New Zealand Roundtrip: 14 nights in March 2013

This amazing cruise on the Sun Princess departs from and returns to Brisbane, circumnavigating New Zealand in the meantime. The first stop after a few days at sea aboard the wonderful Sun Princess is the 'City of Sails,' Auckland. This is New Zealand's biggest city so there is lots to see and do. For great views of the area, get up the Sky Tower in the city centre! After that, the ship moves on to Tauranga, a city of beaches and the famous Mount Maunganui town, New Zealand's answer to Surfer's Paradise. Next up is the art-deco architecture of sunny Napier, then the country's capital, Wellington. Worth a visit in this hilly city is the amazing interactive Te Papa Museum, which recounts New Zealand's natural and social history in an engaging way.

On to the South Island, the ship stops at the lovely Akaroa, a small and picturesque twon nestled in the harbour by the same name, at the end of the Banks Peninsula. Here you can experience the french influence of the area's first European settlers, and swim with the tiny Hector's dolphins that frequent the harbour. Next is Dunedin, student city, and then the stunning Fiordland National Park. This is a scenic cruising port, so you won't get off the ship, but you will enjoy cruising through the beautiful fiords and sounds from the comfort of the Sun Princess. The return to Brisbane takes a leisurely 3 days at sea.

Milford Sound
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Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fiordland
Sailing Dates: Monday 4th March 2013- Monday 18th March 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 14 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Mon 4 Mar 16:00
Day 2-4: At sea
Day 5: Auckland, Fri 8 Mar 07:00- 18:00
Day 6: Tauranga, Sat 9 Mar 07:00- 17:00
Day 7: Napier, Sun 10 Mar 10:00- 18:00
Day 8: Wellington, Mon 11 Mar 08:00- 18:00
Day 9: Akaroa, Tues 12 Mar  08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Dunedin, Wed 13 Mar 08:00- 18:00
Day 11: Fiordland, Thurs 14 Mar 08:00- 17:00
Day 12-14: At sea
Day 15: Brisbane, arriving Mon 18 Mar 07:00

About the Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is one of Princess Cruise's Australia-based ships, recently updated to include the Adults-Only Sanctuary and the Movies Under the Stars feature. There is traditional a la carte dining in the Regency Dining Room, the Horizon Court buffet, a grill, pizzeria, patisserie and more included in your cruise fare, and the Sterling Steakhouse for specialty dining. Evening entertainment includes the theatres, bars, aforementioned Movies Under the Stars, lounges and the casino. During the day, you have the option of chilling out on a lounger at the pool or in the Oasis, or keeping active with the gym, sports courts and shuffleboard. Enrich your mind with classes and lectures in the Scholarsip@Sea program, shop, read in the library or find out what organised activities are taking place that day!

Sun Princess
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 See here for a great deal on the New Zealand Roundtrip cruise in March 2013!