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  • 15 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island) ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    15 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 5
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 6
      Cairns
    • Day 7
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 8
      Alotau
    • Day 9
      Port Moresby
    • Day 10
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 11
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 12
      Darwin
    • Day 13
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 14
      Komodo Island
    • Day 15
      Bali
    • Day 16
      Bali
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    South Pacific Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Noumea, Mystery Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Noumea
    • Day 5
      Mystery Island
    • Day 6
      Port Vila
    • Day 7
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14-day
    Australia & New Zealand

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Christchurch
    • Day 11
      Picton
    • Day 12
      Wellington
    • Day 13
      Napier
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Noordam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    A full-service, midsize ship with lots of quiet, intimate spaces

    Cons

    Limited bells-and-whistles entertainment options

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for mature travelers seeking a traditional cruise experience

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 12 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    12 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fjordland
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Akaroa
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Tauranga
    • Day 13
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Majestic Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Wide range of venues, lots of entertainment and dining designed by Michelin-starred chefs

    Cons

    Might feel too big if you're used to smaller Australian ships

    Bottom Line

    A bigger offering of Princess Cruises' best, plus unique features not found on other ships

    Reviews

    Majestic Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Napier
    • Day 4
      Picton
    • Day 5
      Akaroa
    • Day 6
      Wellington
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 8
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 12
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Value

    14 Night
    Australia & New Zealand

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Sydney, Melbourne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    14 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Melbourne
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Hobart
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Christchurch
    • Day 11
      Wellington
    • Day 12
      Napier
    • Day 13
      Tauranga
    • Day 14
      Auckland
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    Many perks included in cruise fare, including one-of-a-kind thermal suite and fine dining

    Cons

    People looking for traditional cruise activities -- casino, glitzy production shows -- will be disappointed

    Bottom Line

    A solid value on a cruise ship that focuses on exploration onboard and ashore

    Reviews

    Viking Orion Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14-day
    Australia & New Zealand Holiday

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Napier
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Port Arthur
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Noordam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    A full-service, midsize ship with lots of quiet, intimate spaces

    Cons

    Limited bells-and-whistles entertainment options

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for mature travelers seeking a traditional cruise experience

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 13 Night
    New Zealand Cruise

    Leaving:
    Melbourne
    Visiting:
    Fjordland, Dunedin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    13 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Melbourne
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Fjordland
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Napier
    • Day 9
      Tauranga
    • Day 10
      Auckland
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Melbourne
    Ship Details

    Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of options for dining, drinking and swimming, and a high ratio of balcony cabins

    Cons

    Some of the decor is not as modern as other ships in the region

    Bottom Line

    A great all-rounder for passengers of all ages

    Reviews

    Golden Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 8 Night
    Queensland Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Airlie Beach ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    8 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Voyager of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Inside cabins have "virtual balconies," offering ocean views in rooms that normally have none

    Cons

    No consistency in dining room and buffet, food choices ranged from poor to great

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for anyone seeking a fun and active cruise experience

    Reviews

    Voyager of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    In 1999, when Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas entered service as the larg...

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Families

    14 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fjordland
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Akaroa
    • Day 11
      Picton
    • Day 12
      Wellington
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great kids club, good food options and a laid-back vibe.

    Cons

    Shows its age in places.

    Bottom Line

    Great for families and anyone looking for a variety of activities.

    Reviews

    Ruby Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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  • 12 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 4
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 4
      Milford Sound
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Picton
    • Day 8
      Napier
    • Day 9
      Tauranga
    • Day 10
      Auckland
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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  • 10 Night
    New Zealand Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Picton, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    10 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Picton
    • Day 5
      Napier
    • Day 6
      Wellington
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 8
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 8
      Milford Fjord
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Ovation of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    An amazing mega-liner filled with high-tech entertainment and attractions

    Cons

    Drinking, dining and entertainment venues struggle at peak times

    Bottom line

    Never a dull moment on a ship that has something to please everyone

    Reviews

    Ovation of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 12 Night
    New Zealand Cruise

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Paihia, Tauranga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Paihia
    • Day 3
      Tauranga
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Wellington
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 8
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

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  • 2019 Best for Service

    28-day
    Southern Australian & Pacific Treasures Holiday

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Melbourne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    28 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Melbourne
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Port Arthur
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Adelaide
    • Day 9
      Kangaroo Island
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Portland (Australia)
    • Day 12
      Phillip Island
    • Day 13
      Burnie
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Mare
    • Day 19
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 20
      Luganville
    • Day 21
      Port Vila
    • Day 22
      Mystery Island
    • Day 23
      Noumea
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Norfolk Island
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Tauranga
    • Day 28
      Waitangi
    • Day 29
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms

    14 Night
    Australia Cruise

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    14 Night December 2019 Australia & New Zealand Cruise Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Dunedin
    • Day 11
      Christchurch
    • Day 12
      Picton
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Silver Muse - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    Ship knows its audience and targets it perfectly with entertainment, suites, cuisine

    Cons

    Spa and fitness center are small, high upcharge for unappealing thermal suite

    Bottom Line

    Personalized service, large suites and interesting destinations create luxury experience

    Reviews

    Silver Muse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    With its 2017 debut, Silver Muse became Silversea's flagship cruise vessel; with 596 passengers...

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  • 12 Night
    New Zealand Holiday Cruise

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    Celebrity Cruises
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