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Auckland to Sydney Golf Cruise – 2 to 18 January 2022

Ultra-Luxury Auckland to Sydney Golf Cruise - Highly Inclusive Silver Muse 2 to 18 January 2022

15 nights + 1 complimentary night in 5 star Auckland Hotel on 2 January 2022 from $10,350pp twin share - Single supplement a low 25%.

(7 Game Golf Option)

Trendsetter Travel & Golf Tours welcomes you joining our Auckland to Sydney golf cruise on-board the 596 guest (411 crew) ultra-luxury Silver Muse.

Ship includes choice of 7 restaurants. Butler service in all guest rooms, inclusive of all standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (there are over 80 complimentary wines), gratuities and unlimited wifi.  Extra charges are likely to be limited to the 2 restaurants involving surcharges, spa services and shore excursions/golf programme.  Guest rooms start from an internal room size of 31 sqm (probably the largest standard room size available on a cruise ship) and balcony rooms (the majority of rooms on ship) have an additional 5 sqm of area.

The golf package involves a selection of up to 7 games of golf including 5 games in New Zealand and 2 games in Australia. Golf includes green fees, motorised carts, coach transfers, prize money and drinks post golf.

Your Silversea fare includes business class air fares from home city in Australia to Auckland and business class fare from Sydney to home city in Australia – this also includes airport transfers where flights arrive/depart on same day as cruise departs/arrives.  The air programme can be declined with a $750 pp air credit available.  No additional credit is available if only the home city in Australia to Auckland flight is taken (eg if the guest lives in Sydney).  It is expected that the only guests on ship will be residents of Australia and New Zealand with the ship’s crew expected to serve out a minimum period of quarantine before operating in Australia and New Zealand with Covid 19 testing prior to crewing ship.

There is an up to 7 game golf programme attached to this cruise – details are provided on page 7 of this itinerary.   The option exists to play any selection of the offered golf games and only pay for what is selected. A credit is available for green fees where play is on a course you have reciprocal playing rights.

In addition to the cruise fare and golf programme, Trendsetter Travel is offering a complimentary pre cruise night in Auckland at a 5 star hotel and a USD 150 pp on board credit courtesy of Trendsetter Travel’s Virtuoso membership.  This incentive applies to both couples/twins and singles.

Singles can book either a non-balcony or balcony suite for a modest single supplement of 25% of the Silversea cruise fares. This incentive can be ended by Silversea at any time.

Silversea offers attractive cancellation provisions which are covered by the following link https://www.silversea.com/temporary-amendment-to-cancellation-policy.html.  In short, for bookings made up until 31 May 2021 (date likely to be extended) you can cancel your cruise with a full refund (other than a $250/suite admin fee) for cancellations outside of 120 days and for cancellations inside 120 days but not less than 30 days from departure a cruise credit is available. If Silversea cancels cruise (eg due to Covid 19 border restrictions), Silversea provides a full refund or offers you the opportunity to elect a 110% cruise credit.

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La Terrazza, restaurant, Silver Muse

Your hosts are Adrienne Witteman and David Cooper, Directors of Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre.  Both have a special love for New Zealand having been brought up in New Zealand although they now live permanently in Sydney.  They are both keen members of one of Sydney’s leading golf clubs.

More about the full cruise itinerary can be found from the Silversea web page – refer link:

www.silversea.com/destinations/australia-new-zealand-cruise/auckland-to-sydney-sm220103015.html

David Cooper

Adrienne Witteman

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday 2 January 2022 - Auckland

Arrival in Auckland is at your leisure from your home city in Australia via a business class flight as part of your Silversea cruise fare. Make your own way to our group accommodation in a 5 star Auckland CBD hotel (breakfast included).  Your hotel will be advised closer to departure time.

Your Silversea included air transfer can be made on any day up until 3 January 2022 but business class is subject to seat availability.

Day 2 – Monday 3 January 2022 - Auckland - Cruise Departure

Make your own way to the down town cruise terminal with boarding usually possible from 12 noon (although your room will not be available until mid afternoon) and have a relaxing lunch on board.

We expect to schedule a welcome cocktail function at 6.30 pm followed by a group dinner in the main restaurant from 7.30 pm as Silver Muse cruises out of the magnificent Auckland harbour into the Hauraki Gulf as we head south down the east coast of the North Island.

Day 3 – Tuesday 4 January 2022 - Tauranga ( Golf - Game 1) - in port 8.00am - 5.30pm

After breakfast, we transfer to nearby Mount Maunganui Golf Club, one of New Zealand’s leading private golf clubs outside of the main metropolitan areas and a venue for many professional golf tournaments in years past.

After golf, there should be some time to explore the delightful holiday town of Mount Maunganui (walking distance from the ship’s berth), affectionately known as “the Mount”, perhaps enjoy a swim at its famous beach or even climb Mount Maunganui for the magnificent view.

