Sydney 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 fairytale body of water.”

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.

  • ‘The Rocks’ Pub Walk

    The story of ‘The Rocks’ comes to life on this fascinating walking tour of Sydney’s historic watering holes.

    ‘The Rocks’ Pub Walk

    You’ll meet your guide at the pier and set off to discover the historic urban area of Sydney, known as ‘The Rocks’.

    During your walk, your guide will regale you with fascinating facts as you meander along the cobblestoned streets and pass by convict built cottages. You’ll drop into three local public houses and learn tales of the early days, mingle with the regulars, whilst enjoying a refreshing local beer or glass of wine.

    What better way to while away a few hours!

    This excursion will operate on foot. This tour includes one drink in each pub. There is around two hours of leisurely walking over some uneven and cobblestone ground. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests wishing to remain in the city after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship. This excursion is not suitable for children.

    Tour code

    SYD_051

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Discover the Blue Mountains

    Recognised as a World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains region is home to some of Australia’s most dramatic scenery.

    Discover the Blue Mountains

    Setting off from the pier, you’ll take the highway road out of the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the Blue Mountains region. Known for its dramatic scenery, the area offers some spectacular scenery and views.

    Upon arrival into Katoomba, you’ll head to the Echo viewpoint that overlooks giant rock formations known as the Australian ‘Grand Canyon’. Look across to the ‘Three Sisters’ and take in the panoramic views of the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle. Afterwards, you’ll head to Scenic World to take a ride on the world’s steepest perpendicular railway plunging 700 feet down into the lush valley. Once at the foot of the 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.

    To round off your visit, 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’s sightseeing, whilst absorbing the spectacular unrivalled views of the surrounding mountain panorama.

    This excursion will operate by by coach, railway and cable car. The journey to the Blue Mountain region is around 2-2½ hours each way depending on traffic. 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_050

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • 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 may not 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 which includes the safety briefing and process. Flat, enclosed walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SYD_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Taronga Zoo Sunset Walk

    Enjoy a captivating guided sunset walking tour with an experienced zoological guide, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoological Park.

    Taronga Zoo Sunset Walk

    Located in the suburb of Mosman is Taronga Zoological Park, home to over 4,000 animals with a dedicated animal conservation programme. Your sunset walk will take you on a journey of discovery through the Zoological Park, viewing animals such as kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and Australian birdlife.

    Your expert guide will provide a wonderful insight into the Park and its inhabitants. You’ll also experience exhibits such as the Platypus Pool, which recreates the wonder of a Blue Mountains sandstone gorge. Here, you can view many species of Australian animals and the recently discovered dinosaur tree, the Wollemi Pine.

    A great opportunity to discover more of the Australian wildlife.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The guided tour is around 1½ hours over varying terrain, including uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The drive to Taronga is around 45 minutes each way.

    Tour code

    SYD_040

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • 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

  • A Stroll around Sydney Harbour

    Explore Sydney Harbour on foot, the perfect way to experience daily life and to discover the city’s famous icons.

    A Stroll around Sydney Harbour

    Your local guide will meet you at the pier and take you on an exploration of the Sydney Harbour area.

    You’ll head through the historic Rocks precinct, wander along to the Harbour Bridge and bustling Circular Quay and view the iconic Sydney Opera House. Your stroll will also take in the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens.

    Along the way, your guide will regale you with local facts and stories and make your visit a memorable one.

    This excursion will operate on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of leisurely paced walking over varying terrain including steps and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SYD_041

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park

    Gain an insight into Australia's native animals in a natural bush setting at the multi award- winning Featherdale Wildlife Park.

    Featherdale Wildlife Park

    This seven acre park is home to a fascinating family of over 2,200 animals, birds and reptiles, including a 4.5 metre long saltwater crocodile.

    Upon arrival at Featherdale, you’ll enjoy a Billy Tea Break with one of the Park Rangers who will provide a brief insight into some Australian traditions. Afterwards, the time is yours to stroll through the park at leisure. As you pass by the holdings, look out for kangaroos, wallabies and Koalas. Other wildlife you might also spot is dingoes, possums and the famous Tasmanian Devils.

    At the end of your visit, you’ll re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. The park is set on relatively flat ground with smooth paved walkways. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    SYD_049

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • North Sydney Sights & Manly

    Discover Sydney’s northern suburbs and coastline and the popular seaside destination of Manly.

    North Sydney Sights & Manly

    Setting off from the pier, your drive will take you across the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, referred to with affection as the ‘coathanger’. You’ll head north, passing through the exclusive suburbs of Kirrabilli and Milson's Point, as well as the beautiful suburbs of Cremorne and Mosman.

    Arriving into the suburb of Manly, a stop will be made at North Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Here, you can appreciate the sheer beauty and vastness of the harbour. Afterwards, you’ll have time in Manly to explore at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the beach or purchase a refreshment in one of the many cafés that line the foreshore, before the return drive to the ship.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The level of walking at Manly is at the discretion of the guest. Please remember local currency for purchases. The free time is Manly is around one hour.

    Tour code

    SYD_053

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Evening Climb

    Capture views of the city’s evening lights with a Sydney Harbour evening Bridge climb.

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Evening Climb

    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’ll be able to stop to celebrate your moment of glory. Take in the twinkling evening lights of Sydney Harbour and admire the evening skies before descending down the western arch. Back on the ground and invigorated by your ascent, you’ll receive a souvenir photo of your climb.

    To celebrate your experience, a short stop will be made at a local pub to enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink, before heading back to the ship.

    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 may not 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, which includes the safety briefing and process. Flat, enclosed walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SYD_052

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ 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

    3½ hours

  • Hunter Valley, Wine Tasting & Luncheon

    An opportunity to discover the delights of Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s finest wine regions.

    Hunter Valley, Wine Tasting & Luncheon

    Hunter Valley is home to over 4,000 acres of vines, 90 wineries and a number of Australia's oldest and most acclaimed wine estates. Spend the day at 3 of Hunter Valley’s best wineries and enjoy the lovely panoramic views across the vineyards. A delicious local-style luncheon will be served and there will be an opportunity to visit an array of speciality and boutique shops at the Hunter Valley Shopping Village.

    Setting off from Sydney, your journey will take you along the pacific highway and head inland towards Hunter Valley. A short comfort stop will be made en route at a nice vantage point, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy the views across the ocean. You may also wish to purchase a refreshment from the local café, before the final leg of the journey.

    As you arrive into Hunter Valley, your first stop will be the acclaimed Peterson House, a specialist producer of sparkling wines. Here, you’ll visit the beautiful Peterson House cellar and taste the exquisite offerings.

    Next you’ll visit Hope Estate, a family owned and run winery set in spectacular grounds. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting experience followed by a delicious local-style luncheon. Afterwards, you’ll head to Bimbadgen Estate winery which is situated in a commanding position with fabulous views across the Brokenback and Barrington Ranges. Enjoy a wine tasting session overlooking the vineyards from the cellar door.

    Your final stop is the Hunter Valley Village, where you’ll have some free time to explore, browse and shop before you embark on the return journey to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour has limited availability, therefore early booking is highly recommended. The journey to Hunter Valley is approximately 2½ hours each way. Participants in the wine tasting must be over 18 years of age. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SYD_039

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    11 hours