Regal Princess joined the Princess Cruises' fleet in May 2014. As sister ship to the Royal Princess, this contemporary ship retains the evolutionary design of her predecessor, all perfectly complemented by chic interiors, modern artwork and a glittering array of on-board facilities. The splendid Piazza Atrium serves as the social hub of the ship with plentiful bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues lining the balconies, along with atmospheric lighting and a grandiose horseshoe-shaped staircase at its heart. Unique on-board experiences include 'walking over water' along the glass-floored Sea Walk and admiring the awesome panoramic vistas from the cantilevered Sky View Bar.
Days at sea are the best time to enjoy the highlights of Regal Princess. Soak up the sun by day alongside the Fountain Pool, where interactive sound and light Princess WaterColour Fantasy shows light up the decks after dark. Adult-only The Sanctuary, with its private cabanas, whirlpools and the Retreat Pool, is the perfect place to escape. Indulge your mind and body in Lotus Spa and The Enclave thermal suite. Add activity to your day with a spinning class or join in a game of basketball at Centre Court. The Pelicans and Shockwaves Centres offer fun and activities for children aged from 3 to 12 years, while the Remix Teen Lounge is perfect for teenagers.
Regal Princess presents a myriad of dining styles and culinary experiences in her restaurants and eateries. The Allegro Dining Room hosts fixed time Traditional Dining, and the Symphony and Concerto eateries offer Anytime Dining options, each serving a five-course menu of gastronomic delights. Casual dining in Horizon Court includes buffet-style dishes and live cooking stations. Tuck into authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizzas in Alfredo's Pizzeria, or you can discover fast food and burgers in the Trident Grill. Savour cakes and pastries as you sip your morning latte in The Pastry Shop and International Cafe, or tuck into authentic Italian ice cream sundaes in Gelato.
The speciality restaurants on Regal Princess offer a wealth of mouth-watering gourmet treats. Sabatini's Restaurant presents a menu of Italian pasta and seafood specialities. Premium seafood and cooked-to-order steaks are served in the Crown Grill, while there's freshly-prepared, high-quality cuts of beef in Sterling Steakhouse. Kai Susi, Bayou Cafe, and Ocean Terrace add to the gastronomic venues on board. Indulge in the ultimate dining experience with a Wine Maker's Dinner in the Wine Cellar or savour an evening with the Executive Chef at Chef's Table Lumiere.
A plethora of bars and lounges ensure you're never too far from a drink. Sip a glass of Shiraz with tapas and sushi in Vines wine bar, or savour a signature Martini in Crooners as you watch duelling pianists at the glass pianos. Ice-cold imported beers are just waiting to be discovered in the British-style Wheelhouse pub, or watch the world go by with a cocktail in Bellini's. Al fresco cocktails in the Sea View and Outrigger Bars come with stunning ocean vistas.
Evenings on Regal Princess offer something to match your every mood. The Princess Theatre stages Hollywood-style production shows, or you can discover cabaret acts in the Vista Lounge. Princess Live is a live TV studio at sea, presenting interactive culinary shows, late-night comedy, live concerts, and game shows. There’s also Movies under the Stars showing the latest blockbusters in the open-air. Chance your luck at the blackjack tables and slot machines in The Princess Casino, before bringing your day to a close in the Club 6 nightclub with a spot of late-night dancing.
Day 1: UK to Sydney, Australia
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Sydney and make your way to your selected hotel for a two-night pre stay.
Day 2: Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is packed to the brim with famous attractions and sights. Explore Sydney Harbour with its Opera House and Harbour Bridge; before relaxing with a seafood platter in an open-air, waterside eatery. Admire the architecture at Parliament House, Australia Museum and Sydney Town Hall. Head to Darling Harbour and visit Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo, before discovering the city's history at the nearby Rocks area and Rocks Discovery Museum. Ride to the top of Sydney Tower Eye for amazing city-wide views and to meet the challenge of the Skywalk. Or simply hop on a ferry and spend a few hours enjoying the delights of Manly Beach.
Day 3: Sydney, Australia (Embarkation Day)
After check out make your way to the port to board Regal Princess for your thirteen-night cruise.
