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In Sydney, Australia’s modern capital, marvel at the city’s world-renowned skyline and iconic architecture, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Visit its famous golden beaches, like Bondi and Coogee. Take a stroll in one of its pristine natural parks, where you’ll encounter rugged cliffs and stunning scenery. Taste your way through Sydney’s eclectic culinary scene, full of global flavors and ingredients. You won’t be able to resist falling in love with this versatile destination.
On cruises from Sydney, you’ll explore some of the region’s most incredible destinations. Sail down the serene fjords of New Zealand. Dive into the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world. Visit exotic islands in the South Pacific, like New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Wherever you choose to go, you’ll be surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, a wealth of culture and history, unique wildlife, and world-class food and wine on one of our Australia and New Zealand cruises.
Aside from its dramatic coastlines and massive national parks, Tasmania’s fascinating museums and burgeoning food scene have helped turn it into a top destination for travelers. Our cruises stop in Hobart, the island’s capital, where you can sample local wine, spot exotic wildlife, such as the famous Tasmanian devil, and enjoy an unbeatable view of the city from the summit of Mount Wellington.
Spanning 1,400 miles long, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and home to thousands of underwater species including exotic fish, sharks, turtles, and more. Experience the magic of camping on a pontoon boat under the stars. Discover the idyllic islands that line the reef, such as Fitzroy Island, an unspoiled paradise with white sand beaches and pristine water, and the Whitsunday Islands, where the famous Whitehaven Beach awaits.
The dual island country of New Zealand has a little bit of everything: spectacular natural wonders, charming beach towns, and bustling cities. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and experience its multicultural food and bar scene. Stop in Tauranga and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen. In Wellington, savor the local coffee and spot fur seals along the coast. While in Fiordland, sail down some of the most spectacular fjords in the world, including Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations.
Feel like you’ve sailed into another world on a cruise around the South Pacific, an exotic haven full of tropical islands and unrivaled landscapes. Swim in the pristine waters of New Caledonia, where you’ll discover idyllic islands like Noumea and Isle of Pines. Explore the lush jungles and pristine waterfalls of Vila in Vanuatu, or embrace the feeling of seclusion in the unpopulated beaches of Mystery Island.
Set sail in the Land Down Under with Celebrity Cruises® and explore this fascinating region of the world in the utmost luxury. On cruises from Sydney, you’ll travel to gorgeous destinations around Australia and New Zealand, including natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef, exotic islands in the South Pacific, and exciting cities like Auckland.
During your time at sea, watch an enthralling show in the theater, dance under the stars at one of our lounges, cool off at the outdoor deck and pool, or relax at our indulgent spa. Discover new cuisines and flavors at each of your port destinations, then savor world-class dining at our onboard restaurants with menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef.
Ships typically dock at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, which is a five-minute walk from the city center. You’ll find ATMs, currency exchange offices, cafes, and restaurants right by the terminal.
The Sydney Opera House is the city’s defining landmark and a fabulous display of modern architecture. The exterior was designed in the shape of the sails of a sailboat, and its unique structure often gleams in the sunlight. The Opera House’s sail shape also provides excellent acoustics for the many performances that occur inside the venue each year, which include opera, ballet, music, comedy, kid shows, inspirational speakers, and more.
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is a popular attraction for animal lovers embarking on one of our cruises from Sydney. This award-winning zoo features over 4,000 animals, which includes species that are native to Australia as well as rare and endangered animals. Head up on the Sky Safari, the only cable car in Sydney, for spectacular views.
Australia’s most famous beach is also one of its most beautiful. Bondi Beach is only about 15 minutes southeast of Sydney’s city center and provides a quintessential Australian beach-going experience. You’ll find soft golden sand, beachfront restaurants and bars, and lots of surfing and other water sports.
Another popular beach to visit in Australia is Manly Beach, especially if you love surfing. Manly Beach was the site of the world’s first surfing contest back in 1964. While its legendary waves along the northern end of the beach at Queenscliff Bommie are only recommended for advanced surfers, the area on the southern end of Manly Beach has great waves for beginner surfers, too.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed bridge made of steel and features a defining arch, and one of the top things to do in Sydney is climb it. You’ll suit up in specially-designed outdoor gear and climb over 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. The bridge is open to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians to cross or climb.
Another way to get high above the city is during a ride on the Sydney Tower Eye, which takes you to the highest point in Sydney. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the harbor, city skyline, and distant Blue Mountains off the coastline. After you take a ride on the Sydney Tower Eye, you can also visit the observation deck, 4-D cinema, and other exhibits that come included with admission.
If you’re looking for some family fun before embarking on a cruise from Sydney, head to Luna Park, a restored amusement park that dates back to the 1930s. Both kids and adults will love going on exhilarating rides, taking a leisurely spin on the Ferris wheel, and gliding down giant slides. During your visit, you’ll also find carnival-style foods and games.
Foodies will love Sydney’s international food scene. From ritzy waterfront restaurants to laid-back eateries along one of Sydney’s “eat streets,” the city has it all. For an after-dinner drink, it’s hard to beat a cocktail in one of the sky bars located atop its many skyscrapers. If you’re looking for a gourmet meal in a setting like nowhere else, head to Sixpenny or Bennelong, an elegant restaurant located inside the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Harbour was originally the home of the aboriginal tribes of Australia. With the arrival of Britain’s First Fleet in 1788, the city of Sydney (named after Lord Sydney, the British Home Secretary at the time) was established as a penal colony of Great Britain. By 1840, the transportation of convicts to the city had ceased. A decade later, the population of the city grew exponentially after a local gold rush.
Up until 1900, Sydney was the capital of New South Wales, a British colony. But after the Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901, Sydney became the capital of the state of New South Wales, which joined the Australian Federation. The wild and harsh start of colonial Sydney is now long in the past. Today, you’ll find a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with one of the most diverse populations in the world.
You will find an assortment of shopping malls near the Sydney cruise port. Some of the largest are Westfield Sydney, The Galeries, and World Square. For local boutiques, head to the intersection of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road. In the neighborhood of Paddington, you’ll find shops with cutting-edge fashion from new designers. For souvenirs and art, head to The Rocks near the Sydney Opera House, or the Strand for Australian hats and boots.
Sydney has a variety of public transportation options. Its extensive bus route system goes to many of the most popular tourist sites, plus there are a light rail and ferry service. In addition, the Sydney Metro provides fast, frequent service around the city. As for taxis, you’ll find them waiting right outside the Sydney cruise terminal, as well as in taxi ranks all around the city.
Australia’s official currency is the Australian dollar. The paper bills come in increments of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Credit cards are widely accepted, but traveler’s checks are not. Tipping isn’t expected in Australia, but is appreciated. If you do tip, a smaller amount around 10% is usually acceptable.