Adelaide 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.

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. This tour is not recommended for children. Wine tasting will only be offered to those over 18 years of age.

    Tour code

    ADL_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 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

  • Spirit of the Coorong Cruise

    Journey to Adelaide’s beautiful southern region and set off on a cruise along the Murray River and into the Coorong National Park.

    Spirit of the Coorong Cruise

    Depart the pier for a scenic drive to the river port of Goolwa, rich in maritime history and the gateway to the Murray mouth, where the Murray River reaches the sea. Here, you’ll board the ‘Spirit of the Coorong’ for a delightful boat ride towards Goolwa Barrage and passing through the lock to view the mouth of the River Murray. You’ll then continue along the pristine waters of the Coorong National Park.

    During your boat trip, a delicious light lunch of cold meats and salad will be served accompanied by tea or coffee, before arriving at Godfrey’s Landing. Here, you’ll disembark for a guided boardwalk through the sand dunes of the Young Husband Peninsula to the undisturbed white sandy beaches of the great Southern Ocean. Your guide will provide an interesting insight into the sand dune flora and fauna and the history of the indigenous aboriginal people who lived in the area.

    Back on board the boat, you’ll continue further into the Coorong National Park, where you can relax with a coffee or tea. Your boat ride will then retrace the route back along the river to the wharf, for the coach journey back to Adelaide.

    This tour will operate b6y coach, boat and on foot. This tour has limited places, therefore early booking is advised. The journey to and from Goolwa is approximately 2-2½ hours each way. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended and it is advisable to take sun protection and a hat. The return boat ride will duplicate the scenery experienced on the outward journey.

    Tour code

    ADL_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 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 & Canberra Discovery - Single

    A wonderful opportunity to discover Adelaide and head to Australia’s vibrant capital city, Canberra.

    Adelaide & Canberra Discovery - Single

    DAY 1 – ADELAIDE
    Enjoy the day exploring Adelaide before an evening flight to Canberra. You’ll begin by heading to the Cleland Wildlife Park, where you can see cuddly koalas and hand-feed the kangaroos. This natural bush setting is also home to wombats, dingoes, emus and colourful bird life. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia and a town steeped in history. Delight in the leisurely, old-world feel of this town as you take in the many craft shops, and boutiques. A local style lunch will be served. During the day, luncheon, accompanied by a tea or coffee will be served in a local restaurant.

    In the late afternoon, you’ll head to the airport for your early evening flight across to Canberra. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel and after check-in; relax in the comfort of your hotel room for the evening.

    DAY 2 – CANBERRA
    Following breakfast, you’ll spend the day city sightseeing and taking in the best of Canberra both old and new. Enjoy a guided tour of the Parliament House and gain an insight into the history of Australian democracy, before heading to the Regatta Point, a picturesque café that overlooks the manmade Lake Burley Griffin. Here, you can relax with a tea or coffee and admire the view. Next, you’ll visit the National Museum of Australia, where a guided tour will show the rich and diverse collection of historical exhibits and rare indigenous artefacts. Luncheon, accompanied by a glass or wine or beer, will be served in the casual surroundings of the museum café, most notable for its lovely views across the lake. Following lunch, and a panoramic drive around the lake and surrounds, your day will round off with a guided tour of the War Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and The Hall of Valour. You’ll also visit the Anzac Hall that brings exhibits to life with a sound and light show and concludes with a poignant closing ceremony.

    Back at the hotel, you’ll have the chance to freshen up, before heading out for dinner at one of Canberra’s award-winning restaurants, to savour a delicious four-course meal.

    DAY 3 – CANBERRA - MELBOURNE
    After breakfast and check-out, you’ll continue your city sightseeing and make your way to the Mount Ainslie Lookout. Here, you can enjoy a photograph stop and admire the views that stretch across the city. You’ll then drive through the National Arboretum, a 250 hectare site that surrounds visitors with undulating countryside landscape, and on to the Telstra Tower. Built in 1980s, the 195 metre tower is one of the city’s most iconic sites and offers 360 degree views from its viewing platforms. Free time will be given for you to explore the tower and purchase luncheon or refreshments at the onsite café. Afterwards, bid farewell to Canberra, as you are transferred to the airport for your early evening flight to Melbourne to re-join Queen Mary.

    This excursion will operate by by coach, plane and on foot. Bookings for this tour will close on 15th December 2017. 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 (double = ADL802, single = ADL803). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Adelaide 16th February and returns into Melbourne 18th February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion involves early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board, hotels are subject to change.

    The fare includes: transport by coach and plane, services of a guide, sightseeing, refreshments and meals, hotel accommodation as stated above. Meals include water, tea and standard coffee. Wine pairing is offered with the evening meal on day two. Any additional beverages will be charged to guests’ own account. A light seasonal dinner will be served on the outbound flight and a light seasonal snack will be served on the inbound flight.

    The fare does not include:The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, additional refreshments, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Visas are required and are not included. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in receipt of the correct documentation and we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements. Luncheon is not included on day three to allow guests to make the most of their last day in Canberra. Due to the logistics of the itinerary please note that sightseeing in Melbourne is not possible.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. It is advisable to pack lightly; luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. 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_803

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • Adelaide & Canberra Discovery - Double

    A wonderful opportunity to discover Adelaide and head to Australia’s vibrant capital city, Canberra.

