What could be more unique than touring Australia’s glorious food and wine hotspots by sea? During the day, travel winding roads past hillsides dotted with green orchards and wineries nestled in picturesque valleys, with charming artisan pit stops at every turn. And by night, set sail to your next destination, all the while experiencing the very best in first-class luxury and style.
Celebrity Cruises® is offering this unforgettable experience to see (and taste) all that Australian wine country has to offer aboard the luxurious Celebrity Eclipse®. Departing in early 2023, this nine-night experience takes wine lovers through some of Australia’s most impressive wine regions and, while on board, guests enjoy award-winning wine lists and unforgettable culinary delights.
FIRST STOP: SYDNEY
Begin this special tour by soaking up the atmosphere of Sydney’s spectacular beaches, world-class shopping destinations, fine-dining experiences, and world-renowned architectural landmarks. Jump on an open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see the city while basking in the sun, or explore the many lively pubs, local wineries, and historic buildings.
When it’s time to step on board, feel yourself instantly relax. Settle into your stylish accommodation, including Concierge Class and the spa-inspired AquaClass® or, for an unparalleled experience, The Retreat®, which includes private restaurant dining, an exclusive lounge and a sundeck that rivals any high-end resort.
Dining on board the luxurious Celebrity Eclipse is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the amazing array of flavours at the restaurants offering globally inspired cuisine, and menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs. When it comes to wine, the options are equally as impressive. Immerse yourself in wine culture at one of the bars on board, Cellar Masters, and enjoy the large selection of international wines, hand-picked by Celebrity sommeliers.
Upon arrival, choose from the unique on-shore experiences Melbourne offers, including diverse cuisine options, chic shopping opportunities, and stylish rooftop bars. Visit one of the city’s magnificent museums, tour the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, or soak up the coastal glory of the Great Ocean Road en route to the 12 Apostles – stunning rock stacks that rise dramatically from the ocean.
At the end of the day, return for more culinary delights and wine tastings, or take up one of the other activities on board. Hit the casino for a game or two, take a yoga class in the Fitness Centre, or play your favorite game on real grass at The Lawn Club – all while cruising to your next port.
A night stopover in Adelaide is next on this unique tour, offering guests an opportunity to explore the surrounding wine country. Known as the city of churches, Adelaide is also home to thriving arts and dining cultures.
The South Australian wine industry produces more than half of Australia’s wine – and it’s easy to see why. The diverse geography and cool climate of the Adelaide Hills create the perfect environment for a range of grape varieties, from aromatic riesling to full-bodied shiraz. Spend the weekend sampling wines and exploring the rolling hills, or mark your trip with one of the region’s world-famous gems. Shop locally mined opals in the area’s finest shops and take home a memento of your travels.
After an adventurous day, it’s time to work on your wellness. Whether you want to clear your mind, reinvigorate your spirit, or get those endorphins pumping, The Spa onboard Celebrity Eclipse is an elegantly appointed sanctuary where you can do it all. With state-of-the-art fitness equipment and blissful body treatments, there’s something to suit everyone.
Your final destination on this unique adventure, before returning to Sydney, is Hobart. Take in the panoramic views from Mount Wellington, or enjoy the city, harbor, and beautiful beaches from the air on a helicopter tour.
From superior wine appreciation to delectable dining delights, this unique land-and-sea adventure won’t soon be forgotten.
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