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Relish this memorable rail and sail adventure with an incredible cruise exploring New Zealand’s spectacular natural wonders and an unforgettable all-inclusive journey on board the Indian Pacific, complete with hotel stays.

Begin this unforgettable holiday with a one-night hotel stay in Australia’s dazzling metropolis, Sydney. Savour the city’s magnificent harbour sights and iconic landmarks or escape to one of the sun-soaked beaches.

From here, you’ll then embark the magnificent Majestic Princess for a 13-night cruise discovering New Zealand’s breathtaking natural wonders and cultural delights. Savour two days at sea to settle in before arriving at the Bay of Islands, a sub-tropical paradise renowned for its stunning archipelago of remote islands and pristine beaches.

At Tauranga, ‘Land of the Maori,’ you’ll discover fascinating indigenous culture and picturesque Bay of Plenty, before continuing on to alluring harbour city, Auckland, where you can fully appreciate the laid-back lifestyle and the city’s pretty surrounds. 

The seaside charms of Picton then await where you could explore the celebrated Marlborough wine-producing region, before marvelling at the diverse charms of Christchurch, South Island’s largest city and palpable Scottish heritage at Dunedin. You’ll also enjoy an incredible scenic cruise through the otherworldly landscapes of the Fiordland National Park.

Your cruise ends back in Sydney, where you’ll disembark for a further two-night hotel stay. From here, climb on board the magnificent Indian Pacific for your transcontinental voyage. Encased in luxury, you’ll savour all-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, relax in your private cabin with en-suite and off train excursions as you steam across the country. Marvel at the ever-changing scenery from the lush eucalyptus forests of the majestic Blue Mountains, to the harsh barren landscapes and the raw beauty of the Nullarbor Plain before arriving at your final destination, Perth.

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The Majestic Princess Experience

From exciting dining and entertainment options to wondrous destinations, you’ll sail the world in a whole new way, on board the Majestic Princess. A recent addition to the luxury Princess Cruises fleet, this magnificent ship presents well-loved signature favourites, plus some exciting new features and a host of activities to enjoy. Among the highlights are two specialty restaurants with menus created by Michelin-rated chefs and Movies Under the Stars, boasting the largest outdoor screen at sea. Aptly named Majestic Princess is also the first ship in the Princess fleet to feature a brand-new livery design at her bow, with hair flowing toward the stern.

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Dining

Take your pick from eleven exceptional dining venues: from the Lobster & Dim Sum Bar and gourmet pizzas at Alfredo’s Pizzeria to laidback grazing at World Fresh Marketplace. Alternatively, opt for two extraordinary Specialty Restaurants, where dining experiences come crafted by Michelin-star awarded chefs.

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Activities

Whether you kick back at the chic Hollywood Pool Club, people-watch in the piazza-style Atrium, indulge in luxury retail therapy at The Shops of Princess, or attend a Champagne Art Auction at the ship’s dedicated art gallery, you’ll surely be engaged every moment of your cruise adventure.

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Entertainment

From Movies Under the Stars and Broadway-style productions at the Princess Theatre to the Princess Watercolour Fantasy Show and a bevy of bars and lounges with slick crooners, there’s something on board to entertain all tastes.   

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Embark on a transcontinental journey to Perth on board the magnificent Indian Pacific

Experience one of the few truly transcontinental rail journeys in the world with a voyage on board the Indian Pacific service, which travels across the breadth of southern Australia in incomparable style. Part of Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, the Indian Pacific speeds from coast to coast on a storied journey that follows in the footsteps of bush pioneers, gold rush greed, and famous adventurers who forged to discover the barren natural beauty of Australia’s famously unforgiving outback.

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Carriages

On average, the train comprises some 30 different carriages, including guest cabins, crew quarters, restaurant cars, lounges and power vans.

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Cabins

The accommodation on board is extremely luxurious, with different levels of opulence depending on what you desire from your escape.

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Food

Your dining options depend on the level of service you have opted for, but all meals take place in the beautifully appointed Queen Adelaide restaurant car or the Platinum Club.

