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Sydney , Australia | Newcastle , Australia | Airlie Beach , Queensland | Cairns (Yorkeys Knob) , Australia | Darwin , Australia | Benoa , Bali | Port Hedland , Australia | Geraldton , Australia | Perth (Fremantle) , Australia

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Sydney, Australia

DEPARTS:
6:30 PM
WALKING ON

SUNSHINE

Circular Quay is where you'll find the Opera House, museums such as the Art Gallery of NSW and some of the best restaurants in the city. A short walk will take you to the historic George Street district, while top-tier shopping can be found in the historical Queen Victoria Building. A 45-minute ferry ride will take you to the heart of Manly Beach when you cruise from Sydney.

View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia
Boats docked on the pier at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia

Circular Quay is where you'll find the Opera House, museums such as the Art Gallery of NSW and some of the best restaurants in the city. A short walk will take you to the historic George Street district, while top-tier shopping can be found in the historical Queen Victoria Building. A 45-minute ferry ride will take you to the heart of Manly Beach when you cruise from Sydney.

View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia
Boats docked on the pier at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia
Things To Do

in Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.

People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.

The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.

A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.

An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

INSIDER TIP

Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Newcastle, Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Coastal relaxation

Start the day by the seaside — whether that means swimming in the surf or walking beside the water on the Bathers Way trail. For lunch, there are plenty of cafes and pub options on Hunter/Scott Streets. In the afternoon, head to Darby Street for independent boutique shopping or learn more about the city at the Newcastle Museum.

A drone shot of Redhead Beach at sunrise, over the shark tower
Aerial shot of sun rising over the Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW, Australia
The canoe pool at Newcastle Ocean Baths in Australia

Start the day by the seaside — whether that means swimming in the surf or walking beside the water on the Bathers Way trail. For lunch, there are plenty of cafes and pub options on Hunter/Scott Streets. In the afternoon, head to Darby Street for independent boutique shopping or learn more about the city at the Newcastle Museum.

A drone shot of Redhead Beach at sunrise, over the shark tower
Aerial shot of sun rising over the Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW, Australia
The canoe pool at Newcastle Ocean Baths in Australia
Things To Do

in Newcastle

The Nobbys Head Lighthouse in Newcastle, Australia

Find Your Best Beach

Nobbys Beach is a popular option for families and surfers. Meanwhile, Mereweather Beach is home to the Southern Hemisphere's largest ocean baths complex, which is essentially an open saltwater swimming pool. Newcastle Beach also has ocean baths and is one of Australia's best surf locations. Which beach will you choose?

ANZAC Memorial Walk and Bar Beach in Newcastle, Australia

Walk the Bathers Way

The Bathers Way is a scenic five-kilometer walk. It takes you from Nobbys Headland's lighthouse to Glenrock Reserve and Burwood Beach. Along the way, you can stop for a swim at Newcastle Beach and visit Fort Scratchley, which is Australia's only fort to engage an enemy in a maritime attack.

An ancient aboriginal Australian painting in the Newcastle Museum

Cool Off With Culture

If you're ready to head indoors, visit the Newcastle Museum or Newcastle Art Gallery. The art gallery has a large Australian art collection, spanning from settlement to today. It includes Aboriginal bark paintings and Australian ceramics. Newcastle Museum's collection features 11,000 objects of local significance, such as the historic Fishing Tree and iconic trains.

Duck confit with braised cabbage, baked apple and cranberry sauce served on snow white plate with cutlery on black table background

Local Cuisine

Newcastle is home to a wealth of excellent eateries serving up creative takes on the local bounty for you to enjoy during your cruise. Try Spanner Crab from nearby Fraser Island, spiced duck confit served charred celeriac or garlic prawns caught straight from the ocean. For breakfast, grab a bacon and egg roll from local favorite The Edwards.

Stuffed toy Kangaroo souvenirs for sale at the markets in Australia

Shopping

For a Newcastle souvenir, such as local postcards and shirts, visit the aptly named Newcastle Shop at Newcastle Museum. Alternatively, Blackbird Corner is a locally owned store stocked with clothing and gifts from various independent Australian designers. Darby Street is the city's go-to spot for boutique shopping: Head here for unique fashions and handmade jewelry.

