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Welcome the New Year in spectacular style with an unforgettable three-night stay in Sydney and exclusive Opera House Gala Event, then a 12-night Celebrity cruise exploring New Zealand’s breathtaking natural wonders.

Start this once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s extravaganza in Sydney, one of the world’s most exciting places to celebrate the festivities. For your unforgettable three-night stay, dependant on package booked, you’ll have a choice of either a four-star or five-star hotel and centrally located, you’ll be close to many of Sydney’s iconic attractions.

Following a leisurely day, the best New Year’s Eve of your life awaits with an exclusive Opera Gala performance at world-famous Sydney Opera House. First, enjoy drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour; if you’ve booked the 5-Star Hotel Upgrade Package, relish an exclusive pre-performance Gala Dinner and Platinum VIP seating. Then in the magnificent Joan Sutherland Theatre, enjoy this incredible three-hour Opera Gala Event, with opera classics by maestros performed by illustrious opera artists. At the perfectly timed interval, watch Sydney’s spectacular 9pm fireworks display exclusively from a private vantage point. You’ll start your New Year in style, boarding an exclusively chartered Captain Cook vessel for a three-hour cruise on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Savour a delicious three-course a la carte lunch while admiring premium views of the city’s landmarks.

Next day, embark the luxury Celebrity Eclipse – a masterpiece of design that brings together all the best features of modern cruising with a sublime ease –for a 12-night cruise exploring New Zealand’s spectacular natural and cultural treasures.

First, you’ll stop at Melbourne, Victoria’s trendsetting coastal capital, savouring world-class dining and cafés, exhilarating sports and some of Australia finest arts and culture. Then cruise across the Tasman Sea for New Zealand’s dramatically beautiful South Island. In one day, you’ll be treated to scenic cruises through a trio of spectacular natural fjords, Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound, where you may well spot fur seals, blue penguins and dolphins. Next, embrace the palpable Scottish heritage at charming Dunedin, ‘Edinburgh of the South,’ before exploring the diverse charms of Christchurch, South Island’s largest city.

Reaching the North Island, you’ll discover the sights and delights of Wellington, New Zealand’s captivating capital, before exploring the spectacular Bay of Islands, a sub-tropical paradise boasting some of the world’s finest beaches. Your final stop is scenic Tauranga, ‘Land of the Maori,’ where you’ll discover fascinating indigenous culture, sublime Riviera Gastronomy and breathtaking views from Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui. Finally, disembark the Celebrity Eclipse in alluring Auckland, where your incredible New Year’s extravaganza concludes.

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The Celebrity Eclipse® Experience

The Celebrity Eclipse® is a masterpiece of design, bringing together all the best features of modern cruising with a sublime ease. The Celebrity Eclipse® includes favourites that regular passengers have found so appealing on its sister ships, like the manicured real grass expanse in the al fresco Lawn Club area and the fascinating Hot Glass Show studio where you can watch skilled glassblowers craft intricate ornaments. The Celebrity Eclipse® has its own innovations like the creatively quirky Qsine speciality restaurant. This wonderful cruise ship boasts the full array of facilities, dining options and fun activities that any cruise passenger could wish for.

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Dining

Take your tastebuds on a journey of discovery on board Celebrity Eclipse globally inspired cuisine in distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef and tempting speciality restaurants.
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Activities

Whether you want to be active, engaged or unwind, there are so many options to choose from: be spoiled at the spa, disconnect at Silent Meditation, join the hot glass class, or play Croquet, Bocce, or golf putting at The Lawn Club, or shop at the European-inspired piazza and elegant galleria
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Entertainment

Once the sun sets on your perfect day, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep you entertained on board; play the hottest slots and table games at The Casino, dance the night away at retro-chic nightclub, Qasar or unique music venue, Sky Observation Lounge and savour p-tempo tunes at the Martini Bar & Crush.

Your 15 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

30 December 2022

Arrive in Sydney and head to your hotel for the start of an exciting three-night stay and once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s celebrations

Today, you’ll arrive in Sydney, Australia’s dazzling harbour city, where you’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s celebration! Make your own way from the airport to your downtown hotel: if you’ve booked the Celebrity Eclipse Inside & Outside Cabin Package, you’ll stay for three-nights at the 4-Star Holiday Inn Darling Harbour. If however you’ve booked the 5-Star Hotel Upgrade Package (with a reserved balcony and above), you’ll be staying at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. With time at leisure to explore this fantastic metropolis, you’ll already sense the excitement as New Year’s Eve draws closer. Stroll around the magnificent harbour area and catch a glimpse of iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Within the harbour vicinity, explore the waterfront Royal Botanic Garden and The Rocks, the historic site of Australia’s first European settlement and nowadays, a vibrant precinct filled with atmospheric bars, cafés and restaurants housed in heritage buildings.