Your 19 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

2 January 2023

Savour a one-night hotel stay in the dazzling harbour city of Sydney

Today you’ll arrive in Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest urban centre and make your way to your hotel for a memorable one-night hotel stay before your cruise. In this dazzling and glamorous metropolis, you’ll have time to explore the spectacular harbour, one of the world’s most beautiful. Take a stroll around the harbour shores – or even better, take a boat cruise – to discover the city’s iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Within the harbour vicinity you could also explore the waterfront Royal Botanic Garden and The Rocks, the historic site of Australia’s first European settlement and today, a vibrant precinct filled with atmospheric bars, cafés and restaurants housed in heritage buildings.

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Day 2

3 January 2023

In Sydney, embark the Majestic Princess for your fantastic New Zealand cruise adventure

Make your way to Sydney’s port to embark the Majestic Princess for your memorable 13-night full-board cruise exploring the stunning natural wonders of New Zealand. Get ready for a cruise experience of a lifetime on board and enjoy signature favourites that the Princess fleet is renowned for, as well as some extraordinary new additions. From the moment you step on board, you’ll receive attentive service from friendly staff who understand what premium hospitality means and discover your Princess cruise ship is truly your home away from home.

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Days 3 - 4

4 - 5 January 2023

Cruising the Tasman Sea, get a taste of the mouth-watering array of culinary offerings on board

With the next two days at sea, you’ll find dining is an adventure all of its own on board the Majestic Princess, thanks to the diverse range of dining delights on offer. Indulge your appetite from endless buffet choices and gourmet pizzas to decadent desserts and more, made with the freshest ingredients and reflecting regional flavours from around the globe. The Specialty Restaurants deliver an extraordinary dining experience and are the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Don’t miss the dazzling Chef’s Table Lumiere and two specialty restaurants with menus created by Michelin-star awarded chefs: Harmony, featuring Richard Chen’s interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes and Bistro Sur La Mer, a French Bistro-style with a modern twist.

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Day 5

6 January 2023

Sailing into New Zealand, relish the natural beauty and abundant wildlife amid the spectacular Bay of Islands

Today, you’ll arrive in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, a stunningly beautiful destination. It is easy to see why this is one of the region’s most popular destinations. This sub-tropical paradise presents crystal-clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches, considered some of the world’s finest. The pristine oceans, warm weather and diverse wildlife attract nature lovers from around the globe and offers the perfect spot for water-based activities extending to kayaking, diving, sailing and even swimming with the resident dolphins. You could also hike to Haruru Falls to admire scenic views of the cascading waterfalls.

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Day 6

7 January 2023

Relish the natural wonders and culinary delights of scenic Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

As you sail into Tauranga’s picturesque harbour, you’ll glide past the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano dotted with hot saltwater pools. A charming North Island coastal town, Tauranga is known as the ‘Land of the Māori’ offering numerous delights that cover the arts, indigenous culture and superb cuisine; from casual al fresco dining to New Zealand Riviera gastronomy. Head to Somerset Cottage to sample authentic regional cuisine made with locally sourced produce, especially freshly-caught seafood from the Bay of Plenty or relax on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastlines and watch dolphins frolic in the waves.

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Day 7

8 January 2023

Spend time leisurely soaking up the easy-going lifestyle in the striking harbour city of Auckland

Today you can explore Auckland, nestled amidst a naturally beautiful setting of two harbours. Auckland’s abundance of downtown shops and restaurants are conveniently close to a string of pristine beaches. Take a stroll along Viaduct Harbour, home to gleaming super yachts and numerous bars and cafés, where you can relax with a drink and sample Auckland’s acclaimed cuisine. Venture further afield for Waiheke Island, a delightful spot with its own warm microclimate - perfect for relaxing on one of the golden beaches and sampling world-class regional wines at a boutique winery.

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Day 8

9 January 2023

With a day at sea, take the opportunity to enjoy some of the amazing activities on board

On every Princess ship, you'll find endless ways to play and be active whatever the hour and the Majestic Princess is no exception. At the ship’s heart, relax at the piazza-style grand Atrium, resplendent with its magnificent floating staircase, where you’ll likely be entertained by musicians, jugglers, acrobats and a variety of other performers. Experience the unique SeaWalk® a glass walkway extending nine-metres beyond the edge of the ship, revealing thrilling vistas of the ever-changing seascape below or unwind at the chic Hollywood Pool Club, a glass dome-covered pool inspired by the glamour of the world’s premier movie capital.

