At a glance
15 Day Cruise on Seabourn Encore, Seabourn from £5,495 pp
Departure 06 January 2020 | New Zealand Splendours
Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.
- Russell (Bay Of Islands)
- At Sea
- At Sea
- Milford Sound
- Oban (Halfmoon Bay)
- At Sea
- Matiatia Bay
New Zealand Splendours
Free suite upgrades, £650 flight allowance and more
SET SAIL EVENT! Book by November 20, 2019 to take advantage of
- Two Category Veranda Suite Upgrade
- £650 Air Credit per person
- 300 Minute Internet Package per person
Book a Penthouse or Premium Suite and receive $1,000USD Shipboard Credit per Suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per Suite.
The Seabourn Difference
- Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere
- Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations
- Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
- All ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed
- Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
- Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
- Tipping is neither required, nor expected
- Finest resorts at sea that are masterfully designed
- World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller
- All dining venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
- Seabourn Conversations, connecting with visionary experts
- Ventures by Seabourn™, optional shore excursions, enhance and extend your experience in select destinations
- Select purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO
- Spa & Wellness by Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program
- An evening entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice
- Committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability
An intensive exploration of the historic harbours and natural splendours on both islands of New Zealand, plus remote Norfolk Island.
Day by day itinerary
Waitangi is the location on the scenic Bay of Islands, in New Zealand’s North Island, where the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed by representatives of Great Britain and the indigenous Maori people in 1840, founding the nation of New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum tells the tale by means of a state-of-the-art Museum, with Maori treasures gathered from all over the country, and buildings including the so-called Treaty House and the Whare Runanga Maori Meeting House. In the latter building, visitors are treated to a thrilling and spirited haka ceremonial dance performance. Also on the grounds is a huge waka taua canoe carved from immense kauri logs.
Norfolk Island is a speck in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia. It was occupied by Polynesians as early as 400 AD, then named and claimed by Captain Cook during his 1774 voyage. In 1788 the British created a penal colony to cultivate flax on the island, but that endeavor failed as the island was too far from the mainland and offered no safe harbors for shipping. The colonization which finally succeeded was a party of the families of Bounty mutineers who emigrated from the more remote Pitcairn Island in 1856. Kingston, and the nearby Arthurs Vale area, are included in the Australian Convicts Sites designation of UNESCO World Heritage Status. Museums, fortresses and other sites abound on the island. There are also lovely beaches like nearby Anson Bay, and a scenic Captain Cook memorial set among the distinctive Norfolk Island Pines. One unusual local site has a Seabourn connection. The Bottle House is a home built by hand in 1966 by then-21-year-old Pat Keough, using hand-mixed cement and over 40,000 glass beer bottles that had accumulated on the property over several decades. Today Pat is a world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer, who has participated in Antarctic voyages on Seabourn Quest along with his wife Rosemary, also a famous photographer.
Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, off the Tasman Sea. Part of the Fjordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, it has been judged one of the world's top travel destinations in an international survey. Frequently visited by rain, the mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm. Acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.
Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park is the largest of the country’s 14 national parks, at 4,868 sq. mi./12,607 sq. km. Located on the southwest corner of the South Island, it was founded in 1904, to protect the natural environment for nature lovers and trekkers. It comprises a large portion of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site. The key features of the park are the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps, which rise to heights from 1,500 m/4,900 ft to over 2,500 m/8,200 ft., as well as the spectacular U-shaped glaciated fjord valleys that cut into the mountains as deeply as 25 miles from the sea. There are three major fjords that are navigable by your ships, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Your exact itinerary will be determined by your captain depending on the weather and other conditions on the day. But whatever course you sail, you will be treated to spectacular waterways curving between sheer cliffs towering thousands of feet above the mirrored surface of the fjord. Depending on recent rainfall, waterfalls tumble down the rock faces from above. Many of the peaks have nicknames based on their resemblance to animals or other objects of previous observers’ imaginations. You are also likely to see seals, birds including fiordland penguins, bottlenose dolphins and possibly such other fauna as red deer or whales.
Kaikoura draws visitors from all over the world for the prolific marine life in the surrounding waters. Whale (including sperm whales), dolphin and seal watching tours operate year-round. There is a scenic walkway from the town center out to Point Kean, and there are colonies of fur seals on the rocky shores. The Fyffe House is a 19th century home built on a foundation of whale bones, with a museum of whaling history. It’s also famous for fresh seafood including crayfish (known elsewhere as spiny lobsters) and the delicious Paua (also known as abalone.)
Waiheke is an upscale resort community offshore from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, with renowned wineries, olive groves, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. It is a favorite of affluent Aucklanders for weekend getaways and short vacations, just 35 minutes by ferry form the city. Seabourn called there years ago but has not been back for many years. It was a highlight during earlier visits.
Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two separate bodies of water. The central part of urban Auckland covers a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Auckland's diverse geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle regularly ranked in the world's top ten. A half hour drive from the city there is an abundance of activities: sailing to a secluded island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or exploring a black sand beach.
Sailing on Seabourn Encore
Seabourn Encore is as strikingly beautiful and as excitingly innovative as any ship Seabourn has ever debuted