2012 South Pacific Voyage to Totality Solar Eclipse Cruise Overview
|Wednesday & Thursday||Oct. 31 & Nov. 1||Honolulu Pre-Night Package 2-Nights|
|Thursday||Nov. 1||Honolulu Pre-Night Package 1-Night|
|Day 1||Friday||November 2||Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii||17:00|
|Day 2||Saturday||November 3||Hilo, Hawaii||08:00||17:00|
|Day 3||Sunday||November 4||At Sea|
|Day 4||Monday||November 5||At Sea|
|Day 5||Tuesday||November 6||At Sea|
|Day 6||Wednesday||November 7||At Sea|
|Day 7||Thursday||November 8||At Sea - Equator Crossing!|
|Day 8||Friday||November 9||Pago Pago, American Samoa||07:00||16:00|
9 & 10
10 & 11
|At Sea - International Dateline!|
|Day 11||Monday||November 12||Suva, Fiji||07:00||13:00|
|Day 12||Tuesday||November 13||At Sea|
|Day 13||Wednesday||November 14||Eclipse at Sea|
|Day 14||Thursday||November 15||At Sea|
|Day 15||Friday||November 16||Tauranga, New Zealand||07:00||18:00|
|Day 16||Saturday||November 17||Auckland, New Zealand||05:00|
|Day 17||Sunday||November 18||Auckland, New Zealand||17:00|
|Day 18||Monday||November 19||At Sea|
|Day 19||Tuesday||November 20||At Sea|
|Day 20||Wednesday||November 21||Sydney, Australia||12:00||Overnight|
|Day 21||Thursday||November 22||Sydney, Australia (Disembark)||08:00|
|Thursday - Monday||Nov. 22 - 26||Post-Tour Add-on Package Ayers Rock (Uluru) & Great Barrier Reef Post-Eclipse|
The cosmopolitan heart of the archipelago, Honolulu rises up from the lush Hawaiian flora like a beautiful white architectural rendering. Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Lolani Palace, one of the only royal palaces on American soil, are but a few of the hundreds of attractions and points of interest available to the ambitious sightseer.
Located on the lush coast of the Big Island, Hilo is the capital city of Hawaii. Hilo is also where you’ll find two of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of creation: Rainbow Falls in the south and the mammoth Akaka Falls in the north, which sends hundred of thousands of gallons of water plummeting over a volcanic cliff. Hilo is also home to Volcanoes National Park and the imposing Kilauea Volcano.
Pago Pago, American Samoa
This tropical destination will delight you with its magnificent mountain ridges, wonderfully peaceful bays, tranquil villages and some of the world’s most remote and utterly beautiful reefs and beaches. Whether you’re a hiker keen on checking out some of the highest sea cliffs in the world on Ta’u, a history buff wanting to see your first star mound, or a leisure-seeker with a deep appreciation of beach life, you’ll be glad you visited this unsung paradise.
At Sea - International Dateline!
At Sea – International Dateline!
Suva is the capital of Fiji built on a peninsula jutting out into the sea. Its architecture is a mixture of modern and traditional colonial buildings. You’ll discover it’s natural beauty in as many as 78 parks, including the new Takashi Suzuki Garden, and Thurston Gardens, which was opened in 1913 and displays flora from throughout the South Pacific. Stroll through the narrow roads of the shopping areas, most notably Cumming street, where you can step back in history for a vibrant and colorful shopping experience among original colonial buildings.
Eclipse At Sea
Approximate eclipse viewing from – Latitude: 31.7095 S & Longitude: 176.3745 E
|Eclipse Begins||20:10 UT|
|Totality Begins||21:20 UT|
|Totality Ends||21:23 UT|
|Eclipse Ends||22:41 UT|
|Duration of Totality: 3 minutes and 28 seconds|
ECLIPSE WEATHER PROSPECTS AT SEA ABOARD THE MILLENNIUM
by Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson
The chosen eclipse location, near 32°S 176°E, lies beneath the South Pacific subtropical high, a region of the globe noted for low levels of cloudiness and generous sunshine. Satellite observations show that the average cloudiness in the region is slightly above 50 percent, a low value for an oceanic observing site. More sophisticated space-based measurements are even more encouraging, revealing that nearly half of that cloudiness is semi-transparent, raising the probability of seeing the eclipse to nearly 70 percent. The mobility of the MILLENNIUM, which will allow it to seek out a gap in the clouds on eclipse day, will elevate the chances of a successful eclipse sighting to over 75 percent, among the best odds along the whole of the track.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga’s majestic Mauao (Mount Maunganui) marks the harbor entrance of the Bay of Plenty region, with Tauranga as its main center. The Bay of Plenty is aptly named – it has a wide range of recreational activities, a mild climate, New Zealand’s most popular beaches, and the world’s first kiwifruit orchards. The Port of Tauranga has a full range of services available, with only a short stroll to the Mount Maunganui shopping center and banks. Also, within walking distance of the port are two magnificent beaches – the inner harbor has a gentle beach, while on the ocean side is a well-known surf beach.
Auckland, New Zealand
Your official welcome to New Zealand comes by way of a bustling harbor. Step ashore and into a surprisingly cosmopolitan environment. And once you venture inland, even more surprises await, including a total of 48 dormant volcanoes, a lush, leafy urban cityscape filled with beautiful parks, and a number of renowned art galleries.
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Sailing into Sydney harbour is one of the world’s great maritime moments. Almost without warning, the golden sandstone cliffs that edge the Pacific coastline part to reveal a huge natural harbour with a beautiful city at its heart. Sydney is a premier cruising destination, offering first-class passenger facilities and infrastructure, all within walking distance of city experiences and a short hop to other attractions.