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Day 9

10 January 2023

Embrace the charms of seaside town, Picton, gateway to the South Island’s celebrated Marlborough wine producing region

Today you’ll arrive on the at Picton, a picturesque seaside town at the heart of Marlborough Sounds, poised on the dramatically beautiful South Island Picton charms with its vibrant bars and cafés, artsy galleries and waterside eateries, from where you can admire the palm tree-lined promenade. You may opt to go kayaking in the peaceful waters of the sheltered harbour before a visit to the floating maritime museum or aquarium. Positioned at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is also gateway to the South Island's famed Marlborough wine region. Relish tastings of these superb wines, accompanied by dramatic landscapes, and discover fascinating wine country and estates, excellent restaurants and a number of New Zealand’s finest gardens.

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Day 10

11 January 2023

Explore the diverse charms of Christchurch, South Island’s largest city

Your next port of call is the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, which however, is surprisingly small enough to be explored on foot. Perhaps the best way of experiencing this compact city is on the hop-on, hop-off tram. There are 17 stops, which covers a wonderful opportunity to go punting on the River Avon, running through the heart of the city. Christchurch also boasts a strong cultural heritage, a lively music scene and an impressive selection of museums and art galleries. You could also visit one of the wildlife parks, catch a bargain at the lively markets, or ride the Christchurch Gondola – the city’s scenic cable-car.

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Day 11

12 January 2023

Delve into the Scottish-infused delights of Dunedin

A warm welcome awaits in Dunedin, where the locals are so proud of their Scottish heritage that they even have their own tartan. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air as you step on decidedly Scottish soil. Even though you may be half a world away and in a different country, the ambience remains the same, from the blue Victorian buildings and verdant green parks to local pubs – more than living up to its title as the ‘Edinburgh of the South.’ Don’t miss the themed gardens at Larnach Castle, including the Serpentine Walk and a native plant trail, a true botanist’s dream. Dunedin is also a gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, crisscrossed with hiking trails that may reveal sightings of sea lions, rare penguins and albatross.

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Day 12

13 January 2023

Discover the otherworldly landscapes that define New Zealand’s South Island, with a scenic cruise through spectacular Fiordland National Park

Today, you’ll take a scenic cruise through the dreamlike Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest national park, formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast of New Zealand's South Island. As you sail past spectacular scenery, you’ll be astounded by the glacier-cut mountains reflected in mirror-smooth waters and waterfalls cascading down craggy cliffs. As an extraordinary nature haven and important wildlife habitat, you may spot Blue Penguins as well as resident fur seals and playful dolphins. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies the narrow fjords of Milford Sound, where even your massive cruise ship seems to dwarf in comparison to the towering cliffs.  

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Days 13-14

14-15 January 2023

With two days cruising back across the Tasman Sea, you’ll find time to be dazzled by the ship’s world-class entertainment

Your two days at sea allows you even more time to appreciate the wonderful world-class entertainment on board the Majestic Princess. There’s something happening around every corner, covering just about every taste, be it original musicals, dazzling magic shows and tempting portfolio of bars and lounges. Be enchanted by the Princess Watercolour Fantasy Show, a mesmerising outdoor extravaganza of illuminated water dances choreographed to music, or lose yourself in Broadway-style productions complete with amazing stage sets and artists from around the globe at the vast Princess Theatre. The ship’s exclusive open-air poolside amphitheatre is the go-to destination for feature films under the clear starry skies.

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Days 15-16

16-17 January 2023

Arriving back in Sydney, you’ll relish a further hotel stay to immerse yourself in the riches of the city

Your cruise ends back in Sydney where you’ll disembark for a further two-night hotel stay. Immerse yourself at atmospheric Darling Harbour. Whatever your tastes or interests, this pedestrian-friendly district is a constant hive of activity, with cinemas, restaurants and street performers. Lose yourself in colourful Chinatown, escape to the scenic Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest commercial wine-growing region or stroll along the iconic Bondi Beach, where you’ll find a selection of boutique cafes where you can sip cold refreshments and admire surfers ride the turquoise waves.

