their wares. Souvenirs could include a necklace, a scarf or Australian-inspired art print. Leonard St. is a women's clothing line and boutique by designer Amanda McCarthy, featuring bold prints and clean lines. And peruse Central Market for handmade rugs and other non-edible trinkets.

INSIDER TIP

Check if your visit to Adelaide coincides with an AFL-league game of Australian-rules football, the country's premier sport.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performers on stage dresses in Retro clothing during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Performers dressed in white on stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

Performers on stage dresses in Retro clothing during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Performers dressed in white on stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

Performers on stage during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Stage to Screen

STAGES SET FOR SPECTACULAR

From the world-revered theaters of Broadway to the star-studded studios of Hollywood, we bring you the greatest musicals to ever go from Stage to Screen.

Performers on blue stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Vibeology

SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIBE

Listen up— all your favorites are getting a fresh new twist with remixes of the music that defined an era.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Melbourne, Australia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

AUSTRALIA'S ARTSY SIDE

Spend your day exploring Melbourne's city center. Stop for an espresso at Degraves Street. Then discover why Melbourne is Australia's culture capital with a free exhibition at either the National Gallery of Victoria or Australian Centre for the Moving Image. A walk beside the Yarra River brings views of rippling water and serene skies.

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, a beach along the coast with a cliff and rocks in Melbourne, Australia
View of the skyline and a bridge crossing over the river in Melbourne, Australia
The iconic railway station on Flinders street in Melbourne, Australia

Spend your day exploring Melbourne's city center. Stop for an espresso at Degraves Street. Then discover why Melbourne is Australia's culture capital with a free exhibition at either the National Gallery of Victoria or Australian Centre for the Moving Image. A walk beside the Yarra River brings views of rippling water and serene skies.

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, a beach along the coast with a cliff and rocks in Melbourne, Australia
View of the skyline and a bridge crossing over the river in Melbourne, Australia
The iconic railway station on Flinders street in Melbourne, Australia
Things To Do

in Melbourne

Street art in Melbourne, Australia

Spot Street Art

Melbourne is famous for its colorful and thought-provoking street art. See creative graffiti in city alleys like Hosier Lane, Centre Place, Union Lane, Caledonian Lane, Duckboard Place, Rutledge Lane and AC/DC Lane. In Fitzroy, check out Johnston and Rose Streets.

The Royal Exhibit Building in Melbourne, Australia

Get Cultured

Some of the city's top art and culture attractions include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria. Learn more about local history at Melbourne Museum and Aboriginal arts and culture at Koorie Heritage Trust.

Colorful bathing houses on white sandy beach at Brighton beach in Melbourne

Oceanside Retreat

Efficient public transport makes it easy to visit Melbourne's suburbs. St. Kilda is a seaside town known for its cake shops, pier and Luna Park amusement park. Or head to Brighton Beach, where you can check out the famously colorful Bathing Boxes and stroll the calm shorefront.

Turkish borek made out of mille feuille and minced meat

Local Cuisine

Melbourne is a multicultural city, and dining here reflects that. For cheap eats, head to Queen Victoria Market and grab a Turkish borek, a savory pastry of flaky phyllo dough filled with meat and cheese. Cruise to Melbourne and visit Chinatown for delicious dumplings. Head to the south or north banks of the Yarra River for upscale dining, with seafood-focused fare like seared king prawns with or tortellini or updated Australian classics like beef and Guinness pie with classic "mushy peas."

Shopping in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia

Shopping

There are several shopping districts in the Melbourne Ciy Center (CBD for short), including Bourke Street Mall, Emporium and Melbourne Central. For a locally designed souvenir, visit Melbournalia during your cruise. Their range includes Melbourne art prints and Australian-inspired accessories, like kangaroo tea towels. Stroll through the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market or the boutiques at the Block Arcade, where you can find tailors, tea purveyors, jewelers and more.

