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Drink in the splendours of New Zealand on an exclusive wine-themed cruise

For the ultimate in wine cruising, join the award-winning Cruise Express for a 12-night trip of a lifetime to Tasmania and New Zealand.

Pairing wine with great food is a joy for the palate, but there’s another perfect match for fine wine that’s even more rewarding – cruising. Relaxing on the deck of a luxury ship with a fine drop in hand and the beautiful blue ocean as a backdrop is the definition of the good life. Add visits to boutique wineries in Tasmania and New Zealand and you have a live-it-up, gastronomic journey that promises a feast for the senses.

You’re invited to taste a new ‘Voyage to the Vineyards’ in October, 2019, from Cruise Express, one of Australia’s leading travel companies.

Voyage to the Vineyards

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This unique wine cruise will indulge your taste for the finer things in life, showcasing the best scenery and wines in New Zealand and Tasmania. Partnered with premium line, Celebrity Cruises, and quality wineries Torbreck and The Escarpment, their bespoke, epicurean journey features exclusive, gourmet lunches at sea – paired with wine – and boutique cellar tastings ashore.

Sailing from Sydney on October 27, 2019, the cruise will visit Hobart, Fjordland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands before the cruise ends in Auckland.

Aboard the luxurious floating resort, Celebrity Solstice, we’ll visit a vineyard in Tasmania, cruise through the spectacular Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, discover the wildlife and Scottish heritage of Dunedin, explore the charming, French-styled village of Akaroa, enjoy lunch amongst the vines of New Zealand’s premier Marlborough wine region, take in the geysers and Maori culture of Rotorua and relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Wine experts from two premium wineries – Torbreck in the Barossa Valley and Escarpment in Martinborough – will host the two private, wine-paired luncheons aboard the stylish Celebrity Solstice. The onboard sommelier will also lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship’s culinary operations and stunning 1800-bottle glass wine tower in the Grand Epernay Restaurant.

And there will be ample time for you to enjoy Celebrity Solstice’s stunning amenities, including pools, jacuzzis, production shows, lounges and bars, movies, spacious decks, ship-top lawn – with real grass – and multiple eateries. Do it all or nothing at all! Unpack once and the destinations come to you!

Partner Wineries – Torbreck and The Escarpment

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Torbreck is on a quest to become one of the world’s great wine marques. Since 1994, Torbreck has been committed to creating exceptional Rhone-style red and white wines reflecting the very best vineyards in Australia’s famous Barossa.

They believe the Barossa is the most exciting place to make wine in the world, with its gentle Mediterranean climate and 175 years of Silesian and English commitment to winemaking and grape-growing. Torbreck pays tribute to their vineyards with minimal intervention, creating wines of richness, structure and length that age gracefully.

Meanwhile, The Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand, promises some of the very best of tomorrow’s definitive New World Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. With respected winemaker, Larry McKenna, applying his distinctive skill to what he does best – making premium wine – the result is some of New Zealand’s most layered, flavoursome and complex wines.

Cruise Express

Cruise Express is a national, award-winning travel agency specialising in cruise travel and escorted group tours for Australians. Over 18 years, their team of cruise experts has created dream holidays for tens of thousands of Australians. Their goal is to take all the hassle out of travel for you from the moment you call to the minute you return home. Personal, relaxed, first class service is their specialty. They care about you and your holiday. Their team has sailed the seven seas so they know which ship and which destination will bring the most enjoyment to you.

And they know you will enjoy their new Voyage to the Vineyards from Sydney. Their own avid wine appreciator and ever-popular Tour Director, Hardy Schneider, will personally host you on this deluxe, 12-night cruise to Tasmania and New Zealand.

Exclusive Reader Offer

This unique Voyage to the Vineyards holiday package is filled with flavour and value. Including a flight home to Australia, four land excursions and onboard VIP wine events, the 12-night cruise is available from $3990 per person, twin-share.

When booking before February 28, 2019, Selector magazine readers will receive a complimentary, three-pack of Torbreck and Escarpment wines valued at over $120 to get you in the mood for the voyage. Just quote this article when booking.

CLICK HERE for tour details OR call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537.

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