Papeete to Auckland CRUISE ONLY: Join luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises for an idyllic cruise through the islands back to Auckland.
A superior standard of service is at the heart of the Crystal Experience, delivered by the most highly awarded staff at sea. Guests are invited to enjoy Crystal's generous roster of all inclusive services and amenities that include:
* Complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits, champagnes and beers, as well as custom coffees, soft drinks, juices and bottled water
* All gratuities throughout the ship
* Open seating dining
* Gorgeous modern staterooms and lavish Penthouses, all with plush furnishings, pillow menu and state of the art technology
* Private teak verandahs for most staterooms and all Penthouses
* 24 hour room service
* Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
* Complimentary laundrettes
16 night Tahiti & Cook Islands cruise on Crystal Symphony Papeete to Auckland
Port Taxes and Government Fees
All the amenities listed above
* US$100 per person Shipboard Credit
TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD ARE PROTECTED BY THE TAANZ BONDING. Prices shown are cruise only, including Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Prices include all discounts. Special conditions apply for all Bonus inclusions. Valid new bookings only. Offers are per stateroom based on double/twin occupancy for 1st and 2nd guests only. Prices are NZ dollars & subject to currency fluctuations. Payment is by cash, eftpos or cheque only. QCard & credit card prices on application. Offers may not be available on all stateroom categories and capacity restrictions apply. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. Name changes not permitted. Sales to 31 October 2018. Prices correct as of 09 October 2018 & are subject to change without notification. Other conditions may apply.
16 Night Cruise sailing from Papeete to Auckland aboard Crystal Symphony.
Deep in the South Pacific, explore mesmerizing Polynesian islands as you make your way across the International Date Line to discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand.
Highlights of this cruise:
Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, is by no means a sleepy town. With an international airport, wide waterfront-boulevard and new buildings, it boasts all the modern trappings of civilization. Its engaging atmosphere is vibrantly alive, a marvelous potpourri of European manner and carefree island ways. A few steps from our pier, boutiques and galleries abound as Tahitian shopkeepers dressed in bright paréos greet customers with a welcoming iaorana. The nearby open-air market is a bustle of activity. Away from the clamor of town are peaceful fern grottos, tiny villages tucked in verdant valleys and ancient sacred maraes.
As your Crystal ship enters Cook's Bay, the dramatic spire made famous as Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific, towers in the distance and welcomes you to Mooréa. As this island is a jewel of crystalline lagoons, fjord-like bays, azure waters and velvety mountain peaks, it seems only natural that this exquisite island should have been selected as the location of the 1983 movie, The Bounty.
The ancient Polynesians chose Mooréa as their pleasure island. Here, pristine beaches are flanked by groves of pineapple, vanilla and coffee.
James Michener called it the most beautiful island in the world, for Bora Bora fulfills your every fantasy of how an island paradise should be. Majestic 2,000-foot-high peaks tower over its tranquil lagoon, their reflections mirrored in glassy waters. Thatch-roofed huts lie cradled beneath shady palms on sugar-white beaches as the scent of exotic flowers wafts through the air. Colorfully decorated le trucks wait ashore, ready to take you on a discovery of the island's awesome beauty. Nearby, glass-bottom boats lie poised, awaiting the opportunity to introduce you to an undersea world that is rich with vibrant sea life.
Kia Orana and welcome to Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook group. This splendid island chain was named in honor of the great explorer Captain James Cook. Rarotonga's richly covered mountains rise 2,000 feet above white-sand beaches; and its encircling coral reefs create beautiful, safe lagoons. The hospitality here is warm and spontaneous. Smiling faces greet you at every turn of the road. Traditional cultures have been retained on an island where tranquil lifestyles are uncomplicated by the pace of the outside world. You will be captivated by the exuberant dancing and easygoing ways of the gentle islanders.
Sprawling along the sweeping bay, Tauranga is a popular summer resort and one of the country's most important ports for the export of kiwi fruit, timber, and dairy products. It is also the gateway for Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that is one of New Zealand's most famous attractions.
Welcome to Auckland, the "City of Sails." New Zealand's largest city is along the shores of an extinct volcanic cone known as Rangitoto, often visible to the east. Auckland's population of over one million people represents almost a third of the country's total.
New Zealand seems to have a bit of everything: great natural beauty, friendly people, magnificent glacier-studded mountain ranges, sculpted fjords, pristine untouched beaches, lush rainforest, an endless array of sporting activities, and, not to be forgotten, plenty of sheep and rolling farmland.
Auckland is the perfect city from which to experience most of what New Zealand has to offer. The city lies astride a narrow isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean on two harbors, the Waitemata and Manukau. Auckland and New Zealand's geographic and cultural treasures beckon for your discovery.
An enthusiastic welcome awaits you at this thriving city by the sea.