13 Night S. Pacific & New Zealand Holiday on Ovation of the Seas from Sydney, Australia Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Dock
The 13 Night S. Pacific & New Zealand Holiday from Sydney, Australia visits Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Tauranga, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand; Picton, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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13 Night S. Pacific & New Zealand Holiday
Itinerary Overview
Explore Ovation of the Seas
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Day 2 - 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Day 6 - Port Vila, Vanuatu
Day 7 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Tauranga, New Zealand
Day 10 - Napier, New Zealand
Day 11 - Picton, New Zealand
Day 12 - 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Sydney, Australia
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Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Dock
The beach with a make shift dock on the shore with views of mountains in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
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13 Night S. Pacific & New Zealand Holiday

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Sydney, Australia
Onboard
Ovation of the Seas
Day Port
1
Sydney, Australia
Departs at 6:45 PM
2 - 4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7 - 8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Tauranga, New Zealand
From 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10
Napier, New Zealand
From 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
11
Picton, New Zealand
From 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12 - 13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Sydney, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Ovation of the Seas, Aerial View, Australia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
Aerial View of Ovation of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Australia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
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Ovation of the Seas
Welcome to one of the world's most innovative ships, filled with game changers, edge-of-your-seat entertainment, and dining that defies the imagination. Score 300-foot high views from the North Star®, order up a cocktail in binary at the Bionic Bar®, and enjoy a full-sensory aerial adventure in Live. Love. Legs.

SPACE AGE SURPRISES

Get ready to discover a world of new experiences as you sail between exotic shores. Like hanging ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator, scoring 300-foot-high views from the North Star®, feeling the thrill of free-fall on RipCord® by iFLY®, and sipping handcrafted cocktails paired with surreal views in Two70®.

A FULL-ON FLAVOR FEST

You're in for a palate-pleasing adventure, from robot-crafted cocktails at Bionic Bar® and Mediterranean flavors at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, to an exclusive five-course epicurean experience at Chef's Table and Tuscan fare with Cali flair at Coastal Kitchen.

AN ADVENTURE ONSTAGE

Score a front-row seat to jaw-dropping acrobatics and mesmerizing visual effects in Live. Love. Legs. Or watch what happens when music, cinematography and tech combine in Pixels.

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

Day 1
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Circular quay and opera house
View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Departs at 6:45 PM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
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.
Insider tip
Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
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.
Insider tip
Taronga Zoo is filled with indigenous animals (and yes, you can pet a koala). This zoo's biggest secret is that it has one of the best views of the city.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
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.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
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.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
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.

Day 2 - 4: Cruising

Day 2 - 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Ripcord by iFly Instructor Helping Guest
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
North Star Lounge Chairs
North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
SeaPlex Arcade
Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 5: Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Day 5
Mystery Island
Vanuatu
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Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Palm tree
The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Mystery Island
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Uninhabited and untouched by modern society, Mystery Island will make you believe it wouldn't be so bad to be a marooned sailor in an old storybook. You'll find no electricity, roads or telephones here. A comfortable 30-minute walk will take you on a self-guided tour of the entire island. Only accessible by cruise ship and the nearby inhabitants of Aneityum, you'll truly get to experience life on a deserted island. Cruise to Mystery Island and explore the white-sand shoreline and its warm waters — go for a snorkel and see an incredible underwater world untouched by human influence.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Underwater Sea Life
View of underwater sea life in Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Go on a Coral Safari

Because Mystery Island is so secluded, the coral is exceptionally healthy and the fish plentiful. Whether you are swimming or snorkeling, you'll pass clown fish, parrot fish, barracudas and majestic sea turtles. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse a seahorse.
Insider tip
There are no rentals on this island, so bring your own snorkeling gear. It's worth it.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Aerial View Paddle Boarding
Woman on a stand up paddle boat over turquoise waters

What's SUP?

