Muse, Voyage 6932A ex Auckland to Melbourne
Cruise Line Silversea Cruises
Ship Silver Muse
Destination South Pacific & New Zealand
Nights 11
Departure Date 20 Dec 2019
Description 11 Night Cruise sailing from Auckland to Melbourne onboard Silver Muse.

Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the jewels in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, have the auspicious title of “titanic mason” given to them by the Maoris, simply because no other explanation seems to fit. Join us on a festive voyage of sheer beauty; from the cliffs that rise vertically upward from the ocean to dwarf the ship to the bright lights of Sydney, start 2020 in spectacular style.

Highlights of this cruise:

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats."Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. About one in four households in Auckland has a seacraft of some kind, and there are 102 beaches within an hour's drive; during the week many are quite empty.

Tauranga, New Zealand
The population center of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing cities. Along with its neighbor, Whakatane, this seaside city claims to be one of the country's sunniest towns. Unlike most local towns, Tauranga doesn't grind to a halt in the off-season, because it has one of the busiest ports in the country, and the excellent waves at the neighboring beach resort of Mount Maunganui—just across Tauranga's harbor bridge—always draw surfers and holiday folk.

Picton, New Zealand
The maritime township of Picton (population 4,000) lies at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is the arrival point for ferries from the North Island, as well as a growing number of international cruise ships. It plays a major role in providing services and transport by water taxi to a multitude of remote communities in the vast area of islands, peninsulas, and waterways that make up the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park. There's plenty to do in town, with crafts markets in summer, historical sights to see, and walking tracks to scenic lookouts over the sounds.

Stewart Island, New Zealand
Stewart Island is home to New Zealand's newest national park, Rakiura National Park. The third and most southerly of New Zealand's main islands, Stewart Island is separated from the South Island by the 24-km (15-miles) Foveaux Strait. Its original Māori name, Te Punga O Te Waka a Maui, means "the anchor stone of Maui's canoe." Māori mythology says the island's landmass held the god Maui's canoe secure while he and his crew raised the great fish—the North Island. Today the island is more commonly referred to by its other Māori name, Rakiura, which means "the land of the glowing skies." This refers to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets and to the southern lights, or aurora australis. The European name of Stewart Island dates back to 1809. It memorializes an officer William W. Stewart on an early sealing vessel, the Pegasus, who was the first to chart the island. The island covers some 1,700 square km (650 square miles).

Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand
New Zealand fiord country along with Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Incredibly beautiful, wild and remote, the region is an intriguing combination of rugged mountain ranges, dense rainforest, solitary alpine lakes, sparkling rivers and splashing waterfalls. Much of Fiordland is virtually unexplored wilderness and still the habitat of rare birds. As the ship cruises the beautiful Doubtful, Dusky and Milford Sounds, experience the majestic fiordland of South Island's western coast. Captain James Cook sailed along this coast in 1770 and again in 1773, when he anchored at Dusky Sound for a rest and ship repair. Doubtful Sound is one of the region's most majestic fiords. It is ten times larger than Milford Sound. As the ship cruises into Hall Arm, gaze at vertical cliffs and mighty waterfalls plunging over sheer rock faces. In fine weather, mountains and greenery are reflected in the protected waters of the fiord.

Burnie, Australia
Burnie overlooks Emu Bay, on the north-west coast. This proudly industrial city is Australia’s fifth largest container port and a vibrant place to visit. Burnie was once surrounded by dense rainforest, but this has slowly disappeared, while fortunes were made felling and milling timber. The paper and pulp mill on the city’s outskirts operated from 1938 to 1998. Burnie was first explored by Bass and Flinders and was known as Emu Bay when it was settled by the Van Diemen’s Land Company in 1827. Today, Burnie has a population of almost 19,000.

Melbourne, Australia
Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days.
Sailing Dates
  • 20 Dec 2019
Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

DayDateActivityArriveDepart
1 20/12 Auckland, New Zealand 06:00 PM
2 21/12 Tauranga, New Zealand 09:30 AM 08:30 PM
3 22/12 At sea    
4 23/12 Picton, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
5 24/12 Christchurch (Lyttleton), New Zealand 07:30 AM 05:30 PM
6 25/12 At sea    
7 26/12 Stewart Island, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
8 27/12 Doubtful Sound, New Zealand 08:00 AM 11:00 AM
8 27/12 Milford Sound, New Zealand 02:00 PM 05:00 PM
9 28/12 At sea    
10 29/12 At sea    
11 30/12 Burnie, Tasmania, Australia 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
12 31/12 Melbourne, VIC, Australia 08:00 AM
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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