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Your Top Cruise Destinations: 3rd Place - New Zealand

By HarryFriday 14th June 2013

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You voted for your top cruise destinations on our Facebook page and the results are in. Beating off some strong competition, in 3rd place is New Zealand. The country has plenty in store for cruise enthusiasts and here’s why…

 

1st Stop…Napier

 
Found in the Hawke Bay region, Napier is one of the art deco capitals of the world. Following a series of natural disasters in 1931, and rebuilt soon after, the city boasts all the classic geometric lines and neon clocks that give it a movie-set vibe. The stylish city is full with attractions such as the aquarium and sporting adventures to make this a fitting first stop.
 

Full Steam Ahead

 
After Napier comes the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Once a political city, in recent years it has become a fast growing hub of entertainment. Wellington has a calendar packed with celebrations, and hosts some of the country’s best theatre. You can reach most of the entertainment on foot so it makes a perfect cruise stop-off point.
 

Picton & Dunedin

 
After the buzzing sights and sounds of the nation’s capital, Picton offers a little light relaxation. As a pleasant seaside town, Picton has picturesque mountains and stunning coastal views. This relaxing break is an ideal breather before heading on to a more action-packed location.
 
 
Dunedin’s main attraction is the huge choice of outside sports you can try. From surfing and kayaking to biking and mountain hiking, Dunedin caters for just about every sport enthusiast.
 

Keep Moving….

 
Keep Moving….
 
 
After Dunedin there are no more stops on this New Zealand cruise until disembarkation. But fear not, on this cruise, you’ll still have the fiords to capture your heart, the first being Dusky Sound.
 
 
Dusky Sound is only accessible by sea and one of the more complex fiords in the region. Several islands make up the Sounds, including the Myriad Islands. With plenty of birdlife and sunbathing seals, Dusky Sound entices you to take out a camera and snap at everything in sight.
 
 
Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound finish off the fiords step of the cruise, and do so in typical scenic fashion. With rare Fiordland crested and blue penguins making an appearance and dolphins following the ship, there’s nowhere quite like it.
 
 
After experiencing the many wonders of New Zealand it’s clear why you awarded it 3rd place. There’s still more to come though, and next month we’ll be taking you on another cruise to the 2nd most popular destination, as voted by our Facebook fans.
 

If you’ve been on a New Zealand cruise with Royal Caribbean please tell us about your experiences in the comments below. Read more about all our amazing New Zealand cruise options.

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