Sydney, Australia - Onward
Sydney, Australia – Onward
Shortening your Eclipse Cruise
For those of you not able to be away all 20-days of this cruise you may elect to embark, and/or disembark, at various ports along the way, thus shortening your eclipse cruise vacation. Passengers wishing to participate in this program must submit an email to TravelQuest requested embarkation and disembarkation dates.
Your request will be submitted by TravelQuest to Celebrity Cruises for confirmation. The deadline to submit your down-line embarkation or early disembarkation is August 2, 2012.
Down-line Embarkation or Early Disembarkation Policies
- As of June 2011, all ports (except for Hilo, Hawaii) on this cruise aboard the Millennium’s November 2, 2012 eclipse sailing are approved for down-line embarkation and/or early disembarkation.
- This policy is subject to change at anytime without notice. Safety issues, government regulations and Cabotage laws may prohibit guest embarkation/disembarkation at ports other than the originally scheduled ports of embarkation/disembarkation. Travelers planning on a down-line embarkation or early disembarkation must accept this possibility.
- Guests will not receive a refund for cruise days missed, or for gratuities and tax paid, or be offered other compensating services.
Honolulu Pre-Night Package 2-nights
Please reserve persons Cost: $355 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Add $175 USD for single occupancy. Deduct $60 USD per person for triple occupancy.
Hotel package includes: 2-nights hotel accommodation in Oceanview Room, Transfers from airport to hotel, and hotel to pier on Nov. 02, All baggage handling at hotel, Full buffet breakfast daily, Complimentary Wifi in guest rooms and lobby, Complimentary shuttle to Waikiki, Taxes, and Gratuities for housekeeping.
Honolulu Pre-Night Package 1-Night
Please reserve persons Cost: $225 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Add $85 USD for single occupancy. Deduct $30 USD per person for triple occupancy.
Hotel package includes: 1-night hotel accommodation in Oceanview Room, Transfers from airport to hotel, and hotel to pier on Nov. 02, All baggage handling at hotel, Full buffet breakfast daily, Complimentary Wifi in guest rooms and lobby, Complimentary shuttle to Waikiki, Taxes, and Gratuities for housekeeping.
After breakfast and disembarking the MILLENNIUM, your bags will be delivered to the Harbour Rocks Hotel in the heart of Sydney. With the pier walking distance to many of Sydney’s most famous attractions, you have the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure. (TQ reminder: Hotel check-in is after 16:00/4 pm.) This evening, take in Sydney’s exciting nightlife, or treat yourself to an opera in the world famous Sydney Opera House!
Overnight: Harbour Rocks Hotel (1 night)
Sunset over Uluru
After breakfast and check-out, we will be transferred as a group for our flight to Ayers Rock (Uluru). Upon arrival we’ll be met and transferred to the Desert Gardens Hotel.
Late this afternoon, join us for drinks and canapés as we witness a spectacular red-hued sunset over the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia – Ayers Rock (Uluru). Our guide will take time to explain the Ayers Rock’s cultural significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal) people.
From our private viewing area, located a 1 km walk from our hotel, you will also have the opportunity to set up your telescopes, allowing you to view the amazing southern sky in near new Moon conditions.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel (1 night)
Sunrise over Ayers Rock (Uluru) – Cairns
Before sunrise, we’ll meet our guide in the hotel lobby and travel to our pre-selected vantage point where we will watch the Sun rise over Uluru – a most breathtaking experience!
After a light breakfast, we’ll return to our hotel for checkout and be transferred to the Ayers Rock Airport for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at the Cairns Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Pullman Reef Hotel & Casino. The remainder of your day is at your leisure, allowing you time to explore the area at your own pace.
Overnight – Pullman Reef Hotel Casino (2 nights)
The Great Barrier Reef
After breakfast, we will meet in the lobby for a short walk to the Great Adventures Passenger Terminal. There, we will board our Quicksilver high-speed catamaran boat for a 45-minute cruise to a spacious platform located on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. From our platform you will have an amazing Great Barrier Reef experience, allowing you to snorkel, or view the reef up close without even getting wet! This platform includes changing rooms with freshwater showers, free snorkeling gear, a sundeck, undercover seating and tables, a free submersible ride to see resident fish and abundant forests of coral, and even a walk-up semi-submerged platform. The use of a sun protective suit for swimming has been included for everyone in our group. During our 3-hours on the Reef, we will also enjoy an excellent buffet luncheon. (TQ reminder: Due to air travel the following day, SCUBA will not be available on this excursion.)
Optional Great Barrier Reef activity:
Consider adding to your reef experience an amazing 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef (current cost $150 USD). Contact us if you are interested in joining.
After breakfast and checkout you will be transferred to the Cairns Airport (airport code: CNS), according to your flight schedule.
- 4 nights accommodation
- All domestic airfare – Sydney-Ayers Rock and Ayers Rock-Cairns
- Meals as noted in itinerary
- Services of a local guide
- Admission fees
- Airport/hotel transfers
Onward air travel from Cairns (airport code: CNS); meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; tips to driver and guides; and items of a personal nature – laundry, phone calls, travel insurance, etc.
Payments & Terms
A $500 USD per person advance payment confirms your space. The balance is due August 10, 2012.
Cancellations must be made in writing by email, fax or mail. All advance payments, less a $150 USD per person cancellation fee, are refundable until May 7, 2012. From May 8– August 10, 2012, there will be a $350 USD per person cancellation fee. There are no refunds after August 10, 2012. Air cancellation terms are additional.
We highly recommend that all travelers obtain Trip Cancellation/Medical Insurance.