INSIDER TIP

Melbourne is known for its "four seasons in one day" weather, so always be prepared with a jacket and umbrella.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

THINGS TO DO

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

Whether you favor a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

THINGS TO DO

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Milford Sound (Cruising), New Zealand

ARRIVES:
8:30 AM
DEPARTS:
9:30 AM

Cruise through Milford Sound

Mountains and waterfalls abound in South Island's Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's top attractions and a site of otherworldly beauty. Called the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, the sound (technically a fjord) is part of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Take in the surrounding water on nature on your cruise, passing by green cliffsides and plummeting waterfalls like Lady Elizabeth Bowen Falls.

Landscape view of Fiordland National Park with the mountainside meeting the ocean in New Zealand
A pathway through a naturesque body of water with mountains around in New Zealand
Waterfall cascading down the mountains in Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mountains and waterfalls abound in South Island's Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's top attractions and a site of otherworldly beauty. Called the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, the sound (technically a fjord) is part of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Take in the surrounding water on nature on your cruise, passing by green cliffsides and plummeting waterfalls like Lady Elizabeth Bowen Falls.

Landscape view of Fiordland National Park with the mountainside meeting the ocean in New Zealand
A pathway through a naturesque body of water with mountains around in New Zealand
Waterfall cascading down the mountains in Milford Sound, New Zealand
Things To Do

in Milford Sound (Cruising)

Mitre Peak in Fiordland, New Zealand

Fly High

Mitre Peak is one of the iconic mountains of Milford Sound. It's just over a mile high and was named because it resembles the headdress of Christian bishops, called mitres.

A waterfall in Fiordland, New Zealand

Get Down

Get up close and personal Milford Sound — the waterfalls will look massive in your photos from so far below. Check out 530-foot Bowen Falls, which provides power and water to the township. Stirling Falls, at 495 feet, is still three times higher than Niagara Falls.

Seals on the rocks sun bathing in New Zealand

See Seal Rock

Fur seals like to sun themselves on the aptly named Seal Rock, so they're usually easy to spot. In Milford Sound, you'll also have a good chance of seeing penguins and perhaps a pod of dolphins. Whales sometimes come into the fjord, too — watch out for their tail splashes during your cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Plan for rain, but don't worry if you run into showers — the weather can change to sunny in an instant.

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

ARRIVES:
1:00 PM
DEPARTS:
2:00 PM

Discover Doubtful Sound

Also called the Sound of Silence, Doubtful Sound is an immense fjord carved out by glaciers 100,000 years ago — it's three times longer than nearby Milford Sound. The green rainforest of the Fiordland National Park surrounds the sound's many twisting inlets and arms.

View of nature's landscape with mountains and ocean views in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Seals sun bathing on a rock in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Oyster catchers birds in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Also called the Sound of Silence, Doubtful Sound is an immense fjord carved out by glaciers 100,000 years ago — it's three times longer than nearby Milford Sound. The green rainforest of the Fiordland National Park surrounds the sound's many twisting inlets and arms.

View of nature's landscape with mountains and ocean views in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Seals sun bathing on a rock in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Oyster catchers birds in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Things To Do

in Doubtful Sound (Cruising)

The Fiordland Park with views of the water in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

The Sound of Silence

Doubtful Sound is very remote. The closet towns are on nearby lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and most visitors to the area come in aboard ships. Take in the vastness of the scenery and the quiet of the fjord.

Dolphins swimming in New Zealand

Wave to Wildlife

Pods of dolphins cruise through Doubtful Sound, along with the occasional whale. Fur seals, penguins and several varieties of birds such as puffins also call this area home. Watch for splashes in the water and puffs of mist, which show where the cetaceans have surfaced and taken a breath.

A rainbow shining over a waterfall in New Zealand

Watch for Waterfalls

Thanks to the more than 200 days of rainfall every year in Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound has plenty of waterfalls to admire. You might even see a rainbow when the sun comes out during your Doubtful Sound cruise. Helena Falls in Deep Cove is particularly spectacular after a heavy rain.

INSIDER TIP

It will likely be a bit chilly, so bundle up when you're out watching the scenery and looking for wildlife.

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Dusky Sound (Cruising), New Zealand

ARRIVES:
4:00 PM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Sound the bell

Dusky Sound is beautiful and quiet; it can only be reached by air or sea. The area was once a whaling ground for southern right whales — cruising to Preservation Inlet is one of the only ways to see them, as well as humpbacks and what some consider the cutest penguin, the Fiordland Crested Penguin.

Beautiful turquoise creek with snowy peaks near the Milford highway in Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Fur seals laying on a big rock in New Zealand
Beautiful landscape with mountains and wild flowers in Dusky Sound, New Zealand

Dusky Sound is beautiful and quiet; it can only be reached by air or sea. The area was once a whaling ground for southern right whales — cruising to Preservation Inlet is one of the only ways to see them, as well as humpbacks and what some consider the cutest penguin, the Fiordland Crested Penguin.

Beautiful turquoise creek with snowy peaks near the Milford highway in Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Fur seals laying on a big rock in New Zealand
Beautiful landscape with mountains and wild flowers in Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Things To Do

in Dusky Sound (Cruising)

Falls Creek with a waterfall flowing over the mountain in the National Fiordland Park, New Zealand

Make a Resolution

Resolution Island, to the north of Dusky Sound's mouth, protects the fjord. It's the largest island in Fiordland and the seventh largest in the country. Its Five Fingers Peninsula stretches out into the protected Taumoana Marine Reserve. You'll also likely sail by Acheron Passage, which connects Dusky Sound with the calm Breaksea Sound. Watch for the plentiful waterfalls in the Wet Jacket Arm of the Bowen Channel.

View of the terrain in Routerburn in  New Zealand

Spot the Track

After crossing the Southern Ocean, Captain Cook and his crew rested and made repairs in Dusky Sound at Pickersgill Harbour. In order to get a star reading, his astronomer had trees felled — you can still see this spot, called Astronomer's Point today.

Fiordland crested penguins on the coast of New Zealand

Fiordland Penguins

Keep your eye out for the black and white flightless birds with your Dusky Sound cruise. Dusky Sound is a breeding area for Fiordland crested penguins. It's a medium-sized penguin with yellow-striped "eyebrows" that extend out from their heads somewhat comically (look for souvenir penguins in toy shops). The timid birds are classified as endangered and love to feed on squid.

INSIDER TIP

Preservation Inlet is your most likely spot to see southern right whales and humpbacks.

DAY 12 - DOCKED

Dunedin, New Zealand

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Castles & Churches

Embrace the Scottish heritage and natural grandeur of Dunedin. Explore the Gothic architecture and gorgeous gardens at Larnach Castle, or get to know the vibrant town by wandering the Dunedin Street Art Trail. Then, head out on the Otago Peninsula: Spot yellow-eyed penguins at Penguin Place, a conservation area dedicated to this rare species. Or climb rocks and dive caves at tranquil Long Beach.

The coastal landscape in Dunedin, New Zealand
The Octagon in the center of Dunedin, New Zealand with views of St. Paul's Cathedral
Views towards the city from the lookout at the Centennial Memorial on Signal Hill in Dunedin, New Zealand

Embrace the Scottish heritage and natural grandeur of Dunedin. Explore the Gothic architecture and gorgeous gardens at Larnach Castle, or get to know the vibrant town by wandering the Dunedin Street Art Trail. Then, head out on the Otago Peninsula: Spot yellow-eyed penguins at Penguin Place, a conservation area dedicated to this rare species. Or climb rocks and dive caves at tranquil Long Beach.

The coastal landscape in Dunedin, New Zealand
The Octagon in the center of Dunedin, New Zealand with views of St. Paul's Cathedral
Views towards the city from the lookout at the Centennial Memorial on Signal Hill in Dunedin, New Zealand
Things To Do

in Dunedin

Pair of Black-browed albatross sitting on the cliff with dark blue water in the background on Falkland island near Dunedin, New Zealand

Big Bird

In the bird world, the albatross is big, with the longest wingspan of any bird. At the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, the world's only mainland breeding colony, see fluffy chicks, giant adults and every stage in between. Walk through the underground tunnels to the Observatory, and tour the McMillan Gallery, which provides information about the area's history and wildlife.

Penguins sitting on a rock near the water in Dunedin, New Zealand

Little Bird

The smallest penguin in the world, the little blue penguin, and its endangered cousin the yellow-eyed penguin nest on the beaches of the Otago Peninsula, a half hour's drive from Dunedin. Take a tour to see them — you'll likely spot seals, sea lions and dolphins, too. See penguins from the water onboard a tour boat, or view their nesting area from atop a hill.

The Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand

Scotland Down Under

Larnach Castle is the only castle in New Zealand. Built in 1871 for an Australian banker of Scottish descent who spared no expense, the castle was purchased and restored in 1967. Cruise to Dunedin to explore the Gothic Revival architecture, sit for afternoon tea, and wander the seven acres of gardens and the native plant trail.

Lamb chops with vegetables served over a white plate

Local Cuisine

Thanks to the Good Food Dunedin initiative, Dunedin is a "thriving and sustainable food city." Fuel up for the day with bacon, poached eggs and Cumberland black sausage — a long, curvy sausage with lots of spices and herbs — at trendy Vogel St. Kitchen. Or savor the top-notch local beef and lamb: Try dishes like lamb rump with mint pesto or braised beef cheek.

A greenstone pendant necklace

Shopping

Dunedin has a reputation as a fashion shopping destination. You'll find plenty of New Zealand designers so you can bring home something unique to wear. Most shops are near George and Princes Streets. The Little Rock Shop has crystal jewelry and New Zealand greenstone pendants. Befitting Little Edinburgh, the Scottish Shop has kilts, tartans and Celtic jewelry. Nearby are several vintage clothing and bookshops, too.

INSIDER TIP

You will need to purchase a tour if you want to visit the albatross colony.

DAY 13 - DOCKED

Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

See the little town

Start your day with a sweet treat from Glamour Cake or Lyttelton Coffee Company, a cafe housed in a 1920s heritage building in the heart of Lyttelton. Then head to the hills to hike the Urumau Reserve or trek through the Bridle Path. If you're looking for an aerial adventure, enjoy the breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, conveniently located just outside of Lyttelton.

New Zealand Christchurch Coast  Landscape
New Zealand Christchurch Mountains with River
New Zealand Christchurch Canterbury Provincial Councill in Spring

Start your day with a sweet treat from Glamour Cake or Lyttelton Coffee Company, a cafe housed in a 1920s heritage building in the heart of Lyttelton. Then head to the hills to hike the Urumau Reserve or trek through the Bridle Path. If you're looking for an aerial adventure, enjoy the breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, conveniently located just outside of Lyttelton.

New Zealand Christchurch Coast  Landscape
New Zealand Christchurch Mountains with River
New Zealand Christchurch Canterbury Provincial Councill in Spring
Things To Do

in Lyttelton (Christchurch)

New Zealand Christchurch Cableway Overlooking Mountains

AERIAL AWAKENING

Located between Christchurch and Lyttelton, Christchurch Gondola is a must-visit attraction. From your cable car, expect to see incredible 360-degree views of Christchurch, Lyttelton and the Southern Alps. At the summit, visit the cafe for a treat, browse the Shop at the Top and go back in time on the Time Tunnel ride.

New Zealand Lyttelton Harbor in Christchurch

HIKE THE HILLS

If you're looking to capture beautiful views by foot, Lyttelton is the place to be. You'll find the hiking trails of the Pony Point Reserve along the coast, while you can trek the Urumau Loop to venture up Mount Pleasant. Catch glimpses of paradise on a hike down the Whakaraupo Loop in historic Bridle Path.