INSIDER TIP

It's very easy to walk between Newcastle's best beaches and the main thoroughfare, Hunter Street.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

THINGS TO DO

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Airlie Beach, Queensland

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Beach Life

Start your day exploring this seaside town: Stroll the Bicentennial Walkway along the oceanfront, then head to Airlie Beach Lagoon or Boathaven Beach for an afternoon dip. Or take a half-day trip to the famous Whitsunday Islands. There, you can snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, or discover rain forest hiking paths and secluded beaches at Molle National Park.

A sandy beach with palm trees in Airlie Beach, Australia
An aerial view of Hardy Reed on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Picturesque view of the pristine Whitehaven Beach in Australia

Start your day exploring this seaside town: Stroll the Bicentennial Walkway along the oceanfront, then head to Airlie Beach Lagoon or Boathaven Beach for an afternoon dip. Or take a half-day trip to the famous Whitsunday Islands. There, you can snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, or discover rain forest hiking paths and secluded beaches at Molle National Park.

A sandy beach with palm trees in Airlie Beach, Australia
An aerial view of Hardy Reed on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Picturesque view of the pristine Whitehaven Beach in Australia
Things To Do

in Airlie Beach

Whitehaven beach during a sunny, clear day in Australia

Islands Among the Reef

Doing a half or full-day trip to the Whitsunday Islands is the thing to do in Airlie Beach. For best Great Barrier Reef experience, do a tour to Hardy Reef's pontoon. There are also half-day trips available to both South Molle Island and award-winning Whitehaven Beach.

View of Shute Harbour from a rainforest in Australia

Wander the Rain Forest

Airlie Beach is not only an ocean gateway. Conway National Park — and its regional parks — are located minutes from Airlie Beach. The area is known for its lush rain forest, seasonal waterfalls, scenic lookouts and walking and biking trails. Locals recommend the easy Coastal Fringe Circuit, a 1.2-kilometer (0.7-mile) track.

View of the Airlie Beach Lagoon in downtown Airlie Beach, Australia

Laze by the Lagoon

Located in the town center, the Airlie Beach Lagoon is a free, self-chlorinated swimming pool. The Lagoon is surrounded by grassed areas, barbecue facilities and swaying palm trees for sunbathing or reading in the shade. There's also a children's pool and sandy beach area attached to the Lagoon.

A filet of grilled barramundi on a white plate

Local Cuisine

The Esplanade is Airlie Beach's go-to spot for dining. Head here for traditional fish and chips as well as higher-end seafood-focused fare — try tempura-battered local tiger prawns or wild-caught Barramundi with new potatoes. You can also find internationally inspired takes on the ocean's bounty, like Malaysian-style laksa, a noodle soup with curry broth, piled high with prawns, squid and scallops.

An assortment of handcrafted artisan necklaces

Shopping

The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets happens on the foreshore every Saturday. Drop by and browse the local art, craft and clothing stalls for a unique souvenir. PAYA Boutique also stocks a wide range of hand-selected fashion and lifestyle products, including women's fashion, accessories, jewelry, home wares and gifts.

INSIDER TIP

Airlie Beach's Main Street is very walkable from end to end, so there's no need for public transport.

DAY 6 - TENDERED

Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Explore the rainforest

There's a lot you can experience with a single day in Cairns. Take half-day trip to Green Island, where you can snorkel along the outer Great Barrier Reef. Or, you can head to the rainforest at Kuranda and visit the region's best beaches nearby at Palm Cove and Trinity Beach. Otherwise, stay in Cairns and relax at the Esplanade Lagoon before doing some souvenir shopping.

View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
People snorkeling in Green Island, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia

There's a lot you can experience with a single day in Cairns. Take half-day trip to Green Island, where you can snorkel along the outer Great Barrier Reef. Or, you can head to the rainforest at Kuranda and visit the region's best beaches nearby at Palm Cove and Trinity Beach. Otherwise, stay in Cairns and relax at the Esplanade Lagoon before doing some souvenir shopping.

View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
People snorkeling in Green Island, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia
Things To Do

in Cairns (Yorkeys Knob)

Two people snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

Dive the Reef

Experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders. Take a half-day snorkeling tours to the outer reef via jet boat. There are also brief daily snorkeling trips to picturesque Green Island available.

