Sydney, Australia - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the "First Fleet" that transported 760 British convicts. Gold and sheep breeding propelled Sydney’s development; today it is the largest port in the entire South Pacific. Mark Twain called it “the wonder of the world”. James Michener wrote, “It is a thing of beauty, a fairy-tale body of water”.

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Our 2016 World Voyage itineraries will include an overnight stay in this iconic city offering you the chance to experience authentic after-hours shows and attractions in your destination.

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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.

  • Blue Mountain Experience

    An excellent opportunity to experience the Aussie bush with its native Australian wildlife and diverse, beautiful landscapes.

    Blue Mountain Experience

    Begin your day with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. This amazing park contains a variety of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, Australian reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and various species of Australian birds. There is also an opportunity to get up close to the friendly kangaroos and have your photograph taken with a cuddly koala.

    Next you will drive over the imposing Blue Mountains, where you will be able to see the giant rock formations known as the Australian ‘Grand Canyon’ as well as deep, tree-studded valleys and cascading waterfalls. View the world famous rock formation ‘The Three Sisters’ and enjoy the splendid panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle.

    A highlight of the day will be a ride on the world’s steepest perpendicular railway plunging 700 feet down into the lush valley. A short walk will bring you to the Scenic Cableway, for the return journey on the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.

    A delicious two course luncheon will be served at the Mountain Heritage Hotel. This quaint building has an old world charm where you can relax and reflect on your day sightseeing whilst absorbing the spectacular unrivalled views of the surrounding mountain panorama.



    This excursion will operate by coach, railway and cable car. Comfortable, flat, enclosed shoes are recommended. There is a seven minute walk from the railway to the cable car over some uneven ground. All other walking is at guests' own discretion. This tour is not suitable for guests who have a fear of heights. All views are weather dependent.

    Tour code

    SYD_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • The Red Centre Overland - Single

    Witness the majesty of Ayers Rock bathed in golden light; enjoy the sounds of the desert and soak up the unique ‘Red Centre’ atmosphere.

    The Red Centre Overland - Single

    DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS & AYERS ROCK
    Departing the ship early, you’ll take the first flight to Ayers Rock, via Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Australia. A light snack luncheon will be served during your three hour 20 minute flight. You’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a brief tour of Alice Springs before the quick, 50 minute flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, board your coach for a tour of the Olga’s and the mighty Monolith. Kata Tjutu (The Olga’s) is a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and part of the Uluru – Kata Tjutu National Park. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the changing colours as the sun sets over Ayers Rock. Check into the Sails in the Desert Hotel where you will have dinner.

    DAY 2 – AYERS ROCK & CAIRNS
    Following breakfast, join your guide for a morning tour to witness the beauty of Uluru (Ayers Rock) bathed in the soft morning light. Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes highlighting its magnificent presence. Learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. Return to the resort for luncheon before bidding farewell to the Red Centre and taking the afternoon flight to Cairns in the coastal tropics of North Queensland (2½ hours). Arriving in the early evening, journey to Tjapukai, an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to experience the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia. Sit back and enjoy an engaging lakeside Aboriginal ceremony complete with didgeridoo blessing and Quinkan spirit performance. A buffet dinner will be served before transferring to the Hilton Hotel, Cairns.

    DAY 3 – SKYRAIL & BRISBANE
    After an early breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cairns including the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board a six person Gondola as you ascend the mountain high above the rainforest on the Skyrail, one of the most popular attractions of the region. Gorgeous views of the surrounding areas are given on the journey upwards. Upon arrival in Kuranda, a pleasant drive will take you through the village which is well-known for arts, crafts and local produce markets. Returning to the foot of the mountain you’ll transfer to the airport for the two hour flight to Brisbane, a light snack luncheon will be provided during your flight. On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll transfer directly to the ship at Fishermans Island.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD806, Single = SYD807). 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 Sydney on 2nd March and returns in Brisbane on 4th March. 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 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 guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should take closed walking shoes and a lightweight jacket/jumper for the cool temperatures in the evening. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also advised. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_807

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • A Night at the Opera – The Barber of Seville

    Enjoy an evening performance of The Barber of Seville at the world famous Sydney Opera House.

    A Night at the Opera – The Barber of Seville

    You’ll be transferred to the Sydney Opera House with its distinctive roofline that has made it one of the most noteworthy buildings in the world. Make your way to your ‘A’ reserved seats for an unforgettable experience as part of an audience at this famous performing arts centre.

