New Zealand Bridge Cruise with Gary Brown

16
Nights
2020
Nov 9
From
$5,990
Celebrity
Solstice
Including flights, accommodation,
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

Welcome to another memorable Bridge Cruise/Holiday with Gary Brown and his OZ Bridge Travel team. The Bridge program is extensive, but casual. You play only when you want. A partner is guaranteed. Non-Bridge playing spouses often join us, so please bring yours along! There is much to see and do!

Visiting Eden, Melbourne, Hobart, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland

Tour highlights

  • Welcome Drinks Party
  • Exclusive Bridge Games and Tuition by Bridge expert Gary Brown
  • 14 night Celebrity Solstice cruise to New Zealand
  • Sightseeing tours in Eden, Hobart, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland
  • Explore the geothermal activity of geysers at Rotorua
  • 2 nights in the heart of Auckland
  • The majesty of Milford Sound and Fiordlands National Park
  • Fully escorted by renowned Bridge instructor and cruise host Gary Brown
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Celebrity Solstice
New Zealand Bridge Cruise with Gary Brown Map

Includes

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category.
  • All meals and entertainment on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Economy-class air travel from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in a centrally located Auckland hotel.
  • Sightseeing tours in most ports.
  • Comprehensive Bridge program.
  • Breakfasts daily.
  • Tour leadership by Gary Brown.
  • Air taxes as at 1 October 2019.
  • Port and handling charges.
  • Mandatory Gratuities aboard the Celebrity Solstice

Bridge Program

Please note that every ‘Sea Day’ we will have two 1-hour morning clinics and an afternoon session of duplicate. Even on Port Days there will be an afternoon miniduplicate for the keeners who return to the ship.

If you are traveling alone – you will not be alone

'Singletons' are just as valuable to our group – as they are at the Bridge table. So, if you are a single and traveling alone – know this:
1. 'Single Supplement' suites (a private room) are available.
2. We make all efforts to match singles who are looking for a roommate.
3. We do guarantee you a partner at the Bridge table.
4. We dine together as a group - each evening.
5. Complimentary cocktail party (meet/greet) on the 3rd evening.
6. All land tours are on private coaches reserved specifically for our group so no expensive ship tours.
7. Join us each evening – for pre-dinner drinks in the Martini Bar.
Being a part of our group – offers security and camaraderie

Celebrity Solstice Deck plans

Celebrity Solstice

Since Celebrity Solstice joined the Celebrity fleet, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-travelled cruisers. She showcases spectacular vistas with 85per cent of all staterooms having sweeping balcony views. Celebrity Solstice hosts a variety of five-star speciality restaurants, including Murano, a French restaurant, the Tuscan Grill, Silk, an Asian restaurant and Qsine, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in AquaSpa, and you may never want to set foot on land again. Celebrity Solstice offers a truly luxurious cruise experience.

Clothing on board the Celebrity Solstice

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the restaurants. Formal Night gets a modern luxury reboot. Say goodbye to Formal Night, and hello to Evening Chic. It’s your time to shine. Get glamorous. Get chic. Be sophisticated. While dressier than Smart Casual, Evening Chic is intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. Evening Chic means that you can get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should. The self service restaurants are casual.

Gary Brown

Welcome to another memorable Bridge Cruise/Holiday with Gary Brown and his OZ Bridge Travel team. Gary is author of 6 Bridge books, with one winning the prestigious 2007 American Bridge Teachers’ Association’s ‘Book of the Year’. He also created Flash Cards (the Ultimate Guide by the Bridge Player’s Side). He runs duplicates, teaches and organises Bridge Holidays around the globe – having now hosted over 55 Cruise Holidays/Bridge Boot Camps. Our focus is always on making the experience – your ‘trip of a lifetime’. The Bridge program is extensive, but casual. You play only when you want. A partner is guaranteed. Non-Bridge playing spouses often join us, so please bring yours along! There is much to see and do!

DAY 1 Monday 9 November 2020 Sydney/Departure
This afternoon, board the Celebrity Solstice on this fantastic cruise to New Zealand. Be up on deck as we cruise Sydney Harbour and out through Sydney Heads.

DAY 2 Tuesday 10 November 2020 Eden
This morning we will explore the picturesque villages of the Sapphire Coast; Merimbula, Pambula, and Eden, and delve into the area’s whaling heritage at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The afternoon will be spent at leisure for individual exploration of this charming town or for those of you who decide to return to the ship there will be an afternoon mini-duplicate.

DAY 3 Wednesday 11 November 2020 At sea
Our first day at sea! We start with a couple of morning clinics and in the afternoon join us for the ‘Welcome Pairs’. This evening, we will have a Welcome Drinks Party for group members to formally meet each other, have a drink and enjoy the privilege of the moment.

DAY 4 Thursday 12 November 2020 Melbourne
We will arrive in Melbourne this morning. There will be free time to explore this interesting city or you may join an optional ship tour of the area. For those who are interested, Gary will try and organize a Bridge game with one of the local clubs.

DAY 5 Friday 13 November 2020 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the facilities of the ship. Morning clinics followed by lunch and afternoon Bridge.

DAY 6 Saturday 14 November 2020 Hobart
We dock in Hobart this morning. We will have a guided tour of Hobart including Salamanca Place, Battery Point and a drive to the top of Mt Wellington. For those of you who decide to return to the ship there will be an afternoon duplicate.