The Esplanade Lagoon man-made pool in Cairns, Australia

Laze by the Lagoon

The Esplanade Lagoon is a man-made pool on the foreshore. With its sandy edges and saltwater from the Trinity Inlet in Cairns, it's the city's most visited attraction. While you're here, stroll on the boardwalk, where you'll find fitness equipment, playgrounds and volleyball courts.

Palm trees lining Palm Cove beach in Australia

Beachy Keen

If you want to swim in the sea, hop on a public bus and head to the region's northern beaches. Palm Cove is the most popular outer Cairns suburb, with luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches and boutiques. Trinity Beach is a more local alternative.

A grilled Kangaroo steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Cairns offers an array of upscale and casual eateries specializing in everything from international fare to Australian classics. Fill up on local prawns and oysters at a harborside seafood spot. During your Cairns cruise, you can find top-tier Thai food and Korean food. Get adventurous with updated takes on Australian indigenous flavors, like char-grilled kangaroo sirloin with chili glaze.

An assortment of Koala bear stuffed animals for sale

Shopping

The Pier offers the best waterfront shopping experience in Cairns. Specialty shops at The Pier include Wild Sugar, a bright and bold women's clothing range by Cairns designer Sajeela Jamie. Along Abbott Street, you'll find several stores that stock Cairns-specific souvenirs, including kangaroo leather products and items inspired by the local rainforest.

INSIDER TIP

As Cairns is geared toward tourists, hiring a vehicle isn't necessary thanks to organized tours and public transport.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN-DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

THINGS TO DO

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savour the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

Performers on stage dresses in Retro clothing during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Performers dressed in white on stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

Performers on stage dresses in Retro clothing during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Performers dressed in white on stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

Performers on stage during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Stage to Screen

STAGES SET FOR SPECTACULAR

From the world-revered theatres of Broadway to the star-studded studios of Hollywood, we bring you the greatest musicals to ever go from Stage to Screen.

Performers on blue stage during the Vibeology Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas
Vibeology

SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIBE

Listen up – all your favourites are getting a fresh new twist with remixes of the music that defined an era.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Darwin, Australia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Explore the Top

Start your Darwin adventure by walking the Heritage and Cultural Trail, which takes you past early settlements and sacred sites of the native Larrakia people. Learn more about the city's World War II history at the Darwin Military Museum and Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. Then, head to Crocodylus Park to get friendly with the local crocodiles, and learn more about them in the park's Crocodile Museum.

A pier at the popular Darwin waterfront in Darwin, Australia
View of the Florence Falls in Australia
The rocky landscape of Kakadu National Park in Australia

Start your Darwin adventure by walking the Heritage and Cultural Trail, which takes you past early settlements and sacred sites of the native Larrakia people. Learn more about the city's World War II history at the Darwin Military Museum and Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. Then, head to Crocodylus Park to get friendly with the local crocodiles, and learn more about them in the park's Crocodile Museum.

A pier at the popular Darwin waterfront in Darwin, Australia
View of the Florence Falls in Australia
The rocky landscape of Kakadu National Park in Australia
Things To Do

in Darwin

A water lily pond at the Botanical Garden in Darwin, Australia

Keep It Cool

Cool off from the midday tropical heat with a dip in Darwin's man-made Wave Lagoon. Or head to the breeze and shade of the Darwin Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll among orchids and bromeliads under the cover of rain trees.

Two crocodiles in a river in Darwin, Australia

Hang Out With Crocs

The Northern Territory and crocodiles go together like kangaroos and Australia. Crocosaurus Cove is home to some of Australia's largest saltwater crocodiles and the world's biggest Australian reptile display. Adrenaline junkies can choose to swim with the crocs via the Cage of Death, the world's only crocodile dive.

An example of aboriginal art in Australia

Museum Hop

The Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory offers exhibits on natural science, Cyclone Tracy, indigenous and Australian art, paleontology and World War II. Check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, with exhibitions on the company's history and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. Finally, drop into the Darwin Military Museum for some national history.

