As cruise lines work with Governments on new protocols to allow a safe return to sea it looks like cruising will be well placed to offer a safe travel bubble, with strict screening before, during and after voyages the new norm.
With most of New Zealand back from the beach this week, we take a look at the best of the Cruise Deals for 2021/22 in our region, by New Zealand’s favourite cruise lines. The Top Slot has to go to Luxury Expedition cruise line Ponant, the only major brand allowed to sail in New Zealand waters for this summer and the ground breaker for a safe return to cruising in our region.
Ponant have three amazing Wild New Zealand discovery voyages for Kiwis only, on luxury expedition yacht Le Laperouse, each with a maximum of just 100 lucky guests. You will need to get in quick for these All Inclusive departures as early interest has been phenomenal and space is strictly limited.
08th February 2021, 14 Nights, Chatham Islands & Sub Antarctic
Superior Deck 2 Balcony Staterooms from $16.499pp Twin Share
22nd February 2021, 7 Nights, Fiordland, Ulva & The Snares
Superior Deck 3 Balcony Staterooms from $5599pp Twin Share
01st March 2021, 5 Nights, Southland Expedition, featuring Fiordland & Stewart Island
Superior Deck 3 Balcony Staterooms from $3999pp Twin Share
Ponant will also return to NZ for Summer 2021/22 with Le Soleal offering a fabulous choice of Wild New Zealand itineraries including a Sub Antarctic Christmas to remember!
Did you know? The Snares are home to more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles.
Kiwi Favourite P&O Australia unfortunately had to cancel this summer’s season but will return to Auckland for 150 days in 2022. The P&O Cruises Splash Out sale offers Bonus Onboard credits plus tiny $1pp deposits to lock in your 2022 getaway around New Zealand, South Pacific & Australia
Local regulars Princess Cruises return to our shores for Summer 2021/22 with a floatilla of 5 ships. For dedicated Princess fans it is a chance to sample close to home voyages on Royal Princess & Coral Princess, offering local cruises from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne. Take advantage of the Princess Cruises “3 For Free sale” including, Free Stateroom location upgrade, Free Spending Money & Free Specialty Dining Voucher.
Join in the New Year fun with Norwegian Cruise Lines “Free At Sea” and grab yourself up to 5 Free Extras on local sailings of Norwegian Spirit from Auckland & Sydney. Norwegian Cruise Lines Free At Sea extras include; Drinks Package, Wifi Package, Specialty Restaurant Dining Package, US$50 Shore Excursion credit per stop per cabin and reduced rates for 3rd & 4th guests sharing the same room. This fabulous “Free at Sea” sale also allows you to pre-book future holidays to Hawaii, Europe and Alaska as far ahead as 2022 & 2023 with small flexible deposits.
Did you know? Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America is the only ship based in Hawaii year round, offering 7 night voyages every Saturday round trip from Honolulu.
Celebrity Cruises bring Celebrity Eclipse to our shores for Summer 2021/22 with a choice of New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific holidays from Auckland & Sydney. PLUS Celebrity Cruises now include Drinks package, Wifi package & daily gratuities. Kiwi favourite Celebrity Solstice will sail in Asia for 2021/22, offering an alternative choice of action packed destinations for Solstice fans. While global travel was paused, Celebrity Cruises also took delivery of their brand new lady Celebrity Apex.
Annual visitors Holland America return for summer 2021/22 with local favourite Oosterdam. We love the spacious staterooms on this elegant lady, she is prefect for anyone seeking traditional style cruising. Great old fashioned service, wonderful food and a fabulous choice of entertainment venues on board showcasing outstanding live music. The full Circumnavigation of Australia is always a popular itinerary.
Cunard’s iconic Queen Elizabeth will once again call down under home with an extended season. A great chance to visit some favourite Aussie haunts, maybe a New Zealand coastal voyage, or an in-depth South Pacific journey. This is cruising at its classic best so pack your glad rags, get ready for spectacular formal nights, legendary English high teas and even an onboard traditional English Pub. Our personal favourite is the Gardening Theme cruise to Tasmania with onboard gardening personalities and intuitive enrichment lectures on board. Right now Cunard are offering Free OnBoard Spending money plus Free onboard Gratuities as part of their Explore Home & Beyond Sale on these local departures.