bell  Overnight: 4* Holiday Inn Darling Harbour / 5* Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Day 2

31 December 2022

The best New Year’s Eve of your life awaits with a fantastic Opera Gala performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House

Following a day at leisure, get set for the ultimate in New Year’s Eve celebrations! Dressed up to the nines in your best finery, make your way to the world-famous Sydney Opera House, soaking-up the buzz of anticipation. Within, first enjoy drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour before taking your seats; if you’ve booked the 5-Star Hotel Upgrade Package, you’ll be treated to an exclusive pre-performance Gala Dinner and Platinum VIP seating – the hottest tickets in town. Then in the magnificent Joan Sutherland Theatre, settle-in for the three-hour New Year's Eve Opera Gala Performance, an elegant evening of opera classics from maestros such as Verdi, Bizet, and Puccini, performed by illustrious opera artists. The interval is perfectly timed to coincide with Sydney’s spectacular harbour firework display at 9pm, which you can watch exclusively from private viewing areas within the Opera House. Post-performance, stay on to greet the New Year watching the Midnight Fireworks from the Southern Foyers.

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Day 3

1 January 2023

Happy New Year’s Day, savouring an exclusively chartered luxury cruise on stunning Sydney Harbour and a scrumptious three-course lunch

Your New Year starts in style, indulged with a fantastic Sydney Harbour cruise in the sunshine. Head to the wharf where you’ll embark the premium Captain Cook vessel, John Cadman 2, for an exclusively chartered three-hour cruise on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. As you cruise the sparkling waters on board this spacious two-deck vessel, you’ll enjoy premium views of the harbour’s iconic sights – including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge – and other beloved landmarks. Whilst soaking-up the dazzling sights, you’ll also savour a delicious three-course à la carte lunch, accompanied by wines, beers, soft drinks and juices. It really doesn’t get much better than this! The remainder of the day is free at leisure to experience more of Sydney’s amazing attractions.

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Day 4

2 January 2023

In Sydney, embark the Celebrity Eclipse to begin your marvellous New Year cruise to New Zealand

Your New Year’s celebrations and excitement continues as make your way to the port and embark the magnificent Celebrity Eclipse for an unforgettable 12-night cruise exploring dramatically beautiful New Zealand. Luxurious and upscale on every deck and at every turn, Celebrity Eclipse sets the standard for modern-day cruise holidays. Get acquainted with this stunning cruise ship as you settle into your sumptuous cabin as its full steam ahead bound for your first exciting port of call. Discover the wealth of fantastic bars, restaurants, entertainment and leisurely pursuits on board and experience a whole new level of rest and relaxation on your New Year cruise.

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Day 5

3 January 2023

On your first day at sea, indulge in sublime and innovative cuisine at the ship’s diverse array of restaurants

Cruising to your first destination, treat your tastebuds to a feast for the senses and a mouth-watering array of flavours at the ship’s distinctive restaurants. Menus come inspired by, and sourced from, the incredible regions that the Celebrity Eclipse visits. Savour anything from Sushi and Italian Tuscan delights to spa-inspired healthy fare and an incredible five-course feast designed by the ship’s Global Culinary Ambassador. The marvellous Speciality Restaurants take things up a notch, especially the signature Le Petit Chef At Qsine, a one-of-a-kind experience, where an augmented reality meets luxury cuisine for a truly interactive, artistic evening.

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Day 6

4 January 2023

Discover Melbourne, Australia’s cosmopolitan cultural and sporting capital

Today you’ll sail into Melbourne, the coastal capital of Victoria. You’ll soon discover this trend-setting city offers world-class dining and café culture, exhilarating sports and shopping, plus a vibrant arts and culture scene – why Melbourne is regarded as Australia’s ‘Culture Capital.’ Be sure to visit Federation Square, the city’s main culture and entertainment hub beside the Yarra River, where you can explore the galleries, pop-up bars, special events, cultural exhibitions and plethora of shopping and dining. Stroll through Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways, a wonderland of colourful street art, al fresco cafés, intimate wine bars and quirky boutiques and if you’re a sports fan, take a tour of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Days 7 - 8

5 - 6 January 2023

With two relaxing days at sea, let the good times roll at the stylish bars, lounges and nightspots you’ll discover on board

As you cruise across the Tasman Sea, enjoy what lies ahead once the sun has set. For the perfect start to your evening, enjoy pre-dinner tipples at the aptly-named World Class Bar, where expert mixologists concoct a world-class cocktail using the freshest ingredients and finest spirits. The Ensemble Lounge also offers an ideal setting for an aperitif before your extraordinary dining experience, or perhaps a digestif afterwards. Later, try your luck at the sophisticated Fortunes Casino, or listen to up-tempo tunes, while relishing a collection of rare vodkas and fine caviars at Martini Bar & Crush. Round your marvellous night off dancing until the small hours at retro-chic nightclub, Qasar, or the buzzing Sky Observation Lounge, a unique music venue.