Hop on a quick boat ride to the nearby inhabited island of Aneityum for a little adventure. From there, you'll be given a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and a quick beginner's lesson on how to use it. Enjoy the remainder of your time by SUPing around the lush bay in cool island style.
Insider tip
AUS and VAV are accepted, but notes are not. Make sure you only bring coins.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Boat Sticks
A beach paradise with a wooden boat in Mystery Island

Embrace the Escape

Unlike most of your other stops, this island is unfrequented and small — give yourself permission to slow down. Take a break from the real world and take in the shimmering turquoise ocean with your Mystery Island cruise. Dig your toes into the white powdery sand, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.
Insider tip
If you are interested in local culture, you can take a quick trip to the nearby Aneityum Island.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Grilled Lobster
Grilled lobster on the beach

Local Cuisine

The inhabitants of the nearby Aneityum come to the island to prepare food and entertainment for visitors. They serve traditional Vanuatuan food, which is simple and delicious. Cruise to Mystery Island and tuck in to freshly caught grilled lobster for lunch, and treat yourself to island banana pie for dessert.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Sarongs
Sarongs for sale on the beach

Shopping

Along the beach, you can find small market stalls set up by locals. They sell postcards, sarongs and traditional trinkets. For a more cultural experience, have your hair braided by one of the local women or enjoy a traditional Vanuatu massage on the beach.

Day 6: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Day 6
Port Vila
Vanuatu
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Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Cascades Waterfalls
Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Port Vila
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In Port Vila, Vanuatu's energetic capital, you'll be greeted by friendly Bislama-speaking locals and street-side markets. Walk around the center of town — you'll see a touch of French influence still remains in the form of bistros and murals. Cruise to Port Vila to explore the hidden waterfalls of the Mele Cascades, tucked away in the Mele village rainforest with plenty of gently sloping hiking trails. Check out Mama's Market, the cultural hub of Vanuatu, where you can sample local bananas or shop for traditional island handicrafts. Or take the 10-minute boat ride out to Pele Island: Here, you'll find picturesque beaches shaded by palm trees overlooking turquoise waters that are prime for snorkeling.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams
Two wooden tam tamsin from tree trunks in Port Vila, Vanuatu

One for the History Books

The history of Port Vila alone is impressive — add that to the story of the entire South Pacific, and you've got the Vanuatu Cultural Center. It houses one of the most extensive collections of South Pacific artifacts on the planet. Outrigger canoes, photos, videos and traditional sand drawing exhibitions await.
Insider tip
Public buses are cheaper than taxis and don't follow a set route. Just tell them where you want to go.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Meele Cascades Waterfalls
Slippery path with guide ropes at Meele Cascades Waterfalls in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Natural Heat Remedy

It gets pretty hot and sticky on a tropical island. Do like the locals do and cool down at the Mele Cascades Waterfall. At 150 feet high, the spray alone is refreshing. A bus ride and a brief walk up the valley gets you to this spectacular feat of nature.
Insider tip
The local language is Bislama. It is loosely based on English and can be deciphered with a little effort.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Hideaway Island
The beautiful tropical Hideaway Island by Port Vila, Vanuatu

Find the Perfect Hideaway

A quick drive and a water taxi trip will bring you to the tiny Hideaway Island. Jump right in and snorkel in crystal clear waters teeming with rainbows of fish. Jump onboard a Port Vila, Vanuatu cruise to swim to the world's only underwater post office, and post a waterproof postcard to your friends back home.
Insider tip
Water taxis are a great way to get a unique view of the town without breaking the bank.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Traditional Fried Pancakes
Traditional Fried Pancakes in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Local Cuisine

For cheap eats, go to Mama's Market, where you can sample taro root pancakes, Vanuatu French fries — delicious flakes of coconut deep fried and salted to perfection —or traditional lap lap, grated yam and banana cooked with coconut cream in an earthen oven. Or dine al fresco along the waterfront: Modern eateries serve up French-inspired takes on local fish and grass-fed beef, which is some of the world's best.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams Totem Process
Woodem Tam-Tams spiritual totems being created in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Shopping

Along Wharf Road in the center of town, you'll see the charming Vanuatu Handicraft Market. Here, local vendors sell authentic Vanuatu wooden carvings, as well as prints and other crafts. If you're looking for something a bit more tailored during your cruise, pop in at the nearby Pandanus shop, which supports local creators.

