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Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Cruise

The Best of Australia, New Zealand & Fiji
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Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Cruise

The Best of Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Optional Great Barrier Reef Pre-Tour 21 day cruise/tour - January 28, 2024

ESCAPE THE COLD OF WINTER – IT’S SUMMERTIME DOWN UNDER!

This special tour will visit important sites in Australia and New Zealand, plus it even has a fantastic stop in Fiji. In Australia, you will visit Sydney & Brisbane also, with an option to visit the Great Barrier Reef & Sydney option. In New Zealand, you will visit Auckland, Dunedin, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and sail through the Misty Fjords and more.

This is your chance to see a koala, feed a kangaroo, be taught by Aborigines to throw a boomerang, sail through the New Zealand Fjords, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, and the list goes on. This fantastic tour is filled with so many fun-filled experiences; there is no room to mention them all.

Package Price Includes:

  • 12 nights on Royal Caribbean cruise lines on the “Brilliance of the Seas” in a 4V upgraded inside cabin.
  • $325 in port charges.
  • $312.82 in cruise taxes.
  • All land taxes.
  • All booking fees and ticketing fees.
  • 2-nights hotel in Brisbane.
  • 1-night hotel in Sydney.
  • 3-nights at a deluxe beach resort in Fiji.
  • Fiji roundtrip transfers and a city tour.
  • All transfers, tours, and entrance fees.
  • Includes airfare from Brisbane to Sydney.
  • 5 days of shore excursions off the ship.
    • Dunedin
    • Christchurch
    • Wellington
    • Tauranga
    • Bay of Islands
  • Special Guest Educator: Michael Wilcox.
  • Special Guest Entertainer: George Dyer
  • Fun For Less Tours staff throughout the cruise, tour, and shore excursions – “We don’t send you, we take you.”
  • Airfare is not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our group airfare.
  • Great Barrier Reef Pre-Tour & Sydney Option is not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our Great Barrier Reef Pre-Tour which includes: 2 nights Great Barrier Reef (in deluxe hotels), a full-day cruise and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, Aboriginal Culture Village and round-trip airfare to and from Cairns. Plus 1 additional night in Sydney. The price is $1,587.

Package Price: $5,295*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include Great Barrier pre-tour, visas, international airfare, and tips.

Day 1: January 28:
Late afternoon flight from home to Los Angeles. Your flight will depart late this evening from Los Angeles to Brisbane.

Day 2: January 29:
Lose a day as you pass through the International Date Line.

Day 3: January 30: Brisbane, Australia
Depending on our arrival time into Brisbane we will start our tour of the area.  We will transfer to your deluxe hotel where we will overnight for the next 2 nights.

Day 4: January 31: Brisbane, Australia
Today we will do a city tour of Brisbane including a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you will be able to get up close and friendly with kangaroos, koala bears, and other Australian wildlife.

Day 5: February 1: Brisbane — Sydney, Australia
This morning we will transfer back to the Brisbane airport to fly to Sydney.  We will start our tour of Sydney which will include a city tour and a visit to the famous Opera House (including a tour of the interior).  Later we will transfer back to our hotel.

Day 6: February 2: Sydney, Australia
We will finish any missed sites in Sydney.  After our tour, we will transfer to our Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Day 7: February 3: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 8: February 4: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 9: February 5: New Zealand Fjords
Today will be a day of sailing through the Fjords of New Zealand. You will enjoy the stunning beauty of Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, and Milford Sound where sheer cliffs cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. These are some of the most beautiful fjords in the world. Be sure to have your camera ready for unspoiled beauty, sheer peaks, and waterfalls that make this a truly memorable day.

Day 10: February 6: Dunedin, New Zealand
The ship docks about 25 minutes out of Dunedin.  For those that purchased our optional shore excursion package, we will do a full-day tour of Dunedin and the surrounding area.  We enjoy a “fairy tale drive” through captivating scenery while making stops along the way. Later we visit the territory of a rare Royal Albatross Colony. We may even see the largest seabird in the world take flight or come in for a landing. These birds are amazing and one of our favorites to observe. We end the day with a city tour before returning to our ship.

