Carnival Legend will offer a one-time cruise between Australia and New Zealand this season.

Carnival Cruise Line, which normally takes Australian travellers from Sydney and Melbourne and the South Pacific islands, has deviated from its plan and scheduled a one-time cruise between Australia and New Zealand for the upcoming end-of-year school holidays.

Sailing only once this season on the 2,680-passenger Carnival Legend, the 10-night cruise will depart from Sydney on 07 January 2017, intersecting the country and making three stops in Wellington, Akaroa and Port Chalmers before spending a day on a scenic cruise through the Fiordland National Park on its way back to Sydney – all maiden calls for the ship. The cruise will also include five days at sea – two on the way there and three back.

Shore excursions on the bill will include a Lord of the Rings experience in Wellington, dolphin swimming in Akaroa and off-road driving in Dunedin – among many others.

An array of activities are available on Carnival Legend.
Carnival Legend is loaded with activities including the Green Thunder waterslide, mini-golf and several swimming pools.

Read more: Stateroom Guide – Carnival Legend

“New Zealand is a fantastic family destination with plenty of outdoor action on offer for kids and parents alike, whether they want to get up close with the local wildlife or try a great adventure activity like sea kayaking around the Otago Peninsula while in Dunedin,” a Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson said.

Fares on the unique 2017 cruise start from $1,890 per person twin share, however if you miss this opportunity, another has been lined up for the following year, departing Sydney on 28 January 2018, onboard sister-ship Carnival Spirit.