You have to plan ahead if you want to make the most of your Christmas break – but 18 months?
That’s how far ahead you should be thinking if you want to be sure of sailing to New Zealand on a luxury Christmas package that includes drinks, excursions, private transfers, tips, Business Class flights, and even a butler at your beck and call.
That’s all on the menu and you get a US$200 spending credit if you book by July 31 THIS YEAR. Admittedly it’s a very luxxy package and you have a year and a half to look forward to it.
Small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, is promoting this five-star, 16-night ‘Tasman Sea Tinsel’ package. Here’s what the sales pitch says – we take no responsibility for festive season hyperbole.
Cruise Traveller’s special Christmas and New Year escape begins on December 20, 2024, when guests will board Silversea’s luxurious, boutique ship, the 596-guest Silver Muse, for a festive, 16-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland.
Interstate guests in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth will also receive an executive, private car transfer from their home to the airport (within 80km) and a Business Class flight to Sydney.
Decked from bow to stern with Christmas sparkle, Silver Muse will treat guests to a spectacular sailaway out of Sydney Harbour bound for Eden, Melbourne and Burnie and then across the Tasman to New Zealand’s majestic Fjordland and the rarely visited port of Bluff at the bottom of New Zealand – famous for the world’s best oysters.
The journey then traces the South Island to the ports of Dunedin, Christchurch and Picton and then to Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga on the North Island before reaching Auckland where the cruise ends.
Christmas will be celebrated in the Tasman Sea and New Year’s Eve off the coast of NZ, with all the festive traditions and no cooking or cleaning up required!
After disembarking in Auckland, guests will be flown back to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth in Business Class, with an executive, private car transfer back home again (within 80km).
Onboard the cruise, all guests will enjoy the services of a personal butler, an open bar throughout the cruise and complimentary excursions ashore, adding to the non-stop indulgence.
Guests can choose from a range of included excursions such as Larnach Castle from Dunedin, the famous Marlborough wine region from Picton and a visit to Rotorua’s geothermal wonders from Tauranga.
Snapshot of inclusions and features – ‘Tasman Sea Tinsel’ package
* 16-night package from December 20, 2024
* Executive, private transfers at the start and end of the holiday
* Business Class flight from Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Sydney
* 16-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland aboard Silver Muse
* Onboard beverages, Wi-Fi, excursions and gratuities during the cruise as well as stateroom butler service
* Business Class flight from Auckland to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth
The all-inclusive, fly and cruise package is available from A$16,800 per person, twin-share, in a Vista Suite. A bonus US$200 per twin suite onboard spending credit is available for bookings made by July 31, 2023.