Day 6: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
A sub-tropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty and history, the Bays of Islands is made up of 144 islands, including the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. A voyage around the islands reveals a playground for marine life including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales and gannets. There are many walking tracks on the islands which are ideal for discovering the spectacular beauty on foot. Encounter the great Kauri Tree in the tropical rainforest, spend the day on one of the many beaches working on your tan, or take a day trip to Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island. Bay of Islands is also an idyllic place for dolphin watching.
Day 7: Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city of Auckland is an urban jungle with natural beauty on its doorstep. Auckland is packed with things to see and do; discover lush green rainforests and dramatic black sand beaches in the west and golden sandy beaches sheltered by red-flowering trees in the east. The rolling hills and country gardens are met by the 48 volcanic cones dotted around the Auckland region. Each provides spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour, Rangitoto Island is the most iconic and an ideal location for day trips. The city centre is a shopaholic's paradise with its diverse range of boutiques and markets. The nightlife is buzzing at city centre hotspots such as Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour and the Britomart precinct, where you'll also find a variety of restaurants which offer cuisines from around the world.
Day 8: Tauranga, New Zealand
Explore Tauranga, a harbour side city in the Bay of Plenty region, and one of New Zealand's main centres for international trade and culture. Climb the extinct 232 metre-tall Mount Maunganui volcano and admire spectacular views of the city and the harbour below. Enjoy a picturesque stroll to Tauranga Harbour and look out to sea, or take a boat tour to Mayor Island and watch the sunset. Pay a visit to Taupo Volcano Zone and admire the pools of colourful bubbling water at the Waiotapu active geothermal area. Thrill-seekers can venture to Waimarino Adventure Park and take part in a range of water activities and finish with a picnic or a BBQ. Those seeking tranquillity need look no further than Kaiate Falls which features a picnic area along with a swimming hole and beautiful scenic views.
Day 10: Picton, New Zealand
The town of Picton on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island is the gateway to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. Built around a sheltered harbour, the town has a beautiful seafront lined with cafes, restaurants, and a variety of galleries. See the native fish and reptiles including the rare tuatara on tours and feedings at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Take a look at the Edwin Fox exhibition; the world's second oldest surviving merchant sailing ship that transported convicts to Australia. Picton Museum offers an array of local history and photo displays. Enjoy a bite to eat at Cafe Cortado whilst admiring views of the harbour.
Day 11: Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch is located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island; known for its English heritage and famous Avon River which meanders through the city centre. The river banks are home to fabulous cycling paths and sprawling North Hagley Park with sports courts and botanical gardens, as well as the green heart of the city Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Simulated Antarctic environments, penguins, huskies, and rides can be found at the International Antarctic Centre and Canterbury Museum displays insightful Maori and Antarctic collections. For all animal lovers, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park give you the chance to see fascinating kiwi birds, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and white rhinos.
Day 12: Dunedin, New Zealand
Surrounded by dramatic hills, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Discover the spectacular landscape on a mountain biking expedition; the countryside offers five trail networks. Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the New Zealand so head to Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, to explore the Scottish heritage and see sweeping scenery. Drive up the Otago Peninsula and marvel at the magnificent views and rugged beaches. Discover incredible wildlife in Dunedin; the world's rarest penguin colonies can sometimes be spotted close by and the Royal Albatross Centre at the foot of Taiaroa is the only mainland place in the world where you can view the Northern Royal Albatross in its natural habitat.
Day 13: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park is in the southwest of New Zealand's South Island and is best known for its glacier-carved fiords, lush green slopes and forests, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and iconic landscapes. See what has mesmerised and intrigued visitors for centuries as you sail through virtually unexplored wilderness and the Doubtful, Dusky, and Milford Sounds. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook in Dusky Sound and gaze in awe at the dramatic views at Milford Sound and marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak distinguished by its steep triangular silhouette. Doubtful Sound is ten times bigger than Milford Sound and the perfect place to catch sight of vertical cliffs, teeming waterfalls, and beautiful dolphins and other marine life.
Day 16: Sydney, Australia to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.