    The Barber of Seville is a delightful comedy opera, which took a young Rossini just 13 days to write. Set in 18th century Seville, the story recounts how Figaro, the friendly neighbourhood barber with wits and tricks as sharp as his razors, is called upon for his help. A dashing young Count is in love with the rich and beautiful Rosina, but her grumpy guardian Doctor Bartolo stands in their way, creating a number of obstacles to stop the path of true love...

    A cast of great voices and high spirits play among a marvellous set of cartoonish proportions — a world inspired by 1920s silent films. International Rossini specialists join some of Opera Australia’s best comic talents and conductor Andrea Molino in this side-splitting romp through Seville.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The Barber of Seville by Rossini will be performed in Italian with English surtitles. Dress code is semi-formal. Photography is prohibited during the performance. The Opera House has over 200 steps and passengers must walk 110 yards to reach the Opera House. Pre-booking is highly recommended as places are limited. Opera tickets are non-refundable. Bookings close on 8th January 2016.

    Tour code

    SYD_037

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • The Red Centre Overland - Double

    Witness the majesty of Ayers Rock bathed in golden light; enjoy the sounds of the desert and soak up the unique ‘Red Centre’ atmosphere.

    The Red Centre Overland - Double

    DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS & AYERS ROCK
    Departing the ship early, you’ll take the first flight to Ayers Rock, via Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Australia. A light snack luncheon will be served during your three hour 20 minute flight. You’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a brief tour of Alice Springs before the quick, 50 minute flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, board your coach for a tour of the Olga’s and the mighty Monolith. Kata Tjutu (The Olga’s) is a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and part of the Uluru – Kata Tjutu National Park. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the changing colours as the sun sets over Ayers Rock. Check into the Sails in the Desert Hotel where you will have dinner.

    DAY 2 – AYERS ROCK & CAIRNS
    Following breakfast, join your guide for a morning tour to witness the beauty of Uluru (Ayers Rock) bathed in the soft morning light. Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes highlighting its magnificent presence. Learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. Return to the resort for luncheon before bidding farewell to the Red Centre and taking the afternoon flight to Cairns in the coastal tropics of North Queensland (2½ hours). Arriving in the early evening, journey to Tjapukai, an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to experience the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia. Sit back and enjoy an engaging lakeside Aboriginal ceremony complete with didgeridoo blessing and Quinkan spirit performance. A buffet dinner will be served before transferring to the Hilton Hotel, Cairns.

    DAY 3 – SKYRAIL & BRISBANE
    After an early breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cairns including the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board a six person Gondola as you ascend the mountain high above the rainforest on the Skyrail, one of the most popular attractions of the region. Gorgeous views of the surrounding areas are given on the journey upwards. Upon arrival in Kuranda, a pleasant drive will take you through the village which is well-known for arts, crafts and local produce markets. Returning to the foot of the mountain you’ll transfer to the airport for the two hour flight to Brisbane, a light snack luncheon will be provided during your flight. On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll transfer directly to the ship at Fishermans Island.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD806, Single = SYD807). 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 Sydney on 2nd March and returns in Brisbane on 4th March. 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 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 guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should take closed walking shoes and a lightweight jacket/jumper for the cool temperatures in the evening. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also advised. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_806

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • A Night at the Opera – The Barber of Seville

    Enjoy an evening performance of The Barber of Seville at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

    A Night at the Opera – The Barber of Seville

    Capture the dynamic spirit of Sydney and savour the experience of a lifetime as you attend a performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House. This epic building’s distinctive sail-shaped roof makes it one of the most noteworthy buildings in the world.

    A short walk from the tender pier will bring you to this famous performing arts venue. Make your way to your ‘A’ reserved seats and feel the frisson of anticipation as you get ready for an unforgettable experience.

    The Barber of Seville is a delightful comedy opera, which took a young Rossini just 13 days to write. Set in 18th century Seville, the story recounts how Figaro, the friendly neighbourhood barber with wits and tricks as sharp as his razors, is called upon for his help. A dashing young Count is in love with the rich and beautiful Rosina, but her grumpy guardian Doctor Bartolo stands in their way, creating a number of obstacles to stop the path of true love....

    A cast of great voices and high spirits play among a marvellous set of cartoonish proportions — a world inspired by 1920s silent films. International Rossini specialists join some of Opera Australia’s best comic talents and conductor Andrea Molino in this side-splitting romp through Seville.


