For those interested in a cruise holiday and cruise ships, the New Zealand summer presents a catwalk like parade of luxury cruise lines. If you are up early there may be no more striking maritime sight than a cruise liner quietly navigating the Waitemata Harbour, past Devonport into Princess or Queens Wharf.
Some cruise deals are still on offer for cruising around New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific (often including discounted cabins / suites and onboard credits) even as sailing dates approach. Regardless of last minute cruise specials, these are cruise lines not to be missed.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a very welcome luxury visitor to New Zealand shores and is well represented by the ship Seven Seas Mariner.
The ambiance on board is personal, individual, accommodating – “upscale but not uptight.” And all ships share certain distinctions in accommodations, service, dining and amenities that elevate them to the lofty vantage point of the enviable six stars.
Offering "The Most Inclusive Luxury Cruise Experience" guests can just relax and enjoy. Regent Seven Seas Mariner has cruises around New Zealand and the South Pacific (including paradises such as Tahiti) with Special Offers highlighted.
Previously known as Compagne du Ponant, the first visit by Ponant's L'Austral to New Zealand's shores is highly anticipated, resulting in great demand for the New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries.
Reflecting Ponant's heritage, the onboard experience is modern French luxury - recognizable in the cuisine, onboard styling of the ship and often your fellow passengers.
With cruises departing Auckland and taking in Australia before heading further north in the Pacific to cruise French Polynesia and Hawaii, L'Austral is a very impressive addition to the summer cruise season.
Seabourn Cruise Line
Seabourn is a cruise line that captures its guests' loyalty and does not let it go. Often said to have the highest repeat cruise rate, the arrival of Seabourn Odyssey to New Zealand's harbours will be very pleasing for Seabourn Club members. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated.
Seabourn Cruises' New Zealand itineraries take in the east coasts of the North and South Islands before crossing the Tasman to Australia (and then on to Indonesia).
Silversea Cruises makes a real commitment to the New Zealand summer cruise season with the Silver Discoverer, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit all sailing diverse and interesting itineraries around New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.
Silversea creates exceptional ocean journeys with unique opportunities to explore remote ports-of-call from an intimate haven of incomparable luxury, each voyage a unique masterpiece. Discover genuine European expertise reflected in every detail, from tranquil all-suite accommodation and uncompromising service to distinctive fine dining and a carefree all-inclusive philosophy.
Without question Cunard is one of the favourite luxury cruise lines for New Zealanders and the demand for cruises from Auckland reflects this. The grand tradition of the classic ocean voyage is very much alive aboard the luxury liners of Cunard.
With the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria heading to the South Pacific there are memorable itineraries on offer.
Cuisine, Comfort, Service and outstanding value are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product and have positioned the line as the cruise company of choice for travellers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Oceania Cruises itineraries aboard Marina and Insignia take in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific (even out as far as South America).
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