Adelaide, Australia - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

Connoisseurs of New World wines are in luck. Around a third of Australia's supply is produced an hour or less from church-sprinkled Adelaide, a legacy of German settlers in the early 1800s. Perhaps its best known is the gorgeous Magill Estate, a wonderful spot for a first-class tasting in the rolling South Australian countryside.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Barossa Valley Wine & Scenery

    Enjoy a delightful day in the beautiful Barossa Valley, discovering the secrets of Jacob’s Creek and Seppeltsfield’s famous wine.

    Barossa Valley Wine & Scenery

    Embark on a picturesque drive past villages, rolling hills, stone churches and vineyards en route to the Barossa Valley. A stop will be made at the Whispering Wall, a unique phenomenon where a whispered conversation carries some 150 yards, before continuing to Menglers Hill Lookout, for a stop to photograph the spectacular views across the valley and to admire the local sculptures.

    The Barossa Valley is one of the world's great wine regions; with consistently outstanding vintages over the past 150 years. Six generations of grape growers and winemakers have established the Barossa as Australia's leader in crafting wines of great distinction. Enjoy a visit and wine tasting at two of the area’s notable wineries.

    The Seppeltsfield Winery, founded by the Seppelt family in 1851, contains spectacular gardens, palms and heritage buildings. Join a wine educator on a private wine tasting of at least 5 premium wines including sparkling and table wines, concluding with a Seppeltsfield Liqueur Tawny. The tasting will be accompanied by cheese and crackers.

    The Jacob’s Creek Winery is internationally renowned for its range of award winning ‘new wines’. On arrival, a delicious luncheon will be served, followed by a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting. During a tour of a display vineyard, you’ll learn about the process of producing great wines. Your winery host will provide an overview of the 14 different grape varieties grown in the vineyard, which are featured in some of Australia’s most famous wines. A structured wine tasting will follow, incorporating six wines and a basic wine education on the sensory evaluation process.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is some walking on paved paths and a few steps at the wineries.

    Tour code

    ADL_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • The Great Ghan Train Overland - Single

    Embark upon a legendary journey through the heart of Australia on the famous Ghan Train. See the sights of Adelaide, Darwin and everything in between.

    The Great Ghan Train Overland - Single

    DAY 1 – ADELAIDE, EMBARK THE GHAN
    Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city of Adelaide before you embark on your Ghan Train adventure. You’ll be travelling in Gold Class sleepers for the epic 1,850 mile journey from Adelaide to Darwin through the very heart of Australia. Relax and let the views unfold as you travel past the sandy beaches and rolling hills of the south, the deserts of the Red Centre and the tropics of the north. During your journey, you’ll see and experience the very essence of Australia. Twin berth cabins include a comfortable three seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. Twin cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Single berth cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night. Single cabins are also fitted with a wash basin and the showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage. A light luncheon and dinner will be served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant Car. Gold Class passengers may also take advantage of the Outback Explorer Lounge to relax and socialise.

    DAY 2 – THE GHAN – ALICE SPRINGS
    Enjoy breakfast in the dining car and the ever changing views from your window.The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed panoramas of the passing landscape, from the sweeping Adelaide Plains to the majestic Flinders Ranges. Luncheon will be served on board. Red earth and cobalt blue skies can be seen in the centre of Australia at Alice Springs. Here, you may chose to participate in a whistle stop tour of the Alice Springs region. Explore the wildlife at Desert Gardens, or enjoy an overview tour of Alice Springs. Return to the Ghan in time for dinner and bid farewell to Alice Springs as your train departs onwards through the Red Centre.

    DAY 3 – THE GHAN – KATHERINE AND DARWIN
    After breakfast you’ll arrive into Katherine deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Hop off the train to explore this intriguing area. Take a cruise along the Katherine Gorge, an Aboriginal rock art cruise or perhaps just explore the local area independently. You’ll depart Katherine in the early afternoon. Whilst you have luncheon, you’ll be heading northwards as the train passes through the old gold mining town of Pine Creek and Adelaide River. The Red Centre dissipates into the tropical city centre as you make your way into Darwin. On arrival into Darwin, you’ll say goodbye the great Ghan and transfer to the Hilton Hotel where dinner will be served.