New Zealand Christchurch Speed Boat Excursion

KICK IT IN CHRISTCHURCH

With buses departing regularly that connect Lyttelton to its big neighbor, why not head into Christchurch and see how the Garden City has been revitalized following the Christchurch Earthquake of 2011. Wander through the Botanic Gardens or take a speedboat down the Waimakariri River. Regardless of how you choose to explore, you'll be surrounded by natural beauty during your Christchurch cruise.

New Zealand Maori Food Kai Local Cuisine

CUISINE

Glamour Cake is known for its delectable donuts and cheesecakes, but you're sure to make your taste buds happy with lolly cake, the traditional New Zealand dessert made of malt biscuits and fruit puffs. Seek out local delicacies like the slow-cooked Maori dish hangi, meat wrapped in flax leaves and smoked by hot stones, or the signature Sang Choi Bao, a dumpling with ginger and minced pork and beef, at SUPER in Christchurch.

New Zealand Christchurch Local Yarn Spinner

SHOPPING

Stop by Spooky Boogie to grab coffee at the cafe and limited-edition shirts and art in the shopping center. Or head to Henry Trading, a local gift shop, to find souvenirs like a Lyttelton tote bag, tea towel or badge. If handmade gifts made from local wool are more your style, be sure to visit the many shops in the area.

INSIDER TIP

Visit Lyttelton Harbour Information Center for up-to-date recommendations and advice from locals.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Picton, New Zealand

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Explore Picton

Ships dock at both Shakespeare Bay and at Waitohi Wharf. From there, hop onto the free shuttle and head into the heart of Picton. Picton is very walkable, though you may want to get back on the water to look for wildlife or head into nearby wine country on a tour. Taste the gourmet delights New Zealand is famous for on a wine and chocolate shore excursion to the South Island's renowned Marlborough wine region.

Boats in Whatamago Bay, in the vicinity of Picton, New Zealand
Boats Picton Harbor in New Zealand
Aerial view of Picton and Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand

Ships dock at both Shakespeare Bay and at Waitohi Wharf. From there, hop onto the free shuttle and head into the heart of Picton. Picton is very walkable, though you may want to get back on the water to look for wildlife or head into nearby wine country on a tour. Taste the gourmet delights New Zealand is famous for on a wine and chocolate shore excursion to the South Island's renowned Marlborough wine region.

Boats in Whatamago Bay, in the vicinity of Picton, New Zealand
Boats Picton Harbor in New Zealand
Aerial view of Picton and Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand
Things To Do

in Picton

View of the vineyards in the Marlborough district by Picton, New Zealand

Quaff the Elixir

Take a wine tour to learn more about the Marlborough region's distinctive wines. The area has over 35 tasting cellars so you can determine whether your favorites are the famous labels or the smaller boutique producers. Taste your way through three significant wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences as you journey from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island.

Barrel of antique ship canon on Marlborough Sounds in Picton, New Zealand

Tour the Edwin Fox

This teak sailing ship, built in 1853, is one of the world's oldest surviving wooden ships. It is now a museum at Picton's Dunbar Wharf. See artifacts and learn about the Edwin Fox's storied past, including carrying pale ale to India, convicts to Australia and perhaps even Florence Nightingale to the Crimean War.

Historic steam train in Picton, New Zealand

Fly High

See rare aircraft at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, located about 30 minutes from Picton. It's even possible to take a joyride on a Russian fighter or an open cockpit biplane. Ride there on the Passchendaele, a steam locomotive from 1915. Cruise to Picton to enjoy the rolling countryside from a whole new perspective.

Plate of fresh Oysters in Picton, New Zealand

Local Cuisine

You've got to drink the local wine in Marlborough during your cruise to Picton. Marlborough's Sauvignon Blancs are lush, herbaceous and often have a bit of grapefruit or lime zing. It's perfectly drinkable on its own, and pairs very well with the area's oysters, clams, king salmon and greenshell mussels.

