There’s never been a better time to head “down under” with Atlantis when we return to Australia and New Zealand for a spectacular cruise kicking off with Auckland Pride and arrives just in time for the 40th anniversary of Sydney’s legendary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand to the cosmopolitan charm of Melbourne, you’ll experience unparalleled wonders through two fascinating countries. Onboard, we’ll thrill you with two continents of entertainment, spectacular outdoor parties, and expert guides throughout your journey. All at the lowest fares we’ve ever offered in Australia!
There’s so much packed into one cruise, that words simply won’t suffice. So check out our video to fully experience this multi-faceted voyage including the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand, the cosmopolitan excitement of Sydney, and the frenetic energy of the world’s largest gay and lesbian celebration – Sydney Mardi Gras!
New Zealand welcomes you in the vibrant harbor city of Auckland, a remarkable city boasting the country’s largest gay population. This stunning, cosmopolitan destination makes the perfect start for an all-gay cruise as we head south to explore.
After a relaxing day at sea, spend a day in the heart of wine country from the stunning port city of Napier. Explore New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, famous for its breathtaking countryside and inviting harbor as well as magical scenery from a dozen famous movies.
The dramatic mountain vistas of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island, bring you in touch with the most “English” city outside of England.
After all that exploring, two sea days will be a welcome break to recharge and refresh as we head to Australia.
Staggering natural beauty meet Australian laid-back charm in the stunningly beautiful city of Hobart. From the bustling market to craggy mountain ranges it’s a city of brilliant contrasts, fabulous restaurants, and endless options for exploration.
Our overnight stay in cosmopolitan Melbourne give you ample time to discover classic Victorian buildings, serene parks & beaches, a magnificent art scene, Australia’s best food scene, and a vibrant gay nightlife. You won’t want to leave, but there’s one more day at sea as we head into glorious Sydney in time for the world’s largest gay and lesbian celebration.
Atlantis designed this cruise to arrive just in time for the 40th anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras, a month-long celebration of our community, culminating in a nighttime parade viewed by over 750,000 people. And that’s just the beginning, as the revelry continues to a sensational all-night party for 17,000 featuring superstar talent from around the world. This year is guaranteed to be one for the record books, with an all-new design and much more!
As a major sponsor of Sydney Mardi Gras we’ve been able to perfectly coordinate our schedules. Our post-cruise program whisks you from the ship to Sydney’s top hotels with plenty of time to explore, tour, and truly make the most of this incredible city. We’ll have priority access to all the top events for Mardi Gras. Details will be released in early August.
Whether it’s an Atlantis day at sea or returning from a day of adventure, there’s so much to enjoy onboard Noordam. Relax by one of our two stunning pools, learn cooking in the culinary center, or pamper yourself in our expansive spa. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center packed with plenty of challenging classes. Join one of Malcolm’s zany pool games. Drag yourself out to Bingo with Miss Richfield. Or learn something new at one of our enrichment lectures. We’ll keep your days full of options, including the one to do absolutely nothing at all.
Excite your palate in our dramatic two-story ocean view restaurant featuring Holland America’s award-winning cuisine. As on all Atlantis cruises, you’ll enjoy open seating and a casual atmosphere with no dress code. There’s never an assigned table or dining time, allowing you to dine at your leisure with friends old and new.
For a special occasion, make a date at Pinnacle Grill for one of the most elegant meals at sea, featuring premium beef and fresh seafood. Or relax over an authentic Italian dinner in Canaletto. Casual fare abounds at the Lido Market with a wide variety of culinary delights virtually 24 hours a day.
Stellar entertainers from the USA and Australia star throughout your cruise, including comics, singers, drag performers, variety acts, and more. Our 1000 seat theater hosts sophisticated production shows, Atlantis signature entertainers, and more. We even produce our own gay acrobatic show, designed just for you.
Two intimate lounges feature up-and-coming entertainers and unique specialty acts up close and personal. You’ll always find friends in Atlantis’ signature piano bar, or one of the other inviting places for a drink. And there’s always action in the world-class casino.
Nothing compares to Atlantis’ dazzling nights as the pool deck transforms into a spectacular party space, starring top DJs from around the world. We’ll fill the night sky with lights, lasers, and music to thrill you well into the morning. Our themed afternoon T-Dances are legendary fun, and the perfect end to an afternoon. No matter what your taste in music or experience with a party, we’ll keep you dancing until Mardi Gras!
With exchange rates at historic lows and outstanding deals on flights from virtually everywhere, there’s never been a better time to visit Australia and New Zealand. Add that to our historically low fares from USD $1399 and you’ll discover the best gay vacation value we’ve ever offered.
Atlantis has been bringing guests to Sydney since 1996 and we’re proud of our partnership with Mardi Gras over the years. Make history with us as we explore two amazing countries and celebrate 40 years of Mardi Gras together in 2018!
February 18 to March 1, – USD $1399.00
The Fun Never Stops
Amazing Spaces. Incredible Places.
Duration: 12 days
Start in: Auckland, New Zealand
End in: Sydney, NSW, Australia
New Ways to Play.
Our Best Value – From USD $1399!
Sydney Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary Celebration.
The Best Parties at Sea. Or Anywhere.
Thrillers and Stars.
Amazing Spaces. Incredible Places.
More recently the lush natural scenery around Wellington has been used in a host of feature films, giving the region the nickname “Wellywood”. We’ll offer tours to some of the local highlights.
We arrive at night, giving you the opportunity to indulge in some of Melbourne’s many fine restaurants or cafes, along with a night out to explore the vibrant gay scene.