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About Gisborne

Gisborne is New Zealand's most easterly city and lays claim to being the first city in the world to see the sunrise every day. (Thousands of people flocked there to greet the new Millennium in 2000.) The most easterly point, East Cape Lighthouse, is another 170km further north. The city of 36,000 people is the largest in the Eastland region of New Zealand. While several cruise lines have been including Gisborne on their itineraries in recent years, the Eastland region is still largely unvisited by international travellers.

Sitting on Poverty Bay, at the confluence of three rivers (the Turanganui, the Waimata and the Taruheru) and within an easy drive of a string of beaches, both north and south, Gisborne is a water-lovers' paradise. The area was first settled by Maori around 700 years ago. The first European to arrive was Captain James Cook aboard the Endeavour who landed near the mouth of the Turanganui River in October 1769 -- just six months before he landed in Botany Bay (Australia). Cook named it Poverty Bay due to the area's perceived lack of fresh herbs, which he hoped to collect to starve off scurvy amongst the crew. It was actually one of Cook's crew, a 12-year-old cabin boy called Nicholas Young, who first sighted New Zealand and after whom the amazing landform, Young Nick's Head, at the southern end of Poverty Bay, is named. History fans can seek out the two statues of Captain Cook and determine which one is the 'fake', along with the statue of young Nick. Today's passengers will marvel at stunning white cliffs at the entrance to Poverty Bay and the rolling hills that can be seen from the beaches north of the city. Some 33km north is the village of Whangara well known for its impressive marae (Maori meeting place) and the location for the book and film, Whale Rider.

Gisborne is wine country -- the third largest producer of wine grapes in the country, after Marlborough and Napier and -- and New Zealand's Chardonnay capital. Around 16 wineries produce excellent chardonnay, viognier, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris and reds such as Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Several such as Poverty Bay Winery, Kirkpatrick Estate and Wrights Vineyard & Winery have cellar doors open for tastings in the warmer months from October to April. The first stop is the Gisborne Wine Centre at the Inner Harbour cruise ship wharf, which showcases all the wine of the region. Beer lovers are catered for with a micro-brewery close to the port.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Port Arthur ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Port Arthur
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Hobart
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Milford Sound
    • Day 10
      Dunedin
    • Day 11
      Christchurch
    • Day 12
      Wellington
    • Day 13
      Gisborne
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Auckland
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    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

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

    Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and Noordam, ch...

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    michael620
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Norovirus spoiled our cruise!
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    ohiomary
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great way to see NZ and Australia
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Melbourne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Melbourne
    • Day 5
      Burnie
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Akaroa
    • Day 11
      Wellington
    • Day 12
      Napier
    • Day 13
      Gisborne
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Auckland
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    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

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    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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    tamurfin
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cruise to Australia & Nz - not good!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Sublime South Pacific was a beautiful cruise.
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Gisborne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Gisborne
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Picton
    • 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
      Sydney (Australia)
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    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.

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    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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    hbanick
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Trip
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Overpriced & disorganised
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Melbourne
    Visiting:
    Milford Sound, Dunedin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    17 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Melbourne
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Milford Sound
    • Day 6
      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Akaroa
    • Day 8
      Picton
    • Day 9
      Wellington
    • Day 10
      Napier
    • Day 11
      Gisborne
    • Day 12
      Tauranga
    • Day 13
      Auckland
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 18
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

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    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

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

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    travelberlin
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed with the experience on Azamara Pursuit
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    Invicta1948
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Interesting itinerary with much history, culture and scenery in three countries.
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Burnie ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Burnie
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Milford Sound
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Dunedin
    • Day 10
      Akaroa
    • Day 11
      Kaikoura
    • Day 12
      Wellington
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Gisborne
    • Day 15
      Tauranga
    • Day 16
      Auckland
    • Day 17
      Auckland
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    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

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    Silver Muse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    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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    steveab1
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Fantastic!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Taste of Silver Sea
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Gisborne, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    15 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Gisborne
    • Day 3
      Napier
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Picton
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Melbourne
    • Day 14
      Melbourne
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

    Reviews

    Azamara Journey Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    LoveAllInclusive
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in a Club Continental Suite
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Gisborne

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Gisborne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Gisborne Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Gisborne
    • Day 4
      Napier
    • Day 5
      Picton
    • Day 6
      Wellington
    • Day 7
      Christchurch
    • Day 8
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Melbourne
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    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
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    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...

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    lyorko
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First Holland America Cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    What a great first cruise!
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    • 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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