Sail from fabulous Sydney, Australia for a down under experience that is sure to satisfy the adventure seeker, the nature lover, and the explorer in everyone. Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about everything—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower.
You’ll delight in the stunning scenery, the Australian culture, the warmth of the “Aussie” people, the strange and wonderful wildlife, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of the “Seven Wonders of the Natural World”—the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also enjoy onboard wildlife speakers from Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors, along with resident naturalist Chelsea Behymer, to make cuddling with koalas even more fun.
AAA VACATIONS® AMENITIES
- VIP Priority check-in and $100 per stateroom onboard credit
- Cruise accommodations
- All onboard meals
- Shipboard entertainment
Embark in Sydney, Australia
You’ll find just about everything in Sydney, including spectacular beaches, award-winning wineries, world-famous landmarks, stunning architecture, and designer shopping. It makes the perfect starting point for your Australian adventure.
Settled in 1801 as a colony for convicts sentenced to dig for coal, the Newcastle area now celebrates the surfing lifestyle and boasts a “no worries” attitude that makes it one of the most laid-back places in the developed world. A wide range of attractions offer many opportunities for exploration, from sipping cocktails at a harborside restaurant to taking in live music at a local pub or following a bushwalk trail at Blackbutt Reserve to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and native birds.
This day is yours to do as much (or as little) as you’d like. Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life, or catch some sun at the pool—where butlers will keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. You can also schedule a stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, join a yoga class in the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea, or take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s available today.
You’ll have all day to relax and explore your ship. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of today’s activities. Take in a movie, enjoy a traditional sushi meal, or let the grass between your toes take you places that no cruise has gone before when you visit the Lawn Club.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
One of the best departure points for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is extremely popular with backpackers, yachtsmen, and lovers of the tropical lifestyle. Cross off sailing among the calm, protected waters of the Witsunday Islands from your bucket list, then spend your day exploring the charming shops, taking an exhilarating skydive over the shoreline, or finding your own adventure to make your visit memorable.
Cairns is located in tropical North Queensland and is surrounded by lush, tropical rainforests to the north, west, and south. To the east lies the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. Along with being the gateway to these magnificent natural attractions, this waterfront city also offers an abundance of possibilities, including the safe opportunity to spot crocodiles.
On your second day in Cairns, consider a shore excursion visit to Port Douglas—a picturesque seaside village set beside the breathtaking crystal-clear ocean and the famous Four Mile Beach. You might prefer to discover the best of Cairns with a visit to the Esplanade, the bustling Casino, and the old neighborhoods lined with traditional Queenslander homes. Then head to Kuranda, an old logging and mining outpost that’s retained its village charm. You’ll pass the Esplanade and the bustling Casino and visit old neighborhoods lined with traditional Queenslander homes. Then, head to Kuranda, an old logging and mining outpost that’s retained its village charm. Use this time on your own to take a riverboat cruise, visit the butterfly sanctuary, or wander wherever your curiosity takes you. For a more active adventure, rent your own ATV Quad Bike and explore the unique terrain, or board a catamaran and cruise to a very special spot on the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas, Australia
The once-sleepy, now-bustling seaside village of Port Douglas will be your hub to the Great Barrier Reef, which is home to 1,500 species of fish, 5,000 species of mollusk, and 400 species of coral—all ready for you to explore. Consider taking an adventurous marine excursion with opportunities to swim, snorkel, and dive, or view the reef from an underwater observatory.
Willis Island (cruising), Australia
Cruise past Willis Island, Australia where you’ll see the weather-monitoring station and the island’s 19-acres populated with albatross, terns, sea turtles, and more.
Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of available activities while at sea today. Be sure to stop by Cellar Masters to try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world, served up by Celebrity Soltice’s state-of-the-art Enomatic® wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. Make your selection and the dispenser will pour your choice directly from the bottle in a 1-ounce, 2.5-ounce or 5-ounce portion after you swipe your SeaPass® card. The ship’s sommeliers will also be on hand to offer additional insight into the fine art of wine selection. You’ll also want to check out the incredible art of glassblowing with intimate live demonstrations of gorgeous blown glass. Watch and learn from professional glassblowers in this popular, one-of-a-kind exhibition from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.
In the heart of Queensland, Brisbane offers a cultural sophistication that belies its proximity to the Australian wilderness. No matter what outdoor adventure you’re after, it’s within Brisbane’s diversity of options. Cuddle with koalas at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, take a trip out to Moreton Bay to feed wild dolphins, or trek to the top of Mt. Kcoot-tha Lookout to take it all in. You’ll find it all in Brisbane.
If you haven’t yet checked out the Sky Observation Lounge, this is your chance! A quiet refuge by day, it’s the perfect spot for gazing out to sea with a cocktail at hand. At night, the space comes to life with live music, dancing, and special interactive theme parties like Live@Sky with music and dances of the 40s with a modern twist, and Motown, which features funky soul with a live band, singers, and dancers. Get your groove on and dance the night away.
Disembark in Sydney, Australia. If time permits, explore anything that you missed in this metropolitan gem before you head back home.
* All pricing is per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of $212.81 are additional and subject to change without notice. Air & transfers are additional. VIP Priority check-in requires a voucher and does not grant priority boarding. Certain restrictions apply.
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