Day 7 - 8: Cruising

Day 7 - 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Lobster Al Forno
Delicious Lobster Al Forno
FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie
Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie with vanilla ice cream and caramelized amaretti popcorn on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine Mystical Mushroom
Mystical mushroom dish at Wonderland

Wonderland

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 9: Tauranga, New Zealand

Day 9
Tauranga
New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand, Panoramic coastal view
Panoramic coastal view of the beach and resorts in Tauranga, New Zealand
Things to do in
Tauranga
From 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
It's hobbit enthusiast's dream come true in Tauranga. This town on the Bay of Plenty, perched on New Zealand's North Island, is just a short trek from the rolling hills of Waikato — this is where you'll find Hobbiton, the location that served as the Shire in the uber-popular "Lord of the Rings" movies. But the fantastic findings of Tauranga don't end there. Cruise to Tauranga and take the one-hour drive to Rotorua, a geothermal fairyland where you can soak in the rejuvenating waters of the natural hot springs.
Tauranga, New Zealand, Hobbit hole
A Hobbit home from a famous movie set

Hole Up in Hobbiton

Take an excursion to Middle Earth, or at least to the filming location of Bilbo's house in the Shire. Visit the 44 Hobbit Holes and The Green Dragon Inn to learn more about how "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" were filmed here by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson.
Insider tip
Walk out to Moturiki Island at low tide to get the easiest access to view of the blowholes.
Tauranga, New Zealand, Grilled lamb
Grilled lamb on a white plate with roasted vegetables

Local Cuisine

Named the Bay of Plenty by Captain Cook, the Tauranga area has an abundance of products from the land and sea. Cruise to Tauranga and try lamb belly with burnt pumpkin or crusted local venison loin at a hip brasserie in downtown Tauranga. You'll find wine here, too, especially Pinot Noir — Mills Reef Winery has an on-site restaurant where you can order creative, Asian-inspired dishes alongside your glass of choice.
Insider tip
If you're into surfing, the beach at Mount Maunganui is the ideal spot.
Tauranga, New Zealand, Jar of manuka honey
A jar of manuka honey

Shopping

In the town of Paengaroa, about a half hour away, you'll find the production plant of Comvita, one of the world's leading producers of manuka honey. Take a couple jars home, or pick up beauty products made with the sweet stuff. Take home a bottle of your favorite wine from a local vineyard, or seek out local jade and sterling silver jewelry — Jens Hansen Ringmakers in Nelson even makes a replica of the One Ring from Tolkien's epic.

Day 10: Napier, New Zealand

Day 10
Napier
New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand Beach Clouds
Napier beach in New Zealand with storm clouds
Things to do in
Napier
From 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
On the eastern side of New Zealand's North Island sits Napier, in Hawke's Bay. The entire city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style following an earthquake in 1931, giving Napier the best collection of authentic Art Deco buildings on the planet. Known for its wine, Napier boasts a cafe culture enjoyed year-round thanks to its sunny, Mediterranean-like climate. Nearby you can find the world's largest colony of gannets — a sleek, white sea bird known for its dramatic plunge-dive fish-catching technique — which can be viewed on a hike or a tractor ride on the beach.
Napier, New Zealand Art Deco
Art deco architecture of Napier, New Zealand

Zigzag Through Town

Wander around Napier admiring the Art Deco architecture. Or, if you like more structure, hop onto a tour of the town. Don't miss the zigzags of the Daily Telegraph Building, the Masonic Lodge and the National Tobacco Company Building, around the shore in Ahuriri. Look for the 50 different street murals around town and soak in the colors.
Insider tip
Stop in the I-SITE visitor Centre for maps and information; shuttles from the port drop you nearby.
Napier, New Zealand Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony Birds
Birds found in Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony in Hawkes Bay in New Zealand

Don't Kidnap the Gannets

Cape Kidnappers, the headland just east of Napier, is one of the easiest places in the world to see gannets. Usually living on isolated islands, you can view the Black Reef gannet colony from the beach. Watch for their high dives into the sea when fishing.
Insider tip
The lowest denomination coin in New Zealand is 10 cents, so cash purchases are rounded up or down to the closest 10 cent value.
Napier, New Zealand Rocks Beach
Algae rocks on the beach with the sea in the background in Napier, New Zealand

Queen of the Reef

Stroll along the Marine Parade to admire the Norfolk pines, gardens and public art with your Napier cruise. The symbol of Napier, Pania, is here — epitomized in a bronze statue. She's from Maori mythology and is said to have been more at home in the sea than on land. Legend has it that she became the reef, and the Maori consider her fishing grounds to be sacred.
Napier, New Zealand Mussels
Mussels in tomato and herb sauce in New Zealand

Local Cuisine

A Napier restaurant, Pacifica, surprised the New Zealand dining world when it was named New Zealand's 2017 Restaurant of the Year. Chef Jeremy Rameka uses local ingredients, and judges said that his menu "captures the essence of Kiwi food, with finesse." The small blue bungalow is easy to find on the Marine Parade. Cruise to Napier to try the Sartori Prosecco with warmed kingfish, lemonfish marinated in coconut cream, lime and chili.
Napier, New Zealand Manuka Honey
Manuka honey in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Shopping

The Napier Business District is Napier's main shopping area. It has plenty of boutiques and shops on the partially pedestrianized Emerson Street. Look for local manuka honey from Arataki Honey Centre. Need more sweets? Take a taxi to the Silky Oak Chocolate Company and museum for chocolate history and treats.

