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About Australia and New Zealand Cruise

Embark on a journey through Australia and New Zealand, with STI! Our 12-night Holiday cruise will take your breath away as we stop at 7 different cities, as well as the iconic Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds along the Southern Hemisphere!

 

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Book this cruise and our Explore Australia tour and your air from Melbourne to Sydney is on us!

Our amazing journey, along the Southern Hemisphere, beings and ends in Sydney; Australia’s Oldest city. We will have 12 nights, aboard the Celebrity Solstice, to meet fellow singles and make new friends as we cruise around some of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular destinations! These coastal towns and the New Zealand fjords will take your breath away!

Take a peek into life under the sea at the Sydney Aquarium before taking advantage of the city’s world-class shopping. Hike the nature trails or the famous Queen Charlotte Track, in Picton, or check out one of their award-winning restaurants. The Art Deco Buildings of Napier will amaze you almost as much as the Hawke’s Bay’s wineries we can tour. Wellington is home to the National Museum of New Zealand and the Wellington Zoo, imagine hand feeding a giraffe or even stroking a cheetah! Discover the unique flora and fauna of Akaroa, especially Hector’s Dolphins, not to be confused with the popular bottle-nosed dolphins. This species is only found in New Zealand. When we arrive in Dunedin, you may think we have brought you to Edinburgh, as much of their culture and architecture was borrowed from Scotland. Here, we can wander some of the many art galleries or tour Speight’s Brewery to learn all about beer. A special treat for us is entering the New Year surrounded by the spectacular sights fo New Zealand’s Fjords. Each of the Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds possess their own unique beauty that will captivate you with cascading cliffs and stunning waterfalls. Our last stop, before heading back to Sydney, is Newcastle, named after the famous coal port. Venture to Fort Scratchley and learn of the military history or just relax on one of the gorgeous, sunny beaches. Join STI on this unforgettable Holiday cruise of the unique continent down under!

Looking for more time Down Under? Book our Explore Australia land tour, before our cruise through Australia and New Zealand!

Inclusive Features of our Cruise:

  • 12 Nights Aboard the Celebrity Solstice!
  • Visit ports of Sydney, Australia; Picton, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Akaroa, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Dusky Sound, New Zealand; Doubtful Sound, New Zealand; Milford Sound, New Zealand; and New Castle, Australia
  • Treat yourself and upgrade to Celebrity’s “Concierge Class” – This is a new category of stateroom to help enhance your cruise experience. There are over 50 amenities for you enjoy. Click here for details!
  • Extensive WiFi capabilities and connectivity for cell phones
  • Full-size, flat-screen TVs in every stateroom
  • 3 Sumptuous Meals Daily in the Grand Epernay Dining Room
  • 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
  • 3 Pools and 2 Whirlpools
  • Library
  • Sporting Options Include: Jogging Track, Table Tennis, Basketball
    and Volleyball
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • Fortunes Casino with Slots, Blackjack, Roulette & Poker
  • Champagne Bar, Ensemble Lounge and Michael’s Club
  • The Emporium Featuring Shopping, Entertainment and More
  • Captain’s Complimentary Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner for New Year’s Eve!

Impressive New Features of Solstice:

  • Nightlife abounds with Cellar Masters (Wine Bar with Sommelier), Quasar (High-Tech Disco), Crush (The Ultimate South Beach Martini Bar) and Sky Observation Lounge (Chic Live Entertainment & Dancing)
  • Corning Glass Museum with three resident “gaffers” — glassblowing artists — conducting live glassmaking demonstrations, lectures and workshops in a custom-designed outdoor studio
  • Country Club Atmosphere at the 1/2 acre Lawn Club with Putting Green, Croquet and Bocce Ball
  • Aqua Spa with Elemis Shop & State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • State-of-the-Art Show Lounge (The Celebrity Theatre), with Broadway, Las Vegas Review and Cirque De Soleil Style Productions
  • Over $6 Million of Artwork
  • Alternative Restaurants to Include: Murano(gourmet), Tuscan Grille (Italian), Silk Harvest (Asian), Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria Bistro on 5 (24 hour crepes, sandwiches)
  • Conservatory

Exclusive Singles Travel Features:

  • OPTIONAL 3 NIGHT PRE CRUISE HOTEL PACKAGE IN SYDNEY
  • PORT CHARGES AND GOVERNMENT FEES of $542 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARE
  • OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT
  • WELCOME ABOARD – ICE BREAKER PARTY – COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS FOR MEMBERS IN OCEANVIEW, BALCONY & CONCIERGE CLASS CABINS
  • BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING*
  • COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Ladies Night at the Spa, Meet the Captain and Dine with the Officers.
  • THEMED HAPPY HOUR CLUB – COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS FOR MEMBERS IN OCEANVIEW, BALCONY & CONCIERGE CLASS CABINS – (SEE THE CHAT FOR MORE DETAILS CLOSER TO DEPARTURE).
  • PRIVATE, HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
  • CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
  • SINGLES ONLY SEATING (LATE – 8:30 p.m.) IN THE DINING ROOM
  • FAREWELL PARTY – COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS FOR MEMBERS IN OCEANVIEW, BALCONY & CONCIERGE CLASS CABINS
  • PRIVATE AND SECURE CHAT RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS ON YOUR VACATION.
  • SPECIAL ATTENTION FROM EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL, SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL CONCIERGE.*
  • GREAT TIMES WITH OTHER SINGLES!
  • EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR MEMBERS OF THIS CRUISE ONLY

*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Fri, Dec 20:  Sydney, Australia – Optional 3 Night Pre Cruise Package Arrivals Looking for more time Down Under? Book our Explore Australia land tour, before our cruise through Australia and New Zealand!
Sat, Dec 21:  Sydney, Australia – Blue Mountains Tour
Sun, Dec 22:  Sydney, Australia – Optional One Night Pre Cruise Package Arrivals
Mon, Dec 23:  Sydney, Australia – Cruise Package Arrivals – Departs 6:45 PM
Tue, Dec 24:  At Sea
Wed, Dec 25:  At Sea – Merry Christmas!
Thu, Dec 26:  Picton, New Zealand – 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec 27:  Napier, New Zealand – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Dec 28:  Wellington, New Zealand – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun, Dec 29:  Akaroa, New Zealand – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Mon, Dec 30:  Dunedin, New Zealand – 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue, Dec 31:  Dusky Sound – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Doubtful Sound – 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM – Milford Sound – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wed, Jan 1:  At Sea – Happy New Year!
Thu, Jan 2:  At Sea
Fri, Jan 3:  Newcastle, Australia – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat, Jan 4:  Sydney, Australia – 6:30 AM – Transfer to Airport (on own)
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Looking for more time Down Under? Book our Explore Australia land tour, before our cruise through Australia and New Zealand!


Cruise Departs: Monday, December 23, 2019
Cruise Returns: Saturday, January 4, 2019

OPTIONAL – 3 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGE IN SYDNEY- December 20-23, 2019

December 20, 2019

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport (SYD), transfer, on own, to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. The first evening is ours to discover Sydney and meet the group. We will also have an optional group dinner available.

December 21, 2019 (B, L)

After breakfast, we head west to the iconic Blue Mountains. From a vantage point, we will be treated to a spectacular view of the Three Sisters. At Scenic World, take in the 360° views of the Jamison Valley while we enjoy the Unlimited Discovery Pass. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway, the Cableway and Skyway, in order to view the beautiful scenery from all angles.

Our next stop is picturesque Leura for a 2 course lunch. This beautiful village will take us back in time, as it is famous for its antique stores, including an old time candy store.

This afternoon, we visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where we will see cuddly koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums.

Tonight, dinner will be at our leisure.

December 22, 2019 (B, L, D)

This morning, after a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, we will drive through the historic Rocks area, see the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. We will take a 1 hour guided tour of the spectacular Sydney Opera House before we board the Captain Cook cruise and enjoy a beautiful lunch on Sydney Harbor. Take in the stunning views as we listen to interesting facts about the Harbor and indulge in our buffet lunch of fresh seafood, tender prime meats and seasonal fruit.

Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge, check out the colorful Royal Botanic Gardens on our way to visit The Gap and enjoy the gorgeous scenery all around us.
We will also stop at, world-famous, Bondi Beach, where we will have the chance to wander along the shoreline and dip our toes in the clear, cool water before we re-board the coach and return to the city.

Enjoy 360 degree view of Sydney as we journey to the summit on a bridge climb! This optional excursion is not for the faint of heart!

