A Voyage rich in tropical beauty offering adventures to the world’s largest coral reef.
|17/02/18||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Overnight|
|18/02/18||Sydney, NSW, Australia||05:00PM|
|21/02/18||Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia||06:00AM||06:00PM|
|22/02/18||Cairns, Queensland, Australia||12:00PM||Overnight|
|23/02/18||Cairns, Queensland, Australia||06:00PM|
|24/02/18||Cooktown, Queensland, Australia||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|26/02/18||Alotau, Papua New Guinea||05:00AM||06:00PM|
|27/02/18||Kitava Island, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|01/03/18||Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|03/03/18||Rabaul, Papua New Guinea||04:00PM||Overnight|
|04/03/18||Rabaul, Papua New Guinea||05:00PM|
|11/03/18||Romblon Island, Philippines||07:00AM||05:00PM|
- 23 night cruise Sydney to Manila aboard Crystal Serenity
- Acclaimed dining in up to seven dining venues
- Unlimited select fine wines, champagnes & premium spirits
- All gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
- Evening of speciality dining at Prego, and Nobu Matsuhisa’s culinary venue (once per venue)
- 24-hour room service
- Unlimited Wi-Fi/Internet Access
- Port charges and government fees
(Flights are additional)
23 Night Cruise sailing from Sydney to Manila aboard Crystal Serenity.
The exquisite ambience of the Crystal Serenity leads to an extraordinary experience. Unwind in luxurious and spacious accommodations -- 85% of the staterooms feature private verandahs. Spectacular international fare can be found in elegant restaurants throughout the ship, including celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road. The delightful cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine cellar that features over 150 vintages. And the activities onboard will delight you. Rejuvenate your soul in the Feng Shui-designed Crystal Spa or swing Callaway clubs at the driving range. Glamour and excitement await at the Caesars Palace at Sea casino.
Highlights of this cruise:
The billowing profile of the Opera House greets us on her return to Sydney's glorious, world-class harbor. Ahead lies the arch of the Harbour Bridge. These twin symbols, more than any other, identify one of the Southern Hemisphere's premier cities.
Sydney is an energetic and exciting metropolis whose nightlife, shopping and fine restaurants compare favorably with the finest the world has to offer. Despite its modern advances, Sydney has lovingly cherished its heritage, for this was the birthplace of the Australian nation.
Combine Sydney's boundless attractions with its superb harborside location, and you have that certain magic that few other cities can rival.
Hamilton Island, Australia
Their location is perfect: the Whitsunday Islands, among them Hamilton Island, sit right off the white sandy coast of Queensland, just 90 minutes from the Outer Great Barrier Reef and amid some dazzling dive sites of their own. Of these 74 islands, most are uninhabited. The islands that do welcome guests offer countless opportunities for snorkeling, diving, sailing, hiking and fishing.
Perhaps the island with the most to see and do is Hamilton Island. The vacation village has been polished to a high sheen and equipped with top-notch amenities. Wander the marina where you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the cafés or do some shopping. For a quintessentially Aussie experience, hike the trails that wind through the island's 1,853-acre virgin bush land. Also visit the wildlife sanctuary for a chance to pet a baby crocodile or hold a cuddly Koala.
Welcome to Cairns [cans], where the weather and hospitality are warm. Tropical Cairns is Queenland's most northerly city, and is framed by two features of such pristine beauty and incomparable value that they have been listed by the World Heritage Society.
Located at the point where the Great Dividing Range and Great Barrier Reef curve gently to the shoreline, Cairns is graced with inspiring natural attractions in all directions. Beyond the coast are mountains, rainforests, eucalyptus, waterfalls, lakes, rugged ravines and grazing farmlands fed by freshwater streams. Above all, two of the most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests.
Cairns, the colorful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, is alive with life and charm. At hand and beckoning for your discovery are elegant boutiques, markets, art galleries and museums.
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Tucked just below the equator and occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea (with the other half belonging to Indonesia), the island nation of Papua New Guinea has all the features of the South Pacific, including beautiful tropical landscapes and clear waters. Below the ocean’s surface are intricate coral reefs, exotic sealife and the wrecks of ships and aircraft that plunged into these watery depths during World War II. Several land-based memorials commemorate the pivotal wartime events that played out here. In fact, these shores are the site of Japan’s first land defeat in the Pacific War. Peace now reigning, visitors are free to enjoy the balmy climate, azure sea and a culture that is tribal and laid back. Alotau’s location at the southern tip of the main island is perfectly suited to launching expeditions to the nearby isles of Samarai, Fergusson and Goodenough, offering chances to delve further into the region’s history and spot wildlife amid unspoiled terrain.