For those looking for small ship ultra luxury voyages, Silversea will bring two of their ultra luxury small ships to New Zealand for summer 2021/22, flagship Silver Muse and the boutique luxury Silver Shadow. Both ships will offer a selection of New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific voyages from Auckland & Sydney.
Silversea will also offer luxury expedition voyages in the beautiful Kimberley region. Brand new sibling Silver Moon will offer beautiful destination immersive journeys in Asia, including our personal favourite an Ultimate journey through Vietnam including Christmas & New Year.
Following the theme of smaller ships, Azamara will return to our shores with Azamara Journey, offering a selection of destination rich journeys in Australia & New Zealand. Including a rare full circumnavigation of New Zealand. Get in quick for their 40% Off New Year savings and Free Wifi on Oceanview staterooms and above. For golf fans there is also a special Perry Golf themed New Zealand/Australia voyage, with the option to play some of the regions best golf courses.
For fans of the boutique R class ships, Oceania Cruises Regatta will also return to our shores offering a choice of extended New Zealand voyages, a beautiful journey from NZ to Tahiti and a range of gorgeous Tahiti round trips. Stunning itineraries are now also on sale for those looking to plan further afield for 2022
The most awarded ultra luxury cruise line Crystal cruises will offer a collection of unique voyages from or to Auckland. Including a spectacular Christmas & New Year journey that stays overnight in Sydney harbour, with a prime spot for the New Year’s Eve firework display. Or take the leisurely Crystal Cruises way to W.A with an amazing 18 night Crystal Serenity voyage from Auckland to Fremantle.
The most luxurious cruise ship ever built Regent Seven Seas Explorer will also grace our shores for summer 2021/22, offering a choice of All Inclusive in depth New Zealand & Australia voyages. Before and after her visit to New Zealand Seven Seas Explorer will offer a fabulous choice of Asia voyages. For those who like everything taken care of these “All Inclusive” luxury journeys are a perfect fit. Right now Regent Seven Seas are offering suite upgrades on all departures
For lovers of fine things luxury cruise line Seabourn will also return to New Zealand with a choice of local New Zealand, Australia and Asia voyages on the stunning Seabourn Ovation. Seabourn will launch their first expedition ship in 2022 Seabourn Venture, which will even carry two custom-built submarines.
Across the ditch in Aussie there will be plenty of activity based around the new Brisbane cruise terminal, including Royal Caribbean’s first ever Queensland deployment of Quantum of the Seas. Sister Royal Caribbean ship Ovation of the Seas will also home port out of Sydney meaning there is twice the chance to experience these amazing Quantum class ships.
Did you know? The Quantum class are the third largest class of cruise ship in the world, behind MSC Cruises ‘s Meraviglia class and Royal Caribbean International ‘s Oasis class by gross tonnage.
Australian small ship expedition line Coral Expeditions will be offering a choice of New Zealand off the beaten track and coastal voyages, taking in some of our remotest islands including The Chatham Islands, New Zealand sub Antarctic islands and Fiordland. Coral Expeditions also offer in depth voyages to Australia’s Kimberley region and the Great Barrier Reef.
Kiwi company Island Escape cruises are back with a new yacht and a chance to see the wilder side of New Zealand in total luxury, with an in-depth journey through Fiordland’s lesser known Northern Fiords.
Q: If I have a Future Cruise Credit, can I use that on this Sale Offer?
A: Yes, If you have a Future Cruise credit, then talk to our HOOT Cruises team about how to use that for your next cruise holiday. It doesn’t matter where you originally booked we can still help you. If you don’t have a Future Cruise credit, check out our low deposit options
Just quote your AA SmartFuel or AA Membership Card Number at the time of final cruise payment for savings at the pump! This discount will be applied to your AA SmartFuel account within 48 hours. T&C apply
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