Maori pounamu jade Koru pendant in Picton, New Zealand

Shopping

New Zealand Pounamu jade, greenstone, is found in the northern rivers of the South Island. It is handcrafted into beautiful jewelry, often into designs meaningful to the Maori culture. Picton also has a high concentration of potters, weavers, glass blowers and other artisans. Look for New Zealand blue pearls too, so you can feel like a princess.

INSIDER TIP

Kiwis pronounce Marlborough not like the cigarettes but more like "Mal-boro."

DAY 15 - DOCKED

Napier, New Zealand

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Explore Napier

From the port, shuttle buses and taxis take you the short distance to the vibrant downtown. It's easy to explore Napier's Art Deco architecture and boat-packed seaside on foot. Or take the 30-minute drive out to Cape Kidnappers for a hike along the dramatic sandstone cliffs or a relaxing round of golf. If you feel like heading indoors, you can admire both native and worldwide species at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Napier beach in New Zealand with storm clouds
A sawtooth roof-line of an old white industrial building in Napier, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand, known as the art deco capital of the world. Some of the buildings and decorative archways on the promenade.

From the port, shuttle buses and taxis take you the short distance to the vibrant downtown. It's easy to explore Napier's Art Deco architecture and boat-packed seaside on foot. Or take the 30-minute drive out to Cape Kidnappers for a hike along the dramatic sandstone cliffs or a relaxing round of golf. If you feel like heading indoors, you can admire both native and worldwide species at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Napier beach in New Zealand with storm clouds
A sawtooth roof-line of an old white industrial building in Napier, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand, known as the art deco capital of the world. Some of the buildings and decorative archways on the promenade.
Things To Do

in Napier

Art deco architecture of Napier, New Zealand

Zigzag Through Town

Wander around Napier admiring the Art Deco architecture. Or, if you like more structure, hop onto a tour of the town. Don't miss the zigzags of the Daily Telegraph Building, the Masonic Lodge and the National Tobacco Company Building, around the shore in Ahuriri. Look for the 50 different street murals around town and soak in the colors.

Birds found in Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony in Hawkes Bay in New Zealand

Don't Kidnap the Gannets

Cape Kidnappers, the headland just east of Napier, is one of the easiest places in the world to see gannets. Usually living on isolated islands, you can view the Black Reef gannet colony from the beach. Watch for their high dives into the sea when fishing.

Algae rocks on the beach with the sea in the background in Napier, New Zealand

Queen of the Reef

Stroll along the Marine Parade to admire the Norfolk pines, gardens and public art with your Napier cruise. The symbol of Napier, Pania, is here — epitomized in a bronze statue. She's from Maori mythology and is said to have been more at home in the sea than on land. Legend has it that she became the reef, and the Maori consider her fishing grounds to be sacred.

Mussels in tomato and herb sauce in New Zealand

Local Cuisine

A Napier restaurant, Pacifica, surprised the New Zealand dining world when it was named New Zealand's 2017 Restaurant of the Year. Chef Jeremy Rameka uses local ingredients, and judges said that his menu "captures the essence of Kiwi food, with finesse." The small blue bungalow is easy to find on the Marine Parade. Cruise to Napier to try the Sartori Prosecco with warmed kingfish, lemonfish marinated in coconut cream, lime and chili.

Manuka honey in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Shopping

The Napier Business District is Napier's main shopping area. It has plenty of boutiques and shops on the partially pedestrianized Emerson Street. Look for local manuka honey from Arataki Honey Centre. Need more sweets? Take a taxi to the Silky Oak Chocolate Company and museum for chocolate history and treats.

INSIDER TIP

Stop in the I-SITE visitor Centre for maps and information; shuttles from the port drop you nearby.

