New expedition-style cruises around New Zealand and Australia by Windstar Cruises

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Boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises are coming to New Zealand and Australia for the 2020/2021 winter/spring season. The series of sailings will take place on what will be the newly renovated Star Breeze, an elegant, all-suite ship with balcony and ocean views, carrying just 312 guests.

The Australia and New Zealand cruises will be the second region where Windstar launches their award-winning Signature Expeditions, which are currently available on Windstar’s Alaska itineraries. The program delivers intimate, expedition-style adventures and active enrichment, with kayaks and Zodiacs launched right from the ship in remote bays and hidden harbours. A team of onboard expedition leaders sail on the cruise from beginning to end, providing in-depth insight and sharing an academic understanding of the destination while guiding optional shore excursions. For example, in Tasmania, expedition leaders will show guests the beauty of Freycinet National Park, one of the island’s most spectacular locations, on a guided hike to scenic Wineglass Bay.

With this debut, vast and diverse Australia will be more accessible than ever thanks to sailings like a Cairns to Melbourne itinerary, with stops in some of the country’s most iconic destinations including the Great Barrier Reef.

The Australia cruises aim to deliver both the wild and sophisticated sides, exploring remote beaches like Middle Percy Island, as well as offering an overnight in Sydney with time to see the famous sites like the UNESCO Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach.

The comprehensive New Zealand cruise will be a 15-day Auckland round trip, taking in both North and South Islands and including overnights in Wellington and Christchurch, scenic fjord cruising, Art Deco-inspired Napier, Tauranga (For Rotorua) and Port Chalmers (For Dunedin)

For guests seeking the best of both worlds, Star Breeze will offer two cruises visiting a mix of both countries when sailing between Auckland and Sydney. This cruise takes in classic locations like Melbourne with an overnight, and small ports like Phillip Island with its hidden harbour, where Windstar guests can witness the region’s rare penguins in their natural habitat.

Another major draw for the new itineraries is getting the chance to sail on the transformed 312-passengr Star Breeze. In addition to a gorgeous new pool and surrounding deck area, Star Breeze will debut two new dining venues for a total of five, offer a redesigned world-class spa and fitness centre, and 50 new suites featuring attractive new floor plans, and a 3-bedroom/3.5-bathroom Grand Owner’s Suite, ideal for family travel.

Recognising our region’s remarkable food and wine, Windstar will treat cruisers to dishes from James Beard-affiliated chefs, immersive and delicious shore excursions, and fresh dining using products from local farmers, fishermen, winemakers, and more.

Bookings are now open for Windstar’s Australia and New Zealand sailings in 2020 and 2021 with a total of nine departure dates available. Six new cruises set sail aboard Star Breeze and run from November 2020 through February 2021 beginning at $4,599 per guest, double occupancy.
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Hidden Indonesia & Great Barrier Reef Exploration beckons beach lovers to beautiful Bali and allows guests to experience the best of expedition cruising on a 12- or 13-day journey that meanders from Benoa, (Bali), Indonesia to Cairns, Australia, and includes small ports that few ships can reach, like Thursday Island and Lizard Island.

Deep Dive Down Under: The Great Barrier Reef & Beyond, offered in both 2020 and 2021 this diver’s choice sailing features a rare, 11-day sailing from Cairns to Melbourne, Australia (or reverse) that gives guests the opportunity to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, snuggle koalas in Mooloolaba, taste award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, and watch the sunset over the Opera House in Sydney.

Penguin Parades to Pinot Noir: the Wild Side of Australia & Tasmania includes 13 days sailing from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, seeing remarkable rock formations, historic convict camps, and beautiful white-sand beaches, as well as touring the Barossa Valley wine region. Guests get to interact with Tasmania’s incredible wildlife, from penguins to wombats, with three port calls to the infamous island, including Port Arthur, a 19th century penal settlement; Wineglass Bay for swimming and snorkeling; and an overnight in eclectic and picturesque Hobart, gateway to Mount Wellington, the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness, and Antarctica.

Walkabout With Tassies, Aussies & Kiwis presents the best of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on a 15-day journey from Sydney to Auckland. This classic cruise includes memorable moments such as Phillip Island, where hundreds of penguins come ashore at sunset after a day’s fishing and waddle to their sand dune burrows (seen from a viewing platform), as well as an immersive stop at the filming location for The Lord of the Rings. Comprehensive New Zealand is a 15-day round trip from Auckland that goes to both the North and South Island, including an overnight in Wellington. There are opportunities to sample wines from the Marlborough region, visit the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, and go diving on Stewart Island.

Kiwis, Koalas & Kangaroos spends 14 days sailing from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia showcasing a combination of native and contemporary cultures, rugged natural beauty, pristine beaches, local wildlife encounters, and some of the Southern Hemisphere’s top wine and seafood. Highlights include overnights in Sydney and Melbourne, and cruising Fiordland National Park.

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