Kitava, Papua New Guinea
North of Australia and just east of Indonesia, the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea are ideally positioned for a picture-perfect getaway. White-sand beaches and warm, clear waters are only the beginning of what make these islands, including Kitava, such a treasure. An interesting local culture revealed in ceremonial dances, yam houses, burial caves and the warm smiles of the people is immediately accessible, both geographically and intellectually. Nicknamed the “Island of Love,” Kitava is indeed a wonderful spot for honeymooners and anyone who adores the tropical outdoors. Swim and snorkel among colorful fish, hike to freshwater pools or simply relax on an idyllic beach and you can’t help but fall in love with this beautiful island destination.
Guadalcanal, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Lush, mountainous landscapes, white sandy beaches and clear waters teeming with fish are certainly the main attractions of Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands. Coming in a close second, or for World War II buffs perhaps ranking first, are the history and relics associated with the war, especially the Battle of Guadalcanal that turned the tide in favor of the Allies. Both the wonders of nature and the reminders of battle are covered with diving excursions to see sunken battleships and aircraft, including B17 bombers, at the aptly named Iron Bottom Sound. Naturally, you will spot fish and other undersea creatures as well. Traipsing about on land, you can visit stunning waterfalls, spy wildlife such as birds, turtles and flying foxes, and go bicycling, golfing and spelunking.
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Rabaul is an ideal destination for those interested in delving into wartime history and big-time nature. For the latter, Rabaul offers truly spectacular diving and snorkeling in waters that are warm and clear. Rabaul has another nature-related claim to fame: the eruption of Mt. Tavurvur in 1994, which left most of the town destroyed by ash. What remains is a reminder of the power and unpredictability of the earth’s forces and the resilience of the island’s intrepid locals and visitors who avail themselves of great diving and hiking. As for wartime history, the island was captured by the Japanese during WWII and became a major base for the Japanese campaign in the South Pacific. Sites related to the conflict include the Japanese Tunnels, Admiral Yamamoto’s Bunker and the Kokopo War & Cultural Museum.
Boracay Island, Philippines
From the air, Boracay appears as dog-bone-shaped isle, green, lush and small, surrounded by impossibly blue waters that are a bright turquoise around shore and turn a deep azure in the vast expanse. From the beach, docks reach out over the sea and are capped by palapas that invite lingering, chatting and simply gazing out over the horizon. From moment to moment, Boracay gives you an array of options, perhaps a wade in a glass-smooth, coral protected lagoon, a try at windsurfing or kiteboarding, shopping at bustling White Beach or snorkeling at the quiet cove of Baling Hai Beach. No matter the perspective, Boracay is a fantastic composition of sun, sand and sea—the epitome of a tropical getaway. No wonder the island is consistently rated by travel magazines as one of the most beautiful in the world, easily competing with the Caribbean and South Pacific.
Bustling Manila is the second largest city in Southeast Asia, with its towering skyscrapers and remarkable joie de vivre. Yet amid the big-city turmoil are oases of calm: lush tropical parks, magnificent cathedrals, dramatic Spanish forts. Choose from the cultural riches of the Metropolitan Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, or spend the day shopping for fine antiques.
Terms and Conditions
Book Now Fares are cruise-only, per person, in NZ$ (subject to currency fluctuations), based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, and include taxes, fees and port charges. Book Now Cruise-Only fare applies to category C2 on Crystal Serenity. Solo Fares are available upon request. Crystal Cruises offers each guest the opportunity to dine at least once on a complimentary basis in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's culinary venue. Additional reservations or visits (i.e walk-ins) are subject to a $30 per person fee, subject to availability. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. Cruise only fare does not include land programs or Crystal Adventures. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled and subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares, itineraries, programs, policies and shore excursions are subject to change. Restrictions apply. For complete Terms & Conditions, visit crystalcruises.com/legal. For more information see your House of Travel Agent. HOT Code: CRS260817-Crystal