EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: January 22, 2019 - February 17, 2019

FIJI, NEW CALEDONIA & NEW ZEALAND

27-Day cruise aboard SUN PRINCESS
January 22 – February 17, 2019

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It’s famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches, and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits. Escape to this unhurried corner of the world, where Māori legends, steaming volcanic lakes, penguins and hobbits add to the magical landscape. From the historic North Island, known as “the birthplace of the nation,” to the stirring drama of Fiordland National Park, a cruise to New Zealand with Princess will defy expectations.


 

Sydney, AUSTRALIA                            Embark            4 pm
Cruise South Pacific                            ~                      ~
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Lifou, NEW CALEDONIA                     9 am                6 pm
Mystery Island, VANUATU                 8 am                5 pm
Cruise South Pacific                            ~                      ~
Dravuni Island, FIJI                              8 am                6 pm
Suva, FIJI                                              8 am                6 pm
Savusavu, FIJI                                      7 am                5 pm
Lautoka, FIJI                                        8 am                4 pm
Cruise South Pacific                            ~                      ~
Mare, NEW CALEDONIA                    8 am                p pm
Cruise South Pacific                            ~                      ~
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Sydney, AUSTRALIA                            8 am                4 pm
Cruise Tasman Sea                              ~                      ~
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Bay of Islands, NEW ZEALAND           8 am                6 pm
Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND                 8 am                6 pm
Napier, NEW ZEALAND                      7 am                4 pm
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND               8 am                6 pm
Akaroa, NEW ZEALAND                     8 am                6 pm
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND                   8 am                6 pm
Cruising Fiorland National Park          8 am                5 pm
Cruise Tasman Sea                              ~                      ~
Cruise Tasman Sea                              ~                      ~
Sydney, AUSTRALIA                            Disembark

Book Now & Receive $200 US Onboard Credit Per Cabin!

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
INSIDE Cat. ID              $4,895              INSIDE Cat. IC              $4,995                           INSIDE Cat. IB              $5,095
OUTSDE Cat. OW*       $5,595              OUTSIDE Cat. OF         $6,195                          OUTSIDE Cat. OC            $6,295
BALCONY Cat. BD       $6,995              BALCONY Cat. BC       $7,195                          BALCONY Cat. BB            $7,395
MINI SUITES – Upon Request              *Please note category OW has obstructed view.

SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
INSIDE Cat. ID              $8,795              OUTSIDE Cat. OW*      $9,995                          BALCONY Cat. BD – $12,995

Initial deposit of $1,750 per person is required.  Final Payment is due by OCTOBER 25, 2018

ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS PER PERSON AND INCLUDE:
27-Day cruise with all your meals and onboard entertainment.
All your port taxes and government fees.
All your prepaid shipboard gratuities during your cruise.
Please Note: Cost of the airfare from select cities will be quoted at time of booking
when available with Princess Cruises as well as any optional hotel stays with your cruise.
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.”  Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge, and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney – from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains.  Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts.  Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

LIFOU, NEW CALEDONIA – The largest of the Loyalty Islands, Lifou lies some 118 miles to the northwest of New Caledonia.  The island is an ancient makatea – a fossilized coral atoll raised high above sea level.  Whalers were the first Westerners to visit this Melanesian paradise – though greedy traders lured by the island’s aromatic sandalwood trees soon followed.  Today’s visitors are drawn attracted to the island’s spectacular scenery, which ranges from dense tropical forest to dramatic cliffs towering above the crashing waves.  Lifou’s white-sand beaches are some of the finest to be found in the entire Pacific.  Lifou and the other Loyalty Islands are part of New Caledonia, which, like Tahiti, is an overseas province of France.  The island is a center of traditional Melanesian culture.

MYSTERY ISLAND, VANUATU – This tiny, uninhabited inlet, originally named Inyeug, is located at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago approximately half a mile from the mainland, Aneityum Island.  Used during World War II as an airstrip for the allied forces, it was dubbed “Mystery Island” because its location prevented the Japanese from seeing it from the water, making the appearance of allied planes a “mystery.”  With its white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and spectacularly clear waters, Mystery Island still holds the allure of a secret oasis.  You are greeted upon arrival by live music wafting through the air and a colorful marketplace with rows of stalls selling everything from handicrafts to local treats to hair-braiding services.  For the adventurous, aquatic activities, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboards beckon, while a glass-bottom boat offers a more sedate and drier way to enjoy the Technicolor marvel of the surrounding coral reef.  Round out your visit with a trip to a nearby cultural village to learn more about the traditions and customs of island life.  

DRAVUNI ISLAND, FIJI – Less than two miles in length from north to south, Dravuni Island lies in the Kadavu Island group of Fiji. Its volcanic peaks give way to a remote village of just 200 or so friendly villagers who live amongst the island’s shady palms. These welcoming locals and their children often sing to arriving visitors.  Well-worn trails scattered with coconuts snake around the unspoiled beaches, the soft sands beckoning underwater adventurers towards the crystal-clear waters.   Many visitors come to snorkel in the Great Astrolabe Reef, or to hike Dravuni Island’s highest peak for magnificent once-in-a-lifetime views of the surrounding islands.