    DAY 4 –DARWIN AND PERTH
    After breakfast, set off to see one of Darwin’s most popular attractions– the jumping crocodiles. Board a purpose built vessel to witness these ancient creatures up close. Keep your camera handy as these huge saltwater crocodiles can be spotted basking in the sun on the river banks before darting off at incredible speed in pursuit of their prey. In the afternoon, you’ll take 3¾ hour flight from Darwin to Perth. A light snack lunch will be served during the flight. Touchdown in the Western Australian capital city of Perth and transfer to the Duxton Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

    DAY 5 –PERTH
    Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you take a panoramic tour of Perth including historic Fremantle, the exclusive suburbs of Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith. Pass the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Matilda Bay, the University of Western Australia and the Old Swan Brewery before making your way to Kings Park. Enjoy some free time to explore and relax before re-boarding your coach. You’ll re-join Queen Mary 2 in time for luncheon on board.

    The booking deadline for this tour is the 14th December 2014. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Twin = ADL800, Single = ADL801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Adelaide on 29th March and returns in Freemantle on the 2nd April. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.

    The fare includes: transport by train, coach and plane, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Meals include water, tea and coffee. One glass of wine is included with evening meals, additional beverages will be charged to passengers’ own account.

    The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, liquor, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Passengers who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship. Additional activities such as camel rides may be offered, passengers participating in such activities do so at their own risk.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 25kg. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    ADL_801

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 nights

  • A Taste of Barossa

    Barossa Valley is famous worldwide for producing some wonderful boutique wines and internationally recognised names.

    A Taste of Barossa

    With around 50 wineries in the region, you will pass a wide range of wineries on the tour. The architecture of the area is displayed in the multitude of historic buildings. Touring the Barossa Valley, take in the warm and intimate feeling of the charming old towns, the vineyards spreading across undulating hills in well-tended rows and the history of this area whose culture and atmosphere is derived from the German influx of the mid-19th century.

    A visit will be made to two of the area’s well-known wineries for an opportunity to sample and perhaps purchase a bottle of Australian red or white wine. The actual wineries visited may include such famous names as Chateau Yaldara, St Hallets, Penfolds and Jacobs Creek. At one of the wineries, enjoy a special exclusive tour followed by a tutored tasting and morning tea. Tasting is accompanied by commentary from winery staff.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Actual wineries visited may vary. Walking time is approximately 20 minutes on flat gravel surfaces, however there are some steps at the wineries.

    Tour code

    ADL_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • The Great Ghan Train Overland - Double

    Embark upon a legendary journey through the heart of Australia on the famous Ghan Train. See the sights of Adelaide, Darwin and everything in between.

    The Great Ghan Train Overland - Double

    DAY 1 – ADELAIDE, EMBARK THE GHAN
    Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city of Adelaide before you embark on your Ghan Train adventure. You’ll be travelling in Gold Class sleepers for the epic 1,850 mile journey from Adelaide to Darwin through the very heart of Australia. Relax and let the views unfold as you travel past the sandy beaches and rolling hills of the south, the deserts of the Red Centre and the tropics of the north. During your journey, you’ll see and experience the very essence of Australia. Twin berth cabins include a comfortable three seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. Twin cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Single berth cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night. Single cabins are also fitted with a wash basin and the showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage. A light luncheon and dinner will be served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant Car. Gold Class passengers may also take advantage of the Outback Explorer Lounge to relax and socialise.

    DAY 2 – THE GHAN – ALICE SPRINGS
    Enjoy breakfast in the dining car and the ever changing views from your window.The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed panoramas of the passing landscape, from the sweeping Adelaide Plains to the majestic Flinders Ranges. Luncheon will be served on board. Red earth and cobalt blue skies can be seen in the centre of Australia at Alice Springs. Here, you may chose to participate in a whistle stop tour of the Alice Springs region. Explore the wildlife at Desert Gardens, or enjoy an overview tour of Alice Springs. Return to the Ghan in time for dinner and bid farewell to Alice Springs as your train departs onwards through the Red Centre.

    DAY 3 – THE GHAN – KATHERINE AND DARWIN
    After breakfast you’ll arrive into Katherine deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Hop off the train to explore this intriguing area. Take a cruise along the Katherine Gorge, an Aboriginal rock art cruise or perhaps just explore the local area independently. You’ll depart Katherine in the early afternoon. Whilst you have luncheon, you’ll be heading northwards as the train passes through the old gold mining town of Pine Creek and Adelaide River. The Red Centre dissipates into the tropical city centre as you make your way into Darwin. On arrival into Darwin, you’ll say goodbye the great Ghan and transfer to the Hilton Hotel where dinner will be served.