A grilled barramundi steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Dining in Darwin means tropically inspired cuisine savored over ocean views. Head to the waterfront at East Point Reserve, where you'll find plenty of harborside restaurants. Cruise to Darwin and try local banana prawns with green mango salad or grilled fresh-caught barramundi with watercress salad. Don't miss the otherworldly croissants and baked goods at Alley Cats Patisserie.

An assortment of different boomerang souvenirs in Australia

Shopping

The perfect Darwin souvenir could include a jewelry purchase from Paspaley Pearls, which produces the world's most rare and valuable pearls. Alternatively, visit Paperbark Woman, a store that stocks clothing, bags, accessories and home wares designed using textiles produced by indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Traditional boomerangs and other aboriginal artifacts make great souvenirs.

INSIDER TIP

Darwin experiences a tropical climate, so people wear shorts year-round.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

THINGS TO DO

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

Whether you favour a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamour comes alive at R Bar – serving classic cocktails, such as gin martinis and the old fashioned, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

THINGS TO DO

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 12 - TENDERED

Benoa, Bali

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Explore Bali

Use your stopover in Benoa to enjoy the splendor of Nusa Dua, home to some of Bali's most pristine beaches and a great spot for surfing or watersports. Then, get to know the local traditions: Check out the white stone architecture of the Hindu temple Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji and the intricate, colorful designs of Coa Eng Bio Buddhist temple.

Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Hang out spot on the beaches of bali with pillows and lights
The Vihara Satya Dharma in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Use your stopover in Benoa to enjoy the splendor of Nusa Dua, home to some of Bali's most pristine beaches and a great spot for surfing or watersports. Then, get to know the local traditions: Check out the white stone architecture of the Hindu temple Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji and the intricate, colorful designs of Coa Eng Bio Buddhist temple.

Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Hang out spot on the beaches of bali with pillows and lights
The Vihara Satya Dharma in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Things To Do

in Benoa

View of the Nusa Dua Beach on a sunny day in Bali, Indonesia

Beach Bali

The beaches at Nusa Dua are known for being some of Bali's cleanest and most beautiful, as well as its least crowded. Relax in the white sands at Pantai Geger — the water temperatures here are among Bali's warmest. Then, take the boat out to Turtle Island, where you can see the area's cutest aquatic animals in a protected conservation area.

Uluwatu Temple Pura Luhur in Bali, Indonesia

Say Your Prayers

You don't need to be religious to feel divine upon arriving at Uluwatu Temple, a famous oceanside Hindu shrine that's only a short drive from Benoa. Gawk at the scenic views you enjoy from the top, or make friends with the mischievous monkeys who call the temple grounds home.

A sculpture depicting Indonesian history in a local Bali art museum

Learn Local Culture

Speaking of Balinese heritage, stopping in Benoa also puts you in easy reach of the Pasifika Museum with your Bali cruise. Here, you can discover artwork both from renowned local Balinese artists and notable European immigrants, as well as historical artifacts from the greater South Pacific region.

Traditional Seafood Satay and Rice in Bali, Indonesia

Local Cuisine

Hindu Bali is notable as the only island of an otherwise Muslim Indonesia. That means that pork is served, and Babi Guling — whole roasted pig, Balinese-style — is the traditional preparation. But other great eats aren't far away, either. Try satay, grilled meat skewered and served with an accompanying sauce: Seafood versions like prawns are popular here. Vegetarians can enjoy tofu dishes or sayur mesanten, veggies braised in coconut milk.

Traditional henna and arts on the crafts in Bali, Indonesia

Shopping

Benoa doesn't have a central shopping area, so you'll need to visit the gift shops of local hotels for the best souvenir shopping. Popular choices include Melia Bali and the Goodway Hotel, where you can buy colorful Batik fabric or traditional Balinese incense during your Bali cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Don't underestimate the size of Bali. While destinations like Kuta and Ubud appear to be close to Benoa, unpredictable driving conditions mean it's best to stay relatively closeby.

DAY 13 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Port Hedland, Australia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

Explore the beach

A day in Port Hedland is the perfect opportunity to take a walking tour. The Visitors Center has self-guided maps for street art and historic trails. Check out the West End neighborhood, where you can pop into the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery to get a look at the work of local artists. To learn more about the mining industry here, there are guided tours of BHP's Nelson Point facility, too.