When leaving Tauranga, we will within one hour sail near Mount White, the active volcano and scene of the tragedy in December 2019

Day 4 – Wednesday 5 January 2022 - at sea

Your first sea day, in sight of land throughout the day, will provide an excellent opportunity to explore the ship following a leisurely breakfast.

Day 5 – Thursday 6 January 2022- Wellington ( Golf - Game 2) - in port 8.00am - 10.00pm

After entering the harbour early morning, we berth at the magnificent port city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.  We transfer 30 minutes north to the Hutt Valley and play the prestigious and recently (2013) redesigned Royal Wellington Golf Club.  Now ranked comfortably within the top 10 New Zealand golf clubs, it is, with Wairakei, undoubtedly one of the finest two park land layouts in New Zealand.  Since the club was founded in 1895, it has been the venue for 7 New Zealand Open championships.

Following our return from golf at Royal Wellington, there should be time for an independent stroll around down town Wellington, a city famous for its bar life and talented baristas.

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Day 6 – Friday 7 January 2022 - Kaikoura ( Golf - Game 3) in port 8.00am - 7.00pm

A small rural town made famous over the past 20 years for the local tourism industry built around whale watching.  However, the township was devastated by an earthquake in November 2016 and is still in recovery mode.  Fortunately, the golf club and course was untouched by the earthquake and it is only a short drive for us to play the scenic Kaikoura Golf Club.  With the late evening departure, for some, there will be time to send your golf clubs back to Silver Muse post golf and explore the local port town.

Day 7 – Saturday 8 January 2022 - Akaroa/ Christchurch ( Golf - Game 4) - in port from 8.00am - 6.00pm

We will anchor in the sheltered Akaroa Harbour and after tender to shore will take a scenic drive to Christchurch.

We will play the challenging Clearwater course with a shot gun start scheduled.  Clearwater course is built around an upmarket residential and resort estate with construction some 20 years ago.  Since that time, it has held numerous professional tournaments including both the mens and ladies NZ Opens on multiple occasions.  For one of its professional events, it was accorded status on the Nationwide Tour, as it was then known.

After returning to Akaroa, there may be time to wander around the historic French settlement township of Akaroa, prior to boarding Silver Muse for dinner and departure.

Day 8 – Sunday 9 January 2022 - Dunedin ( Golf - Game 5) - in port 8am - 6pm

The prestigious Otago Golf Club is located 30 minutes from Dunedin’s Port Chalmers.  Apart from being New Zealand’s oldest golf club, it has hosted the NZ Golf Open no fewer than 7 times.  We invite you to try and replicate Arnold Palmer’s efforts – in one Open event in the 1960s Arnie drove the green of this famous hole, the par 4 Glenn Hole (photo).

New Zealand hospitality again promises a cold beer or complimentary whisky at the end of the round.

Day 9 – Monday 10 January 2022 - Stewart Island - in port from 8.00am - 6.00pm

We spend the day exploring New Zealand’s 3rd largest island but still largely undeveloped with few roads.  You can either take one of the many Silversea shore tours offered or self-explore.  This might include “fish and chips” at the popular local waterfront hotel a 15 minute walk over the hill from the tender port.

Day 10 – Tuesday 11 January 2022 - Cruising Fiordland National Park

Pray for fine weather today as there is no finer sight in New Zealand than awaking to the stunning beauty of Fiordland National Park.  Today is a day for snapping photo after photo of the gorgeous scenery, largely private to our ship since there is scant road access and few ships pass this way.  We will cruise through both Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Days 11/12 – Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 January 2022 - Sailing the Tasman Sea

Enjoy two relaxing sea days with plenty of on-board delights to keep you entertained – or simply rest up in anticipation of the two Australian golf courses that await on the final leg of our golf cruise.

Day 13 – Friday 14 January 2022 - Hobart ( Golf- Game 6) - Arrive 7.00am - Depart 11.00pm

We transfer this morning to the Royal Hobart Golf Club, the premiere private golf club in Tasmania.  Founded 100 years ago, it received its royal charter in 1925.  It has held numerous professional and national amateur tournaments including the 1971 Australian Open which was won by Jack Nicklaus.

After returning from golf, there should be ample time to explore the Hobart waterfront down town area before re-boarding your ship to commence our sail to the Australian mainland.

Day 14 – Saturday 15 January 2022 - Sail to Melbourne

Another leisurely day at sea awaits before we sail into Port Phillip Bay.

Day 15 – Sunday 16 January 2022 - Melbourne ( Golf - Game 7) - Arrive 8.00am - Depart 5.00pm

Today we play the highly rated Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club (2000) – a Greg Norman/Bob Harrison designed course.  The course has consistently rated in the top 100 Australian golf courses (Australian Golf Magazine rates # 60).  The course is links style and should offer plenty of run while maintaining its good conditioning.  The course is a handy 35 minutes 25 km drive west from the cruise terminal.

