Star Collector: Australia & New Zealand Odyssey
 
25 DAYS
Star Breeze
Auckland to Cairns
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Price from $9,999 USD per guest
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Auckland to Cairns
Koalas, penguins and red kangaroos abound throughout this remarkable 25-day cruise that touches the warm beaches, small villages and coastal cosmopolitan cities on New Zealand’s North and South Islands and Australia’s eastern coastline. Ride bikes through Marlborough, New Zealand’s most famous wine country, and enjoy wine tasting paired with a light private lunch sourced from local ingredients. Watch sheepdogs herd sheep on a working farm outside Christchurch. Seek out penguins, great albatross and colorful avian wildlife aboard a restored wooden launch cruising along the remote reaches of the Otago Peninsula. Observe koalas, wombats and wallabies at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart, Tasmania. Kayak amid turquoise waves and vibrant marine life off the warm sandy tropical coast of Airlie Beach, Australia. Explore with a guide from the Kuku Yalanji tribe near Port Douglas and learn how to source food from mangroves and tidal lagoons, then examine native artifacts and hear stories about indigenous land.
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Day 1: Auckland
The first thing to notice when you see Auckland is the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere offering amazing panoramic views.  The area was settled by the Maori around 1350 and was settled by Europeans in the early 1800s.  The land here is rich and fertile and the economy is good.  Take a ferry to Waiheke Island, known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves or stroll along Ponsonby Street known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas.
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Day 2: Tauranga
Beautiful Tauranga with its sparkling harbor, warm climate and blue skies is New Zealand’s fifth largest city and is known for the relaxed lifestyle there.  Among the attractions is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves where a glowworm species exclusive to New Zealand can be found. This is also the home of The Hobbit on the movie set where many scenes from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.
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Day 4: Picton
Picton is the starting point for exploring the Marlborough region of New Zealand and their delicious sauvignon blanc wines.  Tiny and picturesque, Picton is ideal for the naturalist or the foodie. Hike or bike along the 43-mile Queen Charlotte Track, explore the nearby wildlife sanctuaries, indulge your taste buds with refreshing white wine and taste the famous green-lipped mussels indigenous to Marlborough Sounds.
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Day 5: Wellington
The inviting compact capital of New Zealand has a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, an interesting working harbor and colorful wood houses in the surrounding hills. Strong winds frequently through the strait here have given it the nickname “Windy Wellington.” Work in a visit to Te Papa, an interactive and innovative national museum that showcases Maori culture, art heritage and the fascinating history of New Zealand.
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Day 6: Lyttelton (Christchurch)
If Dunedin is a bit of Scotland then Christchurch is a bit of England, right down to the Avon River flowing through the city and its plethora of parks and gardens. The Botanical Garden is well worth a trip, or set your sights on a different terrain. This city has been a gateway to the Antarctic since the early 1900s and you can gain insight into the frozen frontier at the International Antarcrtic Center.
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Day 7: Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
Scottish Dunedin offers the best of both worlds. Take in grand Victorian and Edwardian building like the iconic Railway Station and New Zealand's only castle. Head to the Otago Peninsula to see rare yellow-eyed penguins. Or ride a historic train through spectacular Taieri Gorge.
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Day 8: Oban
The main settlement of Stewart Island is a haven for bird life like kaka, parakeets, tui and New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi.  Pleasantly located on a vista of picturesque bays and coves with lush vegetation, activities around Oban include hiking, sea kayaking, diving, or take one of New Zealand’s Great Walks to Maori Beach, the site of a 1913 lumber mill.
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Day 9: Scenic Cruising Fiordland National Park
Be out on deck to experience the beauty of Fiordland National Park, the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand.  It is a major part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO site. Two rare bird species live here – the Takahe, thought to be extinct was found in the mountains here, and the Kakapo, the world’s only flightless parrot has refuge here as well.
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Day 12: Hobart
Be prepared for an island setting of stunning landscapes, old-growth forests, picturesque harbor and the rugged Mount Wellington in Hobart’s background.  Hobart offers excellent local produce, interesting Tasmanian wines and eclectic art in the galleries. The capital of Tasmania is not only an Antarctic gateway, but also the gateway to the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness.
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Day 13: Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is full of natural assets, pink granite peaks, secluded bays, including iconic Wineglass Bay, white-sand beaches and an abundance of birdlife including black swans. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are all excellent activities in the pristine waters here.
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Day 14: Burnie
Encircling Emu Bay on Bass Strait, Burnie is known for delicious cheese and whisky and claims to have the best milk in the world for cheese making. Even with only 20,000 residents Burnie has a delightful number of restaurants and cafes to tempt you. The area around Burnie is rich with impressive gardens and parks and lovely beaches.
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Day 15: Phillip Island
The biggest attraction of tiny port Phillip Island is the daily Penguin Parade at sunset when the little penguins come ashore. There is also a large colony of Australian fur seals and there are koalas and birds in the mangroves along Cape Woolamai. The Phillip Island Circuit is also well-known for its motorcycle and car racing track.
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Day 16: Melbourne
The capital and most populated city of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of Port Philip. The abundance of parks and gardens here has resulted in Melbourne being referred to as Australia’s “Garden City.”  The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world's first feature film, was shot in Melbourne in 1906 and On the Beach was filmed here in 1959. The city’s delightful mix of architecture includes the UNESCO-listed Royal Exhibition building, the Venetian-gothic style Old Stock Exchange, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Flinders Street Station.
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Day 18: Sydney
Best known for its distinctive harbor-front Opera House, which is a UNESCO site, Sydney is viewed as not only one of the most expensive cities in the world, but also one of the most livable. The metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor and covers about 44 miles. Sydney’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Other sites to see include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Day 19: Sydney
Best known for its distinctive harbor-front Opera House, which is a UNESCO site, Sydney is viewed as not only one of the most expensive cities in the world, but also one of the most livable. The metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor and covers about 44 miles. Sydney’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Other sites to see include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Day 21: Mooloolaba
This is the home of the Crocodile Hunter’s family and the Australian Zoo they have been involved in. This is where you can have the opportunity to hold a koala. The lush rainforest here is perfect for a walk to the waterfall. Located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, a walk along the Mooloolaba Beachfront Esplanade will take you past outdoor cafes, juice bars, alfresco restaurant and chic fashion boutiques.
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Day 22: Fraser Island
There are many activities to do on this former logging station island full of towering trees. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk with its King ferns and freshwater flowing across the sand. Look for birds of prey above and dingoes along 75-Mile Beach, float down Eli Creek or take a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Makenzie.
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Day 23: Middle Percy Island
Tiny Middle Percy Island is well-known in yachting circles for its long-standing tradition of hospitality and is one of the few places left in Australia where seafarers can freely go ashore and explore. The first structure in sight is an A-frame covered in signs and souvenirs from passing boats. Note: this call includes a wet landing. No other cruise line comes to this beach and we’re able to work with local operators to make this special event come to life. Sign up ahead of time for a Signature Expedition to explore this area with our onboard experts by kayak or Zodiac.
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Day 24: Airlie Beach
Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is also home to the well-known Whitsunday islands. This relaxed resort town is also home to one of the most famous beaches in the world – Whitehaven Beach, only accessible by sea or air. Find the Airlie Beach Lagoon or the award-winning Fish D’Vine & the Rum Bar.
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Day 25: Willis Island
A brief stop with no debarkation will be made at Willis Island, the only permanently inhabited island of the Coral Sea Islands Territory. The weather monitoring station here was established in 1921 to provide cyclone early warnings for Queensland. Birds seen here include wedge-tailed shearwaters, sooty terns and noodies. Be on the lookout for the birds as we cruise by.
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Day 26: Cairns
Here is the gateway to see the Great Barrier Reef and no one should miss it if you’ve come this far, so plan to expand your stay here. Other highlights of Cairns include the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with stories of the indigenous aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the beautiful gorges, beaches and mountainous rainforest of Daintree National Park and the Cairns Esplanade full of local flavor in its bars and restaurants.
Popular Highlights
Christchurch
Sights to see in Christchurch include Hagley Park, Willowbank, and the Cardboard Cathedral
 