Day 11: February 7: Christchurch, New Zealand
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will drive 1.5 hrs to Akaroa.  Akaroa is home to one of the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, the Hector’s Dolphin.  These endangered dolphins are only found in this small corner of the world.  We will take a boat ride where you may have an opportunity to see and enjoy a variety of sea and birdlife throughout the cruise including the rare Hector’s Dolphin, blue penguin, fur seals, and more.  Remember that there is no guarantee to see wildlife since they are wild animals.  At the conclusion of your cruise, you will drive back to Christchurch for some free time.

Day 12: February 8: Wellington, New Zealand
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will enjoy a tour around the “Wonderful, Windy Wellington”.  It is located on Cooks Strait (the strait that separates the north and south islands) which makes it susceptible to unpredictable weather and the strong winds that funnel through the strait.  This beautiful city was originally settled by a London based company in the 1840s.  There is still a Victorian feel to parts of the city.  While here we visit the Te Papa Museum and the Mt. Victoria Tramway among other interesting sites.

Day 13: February 9: Napier, New Zealand
We will not be offering a tour in Napier.  You will have a free day to explore the town.  The best way to enjoy Napier is to simply wander the quaint town and admire it’s Art Deco architecture.

Day 14: February 10: Tauranga, New Zealand
The ship docks about 1 ½ hour from Rotorua.  For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package, we are headed to Rotorua.  Our tour includes a visit to the Agradome with a sheep show and a sheep shearing demonstration along with a tour of a working farm.

Day 15: February 11: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
For those who purchased our shore excursion package, we will have the chance to relax as we cruise past rocky promontories and secluded beaches on our way to Hole-in-The-Rock, a 240 ft hole in the cliff that has slowly been eroded by wind and waves.  Along the way, you may even have the chance to see dolphins playing in the waves.

Day 16: February 12: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 17: February 13: Fun Day at Sea
Today is another relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 18: February 14: Sydney – Fiji
Unfortunately, we must say goodbye to our beautiful ship. After we disembark we will fly from Sydney to Fiji.  Upon arrival in Fiji, we will transfer about 1 hour to our hotel where we will spend the next 3 nights. (The flight from Sydney to Fiji is included in the group airfare.  If you did not purchase the group airfare you must still purchase this internal flight on the same flight as the group.  It is NOT included in the price of the tour.)

Day 19: February 15: Fiji
Enjoy your fantastic day enjoying your 5-star luxury beach resort.

Day 20: February 16: Fiji
Another fantastic day to enjoy your 5-star luxury beach resort.

Day 21: February 17: Fiji – Home
Enjoy today to the fullest!  Sadly today is the last day to pretend that the real world doesn’t exist.  So have fun, and make the most of this beautiful resort.  You will be required to check out of your hotel room by noon.  We then enjoy a half-day tour of Nadi before we head to the airport for our late evening flight.  We cross the International Date Line on the way home…so you get to enjoy today twice!  Have a great trip.

 

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Australia with Great Barrier Reef Option Group Itinerary:

Day 1: January 26:
Late afternoon flight from home to Los Angeles. Your flight will depart late this evening from Los Angeles to Brisbane.

Day 2: January 27:
Lose a day as you pass through the International Date Line.

Day 3: January 28: Brisbane, Australia
Depending on our arrival time into Brisbane we will start our tour of the area.  We will transfer to your deluxe hotel where we will overnight for the next 2 nights.

Day 4: January 29: Brisbane, Australia
Today we will do a city tour of Brisbane including a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you will be able to get up close and friendly with kangaroos, koala bears, and other Australian wildlife.

Day 5: January 30: Sydney – Cairns, Australia
Today we will transfer in the morning back to Brisbane airport where we will fly to Cairns.  Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel where we will spend the next 2 nights.

Day 6: January 31: Cairns, Australia
Today will be a full day on the Great Barrier Reef.  We take a boat to the Outer Barrier Reef for unlimited snorkeling (equipment and instruction included) and swimming.  At the end of the day, we return to the hotel.

Day 7: February 1: Cairns – Sydney, Australia
Today we will do a tour of Cairns which will include a visit to an Aborigine Village.  There you will enjoy a show and even throw a boomerang if you want.  We take a late afternoon flight from Cairns to Sydney.  Upon arrival in Sydney, we will transfer to our hotel for the night.