A Hakea tree during twilight in Port Hedland, Australia
Pretty Pool, a popular swimming hole in Port Hedland, Australia
Aerial view of Port Hedland, Australia

A day in Port Hedland is the perfect opportunity to take a walking tour. The Visitors Center has self-guided maps for street art and historic trails. Check out the West End neighborhood, where you can pop into the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery to get a look at the work of local artists. To learn more about the mining industry here, there are guided tours of BHP's Nelson Point facility, too.

A Hakea tree during twilight in Port Hedland, Australia
Pretty Pool, a popular swimming hole in Port Hedland, Australia
Aerial view of Port Hedland, Australia
Things To Do

in Port Hedland

Australian aboriginal art in Port Hedland, Australia

Walk With the Arts

Pick up a self-guided street art walking tour guide from the Visitors Center to find the best murals in Port Hedland's West End neighborhood. Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery's collection includes work from indigenous, local and national artists and photographers. Spinifex Hill Studios is the town's only Aboriginal art center.

Sand piles and cargo ships at Port Hedland, Australia

Follow the Heritage Trail

The Cultural and Heritage Trail takes you by Port Hedland's most historical sights. You can pick up a self-guided map from the Visitors Center and visit places like the old St. Matthews Church, SS Koombana Lookout and Don Rhodes Mining Museum. The route goes primarily by the shorelines, so you'll have great views of the Indian Ocean along the way.

Bulk Fuel Tanks in Port Hedland, Australia

Industrial Interest

Learn more about Port Hedland's important shipping and mining industries through the Visitors Center's organized tours. They do Seafarers Center Harbor and Port Facility tours, as well as a BHP tour — one of the world's leading iron ore producers. The best port view is also from Marapikurrinya Park.

Curried Crab Fry from Port Hedland, Australia

Local Cuisine

The Esplanade Port Hedland has a beautiful garden courtyard. Their brunch dishes include cinnamon French toast and banana and chocolate chip pancakes. For lunch, try the seafood red curry or slow-braised ox cheek. Cruise to Port Hedland and head to Heddy's Bar and Bistro for crispy prawns and salt-and-pepper squid.

Traditional aborigine ornamental boomerang from Port Hedland, Australia

Shopping

The Visitors Center is truly a must-visit stop in Port Hedland. It stocks locally-made products and Port Hedland keepsakes, such as boomerangs and books. The Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery has jewelry and home wares, and Spinifex Hill Studios has an extensive local Aboriginal artwork collection for sale, too.

INSIDER TIP

Port Hedland has a tropical climate, so it's summer weather year-round.

DAY 15 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN-DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

THINGS TO DO

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savour the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 16 - TENDERED

Geraldton, Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

The Coral Coast

Get your adventure underway by exploring Geraldton on foot. Start at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial — the site honors the sinking of its titular ship with a sculpture garden designed for quiet contemplation. Visit St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, a modern church that blends French Renaissance and California Mission styles. Walk along the Foreshore to the Esplanade, and take in the vista at 360-degree viewing platform. Then, get some sun, sand and surf at Champion Beach.

Scenic red and white Moore Lighthouse Point on blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
Perspective view of St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral with Twin Towers and Dome with blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia

Get your adventure underway by exploring Geraldton on foot. Start at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial — the site honors the sinking of its titular ship with a sculpture garden designed for quiet contemplation. Visit St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, a modern church that blends French Renaissance and California Mission styles. Walk along the Foreshore to the Esplanade, and take in the vista at 360-degree viewing platform. Then, get some sun, sand and surf at Champion Beach.

Scenic red and white Moore Lighthouse Point on blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
Perspective view of St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral with Twin Towers and Dome with blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia
Things To Do

in Geraldton

Leaning tree by the road near Geraldton, Australia

Put It in Drive

Learn more about Geraldton's Aboriginal history by following the Yamaji Drive Trail. Fortunately, a lot of the trail is located in Geraldton, so it's great for walking, too. Or head 20 minutes outside the city to Greenough, a historical settlement that's known for its leaning trees along the Brand Highway.

