Endeavor, New Zealand Fjords & Tasmania ex Christchurch to Melbourne 16 Night Cruise sailing from Christchurch to Melbourne aboard Crystal Endeavor.
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16 Night Cruise sailing from Christchurch to Melbourne aboard Crystal Endeavor.
Whether whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura or people watching along the bustling boulevards of Melbourne, you’re assured an abundance of memorable sights on this expedition through Tasmania, Victoria and New Zealand. Windswept bird islands lined with mountain peaks are an adventurist’s delight, where tropical parakeets and parrots fly about the forest canopy and penguins mingle with sea lions on the beaches. On Stewart Island, explore the sparkling bays and lush forests on invigorating hikes, and marvel at the “Sound of Silence” as you transit Doubtful Sound in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park.
Charismatic cosmopolitan vibes can be found in Dunedin, Lyttelton and Melbourne, where striking architecture punctuates lovely avenues brimming with feasts for all the senses – from world-class seafood to endless views of the coastline and beyond.
Highlights of this cruise:
The historic port of Lyttelton serves as the gateway to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Traditionally considered the most English of New Zealand’s cities, there is much to explore in vibrant Christchurch, from its neo-Gothic stone buildings and beautiful botanical gardens, to its picturesque Avon River lined by graceful willows. Further afar, the Canterbury Plains, snow-capped Southern Alps and numerous rivers beckon with their enchanting beauty and wildlife.
Situated between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful harbor cities – as well as an Antarctic gateway. History adds picturesque charm to this Tasmanian capital, for there are no less than 90 buildings with National Trust classification. At Salamanca Place and Battery Point, relics of the last century’s whaling days can still be seen.
Natural treasures abound at Australia’s Flinders Island. Located in the sparkling clear waters of the Coral Sea, the collection of tiny cays, atolls and lagoons are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Their amazing coral gardens teem with life, from tiny sea slugs and green turtles to tiger sharks and stingrays. During the sea’s low tide, the cays offer a convenient rest stop for a variety of seabirds.
Australia’s Phillip Island sits in shimmering blue waters just south of Melbourne in the Bass Strait. Its smorgasbord of cafés, restaurants, wineries, and shops is complemented by water sports, Grand Prix motorcycle racing, and an array of nature-focused attractions. Among the best spots for wildlife sightings is the Koala Conservation Center, where raised boardwalks let you come face to face with the cuddly creatures dozing in their treetop homes. Wallabies and possums live here too.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria. It maintains an air of old-world grace and refined dignity with spacious tree-lined boulevards and expansive parks. The prosperous lifestyle of its people is both cosmopolitan and sophisticated. Quaint trams rumble through the downtown area past verdant gardens and impressive high-rises, in a city that has never lost its endearing charm. The heritage of more than 100 different cultures has contributed to Melbourne’s richly international character. This diverse ethnic mix is exemplified by its range of 15,000 dining venues which offer more than 50 different kinds of cuisine. Melbourne’s sightseeing is as diverse as it is composition and beckons for your discovery.