Set sail from Auckland, New Zealand, and take in stunning Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving in Sydney aboard a Holland America cruise.
The Real Deal: A two-week cruise in an ocean-view stateroom aboard Holland America's Volendam, departing from Auckland and arriving in Sydney, with stops in Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand, and Hobart and Canberra in Australia; all meals, nonalcoholic beverages and entertainment aboard the ship; a shipboard credit of up to $150 per cabin; and port charges; from $1,739 per person — plus estimated government taxes of $222.
When: Depart from Auckland on Oct. 22, 2010.
The fine print: There are no fuel surcharges. Does not include taxes and fees of about $222 per person. Airfare is not included. Based on double occupancy; the per-person cost for a single occupancy ocean-view stateroom is $853. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: American Discount Cruises & Travel, 866-214-7447, americandiscountcruises.com.
Why it's a deal: This cruise price breaks down to about $140 a night and includes accommodations, meals, most beverages, activities, a shipboard credit of up to $150 per cabin, and all taxes and fees. According to a recent Kayak search, the same 14-night cruise from Holland America costs as much as $1,899 per person for an ocean-view stateroom.
More: Add $1,849 per person for a suite. Pre-cruise hotel accommodations are available at the SkyCity Grand in Auckland for $338 per night for two people, and post-cruise accommodations at the Swissôtel Sydney are available for $378 per night for two people, both through American Discount Cruises & Travel; shop around, as you should be able to find cheaper rates by booking directly through local hotels. Additional pre- and post-cruise packages are available, such as the five-night Explore Australia package, which includes a visit to Uluru National Park, from $6,238 for two people, and a three-night Great Barrier Reef tour is available for $4,298 for two people.
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