    DAY 4 –DARWIN AND PERTH
    After breakfast, set off to see one of Darwin’s most popular attractions– the jumping crocodiles. Board a purpose built vessel to witness these ancient creatures up close. Keep your camera handy as these huge saltwater crocodiles can be spotted basking in the sun on the river banks before darting off at incredible speed in pursuit of their prey. In the afternoon, you’ll take 3¾ hour flight from Darwin to Perth. A light snack lunch will be served during the flight. Touchdown in the Western Australian capital city of Perth and transfer to the Duxton Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

    DAY 5 –PERTH
    Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you take a panoramic tour of Perth including historic Fremantle, the exclusive suburbs of Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith. Pass the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Matilda Bay, the University of Western Australia and the Old Swan Brewery before making your way to Kings Park. Enjoy some free time to explore and relax before re-boarding your coach. You’ll re-join Queen Mary 2 in time for luncheon on board.

    The booking deadline for this tour is the 14th December 2014. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Twin = ADL800, Single = ADL801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Adelaide on 29th March and returns in Freemantle on the 2nd April. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.

    The fare includes: transport by train, coach and plane, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Meals include water, tea and coffee. One glass of wine is included with evening meals, additional beverages will be charged to passengers’ own account.

    The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, liquor, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Passengers who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship. Additional activities such as camel rides may be offered, passengers participating in such activities do so at their own risk.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 25kg. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    ADL_800

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 nights

  • Historic Hahndorf & Adelaide Hills

    Travel through rolling mountains, market gardens and orchards of the Adelaide Hills before reaching the heritage site of Hahndorf.

    Historic Hahndorf & Adelaide Hills

    Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, is steeped in history and has a romantic feel. You are free to explore the town, which is probably the best known and most interesting town in the area. A unique German-style village, it has shady, century-old chestnut and elm trees lining the main street. Take time to stroll around this historic town with its many carefully restored buildings with timber frames filled in with wattle and daub, originally dating back to the mid 1800’s. Delight in the leisurely, old-world feel of this town as you take in the many craft shops, bakeries, restaurants and boutiques.

    A photograph stop will be made at Mount Lofty for a spectacular view over Adelaide (weather permitting), which at 2,100 feet offers a wonderful panoramic outlook. This excursion is a great way to see the countryside outside of Adelaide.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately 1½ hours of free time in Hahndorf. Walking is at guests' own discretion. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ADL_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Adelaide Highlights

    Enjoy an overview of the city followed by a visit to the magnificent South Australian Museum.

    Adelaide Highlights

    Absorb the history and highlights of the surroundings as your coach takes you into the heart of the city. Pass the handsomely restored former Railway building, numerous stately colonial buildings, the Botanical Gardens and the Holy Trinity Church.

    You will make a stop to visit the South Australian Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Aboriginal art and artefacts in the world. The Aboriginal Cultures Gallery houses over 3,000 items in an accessible interactive setting. Discover some of the richness of Aboriginal culture and the history of one of the world’s oldest and most continuous living cultures as you wander through these wonderful displays.

    Continue your panoramic drive through the city as you pass the grand Old Parliament Buildings and nearby Government House before leaving the city limits behind as you travel to the outlying ranges and Mount Lofty Lookout for spectacular views over the city.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to one hour of walking at the museum involving some steps.

    Tour code

    ADL_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Adelaide

    Discover the sights of Adelaide on this relaxing tour as you take in the highlights of this wonderful city.

    Leisurely Adelaide

    Travel through downtown Adelaide and take in the history and highlights as you pass the handsomely restored former Railway Building, numerous stately colonial buildings, the Botanical Gardens and the Holy Trinity Church. There are delightful views of the city's renowned flower-fringed parks before your drive continues past the grand Old Parliament Buildings and nearby Government House.

    Leave the city limits behind as you travel to the outlying ranges and Mount Lofty Lookout for spectacular views over the city. Returning down the tree-lined North Terrace, you will pass some of the expansive coastal beaches and drive through the small town of Port Adelaide before arriving at the quayside.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach.

    Tour code

    ADL_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Adelaide & Cleland Wildlife Park

    Take a drive through gracious Adelaide and then surround yourself with local animals and plant life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

    Adelaide & Cleland Wildlife Park

    During an orientation drive of the city you will see Holy Trinity Church, the handsomely restored former Railway Building, many colonial buildings and the Botanical Gardens. There are delightful views of the city's parks before your drive continues past the grand Old Parliament Buildings and nearby Government House.

    Close to Adelaide city centre, Cleland Wildlife Park conserves a vital area of natural bushland on the Adelaide Hills. The area has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and European settlements. See cuddly koalas before hand-feeding the kangaroos. Numerous wombats, dingoes, emus and colourful bird life also abound in this natural bush setting.

    Before returning to your ship, there will be a stop at a viewpoint on Mount Lofty to absorb the surrounding city panorama.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over smooth dirt pathways with some inclines and declines, however this is at passengers’ discretion. The journey to Cleland Wildlife Park is approximately one hour each way. There is a small charge for the kangaroo food.

    Tour code

    ADL_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

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