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All Things NEW – 8th July 2017

I am so excited to hear that the Cruise & Travel Radio show can not only be heard on the Gold Coast, but now across Australia!  Congratulations to Greg and Gary on their expansion of the show, and I am thrilled to also be part of it!

As today’s show was on “All Things New”, I have a deal on a NEW ship, cruising in NEW Zealand!  This new addition to the Princess fleet will be officially christened by famous Chinese Basketballer Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li tomorrow (9th July) in Shanghai.  Majestic Princess is the newest sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, offering the Princess experience and signature favourites, plus exciting new features with a Chinese flair.

On  the 10th October 2018, you will sail from Sydney on board the beautiful Majestic Princess.  After a relaxing day at sea, you arrive in Melbourne.  One more day at sea to explore the Majestic Princess and you then arrive for a day in Tasmania’s Capital, Hobart.

Hobart

Crossing the Tasman Sea for a couple of days, you then arrive at the Fjordland National Park for scenic cruising through the fjords and waterways of the South Island of New Zealand.  Next up is Port Chalmers, gateway to the Art Deco styling of Dunedin.  The Gaelic word for Edinburgh is Dunedin and, not surprisingly, this one retains a number of close links with the Scottish capital. Not only are many of the street names the same, other reminders include the railroad station, University Clock Tower and Gothic Revival Dominican Priory – all built in similar styles. Sightseeing options include Lanarch Castle, a stroll through the Botanic Gardens, a walk up Baldwin Street – the steepest in the world – and a ride on the vintage train through Taieri Gorge.

Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area.

Akaroa

A full day in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington lets you enjoy the brightly painted wooden houses and a red cable car that takes you up to a fine view of the harbour. A must-see is the engaging Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum and Art Gallery, and keep your eyes peeled for the Beehive government offices—the name, of course, is a reference to the architecture.

After another relaxing day at sea you arrive in Tauranga, the closest port to Rotarua – the centre of New Zealand’s thermal area on the North Island. Spectacular phenomena such as geysers, boiling mud, hot pools, hot springs, and spouts of gushing steam can be seen. Lake Rotorua’s waters are icy, yet the sandy shores are too warm for bare feet to walk upon. Rotorua is also the centre of Maori life and culture, with a model village, displays of carving, and concerts of Maori music and singing. Tauranga, meaning “shelter” (named by Capt. Cook the Bay of Plenty), with its population of 48,000, is now a modern thriving city supported by the export of lumber and farming. This popular holiday resort is a paradise for deep-sea fishermen, and close to the golden sands of Ohope Beach for surfing and swimming.

Rotorua

Finally you arrive in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.  Virtually surrounded by water, Auckland is known as ‘The City of Sails’ with good reason. Opt to see the city from above with a visit to its Sky Tower, complete with a revolving restaurant! Sail on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour for a taste of its yachting culture. Or head for the natural beauty of Rotorua. A different world completely, here you will find boiling mud pools, spouting geysers and hot springs. A highlight of New Zealand not to be missed!

There is so much to see in Auckland that I need to give you more time before you head home, so how about enjoying a night in a Deluxe Harbour View room at the Auckland Hilton?  I’ll even throw in Breakfast!

Auckland

Finally, you make your way to the airport for your flight back to Australia.  A wonderful cruise, and I have a wonderful price to go with it.

14 night Fly, Cruise and Stay New Zealand Cruise from just $2,997 per person!

Give the gang at Travel Masters a call on 1800 672 988, and grab a cabin on the Majestic Princess to New Zealand!