Your 29-night Melbourne to San Francisco Cruise is part of the 2017 World Voyage on Aurora.
Your 29-night Melbourne to San Francisco Cruise is part of the 2017 World Voyage on Aurora.
Cruises to cosmopolitan Melbourne, which is Australia’s second largest city, bring into your holiday a combination of distinctly European feel with the home country’s celebration of the outdoor life. Set on the Yarra River and close to national parks and beaches, the city certainly loves its sport from Australian Rules Football and cricket to horse racing and grand prix motor-racing. While, for culture-vultures, Melbourne cruise must-visits include the Victorian Arts Centre with its magnificent concert and theatre complex allied to the National Gallery housing Australia’s greatest collection of fine art; and the Melbourne Museum, the largest in the country with fascinating displays of Aboriginal artefacts. One of the best ways to get an immediate feel for the city is to jump on a vintage tram which will rattle you around the key sights in the city centre. Cruises to Melbourne also benefit from the town’s hugely diverse cultural mix which makes for an incredible variety of cuisine, from Greek and Spanish to Chinese and Vietnamese. Many also operate a BYO (Bring Your Own) policy, allowing diners to buy their favourite tipple cheaply elsewhere and then take it in to drink with their restaurant meal.
One of the world’s great cities and harbours, Sydney always lives up to great expectations. When you are on one of our Sydney cruises, the first glimpse of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House will stay in your memory forever. Even before the 2000 Olympics, cruises to Sydney had much to offer – hosting the games just made the city even better with improved facilities and extra dining and entertainment venues all round. From the waterside restaurants fringing the historic Rocks district, the Sydney cruise tour takes you around Sydney Cove past the Circular Quay ferry terminal to that remarkable Opera House and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.
Cruise into Milford Sound
Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, also known as New Zealand’s Fjordland. Maori legend tells of how this spectacular scenery was created by a godly figure that carved the land with his magical steel blade. Dominated by dramatic Mitre Peak, countless waterfalls stream down the fern-covered hillsides. You’ll sail through three magnificent fjords on this morning cruise through Milford Sound. Keep a lookout for seals and penguins on the rocks below the sheer cliffs.
Cruise into Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound (discovered by Captain Cook in the 1700s) is the deepest and second largest fiord in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. It’s a vast and breathtaking wilderness of rugged glacier-carved mountains, carpeted with dense and bountiful rainforest, which is broken every now and then by a spectacular waterfall thundering into the water below. Its three distinct winding arms and numerous islands set this fiord apart from its sisters. As you make your way slowly and expertly through the fiord you may catch a glimpse of some of its famous residents – the bottlenose dolphins and fur seals – as they play in the pure water. Keep your eyes peeled too for the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin often found on the small islets at the entrance to the fiord. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you drink in the sheer scale and beauty of this place and marvel at the power of Mother Nature.
Cruise into Dusky Sound
As you glide into the still waters of New Zealand’s largest fiord you’ll be gazing upon the exact same sight as Captain Cook witnessed over 240 years before you when he discovered Dusky Sound (or Dusky Bay as he named it) for the first time. Cook returned here in 1773 (three years after his initial discovery) to spend time observing the wildlife which had so impressed him on his first visit. It was the diverse birdlife that inspired the place names that he created —Shag River; Seal Rock; Curlew, Shag, Petrel, Seal, Pigeon, and Parrot Isles; Goose, Duck, and Woodhen Coves. Its remote location has ensured that Dusky Sound remains wonderfully unspoilt and it’s therefore still the perfect spot to see a wonderful array of bird and sea life and you’ll have the very best view from your ship as you gently make your way deeper into the sound.
Dunedin, New Zealan
Dunedin cruise destination is the home to New Zeland’s only true castle – Larnach Castle. Argued to be one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere, the impressive Dunedin Railway Station is a fine example of the ornate architecture found throughout the city. This ‘Edinburgh of the South’ is well deserving of its title. Cruises to Dunedin will take you through a fascinating journey of history where you can discover the town’s Scottish roots and enjoy a taste of Scotland in the local style. As you wander through this warm-hearted and captivating city, there are Scottish influences throughout, including a statue of the famous poet Robert Burns, the woodland gardens of Glenfalloch and Dunedin’s First Church.
Christchurch (Akaroa), New Zealand
Akoroa, meaning “long harbour” in Maori, certainly lives up to its name. Set on a beautiful, sheltered harbour, Akaroa is now a popular resort. Seek out the best spots for dolphin watching with tours from the harbour or relax on land at one of the welcoming bars or restaurants. Alternatively take a tour to Christchurch.
