South Pacific: New Zealand Holiday Cruise

Princess Cruises

Witness the unparalleled beauty of New Zealand during this 14-night cruise on Discovery Princess®. Savor the unique tastes of an authentic Maori Hangi or sample award-winning wines from Picton. Experience dramatic views as you cruise through Fiordland National Park.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1 Port of Call Sydney/Australia Departure 4:00p.m.

Overview

Sydney is Australia's largest and most cosmopolitan city and is the capital of New South Wales, the most heavily populated state of Australia. Sydney is situated on one of the world's most beautiful and famous harbours. Sydney also boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic shops, restaurants, history and culture. Sydney's many highlights include the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Centrepoint Tower, The Rocks, the stunning harbour and the white sands of Bondi, Manly and beyond. Sydney is also home to beautiful National Parks, the Royal Botanic Gardens, many harbour front picnic locations and heritage areas.

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Day 5 Port of Call Bay of Islands/New Zealand Arrival 8:00a.m. Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

The Bay of Islands is the finest Maritime Park in New Zealand with 144 islands, secluded bays and an abundance of marine life. It is the cradle of European civilisation in New Zealand and has fine examples of Maori culture for you to experience. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular and can only be fully appreciated by cruising through the area. The area is the warmest part of New Zealand. The Maritime Park is a natural wonderland with an abundance of wildlife including marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. The towns of Paihia and picturesque Russell are perfect places to wander amongst the many shops and restaurants along the waterfront. There are endless activities too - fishing, forest and beach walks, all kinds of water sports and great golf courses. The Bay is the perfect base from which to explore further North. See the magnificent Kauri forests, Cape Reinga - the top of New Zealand, 90 Mile Beach and the craft shops of Kerikeri.

Day 6 Port of Call Auckland Arrival 6:30a.m. Departure 4:00p.m.

Overview

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of just under 382,000 within the city boundary and 1.18 million in the greater Auckland area. This represents about one third of the population of the whole country. The city and suburbs cover an area of 60 square kilometres, with many of the suburbs having their own unique character. The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, the Waitemata to the East and the Manukau to the West. Water sports are a pastime enjoyed by a large number of Aucklanders and the city enjoys the reputation as being known as the 'City of Sails' due the number of yachts which sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

Day 7 Port of Call Tauranga Arrival 6:45a.m. Departure 6:15p.m.

Overview

Tauranga is located at the western end of the Bay of Plenty, on the North Island’s central eastern coast. It is built around Tauranga Harbour, a busy port, and the surrounding region is a fertile fruit growing district. It is sheltered to the west by the Kaimai Ranges and to the east by Matakana Island.
Historically, Tauranga was a base for missionaries and for the flax trade. The city is also home to Gate Pa, the site of an historic battle between local Maori and European settlers. Artillery and earthworks can still be seen at the site. Today, Tauranga’s warm climate and coastal location makes the city a popular location to live, and it is the country’s fastest growing centre. Its major attractions are boating, surfing and fishing, and a host of other activities such as water skiing, diving and windsurfing. The city also has some interesting historical buildings and attractions, such as Tauranga Historic Village/Museum.
Nearby Mt Maunganui is built on a long sandy peninsula and can be reached by the harbour bridge or via the coast road. It is a popular resort with a long sandy beach and fine surfing. At the tip of the peninsula is Mt Maunganui itself. This bush clad hill has several walking tracks and excellent views of the area.

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Day 9 Port of Call Picton Arrival 8:00a.m. Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

The bustling port of Picton is the terminal for inter-island ferries, and gateway to the ‘Mainland’, the South Island’s self-proclaimed nickname.
Picton is 30 km north of Blenheim at the head of the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound. The town dates from 1827 when John Guard established a whaling station in the sounds, and soon after the port began to ship produce from the Waiau Plains.
Today it serves mainly as a transit centre for Cook Strait travellers, and boasts a wide choice of accommodation and fine restaurants with delicious seafood fresh from the sounds. There are indoor/outdoor cafés on the waterfront and a good selection of arts, crafts and souvenirs. The placid waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound are a playground for all manner of water sports. Launches, yachts, powerboats and sea kayaks can be chartered or hired. Fishing, diving and scenic trips are available and water-taxi services run on demand. A regular shuttle takes trampers to various points on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Walkway, which is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The 67 km walk starts at Ship’s Cove, which was Captain Cook’s base in New Zealand on his three voyages of discovery, and ends at Anakiwa near Picton.
Local sights begin on Picton’s attractive foreshore, where visitors can enjoy splendid views up the harbour from picnic benches set among the palm trees. Picton Museum has relics from the whaling era and a fascinating old sailing ship, the Edwin Fox, which is being restored. The ship was built in 1853 for the British East India Company and is the sole survivor of the original immigrant ships on the New Zealand run. Another fascinating old ship is the coastal scow Echo, which plied the Wellington to Picton run many years ago. To see this craft and the maritime museum tourists can follow an interesting walking track from the Picton Marina to Bob’s Bay.
Picton is an open door to a whole new experience of unspoilt nature, in these tranquil waters, where magical hideaways and private bays can be reached by water-taxi.

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Day 11 Port of Call Port Chalmers Arrival 6:45a.m. Departure 7:30p.m.

Overview

The attractive, historic town and modern container port of Port Chalmers, on a tiny peninsula 12km from Dunedin, is worth a half,day trip for its magnificent harbour views offset by bush,covered hills, its fine nineteenth,century buildings and its thriving artistic community. The site was chosen in 1844 as the port to serve the proposed Scottish settlement of New Edinburgh, later called Dunedin. The first settlers arrived on the John Wickliffe in March 1848 and named the port after the Reverend Dr Thomas Chalmers.

Day 12 Port of Call Fiordland National Park Arrival 10:00a.m. Departure 7:00p.m.

Overview

The seaward edge of Fiordland National Park is a series of fourteen massive knife cuts, carved by the glaciers during successive ice ages. Towering, snow-capped peaks reflect in the midnight blue fingers of ocean that reach into the park's thickly forested interior, where visitors can find trees that are more than 800 years old. For sheer drama, few places of earth can compete with this remarkable natural environment. In 1990 Fiordland was listed as a United Nations World Heritage site and given the name Te Wahipounamu - 'the place of greenstone', after the area's most treasured mineral resource. The remaining two thirds of Fiordland National Park are covered by virgin beech and podocarp forest. A 500 kilometre network of walking tracks allows visitors to explore the primeval world of mountain peaks, alpine lakes and moss-carpeted valleys. Three of New Zealand's 'Great Walks' can be found in the park. The most famous (and consequently most crowded) is the Milford Track, which takes five days to complete. The Kepler Track is a circular route that can be walked in four days and the Routeburn, which crosses into Mount Aspiring National Park, generally takes three days. There are many other less famous, but just as spectacular, tracks to explore. Several of the fiords can be explored by sea kayak, as can lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. Diving in Fiordland provides a rare chance to see deepwater sea plants growing near the surface. Local residents include dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

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Day 15 Port of Call Sydney/Australia Arrival 6:00a.m.

Overview

Sydney is Australia's largest and most cosmopolitan city and is the capital of New South Wales, the most heavily populated state of Australia. Sydney is situated on one of the world's most beautiful and famous harbours. Sydney also boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic shops, restaurants, history and culture. Sydney's many highlights include the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Centrepoint Tower, The Rocks, the stunning harbour and the white sands of Bondi, Manly and beyond. Sydney is also home to beautiful National Parks, the Royal Botanic Gardens, many harbour front picnic locations and heritage areas.

Onboard the Discovery Princess

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Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Theater

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Game Arcade
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Adults Only
  • Pool - Children's
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Center
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Classes
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Internet Center
  • Babysitting
  • Educational Programs
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

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Dining

Dining Room

Main Dining

Estrella Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Soleil Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Cielo Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Crown Grill

Specialty Dining

Chef's Table Lumiere: A private dining experience that surrounds guests in a curtain of light. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Sabatini's Italian Trattoria: A new menu features handmade pasta dishes from Chef Angelo Auriana of renowned L.A. restaurants The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA, plus treasured family recipes from Italian chefs across the fleet. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Crown Grill: Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood items, the Crown Grill offers a truly special dining experience with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare fresh seafood; such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels, and cooked-to-order steaks. Set in opulent, rich wood surroundings, this classic steakhouse restaurant offers a warm and personal setting where Princess chefs make dining in the showplace environment something to talk about. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

The Salty Dog Gastropub: A warm, inviting gastropub experience developed with Ernesto Uchimura, a founding chef of the original Umami Burger. Try one of the innovative gourmet creations inspired by pub favorites or devour the "Ernesto", a savory rib eye burger named "Best Burger at Sea". Offering a unique variety of beer, whiskey and cocktail selections, plus live music, there's something for everyone at this hip, friendly twist on traditional pub fare.

Ocean Terrace: This stylish seafood bar offers an array of ocean treasures, including a flight of oyster shooters, sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna poke, king crab cocktail, chili and lime crab margarita, a royal lobster dish, and the world-renowned smoked Balik salmon, the salmon of the tsars. À la carte pricing makes it easy to pick and choose.

Alfredo's Pizzeria

Casual Dining

The Salty Dog Grill: Treat yourself to 100% handmade Gourmet Burgers, including the Princess Burger or Triple Smoked Burger. The Salty Dog Grill also offers new Street Tacos—a Princess first—featuring a choice of grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato-green chili. And don't miss the Classic Hot Dogs, plus loaded fries in tempting varieties including chili cheese and bacon & cheese.

Alfredo's Pizzeria: Featuring hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizza, hot out of the oven.

World Fresh Marketplace: The World Fresh Marketplace boasts food stations from around the world that offer endless variety, regional favorites and customizable options for every palate.