DAY 16 - DOCKED

Wellington, New Zealand

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

NEW ZEALANDS'S CAPITAL

Walk 20 minutes from the cruise ship dock at Aotea Quay to Lambton Harbour and then stroll along the waterfront to the Te Papa museum, keeping your eye out for the street art sculptures along the way. There are often shuttles to the city center too. Walk back through the downtown to see more of Wellington's architecture.

View of the Bay of Wellington from Mount Victoria in New Zealand
The Wellington Cable Car travelling with a view of Wellington in the background
The Parliamentary Library in Wellington, New Zealand

Walk 20 minutes from the cruise ship dock at Aotea Quay to Lambton Harbour and then stroll along the waterfront to the Te Papa museum, keeping your eye out for the street art sculptures along the way. There are often shuttles to the city center too. Walk back through the downtown to see more of Wellington's architecture.

View of the Bay of Wellington from Mount Victoria in New Zealand
The Wellington Cable Car travelling with a view of Wellington in the background
The Parliamentary Library in Wellington, New Zealand
Things To Do

in Wellington

The Wellington Cable Car in New Zealand

See the Flowers on a Cable Car

Called a cable car, this red train is an on-the-ground funicular rather than a gondola. Take it up to the Kelborn Lookout over the harbor and the botanical garden, the planetarium at the Carter Observatory or beyond via free shuttle to the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary.

Docks near the Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand

Treasures at Te Papa

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, with free admission. Its full name means "container of treasures" in Maori, and the museum has six floors of cultural and historical treasures with several interactive exhibits.

Beehive parliament building in Wellington, New Zealand

The Beehive

New Zealand's parliament buildings are nicknamed the Beehive, since the main building, Bowen House, looks like a skep beehive. Go inside for a free guided tour to see how New Zealand's government works with your cruise to Wellington. Does the building look familiar? It's on New Zealand's $20 bills.

Aluminum containers with Maori Hangi

Local Cuisine

At Karaka Cafe, try traditional Maori foods like rewena sourdough bread and Hangi, which is cooked in a pit oven using heated rocks. Wellington is New Zealand's craft beer capital, so have a pint if you can tear yourself away from New Zealand's fantastic wines. Wellington has its very own wine country, just an hour's drive or a picturesque train trip from the bustling central city. Wairarapa is a charming rural wine area that's renowned for its world-class Pinot Noir and warm hospitality.

Clothes on a rack

Shopping

The Golden Mile hosts lots of Wellington shopping, beginning at Lambton Quay and then along Willis Street. Lambton Quay also hosts David Jones department store. The historic Old Bank Arcade has the shops of several New Zealand designers. One of the main shopping thoroughfares in the capital, Cuba Street is famous for its bohemian spirit and quirky boutique shopping.

INSIDER TIP

Wellington is the world's windiest city; bring a jacket.

DAY 17 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAY 18 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

THINGS TO DO

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 19 - Arrival Day

Sydney, Australia

ARRIVES:
6:30 AM
WALKING ON

SUNSHINE

The Blue Mountains, just an hour west of central Sydney, feel like they're world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With more than 1 million hectares of forests, cliffs, canyons, caves and waterfalls — and plenty of walking paths to take you there — this is one of the best day trips Sydney has to offer. Quaint towns such as Katoomba stand in stark contrast to iconic landmarks such as the Three Sisters, the towering rock formation overlooking the valley.

Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
A coastal walkway near Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains, just an hour west of central Sydney, feel like they're world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With more than 1 million hectares of forests, cliffs, canyons, caves and waterfalls — and plenty of walking paths to take you there — this is one of the best day trips Sydney has to offer. Quaint towns such as Katoomba stand in stark contrast to iconic landmarks such as the Three Sisters, the towering rock formation overlooking the valley.

Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
A coastal walkway near Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
Things To Do

in Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.

People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.

The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.

A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.

An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

INSIDER TIP

There are a surprising number of interesting museums in Sydney, including the Maritime Museum, which explores the seafaring history of the city.

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