Day 16 - Monday 17 January 2022 - day at sea sailing to Sydney

Relax and enjoy your last full day on-board the lovely Silver Muse as we sail up the east coast of Australia

Day 17 - Tuesday 18 January 2022 - Arrive in Sydney - 7.30am

Get up early if you want to experience our ship sail through the heads of Sydney Harbour before berthing at White Bay Cruise Terminal.  Say good bye to your new golf buddies – until next time – before disembarkation after breakfast.  For those not resident in Sydney, Silversea will provide courtesy transport to Sydney airport for your business class flight to your home city.

Cost of Golf Games ( with and without golf cart)

The Finer Details...

ALL Trendsetter Travel guests, as part of our golf cruise, will receive a 17 day, 16 night golf tour, which includes a 15 night highly inclusive luxury cruise on Silver Muse, 1 night in a 5 star Auckland hotel (including breakfast), USD 150/pp on board credit, 7 games of golf (including shared motorised cart), golf coach transfers, prize money, drinks post golf, business class air fares and airport to/from ship transfers on day of ship’s arrival/departure.  Our tour involves two payments – one payment to Silversea and a 2nd payment to Trendsetter Travel for the golf programme.

2 to 18 January 2022 Auckland to Sydney Golf Cruise

(including 15 night Ultra Luxury Cruise)

Suites without Balcony – Vista and Panorama Suites (up to 31 sqm) Classic Suite (Lead in Balcony Suite) (up to 36 sqm) Deluxe Suite (Best located Balcony Suite) (up to 36 sqm) Silver Suite (up to 104 sqm)
SS Cruise Fare (A$ pp) (single fare in brackets- From  $10,350 pp

($12,938 pp)

$13,050 pp

($16,312 pp)

$14,130 pp

($17,662 pp)

$21,150 pp

($42,300 pp)

Golf Package Golfer (A$ pp) – all 7 games with motorised cart $2,060 pp $2,060 pp $2,060 pp $2.060 pp
Golf Package Golfer (A$ pp)(single fare in brackets) $12,410 pp

($14,998 pp)

$15,110 pp

($18,372 pp)

$16,190 pp

($19,722 pp)

$23,210pp

($44,360 pp)

The deposit on the Silversea cruise is 15% of the cruise fare.  No deposit is required on the golf programme.  The full Silversea balance is payable 120 days from cruise departure.  However, the above pricing assumes you take advantage of the Early Booking Bonus (EBB) which applies a 10% discount on the cruise fare when paid in full by 31 August 2021 (or such later date if extended).  The golf programme is paid for in full 120 days from departure.  At that time you need to make an election which of the 7 games you wish to pay.  Payments for the Silversea fare can be made by credit card without surcharge.  Payments for the golf package can be made by direct bank transfer or by credit card with merchant fees payable of 1% for Visa and Mastercard and 2% for AMEX.  To participate in the golf programme, your Silversea cruise must be booked through Trendsetter Travel. A credit is available for green fees where play is on a course you have reciprocal playing rights.   The Silversea cruise fares are subject to future change (almost always upwards) until the deposit is paid although we expect them to remain fixed up until 31 August 2021.

Silversea’s cancellation policy is stated in the current web page link – https://www.silversea.com/temporary-amendment-to-cancellation-policy.html  .  While we encourage you to read, the key terms (at least for bookings made up until 31 May 2021) are that full refunds are available for cancellations made up to 120 days from departure (regardless whether paid in full) and for cancellations made inside 120 days (but not less than 30 days from departure)  full cruise credits are available.   Where Silversea cancels a cruise, a full cash refund or 110% cruise credit is currently offered.   Cash refunds are now made within 60 days of any cancellation where request for a cash refund rather than a cruise credit.

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED – Trendsetter can assist in organising.

The golf package price does NOT include golf club hire. It does include green fees, motorised cart hire (subject to availability – all courses booked should have sufficient motorised carts), coach transfers, prize money each game, drinks post golf and a pre cruise night (including breakfast) in Auckland.

Golf will be played on the courses as specified but Trendsetter cannot be held responsible for any cancellation/s necessitated by a change to Silversea’s itinerary due to weather or any other event, or late amendment by the golf course or if Trendsetter considers it in the best interests of the tour party as a whole to make a change in the specified golf course (eg due to course maintenance issues or lack of motorised carts or a better golf course having been found).

In the event of a cancellation and Trendsetter cannot organise an alternative golf course, Trendsetter will pass through any refund available.  For those walking and not using a golf cart, a slight discount to the golf programme is offered.

Payment of your golf programme constitutes acceptance of the above terms.

Contact Trendsetter Travel Golf Tours  (www.trendsettertravel.com.au) for further information on this tour by phone +61 2 9428 5900 (Longueville/Northwood office) or email david@trendsettertravel.com.au or phone Mob 0413 010 638.

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