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Day 17

18 January 2023

Embark the majestic Indian Pacific for your memorable transcontinental rail journey to Perth

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney, embarking the iconic Indian Pacific, a classic train named in honour of two great oceans. On this incredible coast-to-coast journey, prepare to witness extraordinary contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, and bustling cities to ghost towns. As the train winds its way through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard and admire the fantastic views in the height of luxury. Following a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines, you’ll have plenty of time to settle in and socialise with your fellow passengers in the Outback Explorer Lounge before retiring to the elegance of your cabin for a peaceful night’s rest.

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Day 18

19 January 2023

Enjoy memorable off-train experiences in Broken Hill, then choose from a selection of day tours for either Adelaide or its scenic surrounds

As the day begins, the Indian Pacific rolls into Broken Hill, or ‘Silver City,’ where you’ll then savour a choice of early morning off-train adventures, discovering the fascinating mining history and modern-day artistic culture. A sumptuous lunch is served on board as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular Flinders Ranges. Arriving in Adelaide in the afternoon, you can choose from one of several memorable off-train experiences. You may decide to take a guided tour of South Australia’s historic capital and its key attractions. Alternatively, you may to tour the picturesque Adelaide Hills where you can indulge in the culinary delights of Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement.

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Day 19

20 January 2023

Discover remote Cook and the stark raw beauty of the Nullarbor Plain, rounded-off with a unique Outback dining experience at Rawlinna

Awake in your luxurious cabin to the sunrise beaming over the vast expanse of the remote Nullarbor Plain. Following a leisurely breakfast with expansive desert views – perhaps spotting a posse of kangaroos leaping through the arid shrubbery – you’ll disembark for a brief stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community established in 1917, Cook today almost resembles an eerie ghost town in the midst of nowhere. Back on board, soak up the ever-changing landscapes before your next off-train experience at Rawlinna, a small Nullarbor outpost on the fringes of Australia’s biggest sheep stations. Dependant on the season, you’ll enjoy a unique outback dining experience like no other, with an unforgettable dinner under the starry desert skies, or during the colder winter months, drinks and canapes served around a roaring bonfire.

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Day 20

21 January 2023

Disembark the Indian Pacific in Perth, where your amazing journey concludes

The Avon Valley beckons you this morning – the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive at the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end.

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Your Hotel Stays

Vibe Hotel Sydney
★★★★

Vibe Hotel Sydney offers the best of both worlds: perfectly positioned in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and close to buzzing Chinatown, Darling Harbour and major streets, while surrounded by verdant parks. In fact, you’re perfectly placed to explore everything Sydney has to offer. All the hotel’s 198 guestrooms and suites are spacious and well-equipped and offer a cosy urban sanctuary during your stay. Sample the city’s famed barista coffees as well as delicious share plates and wholesome dishes washed down with fabulous regional wines at the stylish Storehouse Sydney Central Café and Bar. In between all that sightseeing, relax with a refreshing dip in the rooftop heated pool, or at the sauna, or work-off all that good food at the gym.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Cruise

  • 13 night full-board cruise on board Majestic Princess

Rail Journey

  • 3 night all-inclusive rail journey on board the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth with all meals, fine wines and beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and short stops in Kalgoorlie, Cook, Adelaide and the Blue Mountains (optional)

Hotel Stay

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay at the Vibe Sydney with breakfast

Tours

  • Off train experiences in Broken Hill, Adelaide and surrounds, Cook, Rawlinna and Perth

All flights & taxes

Prices

19 Nights |  Departing 2 January 2023

Departing

Perth

Inside

$6,499pp

Balcony

$6,999pp

Suite

$7,999pp

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$6,699pp

Balcony

$7,199pp

Suite

$8,199pp

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$6,699pp

Balcony

$7,199pp

Suite

$8,199pp

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$6,799pp

Balcony

$7,299pp

Suite

$8,299pp

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$6,799pp

Balcony

$7,299pp

Suite

$8,299pp