THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING ESCAPE
WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES
This season's hot fashion tip:
Travel in style with Celebrity for a shopping holiday like no other
Kiwis wanting to refresh their mind, body, and wardrobe this upcoming summer should keep Celebrity Cruises' Sydney to Auckland sailings on the radar.
With a very generous luggage limit of 90kg, itineraries which feature Australasia's top shopping hotspots and departures perfectly timed to coincide with the summer holiday sales, a one-way trans-Tasman cruise on the region's highest rated ship, Celebrity Solstice, offers the ultimate holiday for savvy kiwi shoppers.
"Trips to the shopping meccas of Sydney and Melbourne have always been popular with Kiwis - but a Celebrity cruise takes this concept to the next level," says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises Australia and New Zealand.
"Guests can fly to Australia, where they can shop to their hearts content at Sydney's designer boutiques and Melbourne's quirky markets, then take their new finds home with them by sea on a modern luxury cruise, without the excess baggage fees," Armstrong continued.
Plus, for shopaholics who haven't indulged in enough retail therapy in port, Celebrity Solstice boasts an extensive range of duty free shops, including the region's very first Tiffany & Co at sea, added as part of a multi-million revitalisation in 2016. Other designer brands include Michael Kors, Mikimoto and Bvlgari.
Onboard Celebrity Solstice, guests can expect a seriously stylish cruising experience. Solstice is known for her 8 stunning bars and lounges, including Martini Bar, where skilled mixologists create cocktails on an ice-topped bar. And for the foodies, the Celebrity dining experience is second to none, from the brand new Sushi on Five to the "Taste of Film" experience, where gourmet tasting plates inspired by the film are carefully paired with the scenes as they play on the outdoor cinema screen on the ship's real grass lawn.
Fares start from NZD$2259 per person, twin share for an Interior stateroom on a 14-night Sydney to Auckland voyage on Celebrity Solstice departing 25 November 2017. Guests can shop up a storm in Sydney as well as Melbourne and Hobart on the way back to New Zealand, with calls to Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, the Bay of Islands and Tauranga, before finally arriving in Auckland.
Or book an Interior stateroom from just NZD$ per person, twin share on Celebrity Solstice's 14-night voyage departing Sydney to Auckland on 3 February 2018. The cruise whisks guests to Melbourne, Hobart, and cruises through Fiordland's stunning sounds before continuing to Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Bay of Islands and Auckland.
Celebrity Cruises' Top Shopping Picks
For Luxe Finds: Queen Victoria Building, CBD
This gorgeous 19th-century building is home to even more beautiful treasures inside - with world-class designer stores around every corner.
For Boutique Chic: The Rocks, CBD
"Markets over malls, fashion over fads" is the motto at this famous shopping precinct, where you're sure to find one-off designer pieces to treasure forever.
For Bargain Buys: Paddy's Markets, Haymarket
A treasure trove of cheap-as-chips goodies awaits at paddy's Markets, an Australian shopping institution and Sydney must-do for the past 150 years.
For Luxe Finds: Collins Street, CBD
Collins Street is synonymous with luxury in Melbourne, and it's here you'll find a breathtaking selection of high-end fashion and prestigious brands on show, in amongst the stunning Victorian architecture.
For Boutique Chic: Chapel Street, Windsor
If you're looking to race in front of the fashion pack then look no further than Chapel Street, where you'll uncover vintage couture and unique designers, as well as some of the most fashionable op-shops in the world!
For Bargain Buys: Queen Victoria Markets, CBD
This Melbourne landmark is brimming with handcrafted treats and delicious eats. It's also Celebrity Cruises' pick for a Chef's Market Discovery shore excursion, where a Celebrity chef hosts a private tour of the market's food stalls before cooking an exclusive dinner back onboard, inspired by the day's finds.