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ITIN­ER­ARY: This 15-day Christ­mas-new Year cruise de­parts Auck­land for Mel­bourne via Tau­ranga, Welling­ton, Akaroa and Dunedin, then cruises through Dusky, Doubt­ful and Mil­ford Sounds be­fore cross­ing the Tas­man. You’ll ar­rive in Syd­ney in time for New Year’s Eve fire­works and sail on to Mel­bourne three days later. DATES: From 21 De­cem­ber 2016 to 5 Jan­uary 2017. FARES: From NZ$8,793 per per­son twin share. SHIP: The lux­ury Crys­tal Sym­phony of­fers el­e­gant ac­com­mo­da­tion for 922 guests over eight decks, in­clud­ing 65 pent­houses with per­sonal but­ler ser­vice. A 360-de­gree wrap­around teak Prom­e­nade Deck is a rar­ity at sea. There are five dif­fer­ent din­ing op­tions for break­fast and lunch, with up to eight for evening din­ing. Var­ied venues for mu­si­cal theatre, con­tem­po­rary and con­cert-style pro­duc­tions and dance bands means there is a good choice each evening for en­ter­tain­ment. WHAT’S SPE­CIAL: The all-in­clu­sive con­cept stretches from cham­pagne, fine wines and pre­mium spir­its to 24-hour room ser­vice, many ex­cur­sions and gra­tu­ities (for the most highly awarded staff at sea – con­sid­ered to give six-star ser­vice). There are ex­cel­lent guest lec­tur­ers, from au­thors to astro­nauts, and the only feng shui­in­spired spa at sea. WHY GO: This once-a-year Christ­mas-new Year’s Eve and Hanukkah voy­age is a great op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to travel to­gether to en­joy tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions and over-the-top fes­tiv­i­ties. A real high­light will be the three-day/two-night stay in Syd­ney with an en­vi­able front-row po­si­tion for the fab­u­lous New Year’s Eve fire­works ex­trav­a­ganza. CON­TACT: Phone 0800 446 376 or www.wil­

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