Tonight, we are in for a treat with a 3-course dinner, at Nick’s Bar and Grill, in Darling Harbor.

December 23, 2019 (B)

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the cruise terminal for your onward journey.

OPTIONAL – 1 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGE IN SYDNEY- December 22-23, 2019

Our Package Includes:

  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Room at Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
  • Complimentary In Room Internet
  • 3-course Dinner at Nick’s Bar & Grille, overlooking the Harbor (drinks optional)
  • Transfer with Baggage Handling from theRadisson Blu Plaza to the Solstice on Monday
  • Hotel Tax

Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Sydney. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.


Sydney, Australia

Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city but it is also considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most ethnically diverse on the globe. It offers something for everyone, including beaches, wineries, landmarks and world-class shopping. Take a tour of the Sydney Tower for stunning views of architectural marvels like Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge or get a feel of life below by strolling along the underwater walkways at Sydney Aquarium. The thriving urban center is also surrounded by beautiful nature with zoos, national parks, surf beaches and the Royal Botanic Gardens, featuring over 7,500 plants. Wander through the gardens, embark on a whale watching tour or a bush tour and take advantage of the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife and clear blue oceans. Sydney offers a wealth of cuisines, unique museums and cultural opportunities. Visit lively pubs and shops and tour historical buildings, at The Rocks, located on Sydney Harbor.

Picton, New Zealand

This charming seaside town is located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and was settled by early 19th century whalers. Picton is a bustling seaport surrounded by award-winning restaurants, local art galleries, water sports’ activities and beautiful, yet challenging, nature trails. Snap photos of beautiful flora and fauna while hiking along the famous Queen Charlotte Track or just take in the breathtaking coastal views, diverse wildlife and mystical waterfalls found within this always temperate climate.

Napier, New Zealand

Another alluring seaside town, Napier, is home to some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wineries and beautiful architecture. A devastating earthquake, in 1931, led to a rebuilding effort that created the world’s greatest density of Art Deco buildings. Walk through the lovely streets and admire the buildings with their bold, symmetrical shapes, gentle curves and detailed ornamentation. Pop in and out of cafés, restaurants and shops while taking in the stunning seaside sites. Stop in for a beer, fish and chips or a traditional tea break. Sample a Pavlova, a popular New Zealand dessert of meringue and fresh fruit. Step outside of the city limits to tour the wineries, enjoy exclusive wine tastings and explore some of New Zealand’s most spectacular wine vintages in Hawke’s Bay. Nature enthusiasts should enjoy some bird watching or visit Cape Kidnappers to admire the world’s largest gannet nesting site. Discover sheep farms and mountain top lookouts or kick back and relax, taking in the ambience of another era.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington claims to be the coolest little capital in the world. Venture to Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, where we learn of the biological, cultural and geological history of Wellington. The museum is located only 10 minutes from the port and it’s interactive exhibits will pique our interest through innovative storytelling. Stroll along the scenic waterfront of Oriental Bay, lined with cafés, bars and ice cream vendors or take a hike through a large Central Park up to Mount Victoria. Here, enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the city and harbor. Wellington Zoo is also only a 10 minute drive and offers the chance to play with meerkats, hand feed a giraffe, stroke a cheetah and admire the 100 different species of animals. A little west of the port, ride the iconic cable car up to Wellington Botanic Garden which offers a cable car museum, observatory and planetarium. Catch a shuttle out to the Zealandia ecosanctuary, a project to restore 556 acres of bush, and hike to the singing of native birds. On Miramar Peninsula, film fans make their journey to Middle Earth—and beyond—to learn secrets of great film making. Weta Workshop is the design and effects facility behind big movies like Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Power Rangers, Man of Steel, and several Hobbit properties. Meet hipsters, artists and lovers of all things vintage on Cuba Street, amid the city’s creative craft beer scene with colorful shops, street performers and bohemian bars and cafés. Make sure and look out for Husk, a café by day and beer bar by night, or Laundry for a classic burger or tacos. Olive offers big breakfasts with excellent waffles and mimosas and Floriditas is famous for their eggs and scones. To just relax with a coffee and a small snack, Midnight Expresso is a quirky little place with great people watching.

