11 Night Cruise sailing from Melbourne roundtrip aboard Celebrity Eclipse.
Luxurious and upscale on every level, Celebrity Eclipse continues to set new standards in modern luxury vacations. Renowned for her contemporary dcor and an extraordinary choice of dining options - you can also enjoy a wide selection of bars and lounges to suit every mood, almost endless entertainment from the impressive theater shows to the peace and quiet of the library, and variety of activities to keep mind, body, and soul in tune.
Highlights of this cruise:
Melbourne offers modern elegance that stays true to its local Aboriginal and Australian roots. As Australia's cultural hub, the city is home to over a dozen fascinating museums. Melbourne Museum features diverse interactive exhibits, as well as an extensive collection of indigenous and postmodern art. Explore Gold-Rush-era buildings in trendy multicultural neighborhoods where chic restaurants, stylish rooftop bars, and street art vie for attention. Unwind at the Royal Botanic Gardens and meet kangaroos, wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils at the Healesville Sanctuary. For more action, enjoy a lively football, cricket, grand-slam tennis event, or Formula One race. Just outside the city, you'll find some of the most spectacular natural scenery. Take a dramatic coastal ride along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road. Or, visit the 12 Apostles, a land of stunning rock stacks that rise out of the ocean, each with its own story. Melbourne's cultural diversity is also reflected brilliantly in its cuisine. Sample Chinese fare in Chinatown, enjoy Spanish tapas at bohemian Fitzroy, or sample Lebanese cuisine at Brunswick. Try fish and chips and a strong stout at a local pub.
Wellington claims to be the coolest little capital in the world. See for yourself on your cruise to Wellington. Get an overview of its geological, biological, and cultural history at Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, just 10 minutes from CentrePort. The interactive exhibits pique your curiosity through innovative storytelling. Wander along Oriental Bay, the scenic waterfront that is highly walkable - and jog-able, skate-able, bike-able - and dotted with cafs, bars, and ice cream vendors. Hike up through a large central park to Mount Victoria for 360-degree photo opps of the city, airport, and harbor - including your Wellington cruise. At Wellington Zoo, a 10-minute drive south, you can play with meerkats, hand feed a giraffe, and stroke a cheetah. The zoo has 100 species of animals. Blocks west of the port, ride the iconic cable car up to beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden, with a cable car museum, observatory, and planetarium. Catch a shuttle out to the Zealandia ecosanctuary, a project to restore 556 acres of bush, where you can hike to the singing of native birds. On Miramar Peninsula, film fans off a Wellington cruise make their journey to Middle Earth - and beyond - to learn secrets of great film making. Weta Workshop is the design and effects facility behind big movies like Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Power Rangers, Man of Steel, and several Hobbit properties. To taste your way through Wellington, start on Cuba Street, home to hipsters, artists, and lovers of all things vintage. Amid the city's creative craft beer scene, the street has colorful shops and street performers, as well as bohemian bars and cafs. For food and drink, look for Husk, caf by day, beer bar by night Olive, with big breakfasts, excellent waffles, and mimosas Laundry, when you feel like a classic burger or tacos Floriditas, famous for eggs and scones and Midnight Espresso, the quirky place for coffee, snacks, and people watching.
Here in this capital of architectural heritage, you might think your Dunedin cruise had taken you to Edinburgh. The architecture, scenery, and culture - if not the accents - borrow heavily from those in Scotland.
Take a harbor cruise to spot albatrosses, cormorants, and other sea birds. You might even see penguins, dolphins, and seals. In town, stroll the spectacular Dunedin Botanic Garden, discover ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum, or learn all about beer at Speight's Brewery - touring, tasting, and shopping for beer gear.
Browse several engaging art galleries in the central Octagon neighborhood, also known for bars and cafs. Look for experimental exhibitions at Blue Oyster Gallery, bespoke jewelry at Chris Idour, old masters at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, heritage at Reed Gallery, and New Zealand artists at the De Novo and Milford galleries.
Head inland aboard Taieri Gorge Railway, departing from the charming gingerbread Dunedin Railway Station, for a four-hour excursion past former gold-mining sites.
Venture out to Otago Peninsula and visit 19th-century Larnach Castle - New Zealand's only castle - perched on a hill overlooking the harbor. Hear stories of scandal, tragedy, and intrigue - all part of its lavish history. Top off your cruise to Dunedin with Highland dancers and bagpipers at Larnach.