Let your journey begin, be sure to pack your curiosity.
Exploration requires you to leave everything you know behind and have the courage to discover and experience a total transformation. Great travel changes you. Particularly ultra-luxurious travel that takes you on a journey from port to port as extravagantly and surprisingly as Dream Cruises’ newest ship Explorer Dream––a feast for the soul set to help every traveller who comes aboard make discoveries big and small.
The unique passage from Australia to New Zealand is a feast for the spirit, unlike any you’ve experienced, for you are heading into a world of discovery in lands of historic maritime heritage including Auckland, known as the “City of Sails”.
FEAST FOR THE EYES
Various extravagant itineraries for Australia to New Zealand cruises find you getting underway to sail storied passages like Milford Sound, discovered by the Māori living in the South Island discovered over 1,000 years ago; and Doubtful Sound, named in 1770 by Captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet uncertain whether it was navigable under sail.
But you will enter. And when you do, what you will discover will shock and surprise you. You’ll realize you are not alone in the cavernous sounds rimmed with deep fiords and enchanting mountain forests filled with thousands of mystical waterfalls. All attract wildlife including penguins, seals, dolphins and, of course, whales – the fishing of which once provided the backbone of industry and prosperity to the region. Sail on to discover Scottish influence is strong in the charming village of Dunedin where Victorian homes add to the splendour of the natural beauty of the region. And enjoy the exploration of the fruits of the vine and perfect pairings from Wellington, “coolest little capital in the world”, to Gisborne’s award-winning wineries.
The 21-night odyssey from Shanghai to Sydney will show that above and beyond natural beauty encountered on the jaw-dropping itinerary, people will also get to see the world through their own lens as they set their sites on the world’s most dramatic locales while learning to shoot them with International award-winning (Telluride and Toronto) documentary filmmaker Michael Yamashita. On a hunt to uncover the best shots on the planet, you will enjoy various programs including epic itineraries arranged to highlight the unique beauty available at each port. From coral cays to tropical islands, you will marvel as you hone your skills in travel photography while shooting the mysteries of life at sea and gain insight into some of the world’s most intriguing cities.
FEAST FOR THE SPIRIT
Wake up to a nautical big sky country with forever, hypnotic views of the Tasman Sea. From your private balcony rise and shine with a cup of coffee before hitting the gym by setting your sights on the undulating ocean with the kind of deep blues you won’t find in any crayon box. The night sky here dazzles with dancing lights as the Southern Lights entertain while you sip champaign from the comforts of the panoramic Palm Court. View it all from your Palace Suite, one of the most lavish accommodations on the high seas where luxury service is redefined. A gorgeous etched-glass entryway sets the stage for the unexpected here. The suite features a grand playing piano, a large atrium with an extraordinarily large spa as its centrepiece and higher-than-high ceilings spanning two-floors of your private palace. Sleek, contemporary black lacquered furniture provides a counterpoint to ancient Chinese vases, gold sculptures, and golden silk screens.
FEAST FOR THE SENSES
You won’t have to wait to dock in some port for great adventure here. Discover your wild side on a zipline and climbing wall great adventure on board where you’ll love the great waterslides too. At night, world-class entertainment with Broadway-quality shows like Voyage of a Lover’s Dream, Mystical Land, and a contemporary look at Love Around The World will leave you sharing goosebump good times with friends and family with music and messages that speak to your heart. Afterwards, light up your nights and round up your favourite party animals to enjoy late-night fun at Sun Deck Bar with mixologists dedicated to shaking up your favourite cocktails.
Continue exploring on board by sampling the world’s cuisine at Seafood Grill by Mark Best, the award-winning Australian Chef has brought his restaurants to sea on Genting Cruise Lines featuring surf and turf combos that delight and surprise. Allowing his staff to cook their hometown dishes from countries like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India, the feasts feel like fine dining with a culinary treasure hunt twist that features dishes like lobster rendang.
Get curious and chart a course for transformation as you make your own discoveries on Explorer Dream.
EXPLORER DREAM CRUISES
21 Nights Odyssey to Australia – Asia
Depart from Shanghai (6 Oct 2019)
Shanghai. Hong Kong. Nha Trang. Ho Chi Minh City. Singapore. Jakarta. Bali. Darwin . Cairns. Gladstone. Sydney
From USD 2,469 per person
7 Nights Shanghai to Singapore
Depart from Shanghai (6 Oct 2019)
Shanghai. Hong Kong. Nha Trang. Ho Chi Minh City. Singapore
From USD 824 per person
14 Nights Singapore to Sydney
Depart from Singapore (13 Oct 2019)
Singapore. Jakarta. Bali. Darwin. Cairns. Gladstone. Sydney
From USD 1,647 per person
Departures October 2019-March 2020
7 Nights Australia Discovery (Sun)
Depart from Sydney
. Brisbane . Gladstone . Newcastle
. Sunshine Coast
From USD 822 per person
7 Nights Tasmania Explorer (Sun)
Depart from Sydney
. Burnie . Eden . Hobart . Melbourne
. Phillip Island . Port Arthur
From USD 1,058 per person
7 Nights New Zealand Adventure (Sun)
Depart from Auckland
. Akaroa . Bay of Islands . Doubtful Sound
. Dunedin . Gisborne . Milford Sound
. Napier. Picton . Wellington
From USD 1,175 per person
Fares shown are per person based on twin-sharing in an Inside Stateroom and exclude gratuity and taxes. Other terms and conditions apply.
To book your Dream holiday, please contact your preferred travel agent or visit: www.dreamcruiseline.com ◼
© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.