Newcastle cruises

Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia and welcomes you with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, providing the incredible beaches and surfing culture that Australia is famous for. Primarily known in the past for its coal exportation this reputation is now being quickly overtaken by its eclectic and pioneering arts scene.

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.

  • Port Stephens On Your Own

    Enjoy time at your own leisure to explore the lovely area of Nelson’s Bay, located in the heart of Port Stephens.

    Port Stephens On Your Own

    Port Stephens is an idyllic getaway with its many golden beaches, vast blue bay and beautiful inlets. After an hour’s transfer, you’ll be dropped off at Port Stephens Visitor Centre located in Nelson’s Bay. You’ll then have around four hours’ free time to explore the area at your own leisure.

    Nelson’s Bay is known as the dolphin capital of Australia, due to the large community of Bottlenose Dolphins which live in its bay. Within the bay, you can find freshly-caught seafood, local wineries and alfresco dining at the waterside cafés and restaurants. Other attractions in the locality include the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse, Nelson Bay Beach, nature reserves and Tomaree National Park, with its wide range of nature walks and hiking trails.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The drop off and pick up is Port Stephens Visitor Centre in Nelson’s Bay. Before you leave the coach, take note of the return meeting time, as the coaches cannot be held for latecomers. In order to provide maximum flexibility when planning your day, this transfer does not include luncheon or any entrance fees.

    Tour code

    NTL_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Leisurely Newcastle

    A lovely panoramic tour that allows you to enjoy the surrounds of Newcastle and the historical town of Morpeth

    Leisurely Newcastle

    Travel by coach along the harbour foreshore, passing Fort Scratchley and Christ Church Cathedral along the way. The first stop is at Strzelecki and the look-out point location for the Newcastle Anzac Memorial Walk, one of the most spectacular coastal walks in Australia. The area was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle; it acts as a magnificent memorial to the men and women of the Hunter who served their community and their country.

    Your panoramic drive continues through Merewether and onto Morpeth for some free time to explore this historic town. Here, you can browse the shops, purchase a refreshment and perhaps visit ‘The Campbell's Store and Arnott's Bake House’, home of Morpeth Sour Dough.

    Departing Morpeth, sit back and enjoy the surrounds as you pass through the suburbs of Newcastle and back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. There is also a walk of around 200 metres from the coach drop off point to reach the look-out point, which is optional. The free time at Morpeth is around 45 minutes and walking is at the discretion of the guest. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    NTL_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Hunter Valley Experience

    A complete day in the famous Hunter Valley wine region, experiencing its great wine, delicious food and beautiful views!

    Hunter Valley Experience

    Hunter Valley, home to over 100 wineries, is renowned for its award-winning wines. Vineyards have graced this beautiful region since the early 1800’s and as you drive though the valley, you’ll see rows of vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see.

    During your tour you’ll stop at two different wineries, some of which have been run by the same family for generations. Sample a selection of wines and discover the workings of the regions wine production.

    Next, you’ll head to the Hunter Valley Resort, located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, nestled within their 45 year old shiraz vineyards. This beautiful location is the setting for a further wine tasting and a delicious three-course luncheon, where the wine will be chosen especially to 'marry' with each course. To round off your day, a visit will be made at the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, to sample a selection of handmade cheeses, before the return drive to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests must be able to manage five steps. Any walking is at each guests’ own discretion.

    Tour code

    NTL_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Newcastle Walking Tour

    Explore Newcastle on foot whilst learning about its history and the role the early convicts played in its development.

    Newcastle Walking Tour

    Discover Newcastle’s history as you embark on an interesting guided walking tour of this historic city. Your leisurely walk will take you past the main notable landmarks such as Customs House, the Courthouse and Christ Church Cathedral, as well as providing an insight into the former convict lumber yard, Soldiers Baths, Nobbys Headland and historic upper Watt Street.

    You’ll hear about the history of the area and how convict labour played a major role in shaping Newcastle into what it is today.

    Your walking tour concludes at the shuttle bus stop, where you can either return to the ship or explore the city further at your own leisure.


    This excursion will operate by shuttle bus and on foot. A shuttle bus will be used to transport you to the beginning of the tour. The walking tour takes approximately 2¼ hours over mainly flat terrain.

    Tour code

    NTL_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Quad Bike Sand Dune Adventure

    A fantastic opportunity to ride a quad bike over the Worimi Sand Dunes!

    Quad Bike Sand Dune Adventure

    Live the adventure of riding over the sand dunes, a quad bike experience quite like no other!

    Depart by coach from the pier towards Nelson Bay and to the Sand Dune Adventures location point. Upon arrival, you’ll be fitted out with your gear and helmet and be provided with instructions and a safety brief. Hop on to your quad bike and you’re ready to go……………!

    Follow your expert guide, as you head towards the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach. For around one hour your ride will take in the wonders of the sand dunes, some of which are the highest in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy the thrill of riding across and over the smaller dunes, and swooping downhill on some of the higher ones. Along the way, a couple of stops will be made for you to admire the coastline views.

    Relax on the return drive to the pier, taking with you with fond memories of your quad bike sand dune adventure.

    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 by coach and on foot. This tour operates come rain or shine. Pregnant women and those under 18 may not participate. A full clean driving licence is required. Passengers must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. This tour is sold one bike per person, pillion passengers are not allowed. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. It is essential to wear long trousers and flat, comfortable closed toe shoes. A bottle of water, sunglasses and a back pack style bag are advisable. The transfer to the quad bike location is around 30 minutes each way. Please note that there are no toilet facilities at the quad bike location. Guests may be required to sign a waiver.

