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The Travelling Shopaholics Best Kept Secret: A Trans-Tasman Celebrity Cruise

June 6, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises has revealed the ultimate holiday indulgence for Aussie shopaholics – a New Zealand shopping cruise.

With a very generous luggage limit of 90kg, itineraries which feature Australasia’s top shopping hotspots and departures perfectly timed to coincide with the summer holiday sales, a one-way trans-Tasman cruise on the region’s highest rated ship, Celebrity Solstice, offers the perfect holiday for savvy Aussie shoppers.

“Auckland and Wellington are two of the best-kept shopping secrets in the southern hemisphere, and a cruise with Celebrity from New Zealand to Australia makes for a fabulously indulgent shopping escape.” says Adam Armstrong, managing director Celebrity Cruises Australia and NZ.

“Gather a group of friends, fly to New Zealand and shop to your hearts content at Auckland’s upmarket designer stores and Wellington’s artsy boutiques, then take your new finds home by sea on a modern luxury cruise, without the excess baggage fees,” Armstrong continued.

Auckland’s boutiques are lined with world-renowned Kiwi labels like Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Trelise Cooper as well as the distinctive fashion, scents and beauty products of World and Workshop – all just a hop, skip and a jump from the city’s downtown port. In Wellington – New Zealand’s capital of cool – guests can find quirky fashions on famous shopping strip, Cuba Street, and timeless art pieces at renowned stores like Avid Gallery, Kura Gallery and The Vault.

Plus, for shopaholics who haven’t indulged in enough retail therapy in port, Celebrity Solstice boasts an extensive range of duty free shops, including the region’s very first Tiffany & Co at sea, added as part of a multimillion revitalisation in 2016. Other designer brands include Michael Kors, Mikimoto and Bvlgari.

Onboard Celebrity Solstice, guests can expect a seriously stylish cruising experience. Solstice is known for her eight stunning bars and lounges, including the Martini Bar, where skilled mixologists create cocktails on an ice-topped bar. And for the foodies, the Celebrity dining experience is second to none, from the brand new Sushi on Five to the “Taste of Film” experience, where gourmet tasting plates inspired by the film are carefully paired with the scenes as they play on the outdoor cinema screen on the ship’s real grass lawn.

Sailings on offer include a 14-night voyage that departs Auckland on 11 November 2017. Get Christmas shopping sorted in Auckland, and sail back to Sydney, visiting ports such as Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Melbourne. Book a Balcony stateroom from $3,599 per person twin share, which includes $100 savings per person as part of Celebrity’s new savings offer. Guests will also receive a free beverage package for two or US$300 onboard credit per stateroom as part of Celebrity’s evergreen “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best” offer.

Spoil yourself this Christmas on a 12-night Celebrity Solstice voyage departing Auckland on 9 December 2017. Kick off the trip with a shopping spree, then continue to the beautiful Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Melbourne and Sydney. Book a Balcony stateroom from $3,049 per person twin share, which includes $100 savings per person and one free perk.

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