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About Christchurch

Editor's Note: Cruise ships have not called at Christchurch since the 2011 earthquake that destroyed its pier. Ships now dock at Akaroa, more than an hour's drive away. A new cruise berth at Lyttelton Port is expected to be rebuilt in time for the 2019-2020 summer season.

Christchurch could qualify as a template for the perfect small city. With a population of around 350,000, it's the largest of New Zealand's South Island cities -- it's also the most English looking in appearance. Unsurprising, when you realise that Christchurch was envisioned as a planned community for the Church of England in the 1850s.

Nearby, the stunning gold and green Canterbury Plains, back-dropped by mountains and with a web of indigo streams, are so familiar that many "The Lord of the Rings" fans now recognise them as Middle Earth.

Visitors to Christchurch don't need to consciously avoid the subject of devastating earthquakes that hit the city between 2010 and 2012. Many reminders remain, but residents are stoically independent, and Kiwis (the people, not the bird) tend to be a positive lot.

Rebuilding began almost immediately but progress was slow. Extensive plans for the next decade or more aim to create an accessible and liveable city. Shops, cafes and bars have returned in force, as have visitors.

Remaining intact, of course, is the languidly winding Avon River, its banks flanked by parks and gardens. Punts still drift along it -- along with their punters in waistcoats and straw boater hats.

As always, the seasons come and go, with spring and autumn each a delight in this leafy city, which is often accurately referred to as the Garden City. Much still remains from the past, and the many new additions to the city are fascinating and well worth seeing.


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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Milford Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Milford Sound
    • Day 5
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 5
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 6
      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Christchurch
    • Day 8
      Picton
    • Day 9
      Wellington
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Tauranga
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    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

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    XBachelor
    Sail Date Sep 2016
    Good Cruise but not great
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    Leen Vandenberg
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Dining experience
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Paihia, Tauranga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Paihia
    • Day 3
      Tauranga
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Napier
    • Day 6
      Wellington
    • Day 7
      Picton
    • Day 8
      Christchurch
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 10
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 10
      Milford Sound
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Hobart
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    Hbisok
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Cruise to Antarctica.
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Cruise to nowhere
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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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

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

    Quantum of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Technologically advanced ship offers exceptional cabins and activities.

    Cons

    Ship has been modified for Chinese cruisers; Western dining is limited.

    Bottom Line

    Best if you get the ship's Asian focus and are fine sailing with other cultures/customs.

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    Quantum of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Quantum of the Seas burst on the scene in 2014 with many of the innovative features that would ...

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    ViennaSam5
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New year holiday
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    Christinei
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Cruise - 7 nights Spice of SE Asia Cruise
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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.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Milford Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Milford Sound
    • Day 5
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 5
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 6
      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Christchurch
    • Day 8
      Picton
    • Day 9
      Napier
    • Day 10
      Tauranga
    • Day 11
      Paihia
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    crucero123
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Poor ship, dangerous medical arrangements
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    linnibelle
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Perfect weather
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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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Auckland, Tauranga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Auckland
    • Day 3
      Tauranga
    • Day 4
      Napier
    • Day 5
      Wellington
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 8
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      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

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Fran from Australia
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful crew, wonderful cruise
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    Rishigudka
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Brilliant Final cruise before coronavirus shut down!
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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
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Milford Sound
    • Day 4
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 4
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Picton
    • Day 9
      Napier
    • Day 10
      Tauranga
    • Day 11
      Tauranga
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    packedcountdown
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    You can count on Celebrity for a wonderful cruise experience
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    RatherBeSailing
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Antarctica -- Must Do it!
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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.