    Tour code

    NTL_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Dolphin Watching & Port Stephens

    Enjoy a cruise to watch dolphins in their natural environment followed by free time in Port Stephens. A real nature lover’s delight.

    Dolphin Watching & Port Stephens

    Your journey will take you to Port Stephens, where you’ll board your boat for an exciting 90 minute wildlife cruise. As you head out of Nelson Bay, keep watch for the playful Bottlenose Dolphins and other marine life who call this bay home. There are over 150 dolphins living in the bay so the chances of seeing them are very high. Have your camera at the ready to photograph these enchanting creatures.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery on the return cruise.

    Back in Port Stephens, you’ll have around 1¼ hours’ free time to explore at your leisure. Maybe take a stroll along the beautiful shore, shop for unique local crafts and homemade delicacies or stop for a spot of luncheon and watch the world go by.

    Your return drive will take you past the picturesque Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The drive to Port Stephens is approximately 1¼ hours. There are basic toilet facilities on the boat. Wildlife sightings are highly likely but cannot be guaranteed. Drinks are available to purchase on the boat. Comfortable, flat shoes, a light jacket, local currency and sunscreen are recommended. Please remember to take your swimwear and a towel if you intend to swim/sunbathe at Port Stephens.

    Tour code

    NTL_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • Newcastle Highlights

    Discover the main sights and scenery of Newcastle, followed by a visit to Newcastle Museum, Blackbutt Reserve and Fort Scratchley.

    Newcastle Highlights

    Gain an interesting overview of Newcastle as you pass this fascinating city’s historic landmarks, colony-era buildings and bustling commercial district. Discover more about local life and its history with stops at Newcastle Museum, Blackbutt Reserve and Fort Scratchley.

    Newcastle Museum is housed in an old railway workshop and contains many interest artefacts and exhibits about the local army, science, rail and coal history. A great industrial history comes alive with a light and sound show which illustrates a side of Newcastle that many miss. You’ll have around one hour to explore the museum at your leisure.

    Blackbutt Reserve boasts a restored rainforest, eucalypt forests and pockets of significant remnant vegetation, which provide habitats for a number of rare and vulnerable species. Enjoy approximately 40 minutes for a leisurely stroll around the beautiful gardens and natural bushland whilst you look out for the native wildlife.

    Fort Scratchley is a uniquely interesting historic coastal fortification which dates back to the 1800's. From its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary, it is undoubtedly Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage point. The fortress boasts panoramic views overlooking Nobbys Beach, the lighthouse, Pacific Ocean and the harbour. You’ll have around 45 minutes to explore Fort Scratchley or just absorb the stunning views.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The amount of walking at each stop is at each guests’ own discretion. There are gravel pathways at Blackbutt Reserve and slight inclines at Fort Scratchley. Guests must be able to negotiate five steps at the museum. The light and sound show occurs every hour at the Newcastle Museum and can be loud.

    Tour code

    NTL_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Pudding Kitchen & Coastal Views

    Discover what makes Adamstown Pudding Kitchen so special, combined with a stop at the Strzelecki look-out point.

    Pudding Kitchen & Coastal Views

    Established in 1971, the origins of Adamstown Pudding Kitchen began when a church member turned to her grandmother’s pudding recipe to raise funds. This good deed led to the kitchen becoming the thriving business it is today and it continues to produce scrumptious gourmet puddings and sauces. The pudding kitchen is supported by a team of volunteers and the proceeds go towards a range of welfare and community programmes in Newcastle, Australia and overseas.

    During your visit, enjoy a tour of the kitchen, meet the volunteer workers, and sample a few of the traditional tasty puddings accompanied by a tea or coffee. You'll also have the opportunity to make a purchase or two.

    Afterwards, you’ll drive to Strzelecki and the look-out point location for the Newcastle Anzac Memorial Walk. The area was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle. It’s a fitting memorial to all those men and women who served their community and country. Here, you can admire the views as you take a stroll along a section of the walkway to work off all that pudding, before heading back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking and standing at the Pudding Kitchen. There is a walk of around 200 metres from the coach drop off point to reach the look-out point location. Walking at the Anzac Memorial is downhill and relatively flat with around 25 steps which are spread out. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please remember to take local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    NTL_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Colonial Newcastle

    Experience two different aspects of Australia's colonial past; the notorious Maitland Gaol and the charming colonial town of Morpeth.

    Colonial Newcastle

    Embark on a drive past the main city sights to the colonial areas of Maitland and Morpeth.

    Maitland was a thriving, 19th century coal-mining centre and home to the notorious, and some say haunted, Maitland Gaol. The jail was in operation for 150 years from 1849 and housed some of Australia's most infamous convicts. You’ll be given a guided walk by a guide who has firsthand knowledge of the jail, either as a former prison officer or as an inmate. They will share their unique and often chilling insight into the harsh prison conditions and convict life.

    Morpeth is a stark and welcome contrast to Maitland Gaol. This picturesque town is located on the banks of the Hunter River. You’ll have around one hours’ free time to explore this charming, colonial town. Take a stroll along the lovely streets, browse the quaint shops, relax in one of the many eateries or discover more about Morpeth’s history on a heritage walk.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests need to be able to negotiate five steps. Around one hour is spent at Maitland Gaol.

    Tour code

    NTL_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours