16 Night Top End Cruise on Serenade of the Seas from Sydney, Australia Port Hedland, Australia Eight Mile Beach
The 16 Night Top End Cruise from Sydney, Australia visits Newcastle, Australia; Airlie Beach, Queensland; Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia; Darwin, Australia; Benoa, Bali; Port Hedland, Australia; Geraldton, Australia; Perth (Fremantle), 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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16 Night Top End Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Serenade of the Seas
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Day 2 - Newcastle, Australia
Day 3 - 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Airlie Beach, Queensland
Day 6 - Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia
Day 7 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Darwin, Australia
Day 10 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Benoa, Bali
Day 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Port Hedland, Australia
Day 15 - Cruising
Day 16 - Geraldton, Australia
Day 17 - Perth (Fremantle), Australia
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Port Hedland, Australia Eight Mile Beach
Eight Mile Beach in Port Hedland, Australia
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16 Night Top End Cruise

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Leaving from
Sydney, Australia
Onboard
Serenade of the Seas
Day Port
1
Sydney, Australia
Departs at 6:30 PM
2
Newcastle, Australia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3 - 4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Airlie Beach, Queensland
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6
Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7 - 8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Darwin, Australia
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Benoa, Bali
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Port Hedland, Australia
From 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
15
Cruising
Day at sea
16
Geraldton, Australia
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
17
Perth (Fremantle), Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Your ship Serenade of the Seas

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Serenade of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Ship, Side View, European and Caribbean Destinations
Side View of Serenade of the Seas Cruise Visiting Bermuda, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia
Get to know
Serenade of the Seas
From poolside movie nights and jaw dropping entertainment, to game changing flavors prepared to please your palate, all paths lead to discovery onboard Serenade of the Seas®.

BANISH BOREDOM FOR GOOD

Panoramic vistas aren't all you'll find on this ship. Get active on the Rock Climbing Wall or with a game of mini golf. Head to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center to break a sweat or indulge in some "me time." And a giant poolside movie screen means plenty of opportunities to unwind outside.

NEXT LEVEL NOSHING

Craving something delicious? You've come to the right place. Serenade of the Seas® is brimming with far out flavors, like tantalizing Tuscan fare at Giovanni's Table, steaks seared to perfection at Chop's Grille℠ and five-courses of incredible at Chef's Table. For the perfect glass of wine, Vintages has your back.

PEAK PERFORMANCES

As the day winds down, the night heats up with dazzling productions by world-class performers. Whether it's all the hits from Broadway and the Big Screen in Stage to Screen, or remixed classics in Vibeology, you're definitely in for a show.

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 6:30 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: Newcastle, Australia

Day 2
Newcastle
Australia
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Newcastle, Australia Drone Shot Beach
A drone shot of Redhead Beach at sunrise, over the shark tower
Things to do in
Newcastle
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Newcastle, Australia, offers all the seaside charm of the New South Wales coast with a pleasantly traffic-free and uncrowded vibe. Check out Fort Scratchery, where you'll find the best views of the shoreline as well as a museum and memorial to this spot's importance as a defense outpost in World Wars I and II. Cruise to Newcastle and get ready to hit the waves: Head down to Nobbys Beach to take a dip, go surfing or see the picturesque lighthouse. Or drive less than an hour out to Hunter Valley, home to more than 150 vineyards producing award-winning Shiraz and Chardonnay.
Newcastle, Australia Rocks Lighthouse Beach
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?
Insider tip
It's very easy to walk between Newcastle's best beaches and the main thoroughfare, Hunter Street.
Newcastle, Australia ANZAC Memorial Walk
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.
Insider tip
Remember to always safely swim between the red and yellow lifeguard flags at all Australian beaches.
Newcastle, Australia Ancient Painting
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.
Newcastle, Australia Dining Cuisine
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.
Newcastle, Australia Kangaroos Souvenirs
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.