    This excursion will operate on foot. The Barber of Seville by Rossini will be performed in Italian with English surtitles. Dress code is semi-formal. Photography is prohibited during the performance. The Opera House has over 200 steps and guests must be able to walk 110 yards to reach the Opera House. Opera tickets are non-refundable. Pre-booking is highly recommended as places are limited. Bookings will close on 8th January 2016.

    Tour code

    SYD_036

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Essence of Australia Overland - Single

    Sample the delights of Victoria; the city of Melbourne, Philip Island, ‘Puffing Billy’, Yarra Valley Vineyards and the Western Plains.

    Essence of Australia Overland - Single

    DAY 1 – MELBOURNE & PENGUIN PARADE
    You’ll disembark early for the morning flight to Melbourne in the state of Victoria; a light snack will be served on the 1 hour 25 minute flight. Melbourne is well known for its parks and gardens and of course the famous Yarra River. Melbourne is a thriving city with an artistic tone that contrasts with the historical Victorian buildings. You’ll see many of the main sights before ascending the Eureka Tower to the Sky Deck to take in unsurpassed views of the city and surrounds. Check into the Stamford Plaza Hotel where you will have time to freshen up and enjoy some time at leisure. Luncheon is not included on this day, so you have the freedom to explore the local area and enjoy a light meal in a nearby cafe or restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Phillip Island’s range of unique Australian attractions including the Koala Conservation Centre and the world famous evening Penguin Parade. Each evening, wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Philip Island is home to one of the largest colonies of penguins in the world making this a wonderful experience to witness. Dinner will be served on Philip Island before you return to the hotel.

    DAY 2 – PUFFING BILLY & YARRA VALLEY WINE
    After breakfast, you’ll journey through the scenic Dandenong Ranges, which boast some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. In the quaint township of Belgrave you’ll board an authentic ‘Puffing Billy’ railway train. Take in the picturesque scenery as the vintage narrow-gauge steam train crosses the spectacular wooden trestle bridge and puffs its way through the forested and rural farmlands. At Menzies Creek Station, you’ll rejoin your coach and travel to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the tallest hardwood species in the world. Next you will enter the Yarra Valley wine district, for an afternoon exploration of this renowned wine region. You’ll have the opportunity to sample wine straight from the oak barrel with an exclusive Barrel Room tasting session. Visit the Rochford Winery, a fine producer of premium wines. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door and afterwards enjoy luncheon in the restaurant as you admire the Australian landscape. Returning to Melbourne, you will have a short while to relax at the hotel. In the evening, you’ll be welcomed aboard a 1948 Melbourne tram where a sumptuous dinner will be served whilst you travel through the city to St Kilda.

    DAY 3 – LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane (2 hours 25 minutes). Touchdown in Queensland’s capital city. Enjoy the sights of Brisbane as you make your way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the city’s favourite attractions. Here you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the Koalas and view the Australian native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and echidnas that call this sanctuary home. In order to maximise your time at the sanctuary, luncheon at a restaurant has not been included; instead you may purchase a snack whilst here. Following your visit, you’ll transfer to Queen Elizabeth in the late afternoon.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD804, Single = SYD805). 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 Sydney 2nd March and returns in Brisbane on 4th March. 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 coach, plane and train, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Tea and coffee is included with breakfast, luncheon and evening meals also include one glass of wine. An open bar is included at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant including sparkling wine, red and white wine and a selection of liquors. Any additional beverages will be charged to guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Please advise that no smoking is allowed during this tour. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_805

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 nights

  • A Night at the Opera – The Pearlfishers

    Enjoy an evening opera performance of The Pearlfishers at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

    A Night at the Opera – The Pearlfishers

    You’ll be transferred by coach to the Sydney Opera House with its distinctive roofline that has made it one of the most noteworthy buildings in the world. Make your way to your ‘A’ reserved seats for an unforgettable experience as part of an audience at this famous performing arts centre.

    The Pearlfishers is a work of beauty; a soul-stirring duet and music that can take your breath away. In the hands of master storyteller Michael Gow, Bizet’s exotic picture has a new, sharp edge.

    The setting for Bizet's steamy tale of a tautly woven friendship, loyalty and forbidden love is a fishing village in ancient Ceylon. The story centers around the brave fishermen, Zurga and Nadir, who make a pact not to pursue Leila; a woman they both love. As the opera unfolds, however, temptation duels with duty, true hearts turn black with jealousy and rash choices bring regrets.

