February 6-22, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Mike and Nancy O’Neal
Exploring the Best of Australia & New Zealand Aboard the Luxurious Diamond Princess.
Sydney, Australia around to Auckland, New Zealand
As Dr. Mike O’Neal and his wife, Nancy, transition from 10 years of his Presidency of Oklahoma Christian University to his new role as President Emeritus, they happily anticipate another cruise with friends and alumni of the University. They have enjoyed their first decade as part of the OC family, and look forward to passing the baton to Dr. John and Darla deSteiguer on May 1, 2012. The O’Neals are experienced travelers and Tour Hosts and are eager to share some of the wonders of Australia and New Zealand in the fellowship of old as well as new friends.
Optional Pre-Cruise Visit to Sydney
Sunday, Feb. 3 – Depart the U.S.A. by air.
Monday, Feb. 4 – Lose day in crossing the International Date Line.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Arrive Sydney, Australia and transfer to a deluxe hotel for check in, leisure time and overnight.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 – A morning tour of Sydney includes the highlights of this beautiful city—the Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair with great photo opportunities of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, through Kings Cross, Double Bay, Watsons Bay and Bondi Beach. Return to the city via Paddington, renowned for its charming terraced houses and other National Trust listed architecture. Then we have a relaxing and enjoyable lunch cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour with magnificent views of the Sydney Opera House, the city skyline and the Harbour Bridge. Opportunity to attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House this evening.(cost not included).
Thursday, Feb. 7 – Today there is a full day excursion out of Sydney. Our first stop will be at a wildlife park where we will have the opportunity to see the interesting and unique animals and birds which are native to Australia including the Kangaroo and cuddly Koala. Then we continue to the beautiful Blue Mountains, known as Australia’s Grand Canyon. We see stunning mountain scenery and quaint villages along the way. We enjoy a ride on the steepest incline railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley and return via the Cableway, taking in the breathtaking panorama of the stunning World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. A buffet luncheon will be included.
Friday, Feb. 8 – Morning free in Sydney. Early afternoon transfer to the pier to board the DIAMOND PRINCESS. The per person (sharing a double room) cost of $1260 includes transfers, deluxe hotel accommodations, baggage handling, breakfast daily, two buffet lunches, sightseeing as outlined, tips and taxes.
|Wed. Feb. 6||Depart the U.S. by air|
|Thur. Feb. 7||Lose day in crossing International Date Line|
|Fri. Feb. 8||Arrive Sydney, Australia and transfer to the ship||8:00 pm|
|Sat. Feb. 9||At Sea|
|Sun. Feb. 10||Melbourne, Australia||9:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Mon. Feb. 11||At Sea|
|Tues. Feb. 12||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Wed. Feb. 13||At Sea|
|Thur. Feb. 14||At Sea|
|Fri. Feb. 15||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand||7:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Sat. Feb. 16||Dunedin, New Zealand||9:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Sun. Feb. 17||Christchurch, New Zealand||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Mon. Feb. 18||Picton, New Zealand||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Tues. Feb. 19||Wellington, New Zealand.||7:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Wed. Feb. 20||At Sea|
|Thur. Feb. 21||Tauranga, New Zealand||7:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Fri. Feb. 22||Auckland, New Zealand.
Transfer to the airport for an evening flight back to the U.S.
Visit These Exciting Ports of Call
Auckland, New Zealand
Set around a sparkling harbor, Auckland enjoys a passion for outdoor sports (yacht racing) as well as outstanding food, wine and shopping.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Deeply British, where locals punt on the Avon River and relax over Devonshire tea. Nearby are the fertile Canterbury Plains and rugged high-country sheep stations.
Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin greets you with a Scottish accent: a statue of poet Robert Burns and a splendid Edwardian castle emphasize the kinship.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
According to Maori legend, a demi-god carved Fiordland , chopping away with enthusiasm and increasing skill. His crowning achievements: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
On “Tiny Tassie”, as the Aussies affectionately call Tasmania, find flora and fauna unique to the island: the infamous Tasmanian devil and Huon pine trees more than 2,000 years old.
Grand, Victorian, unruffled, the city takes its time. Stroll the Botanic Gardens, visit valley wineries, breathe in the heady scent of eucalyptus.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerize at every turn—towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins and fur seals.
Picton, New Zealand
Set on scenic Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is perfect in every way: climate, scenery, outdoor adventure. Gateway to the largest wine producing region in New Zealand.
Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world with the famous Opera House, Bridge and a spectacular city skyline.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga today is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwifruit growing country. Farther afield: Rotorua with its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and fascinating Maori culture.
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand’s friendly capital city features a red cable car that takes you up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens and a fine view of the harbor. A must-see is the engaging Te Papa Museum to learn all about New Zealand’s geology and natural environment and the stories of the Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous people.
For pricing information, payment forms and legal information, please view the PDF brochure for this trip.