Day 3 - 4: Cruising

Day 3 - 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
Adventure Ocean - Play
Adventure Ocean - Play - Deck 14 Forward Center Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

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.
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 5: Airlie Beach, Queensland

Day 5
Airlie Beach
Queensland
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Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Sandy beach with palm trees
A sandy beach with palm trees in Airlie Beach, Australia
Things to do in
Airlie Beach
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Airlie Beach is the Queensland coast's go-to spot for maritime adventure. It's the mainland town that allows the easiest access to the 74 incredible Whitsunday Islands — take the ferry out and spend your day relaxing by clear aqua waters at Whitehaven Beach or snorkeling among the heart-shaped portion of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or stick to the mainland: Walk the Bicentennial Walkway along the Airlie Beach waterfront, popping into a cafe for a late-morning flat white (the Australian signature latte). Take a dip in Airlie Beach Lagoon, or head to Conway National Park, where you can hike your way through rain forest to panoramic views of the city and the harbor.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Whitehaven beach coast
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.
Insider tip
Airlie Beach's Main Street is very walkable from end to end, so there's no need for public transport.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, View from rainforest
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.
Insider tip
Shop around to find the best day trip option available, as there's lots of competition.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Downtown Lagoon
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.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Grilled Barramundi
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.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Handcrafted artisan necklaces
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.

Day 6: Cairns, Australia

Day 6
Cairns
Yorkeys Knob, Australia
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Cairns, Australia, Palm Cove
View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
Things to do in
Cairns
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Situated in tropical north Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. These two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are why Cairns is the fourth most popular destination for international tourists in Australia. Enjoy the city's year-round tropical summer weather as you relax beside the man-made lagoon on the Esplanade. Then, experience one of Cairns' two main drawcards: Head into the rainforest in nearby Kuranda, which you can reach by taking the Skyrail Cableway or the Scenic Railway. Cruise to Cairns and take the half-day trip to Green Island — you'll be snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef within an hour of leaving the city.
Cairns, Australia, Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
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.
Insider tip
As Cairns is geared toward tourists, hiring a vehicle isn't necessary thanks to organized tours and public transport.
Cairns, Australia, Esplanade Lagoon
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.
Insider tip
Cairns experiences a tropical climate, so sundresses and shorts are worn year-round.
Cairns, Australia, Palm Cove Beach
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.
Cairns, Australia, Kangaroo steak dish
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.
Cairns, Australia, Koala bear stuffed animal
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.

Day 7 - 8: Cruising

Day 7 - 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Park Cafe's Kummelweck Sandwich
Close-Up of Famous Kummelweck Sandwich with Pickles

Park Cafe

In the mood for deli classics that knock it out of the park? Head to Park Café, where you’ll find quick bites to please every palate. Crisp made-to-order salads? Check. Fresh-pressed paninis and sandwiches? Double check. And don’t miss the legendary Royal Kümmelweck roast beef sandwich — it’s a guest favorite (and a rite of passage for cruising foodies).
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.
Main Dining Room Mother and Daughter Soup

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.

Day 9: Darwin, Australia

Day 9
Darwin
Australia
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Darwin, Australia, Scenic waterfront
A pier at the popular Darwin waterfront in Darwin, Australia
Things to do in
Darwin
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The capital city of Australia's Northern Territory, Darwin delivers more than enough rugged natural beauty to earn its namesake: none other than renowned naturalist Charles Darwin. This port city on Australia's Top End — the lushly forested northern tip of the province — is known for its year-round tropical climate. After you take in the ocean views at Cullen Bay Marina, cool down inside the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Here, you'll find collections on Cyclone Tracy, Darwin's World War II history and indigenous and Australian art. If you're looking to venture farther out with your Darwin cruise, it's just over an hour to the Kakadu rainforest or the waterfalls and plunge pools of Litchfield National Park.
Darwin, Australia, Botanical Garden
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.
Insider tip
Darwin experiences a tropical climate, so people wear shorts year-round.
Darwin, Australia, Crocodiles
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.
Insider tip
Bring an umbrella during the wet season in the summer.
Darwin, Australia, Aboriginal art
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.
Insider tip
It's easy to walk around Darwin city center, but rent a vehicle if you're visiting the outer suburbs and national parks.
Darwin, Australia, Grilled barramundi steak
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.
Darwin, Australia, Boomerang souvenirs
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.

Day 10 - 11: Cruising

Day 10 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Schooner Bar Close-Up
VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,

Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to being.
Stage to Screen Cruise Show, Performers on Stage, Serenade of the Seas
Performers on stage during the Stage to Screen Cruise Show on Serenade of the Seas

Stage to Screen

From the world-revered theaters of Broadway to the star-studded studios of Hollywood, we bring you the greatest musicals to ever go from Stage to Screen.
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - on a 220 square foot outdoor movie screen above the main pool area. On select ships.
VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, The Pig & Whistle, pub, bar, dining, restaurant, relaxation, entertainment, entrance

English Pub

If you’re looking to grab a pint, this fleetwide favorite is the spot. Pop-up musical performances keep the vibe here is as lively as London, and the pub’s impressive drink menu offers a sweeping selection of beers that range from ales to lagers, with UK-themed cocktails and an inspired collection of spirits.

