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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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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Christchurch 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
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Picton
    • Day 8
      Wellington
    • Day 9
      Napier
    • Day 10
      Tauranga
    • Day 11
      Paihia
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      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

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    sc_parry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Christchurch 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
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Picton
    • Day 8
      Wellington
    • Day 9
      Napier
    • Day 10
      Tauranga
    • Day 11
      Whangarei
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      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

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    Rrb99
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Comparison to prior cruise experience
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    marlowman
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not bad for a good value solo cruise
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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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

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

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

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    MY Schavuit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Free at sea
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    MkeCruzn
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing New Zealand, great ship, great fun
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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

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  • 160 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Port Royal, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    160 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Port Royal
    • Day 5
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 9
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Corinto
    • Day 14
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 15
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 16
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 17
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 18
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 19
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 20
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 21
      San Diego
    • Day 22
      Los Angeles
    • Day 23
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 24
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 25
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 26
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 27
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Kauai
    • Day 30
      Honolulu
    • Day 31
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 32
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 33
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 34
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 35
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 36
      Bora Bora
    • Day 37
      Moorea
    • Day 38
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 39
      Cruising
    • Day 40
      Cruising
    • Day 41
      Cruising
    • Day 42
      Cruising
    • Day 43
      Cruising
    • Day 44
      Cruising
    • Day 45
      Cruising
    • Day 46
      Waitangi
    • Day 47
      Auckland
    • Day 48
      Auckland
    • Day 49
      Auckland
    • Day 50
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 51
      Napier
    • Day 52
      Wellington
    • Day 53
      Christchurch
    • Day 54
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 55
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 56
      Cruising
    • Day 57
      Hobart
    • Day 58
      Hobart
    • Day 59
      Cruising
    • Day 60
      Melbourne
    • Day 61
      Cruising
    • Day 62
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 63
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 64
      Cruising
    • Day 65
      Brisbane
    • Day 66
      Cruising
    • Day 67
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 68
      Cairns
    • Day 69
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 70
      Thursday Island
    • Day 71
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 72
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 73
      Darwin
    • Day 74
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 75
      Komodo Island
    • Day 76
      Bali
    • Day 77
      Cruising (Java Sea)
    • Day 78
      Semarang
    • Day 79
      Cruising (Java Sea)
    • Day 80
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 81
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 82
      Kota Kinabalu
    • Day 83
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 84
      Manila
    • Day 85
      Manila
    • Day 86
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 87
      Hong Kong
    • Day 88
      Hong Kong
    • Day 89
      Hong Kong
    • Day 90
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 91
      Hue
    • Day 92
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 93
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 94
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 95
      Cruising
    • Day 96
      Sihanoukville
    • Day 97
      Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
    • Day 98
      Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
    • Day 99
      Koh Samui
    • Day 100
      Cruising
    • Day 101
      Singapore
    • Day 102
      Singapore
    • Day 103
      Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
    • Day 104
      Penang
    • Day 105
      Andaman Sea
    • Day 106
      Bay of Bengal
    • Day 107
      Bay of Bengal
    • Day 108
      Colombo
    • Day 109
      Colombo
    • Day 110
      Cruising
    • Day 111
      Kochi (Cochin)
    • Day 112
      Cruising (Arabian Sea)
    • Day 113
      Goa
    • Day 114
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 115
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 116
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 117
      Cruising (Arabian Sea)
    • Day 118
      Cruising (Arabian Sea)
    • Day 119
      Muscat
    • Day 120
      Cruising
    • Day 121
      Salalah
    • Day 122
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 123
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 124
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 125
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 126
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 127
      Safaga
    • Day 128
      Sharm-el-Sheikh
    • Day 129
      Suez Canal
    • Day 130
      Cairo (Port Said)
    • Day 131
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 132
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 133
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 134
      Kusadasi
    • Day 135
      Istanbul
    • Day 136
      Istanbul
    • Day 137
      Cruising
    • Day 138
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 139
      Cruising
    • Day 140
      Cruising
    • Day 141
      Venice
    • Day 142
      Venice
    • Day 143
      Split
    • Day 144
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 145
      Corfu
    • Day 146
      Cruising
    • Day 147
      Naples
    • Day 148
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 149
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 150
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 151
      Marseille
    • Day 152
      Barcelona
    • Day 153
      Barcelona
    • Day 154
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 155
      Malaga
    • Day 156
      Cruising
    • Day 157
      Vigo
    • Day 158
      Cruising
    • Day 159
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 160
      Dover
    • Day 161
      Greenwich (England)
    • Day 162
      Greenwich (England)
    Ship Details

    Viking Sun - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    A casually upscale ship that feels like a floating boutique hotel

    Cons

    Not the right choice for kids, gamblers or nightlife aficionados

    Bottom Line

    A terrific value-for-money cruise for travelers who crave a destination-immersive cruise

    Reviews

    Viking Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Viking Sun, the fourth in Viking Ocean Cruises' largely identical series of cruise ships, offer...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Magical Mystery Cruise
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    Islandbc
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Fabulous Cruise!
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  • 40 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    40 Night Cruise to Christchurch Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Hilo
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Pago Pago
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 19
      Suva
    • Day 20
      Suva
    • Day 21
      Lautoka
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    • Day 24
      Ile of Pines
    • Day 25
      Noumea
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Melbourne
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Hobart
    • Day 33
      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 35
      Milford Sound
    • Day 36
      Dunedin
    • Day 37
      Christchurch
    • Day 38
      Picton
    • Day 39
      Wellington
    • Day 40
      Napier
    • Day 41
      Tauranga
    • Day 42
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Kruisysue8
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good ship—except...
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Time Cruisers with HAL - Oosterdam Home Run
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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 Night
    Cruise to Christchurch

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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