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Day 9

7 January 2023

Discover the otherworldly landscapes that defines New Zealand’s South Island, cruising through a trio of spectacular natural fjords

You’ll first cruise through the narrow fjords of Milford Sound, where even your massive cruise ship seems to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Situated within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is a haven for diverse wildlife. Dusky Sound awaits next, the largest and most complex of New Zealand’s many coastal fjords, where steep cliffs have been hewn over the centuries by countless waterfalls. Here too is a wildlife paradise, with seals and dolphins patrolling the water. Finally, you’ll glide through Doubtful Sound, where cold mountain water cascading from the cliffs above creates a unique dual-layered fresh water and saltwater marine ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for blue penguins.

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Day 10

8 January 2023

Embrace the distinct Scottish heritage at charming Dunedin – the ‘Edinburgh of the South’

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 ambiance 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, criss-crossed with hiking trails that reveal sightings of sea lions, rare penguins and albatross.

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Day 11

9 January 2023

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

Today, you’ll arrive in New Zealand’s dramatically beautiful South Island and its largest city, Christchurch, which is surprisingly small enough to be explored on foot. Perhaps the best way however of experiencing this compact city is on the hop-on, hop-off tram. There are 17 stops, which covers a chance 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 12

10 January 2023

Reaching the North Island, discover the sights and delights of New Zealand’s captivating capital, Wellington

You’ll sail into New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, nestled in hills surrounding a sparkling bay on the southernmost point of the North Island. In this beautiful setting, admire the tiny white sails mingling with the cargo ships in the bay and charming Edwardian architecture contrasting with the contemporary city skyline. For panoramic city views, ride the iconic cable-car, which soars above the botanical gardens and hillsides dotted with colourful houses, to a lookout point high above Wellington. A compact city that’s easy to navigate, Wellington also charms with its waterfront promenade, sandy beaches and working harbour and bursting with energy and creativity, a lively arts, film and culinary scene.

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Day 13

11 January 2023

Relish your final day cruising with some indulgent pampering and relaxation

On this last day of cruising, take the opportunity to thoroughly relax and unwind, booking yourself in for a world-class treatment at OneSpaWorld. You’ll emerge feeling totally rejuvenated having experienced the soothing spa treatments which truly invigorate the senses. Pre-treatment, head to the Persian Garden, a peaceful oasis that offers a range of refreshing aquatic experiences, from billows of aromatic stream to tropical showers. Or enjoy the endless ocean views and gorgeous sunshine whilst playing your favourite outdoor games – from croquet to bocce and golf putting – at the ship’s one-of-a-kind Lawn Club, a refined quarter acre of real grass.

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Day 14

12 January 2023

Relish the natural beauty and abundant wildlife in the spectacular Bay of Islands

This stunningly beautiful bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why: a sub-tropical paradise of clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches. Bay of Islands’ beaches are considered some of the world’s finest, with their dazzling white sands and crystal-clear sparkling water. The pristine oceans, warm weather and diverse wildlife attract nature lovers from around the globe and offers an ideal spot for water-based activities extending to kayaking, diving, sailing and swimming with dolphins. If you have the time, take a boat trip out to the largest of the islands, Urupukapuka, home to numerous walking trails and bird species.

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Day 15

13 January 2023

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

As you sail into Tauranga’s scenic harbour, you’ll glide past the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano dotted with hot saltwater pools. You can discover these later on, along with the marvellous views. This charming North Island coastal town is the ‘Land of the Māori’ offering numerous delights that include the arts, indigenous culture and superb cuisine, from casual al fresco dining to sophisticated New Zealand Riviera gastronomy. Head to Somerset Cottage to sample authentic regional cuisine made with locally sourced fare, especially freshly-caught seafood from the Bay of Plenty. Alternatively, relax on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coasts or watch dolphins frolic in the waves.

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Day 16

14 January 2023

Disembark the Celebrity Eclipse in Auckland, then make your way to the airport for your flight home

Today your amazing cruise draws to a conclusion as you sail into Auckland, New Zealand’s alluring ‘City of Sails.’ It’s here that you’ll disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and filled with treasured memories make your way to the airport for your onward flight home, your New Year’s extravaganza complete!

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Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
★★★★

This four-star Holiday Inn comes conveniently located at the southern end of Sydney's premier entertainment precinct, a short stroll to bustling hotspots, Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Housed in a striking heritage building constructed in 1890, the hotel has since transformed into Australia’s largest Holiday Inn and recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. Thus, the 370 guestrooms and suites welcome with a more contemporary feel and neutral hues, with a focus on technology and practicality; enjoy the choice of soft and firm pillows and bathroom’s dual pressure showerheads. The refurbished fitness centre covers a yoga zone, spa and gym open 24-hours. The on-site restaurant serves a scrumptious buffet breakfast; for lunch and dinner, head to the countless dining options surrounding the hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
★★★★★

Boasting an impressive urban waterfront location, this Four Seasons property rests on the fringes of the iconic Sydney Harbour, mere steps from bustling Circular Quay and historic The Rocks. Enjoy the five-star views, service and luxury from the harbour’s edge. The well-appointed 517 guest rooms and 14 suites are contemporary stylish, infused with a local feel and provide a peaceful and comfortable Sydney retreat; expect indulges such as the signature Four Seasons Bed. Balancing casual bistro and fine-dining, sophisticated Mode Kitchen & Bar celebrates contemporary Australian cuisine, while refined neighbourhood bar, Grain, brims with master mixologists happy to serve artisanal cocktails, fine wines, locally-brewed craft beers and 200-plus whiskeys. To unwind, head to the heated outdoor pool, one of the largest of its kind in Sydney and the day spa that soothes with its blissful all-Australian treatments.

Touring Experiences

New Year’s Eve Opera Gala

Relish being the privileged few, not only in Sydney for the world-famous New Year’s Eve celebrations but attending the exclusive Opera Gala event at the harbourfront Sydney Opera House. During this fantastic New Year’s Eve event and dazzling three-hour performance, you’ll relish renowned Australian and international opera stars perform impressive arias by maestros covering Verdi, Bizet and Puccini, accompanied by an Opera Australia Orchestra. The interval is timed to coincide with Sydney’s famous fireworks display at 9pm, which you can watch exclusively from a private vantage point at the Southern Foyers, providing incredible views of the spectacular fireworks. This unique experience for Opera Gala attendees only makes seeing-in the New Year that much more special!

The above image is of a past performance in the Concert Hall – this year’s NYE Opera performance will take place in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.

Book the 5-Star Hotel Upgrade Package for New Year’s Eve exclusive privileges

Why not make your exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney even more memorable? If you upgraded to a 5-Star Hotel Package, you’ll get to enjoy some exclusive privileges at the unforgettable New Year’s Eve Opera Gala Event at the Sydney Opera House (as detailed above). Commencing around 5.30pm, you’ll savour a sublime pre-performance Gala Dinner, a sumptuous three-course dinner accompanied by beverages in the refined Northern Foyers of the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll also get upgraded to Platinum VIP tickets for the Opera Gala itself, seated at the most exclusive middle seats in the Sydney Opera House for prime viewing – the ultimate way to welcome-in the New Year!

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Following your unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebrations, the excitement continues on New Year’s Day, enjoying an exclusively chartered cruise around one of the world’s most magnificent harbours. Climb aboard your premium Captain Cook vessel, John Cadman 2 and settle-in for an unforgettable three-hours sailing on the sparkling waters of this beautiful sun-soaked harbour. As you leisurely relish a delicious three-course a la carte lunch accompanied by an array of beverages, you’ll get to admire the harbour’s many iconic sights in comfort, such as the striking sails of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as learning more about their storied history.

Your Holiday Summary

Cruise

  • 12 night full-board cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse®

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Sydney at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour with breakfast

Exclusive Performance at the New Year's Eve Opera Gala

  • An elegant evening of opera classics performed by Australian and international artists
  • C Reserve Seating

Fully Escorted Tour

  • Sydney Harbour long lunch cruise
    • 3 course à la carte lunch

Book a Balcony and above and receive:

  • 3 night five-star hotel stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney with breakfast
  • Exclusive pre-performance 3 course dinner (including beverages)
  • Platinum seating to the New Year's Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House (most exclusive seating)

All flights and taxes

Prices

15 Nights |  Departing 30 December 2022

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$4,999pp

Outside

$5,399pp

Balcony

$7,499pp

Concierge

$7,799pp

Departing

Perth

Inside

$5,099pp

Outside

$5,699pp

Balcony

$6,699pp

Concierge

$7,099pp

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$4,999pp

Outside

$5,399pp

Balcony

$7,499pp

Concierge

$7,799pp

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$5,199pp

Outside

$5,599pp

Balcony

$7,699pp

Concierge

$7,999pp

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$2,499pp

Outside

$3,699pp

Balcony

$7,499pp

Concierge

$7,799pp