SOUTH PACIFIC CROSSING CRUISE Hosted
Toronto to Auckland, New Zealand
New this year!This bucket list adventure begins as you fly to Auckland, New Zealand, a city of natural wonders and stunning coastlines! Stay for two nights and enjoy the famous attractions with a dinner cruise to experience Auckland’s magnificent harbour, a visit to the iconic 328 m Sky Tower, and a Waiheke Island wine tour, to visit some of the beautiful vineyards with tastings and a scenic tour.
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime South Pacific Crossing cruise, sailing from Auckland, New Zealand and calling upon Nukualofa, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, and ending in San Diego, California.
Sail to the secluded islands of the South Pacific; Cook Islands and French Polynesia are tropical paradises waiting to be discovered as you cruise in luxury. Disembark in San Diego, California, and transfer to your hotel. End your magical vacation with a three-night stay in this pacific coast city.
• round-trip airfare
• AUCKLAND: two nights at the Crown Plaza Auckland hotel with breakfast
• three excursions, including: Maritime Museum with dinner cruise, Sky Tower and Waiheke wine tour, Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural performance
• CRUISE: 24 nights South Pacific Crossing cruise onboard Holland America’s MS Maasdam with meals
• SAN DIEGO: three nights at Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayfront with breakfast and city tour
• all transfers, service fees, and gratuities**
• Merit Travel tour host
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Day 1 | Jan. 28, 2018 | TORONTO—AUCKLAND
Air Canada flight 7713 departs Toronto at 4:00 p.m. arrives Houston at 6:39 p.m. Connecting with Air New Zealand flight 29 departs Houston at 7:55 p.m. arrives in Auckland the following day at 5:55 a.m.
Day 3 | Jan. 30, 2018 | AUCKLAND (D)
Upon arrival in Auckland, proceed to collect your luggage and follow the exit signs. Your local representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Pride of Auckland dinner cruise, and immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting, while dining on the water. Soak
up the city atmosphere from the peaceful harbour waters. Glide past the city as it lights up, and watch the sun set over the inner harbour.
Accommodations: Crown Plaza Hotel
Address: 128 Albert Street P.O. Box 6841 Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 302 1111
Situated above the Atrium on Elliott shopping complex, you will enjoy being in Auckland's central business district with an abundance of entertainment, dining and shopping nearby. Superior rooms have either one king or two double beds with spacious layout, workstation with high-speed broadband or WiFi access, 32” LCD television, in room safe, hair dryer, and a shower over bath makes getting ready for your day easy.
Day 4 | Jan. 31, 2018 | AUCKLAND (B)
Following a full breakfast at the hotel, begin the Total Tower Experience tour. The Sky Tower provides a bird’s eye view of the “City of Sails”. Sitting at 328 m, the journey begins from the base of the tower. Travel up in the glass fronted elevators, which open up to unparalleled views in all directions of the city and its surrounding area. You will have access to the main observation deck and sky deck. Make your own way to Fuller’s ferry terminal to catch the ferry to Waiheke Island. Once on the island you will join the Waiheke wine tour, which includes wine tastings and mouth-watering treats. Once the tour is complete, you will take the ferry back to Fuller’s ferry terminal and walk back to your hotel.
Day 5 | Feb. 1, 2018 | AUCKLAND (B, D)
Morning sightseeing with a Maori cultural performance, including admission to Auckland Museum, then transfer to Port of Auckland to board your 14-night New Zealand discovery cruise. The ship sails at 10:00 p.m.
Accommodations: onboard Holland America’s MS. Maasdam
While onboard, choose from an array of activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Guests on MS. Maasdam will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen (available beginning late July, 2017). Explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history
content through onboard activities, concerts, and films. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Centre includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts.
Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
Passenger capacity: 1,258
Crew members: 580
Gross Tonnage: 55,575 grt.
Length: 719 feet
Beam: 101 feet
Maximum speed: 22 knots
Dedicated: December 1993, by actress June Allyson
Below is information on your cruise itinerary and ports of call you will be visiting. Meals and gratuities are included onboard the cruise (B,L,D).
Shore excursions are not included.
DAY - DATE - PORT - ARRIVE - DEPART
DAY 6 - Feb. 2, 2018 - Waitangi (Bay of Islands, New Zealand - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DAY 7-8 - Feb. 3-4, 2018 - At Sea
DAY 9 - Feb. 5, 2018 Nuku alofa, Tonga – Cross International Dateline – At Sea - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DAY 10 - Feb. 6, 2018 - At Sea
DAY 11 - Feb. 7, 2018 - Rarotonga, Cook Islands - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DAY 12 - Feb. 8, 2018 - At Sea
DAY 13 - Feb. 9, 2018 - Papeete, French Polynesia - 8:00 AM
DAY 14 - Feb. 10, 2018 - Moorea, French Polynesia - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DAY 15 - Feb. 11, 2018 - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DAY 16-20 - Feb. 12-16, 2018 - At Sea
DAY 21 - Feb. 17, 2018 - Honolulu, Hawaii - 7:00 AM
DAY 22 - Feb. 18, 2018 - Honolulu, Hawaii - 11:00 PM
DAY 23-28 - Feb. 19-24, 2018 - At Sea
Day 29 | Feb. 25, 2018 | SAN DIEGO (B)
Arrive at San Diego pier at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival, disembark cruise and transfer to hotel for check in.
Accommodations: Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/ BayFront
Address: 900 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: +1 (619) 831-0225
Reside waterside at Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bay Front, and enjoy accommodations in the heart of the city. Located near Harbor Island and a variety of attractions, including SeaWorld® San Diego and the San Diego zoo, this hotel is perfect for guests of all ages exploring the city. After a day of work or play, return to spacious suites with separate areas for living, working, cooking, and sleeping, or hit the on-site gym or outdoor swimming pool. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi. Your studio unit has a kitchenette with: refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and utensils, one king size bed and sofa bed as well as living/sitting area and dining area, and bathroom with shower.
Facilities also include a heated outdoor pool on the 5th floor, daily housekeeping with change of linens every third day, complimentary fitness centre, laundry facility (credit card operated on the 17th floor, market and free grocery shopping services.
Day 30 | Feb. 26, 2018 | SAN DIEGO (B)
Morning tour of San Diego Zoo. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 31 | Feb. 27, 2018 | SAN DIEGO (B)
Your day is at leisure.
Day 32 | Feb. 28, 2018 | SAN DIEGO—TORONTO (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Air Canada flight 1886 departs San Diego at 11:35 a.m. arrives Toronto at 7:19 p.m.
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*CDN$ pp. dbl. occ. taxes and port fees included. Based on Cat. L Interior stateroom or similar. Upgrade to Cat. E or EE Outside stateroom or similar: $500. Upgrade to Cat. BB Vista suite with veranda or similar: $4,600. Air Canada baggage fee: $25. **Gratuities are included and prepaid onboard cruise.
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