Akaroa, New Zealand

About an hour and a half south of Christchurch, find the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa. Explore the mountainous Banks Peninsula, where the town sits, or visit the Marine Reserve created at the mouth of the Akoroa Harbor, which was once an active volcano. Discover the many species of flora and fauna that still cannot be described and must be seen. This area is also visited by Hector’s dolphins, endemic to New Zealand and the smallest species, just 4–5 feet long and 90–130 pounds in weight. This species of dolphin has a short beak, a rounded black dorsal fin and elegant color variations from a creamy white belly to dark gray extremities, setting it far apart from the more common bottlenose dolphin. Also, witness smaller species of whales, fur seals and white-flippered penguins that visit the harbor.

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin is considered the architectural heritage capital and reminds many tourists of Edinburgh. The architecture, scenery and culture is borrowed heavily from those in Scotland. Once we arrive, take a cruise of the harbor and have your camera ready to spot albatross, cormorants or other sea birds. Watch out for penguins, dolphins and seals as well. Wander the beautiful Dunedin Botanic Garden and explore ancient Maori artifacts in the Otago Museum. Tour Speight’s Brewery to learn all about beer, enjoy tastings and shop for beer gear. There are several engaging art galleries in the Octagon neighborhood, located in the city’s center, and also known for bars and cafés. Explore the Blue Oyster Gallery and look for experimental exhibitions, search for bespoke jewelry at Chris Idour, old masters at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, heritage at Reed Gallery and unique New Zealand artists at the De Novo and Milford galleries. Another option is to head inland, to the charming gingerbread Dunedin Railway station, and board the Taieri Gorge Railway for a four hour journey past former gold-mining sites, or venture out to Otago Peninsula and visit the 19th-century Larnach Castle. Perched on a hill that overlooks the harbor, this is New Zealand’s only castle. Hear stories of scandal, tragedy, and intrigue—all part of its lavish history.

Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound

Dusky Sound is the largest and most complex of the many fjords along the New Zealand Coast. It is surrounded by steep cliffs that have been carved, over centuries, by dozens of waterfalls and it is also a wildlife paradise. Look out for seals and dolphins, patrolling the water, and birds like the broad billed prions, mottled petrels and sooty shearwaters floating on the overhead thermals.

Doubtful Sound features cold mountain water cascading from the cliffs, above, and creating a dual-layered marine ecosystem of fresh and saltwater. The unusual phenomenon serves as a playground for a number of species, including fur seals and two types of penguins; the fiordland crested and blue penguin.

As we sail into the narrow fjords of the Milford Sound, our massive ship seems to shrink in size when you look at the towering cliffs all around you, topped by the lush mountain terrain. Within Fiordland National Park, this natural wonder is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and is protected by its natural geography, which makes it a haven for all types of wildlife.

Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle is named for England’s famed coal port and was developed in the 19th century by dangerous convicts sent to work the coal mines and timber forests. Find stunning surf and a relaxed urban atmosphere in Newcastle, which is also a gateway to Australia’s wine country. Visit Customs House, a restaurant and bar; Watt Street, lined with buildings from the convict era; and Christ Church Cathedral; which dominates the skyline. All near the port, learn 200 years of local history by visiting these destinations and learn more about the local culture by visiting the Newcastle Museum. Located in the central business district, it’s collections include Fire and Earth, about the industrial era; Link Gallery, a large exhibit of an 1870 locomotive and an 1890 pipe organ; and Newcastle Story, to explore Aboriginal life and the pioneers of Newcastle. Head to the 19th century Fort Scratchley to learn about intriguing military history, or relax on the sunny beaches, famous for surfing, and take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific. Our animal lovers have the opportunity to meet rare, local animals like koalas, wombats, diamond pythons and blue-tongued lizards by visiting Blackbutt Reserve. The 450 acres of natural bushland, nature trails and wildlife exhibits are a once in a lifetime opportunity. Explore inland Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s pioneering wine regions, and taste Hunter Valley Sémillion, the iconic wine of the region. Here, wines are also produced from Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes. After a few tours, take a break with a drink and a delicious meal in one of the many hip bars, cafés or restaurants in the city centre.

OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT: Available 6 months prior to departure.

BOOK EARLY TO GET LOWEST FARES. Please schedule your flight to arrive in Sydney (SYD) before 1:00 p.m. on December 23 and depart from Sydney (SYD) after 12:00 p.m. on January 4.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Celebrity Cruises without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

 

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

REVIEW the important information on the FAQ tab for this trip.

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Say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat and see “Who’s Going”.

PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 23, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

Click here to upload to our secure folder.

A visa is also required for entry into Australia. STI has NOT included the visa cost in your cruise package. US Citizens should Click Here to apply for your e-visa, good for 12 months. To complete the application, for an ETA, you will need your valid passport, email address and a credit card.

FINAL PREPARATION

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

The cruise departs from Sydney (SYD) on December 23, 2019 and ends in Sydney (SYD) on January 4, 2020. Therefore the cruise is 12 nights/13 days.
Come early, have peace of mind and get the party started when you add our  1 or 3 night pre cruise package in Sydney! Click Book Now to reserve your space!

Looking for more time Down Under? Book our Explore Australia land tour, before our cruise through Australia and New Zealand!

Note: Flights from North America must depart on December 21 in order to arrive in Sydney on December 23. Your return flight is the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 13 nights/14 days (first night on airplane).

Choose from an incredible array of beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, frozen drinks and wines by the glass up to $9 per serving. This package also includes a 15% discount on all wines by the bottle. Includes all standard package items as well. This package normally sells for $55 per day ($770) so you save $570 with STI!  Click BOOK NOW to add the drink package today.

Inclusions subject to change by Celebrity Cruises at any time.

VODKA

  • Absolut
  • Absolut Flavors
  • New Amsterdam
  • Russian Standard
  • Smirnoff
  • Stolichnaya
  • Stoli Flavors

GIN

  • Beefeater
  • Bombay Original
  • Gordon’s

TEQUILA

  • Cazadores Blanco
  • Cuervo Silver
  • Don Julio Blanco

WHISKEY (BOURBON, CANADIAN, IRISH, AND SCOTCH)

  • Canadian Club
  • Dewar’s White Label
  • Famous Grouse
  • Jameson
  • Jim Beam
  • Johnnie Walker Red
  • Monkey Shoulder
  • Seagram’s 7
  • Seagram’s VO

RUM

  • Bacardi & Flavors
  • Bacardi Oakheart Spiced
  • Captain Morgan
  • Kraken Black Spiced
  • Malibu Coconut
  • Myer’s Dark
  • Wray & Nephew

CORDIALS & COGNACS

  • Campari
  • Cointreau
  • Galliano
  • Goldschlager
  • Hennessy VS
  • Kirsch
  • Kahlua
  • Licor 43
  • Martell VS
  • Novo Fogo
  • Ouzo
  • Pimms 1
  • Sambuca Romana
  • Southern Comfort
  • Tia Maria

BEERS

  • Alaska Brewing (Alaska Sailngs)
  • Amstel Light
  • Boddington’s
  • Bud & Light
  • Coors Light
  • Corona & Light
  • Dos Equis
  • Franziskaner
  • Heineken & Light
  • Kirin & Light
  • Miller Lite
  • Moretti
  • Newcastle Ale
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Red Stripe
  • Sam Adams
  • Strongbow Cider

WINES

Enjoy a large selection of wines by the glass from around the world.

Examples include: California Chardonnay, Washington Merlot, Malbec from Argentina, and Rioja from Spain.

    NON-ALCOHOLIC

  • Can and fountain soda selections
  • Fresh and bottled juices
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Non-premium bottled water

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 23, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to call our office with your payment details, prior to that date, to protect your reservation. If you make a reservation after August 23, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation. STI fees will apply in addition to the cruise line price and range from $120-$300 based on the length of the cruise and our expenses to create our enjoyable, singles only program.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

– After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

– Between August 23 and September 23, 2019 – 25% penalty applies.

– Between September 24 and October 23, 2019 – 50 % penalty applies.

– After October 24, 2019 any cancellations or “no-shows”  100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

If you plan to arrange your own flights, make sure to arrive in Sydney (SYD) before 1:00 p.m. on December 23 and depart from Sydney (SYD) after 12:00 p.m. on January 4.

Of course, if you plan to join us in Sydney, before the cruise, arrive anytime on either December 20 or December 22.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), shore tours, casino gambling, shopping and gratuities to ship and Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.

Absolutely. In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 23, 2019. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Celebrity Cruise Line. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 122 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Sydney, which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the Price & Options Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and meeting details will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

Yes, we offer a 1 or 3 night pre cruise package in Sydney just for that reason.  Our surveys show that members arriving a day early have a more rewarding experience. 