    This compelling tale is enhanced by the sets and costumes which honour Ceylon's colonial past, marrying vivid colours and exotic beauty with signs of decay: a crumbling temple and a once-great manor against a tropical sky.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Pearlfishers by Bizet will be performed in French with English surtitles. Dress code is semi-formal. Photography is prohibited during the performance. The Opera House has over 200 steps and passengers must walk 110 yards to reach the Opera House. Pre-booking is highly recommended as places are limited. Opera tickets are non-refundable. Bookings close on 25th January 2016.

    Tour code

    SYD_033

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • The Red Centre Overland - Double

    Witness the majesty of Ayers Rock bathed in golden light; enjoy the sounds of the desert and soak up the unique ‘red centre’ atmosphere.

    The Red Centre Overland - Double

    DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS & AYERS ROCK
    Departing the ship early, you’ll take the first flight to Ayers Rock, via Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Australia. A light snack luncheon will be served during your three hour 20 minute flight. You’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a brief tour of Alice Springs before the quick, 50 minute flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, board your coach for a tour of the Olga’s and the mighty Monolith. Kata Tjutu (The Olga’s) is a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and part of the Uluru – Kata Tjutu National Park. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the changing colours as the sun sets over Ayers Rock. Check into the Sails in the Desert Hotel where you will have dinner.

    DAY 2 – AYERS ROCK & CAIRNS
    Following breakfast, join your guide for a morning tour to witness the beauty of Uluru (Ayers Rock) bathed in the soft morning light. Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes highlighting its magnificent presence. Learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. Return to the resort for luncheon before bidding farewell to the Red Centre and taking the afternoon flight to Cairns, in the coastal tropics of North Queensland (2½ hours). Arriving in the early evening, journey to Tjapukai, an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to experience the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia. Sit back and enjoy an engaging lakeside Aboriginal ceremony complete with didgeridoo blessing and Quinkan spirit performance. A buffet dinner will be served before transferring to the Hilton Hotel, Cairns.

    DAY 3 – SKYRAIL & BRISBANE
    After an early breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cairns including the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board a six person Gondola as you ascend the mountain high above the rainforest on the Skyrail, one of the most popular attractions of the region. Gorgeous views of the surrounding areas are given on the journey upwards. Upon arrival in Kuranda, a pleasant drive will take you through the village which is well-known for arts, crafts and local produce markets. Returning to the foot of the mountain you’ll transfer to the airport for the two hour flight to Brisbane, a light snack luncheon will be provided during your flight. On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll transfer directly to the ship at Fishermans Island.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD810, Single = SYD811). 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 Sydney on 14th March and returns in Brisbane on 16th March. 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 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 guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should take closed walking shoes and a lightweight jacket/ jumper for the cool temperatures in the evening. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also advised. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_810

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • Sydney Sights, Opera House & Bondi

    Take a guided tour of Sydney’s renowned Opera House, see the city sights and visit Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach

    Sydney Sights, Opera House & Bondi

    Take a guided tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, the world-renowned building which is the cultural centre of Sydney’s performing arts. Marvel at this miracle of architecture and engineering; a work of art that came into existence against impossible odds - to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

    Experience the vibrancy of Sydney, one of the world's most spectacular cities, where ornate architecture from Victorian times contrasts with sleek, modern buildings. See The Rocks (Sydney's birthplace), Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower, Kings Cross and the artists’ haven of Paddington. Pass through part of Sydney's Botanical Gardens to reach Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for panoramic views of the Opera House, the city skyline, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Heads.

    Travel through downtown Sydney for a stop at the coastal resort of Bondi Beach. Bondi is Australia’s most famous surf beach, a crescent of golden sand framed by rocky headlands. Soak up the atmosphere from one of the many cafés overlooking the beach or take a stroll along the pretty promenade.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a walk of approximately 500 yards from the coach to the Opera House and approximately 200 steps inside the Opera House. All surfaces are paved, however there may be some uneven ground at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. There will be approximately 20 minutes free time at Bondi Beach. Due to a strict cancellation policy enforced by Sydney Opera House no refunds will be given to any cancellations made within a week of the call.

    Tour code

    SYD_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Leisurely Sydney

    Enjoy this leisurely introduction to Sydney's most celebrated sights.

    Leisurely Sydney

    Travel back in time as you drive through The Rocks, a ‘must-see’ attraction as it is Sydney’s birthplace. Your drive takes in King’s Cross, the reputed red light district and Paddington, a trendy artists haven of steep hills and Victorian homes. You also pass Sydney Tower, the Opera House and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

    Stop at one of the best vantage points in Sydney, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. This historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth. The carved bench provides lovely panoramic views across the harbour, to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Mountains in the far distance.