SUVA, FIJI – The Fiji archipelago is at the cross roads of the South Pacific. In the days of sailing ships, it was known as “The Cannibal Isles,” where mariners carefully avoided its fierce warriors and perfidious waters. Thankfully, Fiji’s pagan days live only in the tales recalled by tour guides – in rituals such as firewalking, Kava Ceremonies and in renditions of tribal drumming, dance, and song.  Fiji is an exotic destination, with 333 islands that provide an exciting adventure or peaceful repose.  The northwest region, where the sun shines almost every day and a tropical shower ends as quickly as it began, is home to the majority of the resorts.  Suva, the political, administrative, educational, and commercial center, has a backdrop of lush rainforest maintained by the inevitable “tropical downpour.”  The people of Fiji are the most multiracial and multicultural of all South Pacific island countries – this being reflected in churches of all denominations, mosques, temples, and shrines.  Built around a reef-protected natural harbor, Suva, with its colonial buildings nestled alongside modern commercial venues, shops and local markets, parks and, residential sprawl, is home to nearly half of Fiji’s urban population.

SAVUSAVU, FIJI – Savusavu boasts one of the most spectacular harbors in the South Pacific.  Its serene waters are dotted with islands. Rugged volcanic ridges, their slopes covered in rainforest, tower above the coastal plains.  Coconut palms and old copra plantations line the southern shore.  Strolling through the streets of Savusavu town, the visitor feels as if he or she has stepped back in time to the Fiji of old.  Life here seems to move at a more serene pace.  No wonder the international yachting set has made Savusavu one of the Pacific’s top destinations.  Protected by mountains, Savusavu Bay is one of the finest sheltered anchorages in the South Pacific.  The US Navy chose it as a “hurricane hole” during World War II – a place of refuge during the Pacific typhoon season.

LAUTOKA, FIJI – The second-largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located in the west, on the island of Viti Levu.  It is nicknamed The Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations producing the island’s most important crop.  Its soft-sand beaches are fringed with swaying palm and coconut trees reflected in the crystalline turquoise waters.  A drive through the city center allows glimpses of tree-lined streets, colonial houses, colorful markets, and a vibrant local culture.

BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND – The Bay of Islands offers more than broad vistas of sea and sky, more than beaches, boating, and fabulous water sports. The Bay is the birthplace of modern New Zealand. Here the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, establishing British rule, and granting the native inhabitants equal status.  Rich in legend and mystery, the Bay of Islands has age-old ties to the Maori and to whalers, missionaries, and New Zealand’s early settlers.  The Bay of Islands has lured explorers for countless centuries. The Maori say that Kupe, the great Polynesian adventurer, came here in the 10th century.  Captain Cook anchored offshore in 1769, followed by assorted brigands, traders, colonists, and missionaries.

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty.  It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region.  Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center, and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua – a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture.  A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand’s primary tourist attraction.  Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia.  The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs, and seaside resorts. 

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND – Napier and Hawke’s Bay have become New Zealand’s premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island’s eastern coast, New Zealand’s oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches.  In recent years, Hawke’s Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.   In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier.  The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the “Art Deco City” for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission, and Classical Revival buildings.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes, and fine Victorian buildings.  Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, “wonderful, windy Wellington” is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait.  The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.  Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot.  Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND – On the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is a popular tourist destination with a distinctly French flair, its history steeped in legend.  It lies on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, which the Maori believe was formed when a hero named Maui piled mountains upon a giant who threatened to eat his children.  The same peninsula was purchased from the local Maori by a French whaler around 1838, and was later settled by both the French and the British, who had just signed the Treaty of Waitangi ensuring New Zealand’s existence as a British colony.   With French-named streets leading to restaurants serving French cuisine and colonial architecture all around, Akaroa’s heritage as the only French-founded community in New Zealand is unmistakable.  Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector’s dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area’s secluded beaches and quaint boutiques.

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND – Perched on the hills above one of New Zealand’s loveliest harbors, Dunedin is a Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Hailed as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand,” Dunedin is proud of its heritage.  A statue of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns graces downtown, and the presence of New Zealand’s only kilt maker and whisky distillery – as well as many bagpipe bands – keep Dunedin’s ties to Scotland alive. The city also boasts a distinguished architectural and cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush.  Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is located eight miles from the city center. Dunedin is a planned city: its streets and suburbs fan out from the city’s octagon.

FIRORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound.  Lined by cliffs that soar nearly a mile above its surface, Milford Sound cuts into the heart of the Southern Alps. Rainforest clings to the cliffs and graceful waterfalls plummet into the void.  Mile-high Mitre Peak dominates the upper reaches of the sound.  The town of Te Anau in Fiordland National Park is also your gateway to the South Island’s other natural wonders including Lake Wakatipu, the resort of Queenstown and Mt. Cook National Park.