Best for your buck: Celebrity
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- Food included
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Big things come in small packages in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Glistening glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes and friendly locals, New Zealand is a land of plenty that can slip under the average cruiser’s radar.
Each port — from Auckland to Milford Sound — is bound to collect more than a few new fans of this off-the-beaten-track destination.
Whether you choose to fly in and cruise the region or include New Zealand as a stop on a longer itinerary, we offer our top cruise company picks that show you the best of the nation.
End each day with exquisitely prepared cuisine and a perfectly paired glass of wine, or relax in the comfort of your suite with 24-hour room service — all included in your fare.
Guests with special needs are taken care of with wheelchair-accessible staterooms, and facilities for those with visual impairments are common onboard.
Spend your days playing quoits or learning to fence, and relive that romantic era of gala balls, West End–caliber shows and elegant dining in the evenings.
Throw in a Nordic-inspired spa, infinity pool and dinners for two in the Italian restaurant, and you've got yourself a romantic getaway. Did we mention all ships are adults only?
Ponant's French touch offers a fleet of mega- and midsize yachts, so you'll never feel like you're on a floating resort.
All cabins on Seabourn ships are oceanfront suites — just choose how much space you need. Suites come with a personal suite stewardess, a fully stocked bar with your preferences, walk-in closets and a spacious marble bath with double vanities.
A fun, active atmosphere paired with casual service is this liner's calling card. A large fitness area with group classes, beach club, boulder wall and water slides are some of what you can expect onboard. And bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters are available to rent for exploring off-ship.
When choosing cruise lines for our list, we looked at price, ship size, features, activities and itineraries. We factored in our personal experience of New Zealand as well as third-party reviews and guides to home in on popular, high-quality cruise lines.
New Zealand is best enjoyed from December to March. This peak summer period allows you to take in the country’s beautiful scenery during the warmest weather.
If you’re considering a visit during the rest of the year, factor in other considerations before determining your dates:
From wining and dining to swimming with wild dolphins, New Zealand’s ports are bursting with sights and activities:
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