Complimentary laundry
Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service
 
Great Barrier Reef
A full day shore excursion to the Great Barrier Reef is available from Port Douglas
 
Mooloolaba
Hold a koala in Mooloolaba at the zoo
 
 
Oban
Have your binoculars ready in Oban for the bird population including kiwi and kaka and the endemic Weka
 
Philip Island
Stand on the beach for the big attraction of Philip Island, the daily sunset parade of the penguins coming ashore
 
Sydney
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship will complete renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.
Star Porthole Suite
Star Porthole Suite
These rooms represent a nod to the sailing tradition of porthole windows. And while sailors might have had cramped quarters, your 277 square foot stateroom is wonderfully spacious and furnished with all the modern amenities and comforts of home.
$9,999 per guest
Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$10,299 per guest
Ocean View Suite 1
Ocean View Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$10,499 per guest
Star Ocean View Suite 1
Star Ocean View Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$10,799 per guest
Ocean View Suite 2
Ocean View Suite 2
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$10,999 per guest
Ocean View Suite 3
Ocean View Suite 3
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$11,399 per guest
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$14,199 per guest
Balcony Suite 1
Balcony Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
$14,699 per guest
Star Balcony Suite 1
Star Balcony Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
$14,899 per guest
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Star Balcony Suite
Star Balcony Suite
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
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Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Brand new Deluxe Suites welcome you with 468 square feet of casually elegant living space and an ocean viewing French balcony. All these suites feature 3rd berths, and a sleep-inducing queen bed easily converted to twins.
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Classic Suite
Classic Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
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Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With 575 square feet, your Owner’s Suite offers separate living room and dining areas. A veranda, two flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
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Star Breeze
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Breeze still tucks into small ports like Le Lavandou and Wrangell or narrow waterways like the Corinth and Keil Canal. Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
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