    Enjoy a photograph stop at the modern and trendy coastal area of Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous beach. Bondi has a number of cafés and restaurants which overlook the beach, making it a great place to watch the world go by.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately 15 minutes of free time at Bondi Beach. Most surfaces are paved, however there maybe some uneven ground at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

    Tour code

    SYD_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Red Centre Overland - Single

    Witness the majesty of Ayers Rock bathed in golden light; enjoy the sounds of the desert and soak up the unique ‘red centre’ atmosphere.

    The Red Centre Overland - Single

    DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS & AYERS ROCK
    Departing the ship early, you’ll take the first flight to Ayers Rock, via Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Australia. A light snack luncheon will be served during your three hour 20 minute flight. You’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a brief tour of Alice Springs before the quick, 50 minute flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, board your coach for a tour of the Olga’s and the mighty Monolith. Kata Tjutu (The Olga’s) is a sacred Aboriginal ceremonial site and part of the Uluru – Kata Tjutu National Park. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the changing colours as the sun sets over Ayers Rock. Check into the Sails in the Desert Hotel where you will have dinner.

    DAY 2 – AYERS ROCK & CAIRNS
    Following breakfast, join your guide for a morning tour to witness the beauty of Uluru (Ayers Rock) bathed in the soft morning light. Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes highlighting its magnificent presence. Learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. Return to the resort for luncheon before bidding farewell to the Red Centre and taking the afternoon flight to Cairns, in the coastal tropics of North Queensland (2½ hours). Arriving in the early evening, journey to Tjapukai, an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to experience the powerful spirit of Indigenous Australia. Sit back and enjoy an engaging lakeside Aboriginal ceremony complete with didgeridoo blessing and Quinkan spirit performance. A buffet dinner will be served before transferring to the Hilton Hotel, Cairns.

    DAY 3 – SKYRAIL & BRISBANE
    After an early breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cairns including the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board a six person Gondola as you ascend the mountain high above the rainforest on the Skyrail, one of the most popular attractions of the region. Gorgeous views of the surrounding areas are given on the journey upwards. Upon arrival in Kuranda, a pleasant drive will take you through the village which is well-known for arts, crafts and local produce markets. Returning to the foot of the mountain you’ll transfer to the airport for the two hour flight to Brisbane, a light snack luncheon will be provided during your flight. On arrival in Brisbane, you’ll transfer directly to the ship at Fishermans Island.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD810, Single = SYD811). 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 Sydney on 14th March and returns in Brisbane on 16th March. 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 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 guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should take closed walking shoes and a lightweight jacket/ jumper for the cool temperatures in the evening. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also advised. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_811

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • Essence of Australia Overland - Double

    Sample the delights of Victoria; the city of Melbourne, Philip Island, ‘Puffing Billy’, Yarra Valley Vineyards and the Western Plains.

    Essence of Australia Overland - Double

    DAY 1 – MELBOURNE & PENGUIN PARADE
    You’ll disembark early for the morning flight to Melbourne in the state of Victoria; a light snack will be served on the 1 hour 25 minute flight. Melbourne is well known for its parks and gardens and of course the famous Yarra River. Melbourne is a thriving city with an artistic tone that contrasts with the historical Victorian buildings. You’ll see many of the main sights before ascending the Eureka Tower to the Sky Deck to take in unsurpassed views of the city and surrounds. Check into the Stamford Plaza Hotel where you will have time to freshen up and enjoy some time at leisure. Luncheon is not included on this day, so you have the freedom to explore the local area and enjoy a light meal in a nearby cafe or restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Phillip Island’s range of unique Australian attractions including the Koala Conservation Centre and the world famous evening Penguin Parade. Each evening, wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Philip Island is home to one of the largest colonies of penguins in the world making this a wonderful experience to witness. Dinner will be served on Philip Island before you return to the hotel.

    DAY 2 – PUFFING BILLY & YARRA VALLEY WINE
    After breakfast, you’ll journey through the scenic Dandenong Ranges, which boast some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. In the quaint township of Belgrave you’ll board an authentic ‘Puffing Billy’ railway train. Take in the picturesque scenery as the vintage narrow-gauge steam train crosses the spectacular wooden trestle bridge and puffs its way through the forested and rural farmlands. At Menzies Creek Station, you’ll rejoin your coach and travel to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the tallest hardwood species in the world. Next you will enter the Yarra Valley wine district, for an afternoon exploration of this renowned wine region. You’ll have the opportunity to sample wine straight from the oak barrel with an exclusive Barrel Room tasting session. Visit the Rochford Winery, a fine producer of premium wines. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door and afterwards enjoy luncheon in the restaurant as you admire the Australian landscape. Returning to Melbourne, you will have a short while to relax at the hotel. In the evening, you’ll be welcomed aboard a 1948 Melbourne tram where a sumptuous dinner will be served whilst you travel through the city to St Kilda.