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand’s capital and cruise port Wellington, is blessed with a wonderful setting, overlooking a glittering harbour filled with bobbing sailing boats. Behind the gleaming modern skyscrapers of its centre, you will find the city’s history well preserved in some outstanding old buildings. Embark on one of our cruises to Wellington and visit the second-largest wooden building in the world, the old Government Building – which was built in 1876. To see New Zealand’s story brought most vividly to life, your Wellington cruise tours include a visit the Te Papa Museum, a multi-level extravaganza of hands-on learning where you can explore a Maori meeting house, take a virtual reality bungee jump or even experience an earthquake. When Wellington cruises have so much to offer, make time, too, to enjoy lunch with a view on the city’s lively waterfront, then take a four minute ride in the Kelburn cable car to see the marvellous views from the top of Mount Victoria.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga is a Maori name, translated as resting place for canoes. Situated on a narrow peninsula and surrounded by water, Tauranga cruise destination lies within the Bay of Plenty, an area with beautiful natural harbours and endless beaches. Highlights of Tauranga cruises include a real ‘back to nature’ tour of Oraka Wapiti Deer Park, Waikato Stud and Longlands Farm. Bars and restaurants are dotted along The Strand, an area ideal for strolling around. At Rotorua listen to the pulsating rhythms of a traditional Maori Haka and see the seething, bubbling cauldron of geysers and mud pits.
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s biggest city and major cruise port, Auckland, sits between the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which is how it came to host the America’s Cup twice - in 1999 and 2002 - attracting investment to transform the harbour side into a superb meeting and eating place which all Auckland cruise visitors can now appreciate. The Viaduct Harbour area now boasts outdoor restaurants ideally placed to view the hundreds of yachts attracted to this icon of sailing success. This ‘City of Sails’ is also home to New Zealand’s impressive National Maritime Museum which charts the nation’s seafaring history. Harbour ferries offer a great way of viewing the city, either by crossing the bay to old-established Devonport or under the harbour bridge to the suburb of Birkenhead. Otherwise cruises to Auckland take in all the sights from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere at 328 metres. On Auckland cruises, shore excursions can take you to the remarkable geysers and mud pools of Rotorua.
Fijis main cruise port, Lautoka, on its largest island (Viti Levu) is very much a working city, steeped in the sugar and timber industries which makes it an even more fascinating experience for visitors. There is a chance to capture the essence of Fijian life here. Past the avenue of Royal Palms along the main street, the ornate Sikh and Krishna temples and mosques give away the presence of a large Indian population. It is that contrast between Indian and Fijian lifestyles which gives an extra buzz to the city. Worth a visit are the bustling daily market and the thriving botanical gardens while, outside the city, the National Heritage Park and the Viseisei village - said to be the oldest settlement in Fiji - are the most popular tours on the spectacularly scenic northern side of the island.
Apia, Samoa Islands
Step straight into a film set for ‘South Pacific’ when you arrive in the Samoan capital, Apia – it’s a magical first impression. On the main Samoan island of Upolu, there’s an intriguing mix of historic churches and monuments, bustling flea and fish markets and laid-back residential districts that have a welcoming, traditional village feel to them. Around the island are some of the South Pacifics best (black sand) beaches. And to prove this really is a ‘Treasure Island’, visit Vallima just outside Apia, where Robert Louis Stevenson settled and spent the last five years of his life. There is an excellent museum nearby, dedicated to this splendid storyteller.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands
If you associate Hawaii with flower garlands, grass-skirted hula dancers, fabulous beaches and spectacular volcanic scenery, a call at the capital and main Hawaiian cruise port, Honolulu, will more than live up to your expectations. With its alfresco, whitewashed shopping malls, elegant hotels and magnificent Waikiki Bay, this city is hedonism personified. You can spend a perfect day ashore browsing the designer boutiques and enjoying a lazy lunch in a waterfront hotel garden before retiring to the soft sands and warm waves that surround the island. And if that is not enough, there are plenty of other things to do – including tours to historic Pearl Harbour or lovely Waimea Falls Park, where you can watch daredevil locals diving from the towering cliffs which surround the spectacular waterfall into the churning waters below. If you are feeling daring yourself, you can also take a flight over the island’s stunning volcanic scenery in a helicopter or a light plane.
San Francisco, USA
Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco is one of the world’s greatest travel experiences for it acts as gateway to a fascinating city set across dozens of hills overlooking the bay. The hippies are long gone but San Francisco’s scenic beauty, laid-back ambience and more than 3,000 restaurants make it a joy to visit. The famous Fisherman’s Wharf harbourfront restaurant and multi-coloured boats complex, where seals happily sunbathe on its wooden decking, faces out towards the former island prison of Alcatraz which is now a major tourist attraction just like the city’s colourful Chinatown district and upmarket shopping centre in Union Square. And no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip on the city’s 130-year-old tram system carrying you up and down the improbably steep streets made famous by that stomach-churning Steve McQueen car chase in the movie Bullitt. From the city, you can also visit the pretty resorts of Sausalito and Monterey.
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