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P & L Fuller, South America by Privately Chartered Qantas 747
The southern hemisphere sun is shining. Christmas is around the corner. What better time to cruise? We take a short flight from Australia to Auckland with Qantas today. Touching down in the afternoon, we are whisked off to the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
Meet your fellow travellers at tonight’s Welcome Dinner.
The best of Auckland comes to light on a half-day tour. We take in ocean vistas and volcanic mountains, explore green parklands and iconic landmarks. If you don’t have any plans for your free afternoon, join our Your World experience.
Dinner this evening is accompanied by traditional Hangi entertainment.
We spend the morning touring the cultural sights of Auckland before lunch at a cosy inner-city restaurant.
Silver Shadow is docked at Queens Wharf. We board this afternoon and settle in to the Silversea way of life with a welcome Champagne in hand.
Sweep across the waves to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty region. Perhaps this cheerful coastal city, with its beaches and blue skies, will tempt you to stay put. Or, venture further afield on one of two exciting Your World experiences.
On a trip to Napier, we step back to an elegant age when life moved at a different pace. Original Art Deco buildings line the streets, symbols of the optimism felt by the city’s revitilsation after the earthquake of 1931.
We appreciate the unique architecture on a tour, before quaffing renowned Hawke’s Bay wines at a nearby vineyard. The region is renowned for its chardonnay and Bordeaux-blend reds.
A labyrinth of islands and islets surrounded by dark waters. This morning we cruise through Marlborough Sounds, reaching the small town of Picton in time for lunch aboard
our ship. We explore the town and its surrounds this afternoon, including a visit to Awatere Vineyard of the Marlborough region. Here, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and pinot gris
vines cover ten hectares of glacial river terraces.
Set on a tranquil harbour, Akaroa is nestled in the centre of an ancient volcano. British and French colonial architecture defines this small town as you may discover at your leisure. Or, join one of two Your World experiences today.
It’s a treat to spend Christmas Eve in Dunedin. The ‘Edinburgh of the South’ is dressed up for the occasion. If it weren’t for the sunshine, it would almost feel as if we had stepped off the ship in the UK. Elegant bluestone buildings line the city centre. A stately castle surveys the area from above. You may wish to enjoy some time at leisure. Or, select a Your World experience and see where the day takes you.
The sublime beauty of New Zealand’s fjords are at our doorstep today. We experience a Christmas Day like no other. Rest assured, the day will feature all of the Yuletide trimmings you’d expect. And perhaps a few more.
It’s a joy to cruise the remarkable Milford and Dusky sounds with a celebratory drink in hand. Enormous mountains covered in green forest rise up from the dark blue water. Waterfalls cascade down vertical cliffs, and, on an overcast day, clouds puff up like smoke from a volcano.
A relaxing two days at sea following the festivities. On board, we sink into a leisurely pace, relishing time to appreciate the finer things in life - delicately prepared meals and exceptional wines, spacious private sanctuaries and elegant surrounds. All this while we make our way across the Tasman Sea to Australian shores.
In the gaze of Mt Wellington, the Tasmanian capital of Hobart presents a blend of art, culture and scenery. Georgian architecture adorns the city’s colonial heart, while the country’s convict past very much remains entwined in daily life.
We leave the city for another day and discover Australia’s most talked about gallery, MONA. With controversial exhibitions that challenge and push the boundaries of art, you will certainly have something to discuss during lunch at The Source restaurant, MONA’s signature restaurant.
Return to the city aboard MONA’s ferry. Have your camera at the ready as we glide along the Derwent River and under the Tasman Bridge.
Just south of Hobart lies an island of wild beauty and abundant wildlife. Of immaculate beaches and pristine bushland. A place where you can truly get away from it all.
The day unfolds as we desire, discovering Bruny Island on one of two Your World experiences.
Unwind during a leisurely day at sea. Silver Shadow crosses Bass Strait bound for the mainland today.
Why not allow your butler to pack your suitcase? After breakfast, we disembark in Melbourne where our journey concludes.
You may wish to consider spending an additional night or two in Melbourne - the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show to ring in the New Year.
No matter your choice, we hope to see you again on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.
Sometimes travelling can be a chore, distracting you from the fascinating places you are in. That’s why everything mundane has been moved behind the scenes. You will never have to carry a map, luggage, small change for tips or bargain for a taxi fare.
One of two Millennium Class ships, Silver Shadow is slightly larger in size than Silversea’s other luxury vessels yet offers guests an experience and atmosphere more befitting of an intimate boutique hotel. From open waters to secluded inlets, life aboard is a haven of relaxation and pleasure. Suites are quiet and elegant sanctuaries at sea, and the diversity of dining options will delight all palates.
On an intimate and luxurious small ship such as Silver Shadow, you’ll enjoy the best of everything, including a range of sublime restaurants, lounges and bars to complement an extraordinary array of facilities. The size means we can dock right in the heart of big city ports one day, and explore rarely seen harbours the next. When you are one of just a few worldly guests on board a small ship, your experience is highly personalised. And with almost one staff member to every guest, you will always be indulged with the kind of service that encourages you to completely relax – with a perpetually full flute of Champagne if you wish.
There’s always something for you to do if your schedule includes sailing days. Wake early and join a yoga class, grab a coffee with a historian as you approach your next port, or while away an afternoon by the pool. After dinner, perhaps meet friends at the bar for a night of cocktails and dancing, try your luck at the casino or head to the Show Lounge, where performances range from opera to Broadway-style. Or, delight in the rare opportunity to do nothing at all.
Vista & Terrace Suites
Features large picture windows (Vista) or shared teak veranda (Terrace); sitting area; walk-in wardrobe; and a marble bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower.
Fares are based on a Vista Suite aboard Silver Shadow. Per Person, Twin Share.
Fares include one-way Qantas flight to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Prices from other cities available on request.
Land Only Guests join the tour in Auckland for dinner on Day 1 and depart Melbourne after breakfast on Day 15.
Suite Upgrades add per person, twin share
Veranda Suite 1 $2,500
Veranda Suite 2 $2,700
Solo Suite Supplements add per person
Vista Suite $5,770
Veranda Suite 1 $9,620
Veranda Suite 2 $13,290
Includes supplements for single hotel rooms. Solo suites at above prices are limited. Contact our Tour Sales Consultants for details on other suite upgrades.