    DAY 3 – LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane (2 hours 25 minutes). Touchdown in Queensland’s capital city. Enjoy the sights of Brisbane as you make your way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the city’s favourite attractions. Here you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the Koalas and view the Australian native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and echidnas that call this sanctuary home. In order to maximise your time at the sanctuary, luncheon at a restaurant has not been included; instead you may purchase a snack whilst here. Following your visit, you’ll transfer to Queen Elizabeth in the late afternoon.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SYD804, Single = SYD805). 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 Sydney 2nd March and returns in Brisbane on 4th March. 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 coach, plane and train, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Tea and coffee is included with breakfast, luncheon and evening meals also include one glass of wine. An open bar is included at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant including sparkling wine, red and white wine and a selection of liquors. Any additional beverages will be charged to guests’ 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. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Please advise that no smoking is allowed during this tour. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_804

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 nights

  • The Great Ghan Train Overland - Double

    Embark upon a legendary journey through the heart of Australia on the famous Ghan Train.

    The Great Ghan Train Overland - Double

    DAY 1 – DARWIN
    Departing Sydney, you’ll fly from New South Wales, across the country to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. A light snack luncheon will be served during your flight. Upon arrival you’ll take a tour of Darwin, including its historic buildings and Darwin Harbour. You’ll also have chance 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. Check into the Hilton Hotel where dinner will be served.

    DAY 2 – THE GHAN – KATHERINE Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart for the station for your great train adventure. You’ll be travelling in Gold Class sleepers for the epic 1,850 mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide, through the very heart of Australia. Relax and let the views unfold as you travel through the tropics of the north, through the Red Centre deserts and down to the rolling hills and sandy coastlines of the south. 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. During your first day, you’ll make a stop at Katherine, deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Hop off the train to explore this intriguing area. Take a boat 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 evening. A light luncheon and dinner will be served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant car. Gold Class guests may also take advantage of the Outback Explorer Lounge to relax and socialise.

    DAY 3 – 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. 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 luncheon and bid farewell to Alice Springs, as your train departs onwards through the Red Centre. You’ll make a stop at Manguri after dinner to enjoy a nightcap by the light of an outback bonfire. Here you can view the stunning outback night sky with a star gazing session.

    DAY 4 – ADELAIDE – BRISBANE
    Looking out of your window, you’ll notice a dramatic change in the landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast, you’ll have time to reflect on your journey as the great Ghan Train rolls into Adelaide in the late morning. Bid your farewells to the Ghan as you head off for luncheon at a nearby hotel in Adelaide. You’ll take a 2 hour 20 minute flight to Brisbane where you’ll re-join Queen Victoria in time for dinner on board.

    The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015. 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 = SYD812, Single = SYD813). 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 Sydney 8th March and returns in Brisbane 11th March. 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 guest’s 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. Guests 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, guests 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

    SYD_812

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 nights

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    Enjoy this exhilarating 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to participate in the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a unique way to view the world famous harbour area. Your qualified guide will lead your small group up the eastern arch, through steel catwalks, to the summit. On reaching the top of the bridge, you will be able to stop to celebrate your moment of glory. Take in the unrivalled panorama of Sydney Harbour and its famous surroundings 400 feet below, before descending down the western arch. Back on the ground and invigorated by your ascent, you will receive a souvenir photograph of your climb.

    Continue on foot to The Rocks, Sydney's oldest village, for a brief walking tour. The Rocks is the heart of the metropolis and the area where the city's first settlers hammered together a primitive village. As you tread through this centuries-old district, discover notable buildings, classic terrace houses and sandstone cottages. Stop for refreshments at a traditional Australian pub to celebrate your epic achievement.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate on foot. The tour is recommended only for those in good physical condition. Children must be over 12 years old to participate. No loose items of clothing are allowed on the Bridge – lockers are provided. Guests are required to undergo an alcohol breath test. Your visit will start with a safety briefing before being fitted with protective suits and harnessed to safety rails by sliding cables. Personal cameras, mobile phones and video equipment are not permitted on the climb. The bridge climb takes approximately 3½ hours to complete. Flat, enclosed walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SYD_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

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