Located on the southeast coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is a unique port city that is certain to captivate your interests. Being a large university town, you can expect to discover a trendy atmosphere blended with Scottish culture and historic architecture. For example, Dunedin is filled with Victorian-style castles, museums, gardens, hiking trails, dramatic natural wonders, and native wildlife (such as albatross, penguin, sea lions, and seals). As Dunedin is situated on an island, there are also many scenic beaches (which make for some great photo opportunities). Plus, once you reach the city center from the cruise port, you’ll find that most attractions and sites are easily within walking distance. Don’t forget to check out the many local restaurants, coffee houses, and breweries, many of which feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Generally, a great time to visit Dunedin is between November and April.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Dunedin. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Dunedin. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Dunedin:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Dunedin, along with a brief description:
♦ Dunedin Railways
Dunedin Railways is one of the most popular attractions in Dunedin. Dating back to the early 1900s, this historic station once served approximately 100 trains on a daily basis and continues to boast an eclectic blend of architectural influences. The lobby also features beautiful mosaic designs. The station continues to operate scenic rail tours, which will take you through breathtaking gorges, countrysides, and coastlines as a guide shares their insights with you.
♦ Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
If you’re a history buff, you should not miss the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum (which is actually the oldest history museum in the country). When you visit this museum, you can discover all you ever wanted to know about the history of Dunedin and its surrounding region. Many of its galleries feature interactive exhibits around technology, culture, art, transportation, and other social topics from the times of early settlers until today. For those who are interested in researching local history and ancestry, there is also a research center where you can access record archives.
♦ Dunedin Botanic Gardens
Another one of the city’s most highly-rated attractions is the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or just looking for a great way to spend time outside, a visit to these breathtaking gardens is a great idea. Discover the pristine beauty of rose gardens, greenhouses, trees, herbs, duck ponds, and just about all the natural beauty you can handle! You can easily get lost spending an hour or two seeing everything. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
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