The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, on hill in the middle of town, Western Australia

A Site to Remember

Historians call the loss of HMAS Sydney II one of Australia's greatest naval tragedies — the ship disappeared without a trace during World War II. At the center of the calming, contemplative layout overlooking the water is a dome erected on seven pillars representing the states of Australia, and the Wall of Remembrance bears the names of the 645 people who died in the sinking.

A railway jetty in Geraldton, Australia

Fun on the Foreshore

Start at the Esplanade's 360-degree viewing platform, then walk along the Foreshore to Town Beach, Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton Water Park or the Museum of Geraldton, where you see local history and maritime exhibitions.

Boild rock lobster is local cuisine in Geraldton, Australia

Local Cuisine

The Coral Coast is known for its Western rock lobsters, and you can find plenty of spots serving up the local delicacy in Geraldton. Head to the Esplanade for the full rock lobster experience — it's best enjoyed alongside ocean views. Geraldton also has lots of hip eateries serving internationally inspired modern dishes like tea-smoked duck pancakes or pork belly with coconut, ginger and chili.

Australian leather hats made of kangaroo leather and cowhide

Shopping

Purchase a souvenir from the Aussie Shop, which stocks both Australian and Geraldton souvenirs, including t-shirts, magnets, books and even kangaroo skin hats. Alternatively, you can check out Chimere Pearls — they sell handcrafted jewelry made with pearls sourced from farms on the nearby Abrolhos islands.

INSIDER TIP

Geraldton is one of the world's windsurfing capitals, so dress appropriately for unexpected gusts.

DAY 17 - Arrival Day

Perth (Fremantle), Australia

ARRIVES:
6:30 AM
SUNNY SIDE

DOWN UNDER

Before you leave Perth, take a day trip to experience more of what Western Australia has to offer. From Fremantle, it's only a 25-minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island, which is home to beautiful beaches and quokkas, a cute and curious native Australian animal. Or, you can check out the Swan Valley and Margaret River winemaking regions and taste your way through Rieslings and Chardonnays on the vineyards.

Aerial view of the Perth skyline
Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia
Palm trees in Kings Park

Before you leave Perth, take a day trip to experience more of what Western Australia has to offer. From Fremantle, it's only a 25-minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island, which is home to beautiful beaches and quokkas, a cute and curious native Australian animal. Or, you can check out the Swan Valley and Margaret River winemaking regions and taste your way through Rieslings and Chardonnays on the vineyards.

Aerial view of the Perth skyline
Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia
Palm trees in Kings Park
Things To Do

in Perth (Fremantle)

An underground tunnel in Perth, Australia

Jailhouse Rocks

Fremantle Prison is Australia's most intact former convict establishment. After 140 years in operation, it only closed its doors as a maximum security jail in 1991. Fremantle Prison opened to the public one-year later and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. There are interesting tours daily and interactive exhibits, too.

Famous monument in King Park in Perth, Australia

Be King for a Day

Perth's Kings Park is bigger than New York's Central Park. Visit its 750-year-old boab tree, walk over the treetops on a suspended bridge, see the State War Memorial, take photos of the Swan River and skyline or do one of the various daily free walking tours on offer.

An aerial viw of Leighton Beach with lots of beach goers enjoying the day in Perth

Get Some Beach Time

Perth and Fremantle's beaches are known for their turquoise waters and gentle waves. Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular, and it has many waterfront cafes and restaurants. Leighton Beach is another picture-perfect option, while City Beach is the closest beach to Perth's city center.

Roasted tiger prawns on the barbecue

Local Cuisine

Around Perth, you'll find lots of restaurants specializing in the fruits of the locals waters. Seek out Exmouth tiger prawns, Cervantes lobster and Bremer Bay abalone. But you'll also discover that modern Australian food is all about fun. During your Perth cruise, grab a salted caramel popcorn milkshake from Whisk. Or try the Chinese-style steamed bun filled with barbecue pulled pork at Pleased to Meet You.

Find didgeridoos while shopping in Aboriginal museums in Australia

Shopping

City Gifts and Souvenirs stocks the largest range of gifts in Perth. Purchase Australian-made wallets, postcards or even a toy quokka. Creative Native is an Aboriginal Art Gallery and Emporium. They stock contemporary and authentic indigenous paintings, didgeridoos and boomerangs, as well as clothing, gift and home wares.

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