Day 11: Picton, New Zealand

Day 11
Picton
New Zealand
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Picton, New Zealand Whatamango Bay
Boats in Whatamago Bay, in the vicinity of Picton, New Zealand
Things to do in
Picton
From 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Picton, on the northeast corner of New Zealand's South Island, provides access to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and to New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough, home to the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Known as the sunniest place in the country, this small town of about 3,000 is named for Sir Thomas Picton, who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. The pretty harbor town has several cafes and shops, plus a market when cruise ships are in port. The area is home to five different types of dolphins, orca and rare birds.
Picton, New Zealand Marlborough Vineyards
View of the vineyards in the Marlborough district by Picton, New Zealand

Quaff the Elixir

Take a wine tour to learn more about the Marlborough region's distinctive wines. The area has over 35 tasting cellars so you can determine whether your favorites are the famous labels or the smaller boutique producers. Taste your way through three significant wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences as you journey from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island.
Insider tip
Kiwis pronounce Marlborough not like the cigarettes but more like "Mal-boro."
Picton, New Zealand Antique Canon
Barrel of antique ship canon on Marlborough Sounds in Picton, New Zealand

Tour the Edwin Fox

This teak sailing ship, built in 1853, is one of the world's oldest surviving wooden ships. It is now a museum at Picton's Dunbar Wharf. See artifacts and learn about the Edwin Fox's storied past, including carrying pale ale to India, convicts to Australia and perhaps even Florence Nightingale to the Crimean War.
Insider tip
Pick up a Picton self-guided walking map at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
Picton, New Zealand Steam Train
Historic steam train in Picton, New Zealand

Fly High

See rare aircraft at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, located about 30 minutes from Picton. It's even possible to take a joyride on a Russian fighter or an open cockpit biplane. Ride there on the Passchendaele, a steam locomotive from 1915. Cruise to Picton to enjoy the rolling countryside from a whole new perspective.
Picton, New Zealand Oysters
Plate of fresh Oysters in Picton, New Zealand

Local Cuisine

You've got to drink the local wine in Marlborough during your cruise to Picton. Marlborough's Sauvignon Blancs are lush, herbaceous and often have a bit of grapefruit or lime zing. It's perfectly drinkable on its own, and pairs very well with the area's oysters, clams, king salmon and greenshell mussels.
Picton, New Zealand Maori Pounamu Jade Pendant
Maori pounamu jade Koru pendant in Picton, New Zealand

Shopping

New Zealand Pounamu jade, greenstone, is found in the northern rivers of the South Island. It is handcrafted into beautiful jewelry, often into designs meaningful to the Maori culture. Picton also has a high concentration of potters, weavers, glass blowers and other artisans. Look for New Zealand blue pearls too, so you can feel like a princess.

Day 12 - 13: Cruising

Day 12 - 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Two 70 Bar View
Two 70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"
SHOW STOPPERS
Pixels Original Production Show Logo Rainbow Colors
Logo for the Pixels original production show with the word in Rainbow pixels.

Pixels

Art meets tech in this epic fusion of live performance, music and experimental cinematography. Pixels will show you how to view world through a whole new filter.
Ovation of the Seas, Live Love Legs Show
Acrobatic Performers on Live, Love, Legs Show

Live. Love. Legs.

From lavish costumes and vocal performances to jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, engage all your senses in Live. Love. Legs.
Two 70 Pixels Show
Two 70 Pixels Show

Two70®

By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.

Day 14: Sydney, Australia

Day 14
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Aerial View
Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Arrives at 6:30 AM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
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.
Insider tip
There are a surprising number of interesting museums in Sydney, including the Maritime Museum, which explores the seafaring history of the city.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
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.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
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.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
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.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
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.

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