DAY 7 Sunday 15 November 2020 At sea
Bridge today includes two morning clinics and an afternoon session of Duplicate. Alternatively, relax on board and enjoy the many activities provided by the Celebrity Solstice.

DAY 8 Monday 16 November 2020 At sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Morning clinics followed by lunch and afternoon Bridge.

DAY 9 Tuesday 17 November 2020 Fiordlands National Park
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerise at each turn. In this place of outstanding natural beauty towering Mitre Peak rises 1692 metres above the sound and there are plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins. Sometimes called ‘The Sound of Silence’, there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. At 40kms long and 8kms across at its widest point, Dusky Sound is one of the largest and most complex fiords in Fiordland. Dusky Sound was discovered and named in 1773 by Captain Cook, who originally called it Dusky Bay because of its sombre aspect.

DAY 10 Wednesday 18 November 2020 Dunedin
We arrive in the city of Dunedin this morning. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the “Edinburgh of the South”, it consists of beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. We will have a sightseeing tour of the city. We return to the ship for an afternoon duplicate.

DAY 11 Thursday 19 November 2020 Christchurch
Today we call into Lyttleton, the port for Christchurch. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Christchurch. With its very English feel, Christchurch is the largest city on the south island of New Zealand. The city boasts modern architecture and historic buildings set against beautiful parks, gardens, rivers and beaches.

DAY 12 Friday 20 November 2020 Wellington
Today we will have a morning sightseeing tour of the main sights of the Capital of New Zealand, Wellington, including the Houses of Parliament known as “the Beehive”. We visit Mount Victoria, where we have 360 degree views of the city. We return to the ship for an afternoon duplicate.

DAY 13 Saturday 21 November 2020 At sea
Our final day at sea! Bridge today includes 2 morning clinics and an afternoon duplicate. Alternatively, relax on board and enjoy the many activities provided by the Celebrity Solstice.

DAY 14 Sunday 22 November 2020 Tauranga/Rotorua
We arrive in Tauranga this morning. Tauranga has a thriving commercial and business centre and is a very busy port. Dominating the scene is the harbour and Mount Maunganui. We travel to Rotorua, a small city on the shores of Lake Rotorua, where we explore the geothermal activity of geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. We will see a geyser display, where boiling water shoots many metres into the air, as well as the appropriately named Blue Lake and Green Lake.

DAY 15 Monday 23 November 2020 Auckland
This morning we dock in Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. After disembarking, our morning city tour takes in the main sights of Auckland, including the Harbour Bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, Mount Eden, where we get a panoramic view of the city, the Auckland Museum and the quaint and stylish shopping area of Parnell. We will check into our hotel mid afternoon.

DAY 16 Tuesday 24 November 2020 Auckland
There will be free time to explore this interesting city or do some shopping. For those who are interested Gary will explore the opportunity for a game with a local club.

DAY 17 Wednesday 25 November 2020 Australia
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
11 Inside 7 $5,990 $8,990
8 Ocean View 3 $6,790 $10,290
2D Balcony (Obstructed) 6 $6,990 $10,890
2B Balcony 6,7 $7,190 $11,090
1B Balcony 8,9 $7,390 $11,490
C3 Concierge Balcony 9,10 $7,590 $11,690
1A Balcony 6,7,8,9 $8,390 $13,190
A1 Aqua Balcony 11 $8,790 $13,890
S2 Suite 11,12 $10,990 $18,190
Included port and handling charges $640 $1,280
Included gratuities $288 $288
Included air taxes as at 1/10/2019 $50 $50

Availability

All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending

You can stay longer in New Zealand for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 630 434 for more information.

INCLUDED IN CRUISE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category.
  • All meals and entertainment on Celebrity Solstice.
  • Economy-class air travel from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in a centrally located Auckland hotel.
  • Sightseeing tours in most ports.
  • Comprehensive Bridge program.
  • Breakfasts daily.
  • Tour leadership by Gary Brown.
  • Air taxes as at 1 October 2019.
  • Port and handling charges.
  • Mandatory Gratuities aboard the Celebrity Solstice

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Flights to Sydney to join the cruise.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Lunches when not on the ship

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 6 4 0 05 817 078) is the tour organiser. Celebrity Solstice is operated by Celebrity Cruises and the New Zealand fly/ cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Celebrity Cruises 2020 brochure. All passengers must complete and sign Travelrite International booking form and the Celebrity Cruises on line cruise check in.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed (usually within 24 hours) a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to all payments made creditcard. If fares and airtaxes change due to government and airport regulations and currency fluctuations Travelrite reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Charges

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days $900
90 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for 30 kgs of baggage on flights to join or return from the cruise. The coach can only accommodate 1 piece of luggage per person.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/ or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/ cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria and any legal action must be taken in Victoria, Australia. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of Celebrity Cruises fly/cruise passage contract, detailed on the Celebrity Cruises website. If you can’t bring up this form on the website please contact Travelrite International and we will send it to you.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
You engage Travelrite International to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite International acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite International your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.

How to Book:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn 3103 Victoria
Tel: (03) 8803 6868

Further information can be obtained by telephoning

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Cruise info – Email Nigel: nigel@travelrite.com.au
Bridge info – Email Gary: ezeriah78@gmail.com
Mobile: 0418 570 430

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.

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