Day 8: February 2: Sydney, Australia
Today we will spend time around this beautiful harbor city.  We will have a city tour including a visit to the famous Opera House (including a tour of the interior).  After our tour is finished we will transfer to our beautiful Royal Caribbean ship where we will board.

Day 9: February 3: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 10: February 4: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 11: February 5: New Zealand Fjords
Today will be a day of sailing through the Fjords of New Zealand. You will enjoy the stunning beauty of Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, and Milford Sound where sheer cliffs cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. These are some of the most beautiful fjords in the world. Be sure to have your camera ready for unspoiled beauty, sheer peaks, and waterfalls that make this a truly memorable day.

Day 12: February 6: Dunedin, New Zealand
The ship docks about 25 minutes out of Dunedin.  For those that purchased our optional shore excursion package, we will do a full-day tour of Dunedin and the surrounding area.  We enjoy a “fairy tale drive” through captivating scenery while making stops along the way. Later we visit the territory of a rare Royal Albatross Colony. We may even see the largest seabird in the world take flight or come in for a landing. These birds are amazing and one of our favorites to observe. We end the day with a city tour before returning to our ship.

Day 13: February 7: Christchurch, New Zealand
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will drive 1.5 hrs to Akaroa.  Akaroa is home to one of the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, the Hector’s Dolphin.  These endangered dolphins are only found in this small corner of the world.  We will take a boat ride where you may have an opportunity to see and enjoy a variety of sea and birdlife throughout the cruise including the rare Hector’s Dolphin, blue penguin, fur seals, and more.  Remember that there is no guarantee to see wildlife since they are wild animals.  At the conclusion of your cruise, you will drive back to Christchurch for some free time.

Day 14: February 8: Wellington, New Zealand
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will enjoy a tour around the “Wonderful, Windy Wellington”.  It is located on Cooks Strait (the strait that separates the north and south islands) which makes it susceptible to unpredictable weather and the strong winds that funnel through the strait.  This beautiful city was originally settled by a London based company in the 1840s.  There is still a Victorian feel to parts of the city.  While here we visit the Te Papa Museum and the Mt. Victoria Tramway among other interesting sites.

Day 15: February 9: Napier, New Zealand
We will not be offering a tour in Napier.  You will have a free day to explore the town.  The best way to enjoy Napier is to simply wander the quaint town and admire it’s Art Deco architecture.

Day 16: February 10: Tauranga, New Zealand
The ship docks about 1 ½ hour from Rotorua.  For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package, we are headed to Rotorua.  Our tour includes a visit to the Agradome with a sheep show and a sheep shearing demonstration along with a tour of a working farm.

Day 17: February 11: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
For those who purchased our shore excursion package, we will have the chance to relax as we cruise past rocky promontories and secluded beaches on our way to Hole-in-The-Rock, a 240 ft hole in the cliff that has slowly been eroded by wind and waves.  Along the way, you may even have the chance to see dolphins playing in the waves.

Day 18: February 12: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 19: February 13: Fun Day at Sea
Today is another relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.

Day 20: February 14: Sydney
Unfortunately, we must say goodbye to our beautiful ship. After we disembark we will finish touring Sydney before going to our hotel.

Day 21: February 15: Sydney – Fiji
Today we will transfer to the Sydney Airport where we will fly to Fiji. Upon arrival in Fiji, we will transfer about 1 hour to our hotel where we will spend the next 3 nights. (The flight from Sydney to Fiji is included in the group airfare.  If you did not purchase the group airfare you must still purchase this internal flight on the same flight as the group.  It is NOT included in the price of the tour.)

Day 22: February 16: Fiji
Enjoy your fantastic day enjoying your 5-star luxury beach resort.

Day 23: February 17: Fiji
Another fantastic day to enjoy your 5-star luxury beach resort.

Day 24: February 18: Fiji – Home
Enjoy today to the fullest!  Sadly today is the last day to pretend that the real world doesn’t exist.  So have fun, and make the most of this beautiful resort.  You will be required to check out of your hotel room by noon.  We then enjoy a half-day tour of Nadi before we head to the airport for our late evening flight.  We cross the International Date Line on the way home…so you get to enjoy today twice!  Have a great trip.