    Adelaide & Canberra Discovery - Double

    DAY 1 – ADELAIDE
    Enjoy the day exploring Adelaide before an evening flight to Canberra. You’ll begin by heading to the Cleland Wildlife Park, where you can see cuddly koalas and hand-feed the kangaroos. This natural bush setting is also home to wombats, dingoes, emus and colourful bird life. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia and a town steeped in history. Delight in the leisurely, old-world feel of this town as you take in the many craft shops, and boutiques. A local style lunch will be served. During the day, luncheon, accompanied by a tea or coffee will be served in a local restaurant.

    In the late afternoon, you’ll head to the airport for your early evening flight across to Canberra. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel and after check-in; relax in the comfort of your hotel room for the evening.

    DAY 2 – CANBERRA
    Following breakfast, you’ll spend the day city sightseeing and taking in the best of Canberra both old and new. Enjoy a guided tour of the Parliament House and gain an insight into the history of Australian democracy, before heading to the Regatta Point, a picturesque café that overlooks the manmade Lake Burley Griffin. Here, you can relax with a tea or coffee and admire the view. Next, you’ll visit the National Museum of Australia, where a guided tour will show the rich and diverse collection of historical exhibits and rare indigenous artefacts. Luncheon, accompanied by a glass or wine or beer, will be served in the casual surroundings of the museum café, most notable for its lovely views across the lake. Following lunch, and a panoramic drive around the lake and surrounds, your day will round off with a guided tour of the War Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and The Hall of Valour. You’ll also visit the Anzac Hall that brings exhibits to life with a sound and light show and concludes with a poignant closing ceremony.

    Back at the hotel, you’ll have the chance to freshen up, before heading out for dinner at one of Canberra’s award-winning restaurants, to savour a delicious four-course meal.

    DAY 3 – CANBERRA - MELBOURNE
    After breakfast and check-out, you’ll continue your city sightseeing and make your way to the Mount Ainslie Lookout. Here, you can enjoy a photograph stop and admire the views that stretch across the city. You’ll then drive through the National Arboretum, a 250 hectare site that surrounds visitors with undulating countryside landscape, and on to the Telstra Tower. Built in 1980s, the 195 metre tower is one of the city’s most iconic sites and offers 360 degree views from its viewing platforms. Free time will be given for you to explore the tower and purchase luncheon or refreshments at the onsite café. Afterwards, bid farewell to Canberra, as you are transferred to the airport for your early evening flight to Melbourne to re-join Queen Mary.

    This excursion will operate by by coach, plane and on foot. Bookings for this tour will close on 15th December 2017. 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 (double = ADL802, single = ADL803). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Adelaide 16th February and returns into Melbourne 18th February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion involves early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board, hotels are subject to change.

    The fare includes: transport by coach and plane, services of a guide, sightseeing, refreshments and meals, hotel accommodation as stated above. Meals include water, tea and standard coffee. Wine pairing is offered with the evening meal on day two. Any additional beverages will be charged to guests’ own account. A light seasonal dinner will be served on the outbound flight and a light seasonal snack will be served on the inbound flight.

    The fare does not include: The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, additional refreshments, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Visas are required and are not included. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in receipt of the correct documentation and we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements. Luncheon is not included on day three to allow guests to make the most of their last day in Canberra. Due to the logistics of the itinerary please note that sightseeing in Melbourne is not possible.

    What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. It is advisable to pack lightly; luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. 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_802

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 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 1800s. 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 Hills & Wine

    Admire the scenery of the Adelaide Hills and sample the wine from one of Australia’s largest geographical wine regions.

    Adelaide Hills & Wine

    Set off into the rolling countryside of the Adelaide Hills, where you’ll make a visit to two local wineries. During your journey, sit back and take in the lovely scenery as you head through the Mount Lofty Ranges.

    The Adelaide Hills wine region is one of Australia's most diverse in terms of soil, climate and topography. The vineyards are scattered throughout the 70 kilometre length of this spectacular landscape and the fresh, high altitude atmosphere is a prime contributor to producing distinctive and sophisticated wines. At each cellar door you’ll have the opportunity to sample the wine produced.

    On the return drive, a short photograph stop will be made en route at charming town of Hahndorf, before arriving back at the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to the Adelaide Hills wineries is around 1¼ hours. There is some leisurely walking at each of the wineries over varying terrain which may include steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for children.

    Tour code

    ADL_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 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 and on foot. This tour does not include holding a Koala. This is offered by the park (payable on the day) however it is important to note that due to time restraints undertaking this activity may not be possible. We would suggest not booking this tour for the sole purpose of holding a Koala to avoid disappointment. There is a small charge for the kangaroo food for guests who wish to feed them. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over smooth dirt pathways with some inclines and declines; however this is at guests’ discretion. The journey to Cleland Wildlife Park is approximately one hour each way.

    Tour code

    ADL_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours