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10-Day New Zealand & Coral Sea Odyssey

 
 
10-Day New Zealand & Coral Sea Odyssey
Starting from $1,739*

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia


Ship: ms Maasdam


Departure Date :

Oct 07 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Auckland, New Zealand
Departs 05:00 PM
"New Zealand's biggest city deserves more than a layover. Auckland is multicultural and cosmopolitan, with sizeable Polynesian, Asian and Maori populations enriching its history and broadening the palate. Internationally known chefs and fashion designers have made neighborhoods like Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell world-class destinations for shopping and dining.

You're never far from water attractions in New Zealand—and this is especially true in Auckland where it's not unheard of for downtown workers to go kayaking on their lunch break. The once-gritty port has been transformed into inviting public spaces and buzzing nightclubs, with sailboat charters and regular ferry connections waiting to whisk visitors around the harbor for sightseeing.

Start your day sipping a flat white while you plan your explorations: art gallery crawl, winery tour or volcano hike? It's possible to do all three without losing sight of the Sky Tower, one of Auckland's top tourist attractions, from which you can get a bird's-eye view of the gateway to Aotearoa. "
Auckland, New Zealand
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Mystery Island is ringed by a whole number of beautiful white sand beaches. Since it takes just half-an-hour to walk around the whole island, you can take your pick and find your ideal spot. Many passengers choose to stay close to the tender pier and the facilities; others disperse to find a more secluded place. There are lots of shady spots, under tall palm trees, perfect for a relaxing day. Snorkellers will be delighted by the pristine nature of the reefs offshore and it’s possible to see a whole variety of sea life, including barracudas, clown fish, parrot fish, turtles and even seahorses.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
 
 
Day Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Easo is the capital of Lifou, the largest and most populated of the Loyalty Islands. Home to around 10,000 Kanak people, it’s a simple, relatively undeveloped and largely unspoiled place, famed for two things: a sandy palm-fringed beach that fans out on either side of the main dock, and a very friendly atmosphere. Cruise ships are often welcomed to this island paradise with traditional tribal dances as well as a colorful local market that pops up to sell food, drinks and crafts. The island itself offers a diverse landscape that ranges from the steep cliffs of the northern coast to the pristine white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters along the southern coast. The island’s many walking paths and trails take in pretty churches—including the famous missionary chapel, the Chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdes—and pass scenic observation points, not to mention a wide variety of wildflowers and plants. Visitors can also tour vanilla plantations to learn about this venerable spice and its production, or make day trips to the nearby island of Tiga.
Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia
 
 
Day Tadine, Mare, New Caledonia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Maré is the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands group in New Caledonia. The island is a raised coral atoll, so the highest land you’ll see is Cap Wabao, a flat-topped plateau that was once a coral islet itself. You are likely to be greeted on reaching the shore by the lovely singing of local women. The village is a sleepy place, and the main attraction for most visitors is the beautiful lagoon of Yedjele Beach, where crystal clear waters and plentiful coral and colorful fish make for world-class snorkeling. Depending on the date of your visit, it’s likely that a performance of folkloric sing and dance may be on offer as well. Motorbikes and bicycles are available for rent, and a sunken grotto locally referred to as the Pentheon Caves can be visited for a swim or a relaxing interlude in Medu on beyond Yedjele Beach.
Tadine, Mare, New Caledonia
 
 
Day Kuto, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Explore the pristine beaches of this tropical paradise and snorkel over colorful reefs in the crystal-clear waters. A perfect place to enjoy Seabourn's legendary caviar-in-the-surf.
Kuto, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia
 
 
Day Noumea, New Caledonia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, is both cosmopolitan and French, a thriving seaport as well as a commercial and industrial center. Enjoy your day here on Noumea, a tropical paradise with a distinctive geography and charm all its own.
Noumea, New Caledonia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Sydney, Australia
Arrives 07:00 AM
"If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too. The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
Sydney, Australia
 
 
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