HORBURY - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (21 Aug 07 21:07)

Try Princess cruises they do a cruise around Australia also P&O visit on their world cruise.

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Ross - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (16 Aug 07 13:22)

As you are dealing with such vast distances it is impossible to avoid a number of days at sea. Celebrity cruise from Sydney to New Zealand.

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johnstone - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (17 Aug 07 18:02)

I'd agree with the other reviewer - australia is vast and even when you travel between the various cities by air it takes a long time. New Zealand on the other hand is a much smaller country so if you can find a cruise that concentrates more on it, you could avoid so many days at sea. one thing you may wish to consider is that it might be easier to see a bit more of Australia by using the free stopover facilities that many airline offer. For example the last time i went to Australia I arrived in perth had a free domestic flight to Sydney and on the way back had a free stopover in darwin and bangkok. Most airlines allow this. the arrangement that BA has with Qantas menas that between them they cover all cities and many major towns and offer a combination of free enroute stops and heavily discounted internal airfares as pasrt of the international ticket. the advantage of this is it would not only let yu cruise form say Sydney and still see the North and West on the way out and back but would also break up the 21-22 hour flight and ten hour time difference a bit. Hope this help.

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Watson - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (20 Aug 07 20:45)

Princess do a useful cruise from Sydney and round NZ visitng the fjords of South Island and all the major cities in NZ - I would agree that Australia is best covered fromland - using the airlines to cover the vast distances - the princess itinerary can also take you through the South Pacifi.

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Crow - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (20 Aug 07 21:03)

I did the P & O's Oriana in January this year, San Francisco to Sydney, (sector of a world cruise) calling at Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, NZ. There were quite a few sea days but this is really unavoidable as the ports are so far apart! You could try something like the Far East to Sydney but it would also involve sea days.

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Craig - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (20 Aug 07 22:27)

Can't say for definite but we did San Francisco to Sydney, stopping at Hawaii, Samoa, Suva, Fiji, Auckland and Sydney with PO Oriana in Jan / Feb past. See if they are doing a similar trip (or indeed any other line) we had 4 sea days at a time max. It was relaxing and enjoyable.

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Brown - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (20 Aug 07 23:11)

Oceania Cruises is known for operating port-intensive itineraries with fewer sea days and has a ship, Nautica cruising Australia, New Zealand and the Far East in Jan - Feb 200.

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Arjani - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (21 Aug 07 01:47)

This may be of help: Holland America's STATENDAM January 5, 2008 15 nights Embark in Aukland Since you will sail away at 12 midnight, the next day at sea should be to get rested before the rapid-fire visits to a number of locations in New Zealand. Then, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Timaru, Dunedin, crusing only through Fjordland Nat'l Park, all these in NZ. Then two days at sea Next, Burnie (Tasmania) and Melbourne in Australia one more day at sea Disembark in Sydney If you care to book a night or two in Auckland and in Sydney, you will be able to see TEN places in all. Bon voyage! I do believe that the MERCURY (and others) might be doing something of the same kind as the STATENDAM. Kobad Arjani, Albany, New York, US.

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Lamberth - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (21 Aug 07 02:53)

Try the Funchal. It cruises from the U.K. to Fremantle Western Australia. You can then fly to Sydney and get a cruise to Fiji and then fly back to the U.K. Regards Perthbo.

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fletcher-locke - Answered a Question by Fairbairn (21 Aug 07 06:11)

My husband and I sailed on the Diamond Princess in 2006 from Sydney to Auckland 15 days. It was fantastic. From memory I think we had 2 full days at sea. Fiji was not a port of call, however from Auckland you can fly to Fiji. You can fly east and come home west thus doing a round the world flight. You can do this cruise in reverse and fly from Sydney to Fiji with Virgin Blue Airlines they offer fantatic deals. We used them for all our internal flights within Australia. Regards Linda and Andre Fletcher-Locke Cyprus .

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