Radissson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

27 O’Connell St. 2000

Sydney, NSW Australia

T +61 2 8214 0000

Click “Price My Trip or Book Now” to reserve your space.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Sydney. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

We would be happy to arrange transportation for you, to and from the ship, at an additional rate of $39, each way (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made).

Taxis between the airport and the cruise terminal will cost approximately $40-$45. All taxis run on a meter and most accept major international credit cards.

Arriving early to do one of our Pre Cruise Sydney packages? A taxi is approximately $35-$40, from the airport to the hotel, and we recommend that you post a message on the “Share A Ride” topic on our chat. Include your airline, flight number, date and arrival time and you may find another member willing to share. Click here if you prefer to book on the shuttle.

Embarkation and cabin check-in is at 12:00 p.m. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Concierge.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Travel Director/Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our Weekly STI Program. We reserve late (second) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. Late (second) dining is generally served at 8:30 p.m. and varies by cruise line. If you desire to dine at early (first) seating, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose late (second) seating and by selecting early (first) seating, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.

In addition, there are generally several ala carte, themed restaurants with and without a fee. Singles Travel International will take reservation requests for tables of 8 during our Welcome Aboard meeting. You may sign up for those options, and therefore enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship.

If you would like to dine early, please make your request at time of reservation. Note that we will accommodate your request but the majority of our members dine at second seating.

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

It’s summer time in the southern hemisphere! Expect daytime temperatures to be in the Mid 70s during the day and evenings average low to mid 70s.

Australia, and New Zealand, have brilliant subtropical weather all year round, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed Australia and New Zealand. December is the beginning of summer, so the weather is warm and sunny.

In December, the average daytime temperatures stay around the 23°C (73 F) mark. The average minimum temperature rarely ever drops below 19°C (66 F) which means that night times are still warm. December and January are an ideal time to visit.

A passport is required for all travelers to Australia & New Zealand. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or US guests may visit here.

A visa is also required for entry into Australia. STI has NOT included the visa cost in your cruise package. US Citizens should Click Here to apply for your e-visa, good for 12 months. To complete the application, for an ETA, you will need your valid passport, email address and a credit card.

If you have dual citizenship, please email us at service@singlestravelintl.com to advise immediately for proper issuance.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, visa, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your original documents.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

There is no baggage limit onboard ship.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing up to 50 pounds, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

We are visiting New Zealand and Australia during their summer. We anticipate that the lowest temps will be in the mid to upper 70s but may reach high 80s, after all, it’s mother nature!

As always, for traveling, we recommend that you pack layers with 3 main colors and accessories. Start with pants and shorts and a few t-shirts, add a light sweater or sweat shirt and then a water/wind proof jacket with a hood, just in case. Comfortable walking shoes are a must with extra socks in case you get wet. Following these basic guidelines will get you through any of your days in New Zealand.

NEW:
Formal Night gets a modern luxury reboot. Say goodbye to Formal Night, and hello to Evening Chic. It’s your time to shine—your way. Get glamorous. Get chic. Be sophisticated. Now, on up to two nights on every cruise, Evening Chic activities have been introduced, and Evening Chic attire has replaced Formal attire. While dressier than Smart Casual, Evening Chic is intended to be less dressy than Formal attire.

Women should feel comfortable wearing:
• A cocktail dress
• Skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top

Men should feel comfortable wearing:
• Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt or sweater
• Optional sport coat or blazer

Evening Chic means that you may get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should.

Any cruise 7-nights or more will feature two (2) Evening Chic nights. All other nights of the cruise will feature Smart Casual attire.

Smart Casual attire may be enjoyed every other night of your cruise.

Women should feel comfortable wearing:
• Skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top

Men should feel comfortable wearing:

• Pants or jeans with a sport shirt that has sleeves

Note: T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant or specialty restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours. The dress code will be enforced at all restaurants. And guests are asked to follow the Smart Casual or Evening Chic dress code in the Celebrity Theater for all evening performances. The daily program, delivered to your stateroom and available at the Guest Relations Desk, will be your guide to the correct attire each evening.

Our Concierge Team will create several theme nights and costumes are recommended, although optional. More information about themes will be disclosed closer to departure via our chat and direct emails from our Concierge Team.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear. Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Insulated Coffee-To-Go cup for more java to enjoy poolside.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.

 

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website,  click here to learn more.

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