South Pacific & New Zealand

Explore the world on board Ovation of the Seas, one of the world's most innovate ships, which accommodates 4,905 passengers. Stylish accommodation ranges from interior staterooms with a virtual balcony to ocean view and balcony or sumptuous suites. Discover also ground-breaking     activities, numerous restaurants and the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea.

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Duration: 17 nights cruise & stay tour

Price from: £3199pp

Day 1: Depart on a daytime flight from the UK to Sydney.

Day 2 Sydney: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Sydney: At leisure to sightsee independently. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Day 4 Sydney/Cruise: At leisure before transferring to the port to board Ovation of the Seas.

Days 5-6 At sea: Two full days to lounge by the pool or treat yourself to a pampering spa treatment. Or if you're feeling energetic, explore all the amazing activities, from spectacular entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.

Day 7 Noumea, New Caledonia: Explore the startling architecture of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre on the island of Grand Terre in New Caledonia. Noumea's French influences can also be seen in the colonial architecture or at the shops, bars and restaurants. Enjoy stunning beaches and watersports or visit the Aquarium des Lagons to learn more about local marine life.

Day 8 Mystery Island, Vanuatu: Relax under the palm trees on this paradise island, formerly used as an Allied landing strip during WW2. The turquoise waters and stunning coral reefs make it perfect for watersports or for exploring the rich marine life via a glass-bottomed boat.

Days 9-10 At sea: Rather than just enjoy the panoramas from the deck, why not see the world from new heights at North Star, which rises 300 feet into the air for jaw- dropping views.

Day 11 Auckland: Take in the far-reaching views from the Harbour Bridge or the Sky Tower. Book an excursion to explore the rainforest, see the Waitomo Caves with their stalactites and glowworms, marvel at Rotorua's bubbling mud pools and geysers, or enjoy sailind island hopping around the superb coastline.

Day 12 Bay of Islands: More than 140 subtropical islands make up the beautiful Bay of Islands. Here, you can discover fascinating Maori culture, explore the area's whaling and colonial past, spot dolphins and penguins or enjoy adventures such as kayaking, mountain biking and parasailing. Another highlight is to sail to the Hole in the Rock at Piercy Island.

Days 13-14 At sea: Shop until you drop at the fantastic selection of shops, put your skates on at the ice rink or roller skating rink; attempt the signature rock climbing wall; visit the luxurious spa; or head to RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea.

Day 15 Sydney/Melbourne: Disembark and transfer to the airport for your short flight to Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 16 Melbourne: Stroll the cobbled laneways which are lined with restaurants, bars and boutiques; take a tour of the iconic MCG or take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Day 17 Melbourne/Hong Kong: Transfer to the airport for your flight and on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 18 Hong Kong: Take a ride on the historic Star Ferry or Victoria Peak tram; browse for bargains at Stanley Market and don't miss the nightly light and laser show.

Day 19 Hong Kong: You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: 19 Nov 19.

Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise at the Arts Hotel, Sydney; 11 nights in an inside cabin aboard Ovation of the Seas; 2 nights after your cruise at Mercure Welcome, Melbourne and 2 nights at Harbour Plaza North Point, Hong Kong.

Meals: Room only in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. Full board on cruise.

Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights, flight from Sydney to Melbourne, transfers between airports and hotels and hotels and ports and accommodation as shown above.

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