International Café: Open 24-hours a day, the International Café, located in the Piazza, is the place for an ever-changing array of small bite meals, treats and gourmet beverages. Grab a freshly baked croissant to start your day, snack on pies and quiche or choose from a wide variety of salads and sandwiches at lunchtime, and indulge in decadent desserts in the evening. Coffee and tea fans will love the New Grounds Crafted Coffee menu featuring a variety of specialty espresso-based drinks made from a custom blend of coffee beans, as well as iced tea fusions. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Room Service: Call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® MedallionClass® app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of US $ 15 per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a US $ 5 room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. To order, guests can press the "Room Service" button on their stateroom phone, or order through OceanNow®


Disclaimer regarding ship dining

Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Staterooms feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, spacious closet, digital security safe, and bathroom with shower.

Interior (Category: IF)

Category: IF
Approximately 166 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IE)

Category: IE
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: ID)

Category: ID
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IC)

Category: IC
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IB)

Category: IB
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IA)

Category: IA
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Staterooms feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed and stunning wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, spacious closet, digital security safe and bathroom with shower.

Premium Oceanview (Category: O6)

Category: O6
Approximately 172 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Stateroom features two twin beds or a queen-size bed, a private balcony with a table and chairs, a spacious closet, desk and bathroom with shower. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, digital security safe and bathroom with shower.

Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: BW)

Category: BW
Approximately 222 to 251 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides a partial or obstructed view from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BF)

Category: BF
Approximately 222 to 231 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BE)

Category: BE
Approximately 222 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BD)

Category: BD
Approximately 222 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BC)

Category: BC
Approximately 222 to 231 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BB)

Category: BB
Approximately 222 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BA)

Category: BA
Approximately 222 to 237 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Deluxe Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: DW)

Category: DW
Approximately 233 to 360 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides a partial or obstructed view from a private balcony.

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DF)

Category: DF
Approximately 233 to 255 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DE)

Category: DE
Approximately 233 to 252 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DC)

Category: DC
Approximately 233 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DB)

Category: DB
Approximately 233 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DA)

Category: DA
Approximately 233 sq. ft. including balcony, this larger than standard balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Premium Deluxe Balcony (Category: D4)

Category: D4
Approximately 242 to 312 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides dramatic views from a private balcony. Includes sofa bed.

Suites feature a balcony, separate sitting area with sofa bed, a private balcony with luxury furniture, digital security safe and bathroom with tub and separate shower. Enjoy enhanced amenities and services.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MF)

Category: MF
Approximately 299 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: ME)

Category: ME
Approximately 299 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MC)

Category: MC
Approximately 299 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MB)

Category: MB
Approximately 299 to 329 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MA)

Category: MA
Approximately 299 to 329 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M6)

Category: M6
Approximately 256 to 558 sq. ft. including balcony, this extra-large stateroom provides outstanding views with seating area and sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M1)

Category: M1
Approximately 299 to 329 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Window Suite (Category: S7)

Category: S7
Approximately 710 sq. ft., this Window Suite features a spacious stateroom with seating area and sofa bed. Enjoy suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Suite (Category: S6)

Category: S6
Approximately 484 to 527 sq. ft. including balcony, the Vista Suite features a spacious cabin and aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Premium Suite with Balcony (Category: S5)

Category: S5
Approximately 554 sq. ft. including balcony, the Premium Suite features a large stateroom with seating area and sofa bed. Enjoy suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S4)

Category: S4
Approximately 440 sq. ft. including balcony, the Penthouse Suite features a spacious stateroom with seating area and sofa bed. Enjoy suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S3)

Category: S3
Approximately 587 to 682 sq. ft. including balcony, the Penthouse Suite features an expansive stateroom and oversized aft-facing balcony. Exclusive suite-only benefits.

Owner's Suite with Balcony (Category: S2)

Category: S2
Approximately 587 to 682 sq. ft. including balcony, the Owner's Suite features an expansive stateroom and oversized aft-facing balcony. Exclusive suite-only benefits.

Sky Suite with Balcony (Category: S0)

Category: S0
Approximately 1507 sq. ft. including balcony, the Sky Suite features a large stateroom with two bedrooms, a seating area and sofa bed. Enjoy suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Vista Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Will accommodate third personWill accommodate third person
Will accommodate third and fourth personWill accommodate third and fourth person
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms
Fully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower onlyFully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower only
Will accommodate fourth or fifth personWill accommodate fourth or fifth person
Balcony access when in port onlyBalcony access when in port only
Balcony door blocked when upper berth is in useBalcony door blocked when upper berth is in use

Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: Discovery Princess
  • Year Built: 2021
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2021
  • Ship Class: Oceanliner
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 19
  • Number of Crew: 1,346
  • Officers' Nationality: International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 6
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 1,086
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 342
  • Tonnage (GRT): 155,560
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 3,660
  • Country of Registry: Bermuda and British
  • Total Staterooms: 1,780
  • Suites with Balcony: 346
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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