Media Release – September 19, 2018

Includes exclusive shore tours and private wine events aboard Celebrity Solstice

Special offer – free onboard beverages in Balcony stateroom or above


Wine buffs or just lovers of a good drop can join an exclusive new wine-themed cruise to Tasmania and New Zealand in 2019.

Cruise Express has released the special ‘Voyage to the Vineyards’ packages offering complimentary, onboard drinks for bookings made in Balcony staterooms or above. The offer is available until sold out.

The 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice will be accompanied by wine experts from New Zealand and Australia who will host special gourmet food and wine events for Cruise Express passengers onboard the ship. Experts from Torbreck in the Barossa Valley and Escarpment Winery in Martinborough will conduct wine seminars and tastings during the cruise and guide Cruise Express guests through two, private, wine-pairing luncheons onboard.

The package includes four shore excursions that include a winery near Hobart, an albatross colony near Dunedin, the famous Marlborough wine region near Picton and the geysers, thermal pools and Maori culture of Rotorua. A cocktail reception hosted by Cruise Express and a behind-the-scenes tour of Celebrity Solstice’s 1800-bottle wine glass tower form part of the package.

Sailing from Sydney on October 27, 2019, the cruise will visit Hobart, Fjordland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands before the cruise ends in Auckland.

A four-night land extension is available including a day trip to boutique wineries on Waiheke Island near Auckland, a night in Auckland and a two-day trip to Wellington on the historic, privately chartered RM31 railcar, ‘Tokomaru’, named after a Maori canoe. The add-on trip also includes a night with dinner at the grand, 90-year-old Chateau Tongariro hotel on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, two nights in Wellington with a local tour and a visit with lunch to the wineries of the famous Martinborough wine region.

Including a flight home to Australia, the 12-night Voyage to the Vineyards cruise is available from $3990 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin. In Balcony Cabins and above (from $4690 per person twin-share), passengers will receive a bonus Classic Beverage Package for drinks onboard Celebrity Solstice. The offer is available until sold out. The four-night extension tour to Wellington is available from $1990 per person, twin-share.

The wine cruise and overland tour will be hosted by a Cruise Express Tour Manager.

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