Posted May 20th, 2011, 08:50 PM
I have been looking at the cruise lines and cannot find a 14 day cruise of NZ and Australia. They all seem to be 12 days. Is there a 14 day cruise? If not then there are two 12 days cruises by Celebrity that I like. One goes to Melbourne and the other goes to Hobart. From those of you who have been to these two ports which would be the best? I kind of wanted to go to Hobart, however, the price is more on that cruise going to Hobart.
Thanks for any help.
As mentioned there are 13/14 day cruises by Princess (Sun/Dawn/Sea) next season out of Brisbane, melbourne and Sydney respecively. The 14 dayer is ex Bne as it is a bit further away. All are return trips involving 2/3 sea days at the start, 7 days visiting NZ ports and 2/3 sea days to finish.
An alternative is the Diamond Princess, that is a 14 day one way cruise ex either Sydney or Auckland.(I prefer ex Sydney as it offers best Sailaway). This cruise visits both Melbourne and Hobart and has 5 sea days and only 2 are consectutive.
Prices seem very good and compare well with the round trips mentioned above. Indeed current pricing is better now than when I sailed on sister ship Sapphire a few years ago. For an overseas visitor the extra cost of a one way air fare to/from Oz to NZ would be negated if Auckland was used as the arrival/departure port. Depend on what other activities you planned.
The Diamond has US currency/amenities on board whereas the SunP and DawnP have been Australianised. It is also has a more modern ship design, with more expansive balconies. The others are still nice but.
Hope this helps
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Sapphire Princess Auk-Syd - Jan 05
Sapphire Princess Syd-Auk - Feb 07
Murray Princess - Murray River - Nov 07
Sun Princess (Northern Explorer) - Apr 09
Sun Princess - Bne - NZ RT NYE Cruise Dec 11/Jan 12
Sun Princess Syd - Bne 22-24 Oct 2012 (a quickie)
Celebrity Solstice Perth-Syd (via Bali) Feb/Mar 013
Carnival Spirit - Syd-Tas-Syd Feb 2014 (with GD Katrina)
Celebrity Solstice Auk - Syd Dec 2014 (with 2 x Grandkids !)