Day 12: Benoa, Bali

Day 12
Benoa
Bali
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Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Manta Bay
Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Things to do in
Benoa
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
When you arrive at Benoa, it's like hitting the Bali jackpot: You get all the beauty of this exotic location in a quiet, uncrowded setting where you can really soak it all in. Cruise to Bali and head to the beaches at Nusa Dua, with their golden sands and rocky cliff sides, or head out on a kayak in the calm waves of Tanung Benoa. Explore the Coa Eng Bio Chinese temple, a Buddhist holy site where you can see a dragon boat sculpture and the intricately decorated pagoda. Get to know the aquatic wildlife at the Bali Turtle Conservatory, or paddle through the lush greenery of the quiet, secluded Mangrove Forest.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Nusa Dua Beach
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.
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.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Temple
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.
Insider tip
Be careful when converting local currency amounts. Think of each 10,000 rupiah note as a $1 bill (even though it's slightly less valuable) to avoid getting confused by large denominations.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Sculpture Museum
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.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Cuisine
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.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Henna
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.

Day 13: Cruising

Day 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
Adventure Ocean - Play
Adventure Ocean - Play - Deck 14 Forward Center Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

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.
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 14: Port Hedland, Australia

Day 14
Port Hedland
Australia
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Port Hedland, Australia Hakea Tree
A Hakea tree during twilight in Port Hedland, Australia
Things to do in
Port Hedland
From 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Port Hedland is an isolated mining town on the Western Australia coast, with a strong indigenous history. You'll be in the middle of the action as soon as you disembark in the harbor. Explore Port Hedland's compact town center on foot. The local Visitors Center organizes various walking tours, or you can pick up a self-guided map for the Cultural and Heritage Trail that will take you through the historic West End past sites like the Old Methodist Church. Cruise to Port Hedland and take the drive out to Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve, a pristine stretch of white-sand shoreline perfect for beach fishing.
Port Hedland, Australia Aboriginal Traditional Art
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.
Insider tip
Port Hedland has a tropical climate, so it's summer weather year-round.
Port Hedland, Australia Sand Piles
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.
Insider tip
The town center is very walkable, so there's no reason to rent a car unless you're planning to head out to Keraudren.
Port Hedland, Australia Bulk Fuel Tanks
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.
Port Hedland, Australia Curried Crab Fry
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.
Port Hedland, Australia Traditional Boomerang
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.

Day 15: Cruising

Day 15
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Park Cafe's Kummelweck Sandwich
Close-Up of Famous Kummelweck Sandwich with Pickles

Park Cafe

In the mood for deli classics that knock it out of the park? Head to Park Café, where you’ll find quick bites to please every palate. Crisp made-to-order salads? Check. Fresh-pressed paninis and sandwiches? Double check. And don’t miss the legendary Royal Kümmelweck roast beef sandwich — it’s a guest favorite (and a rite of passage for cruising foodies).
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.
Main Dining Room Mother and Daughter Soup

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.

Day 16: Geraldton, Australia

Day 16
Geraldton
Australia
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Geraldton, Australia Lighthouse
Scenic red and white Moore Lighthouse Point on blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
Things to do in
Geraldton
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Nestled on the Coral Coast of Western Australian, Geraldton is fast becoming the Land Down Under's newest trendy spot for beach escapes. A wealth of annual art festivals, a rich culture of public street art and an influx of independent cafes and restaurants contribute to Geraldton's thriving. Head to the city's Foreshore area and explore the Esplanade — the viewing platform here offers 360-degree views of the bay and the city. Learn more about local history at the Museum of Geraldton. Then head out to Back Beach and get your surf on, or check out photogenic Point Moore Lighthouse. Finish your day feasting on sought-after local rock lobster at harborside restaurant.
Geraldton, Australia Leaning Tree
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.
Insider tip
Geraldton is one of the world's windsurfing capitals, so dress appropriately for unexpected gusts.
Geraldton, Australia Dome of Soul
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.
Insider tip
Geraldton is a small city, so it's easy to walk from point A to point B.
Geraldton, Australia Railway Jetty
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.
Geraldton, Australia Boiled Rock Lobster
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.
Geraldton, Australia Leather Hats
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.

Day 17: Perth, Australia

Day 17
Perth
Fremantle, Australia
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Perth, Australia Aerial view
Aerial view of the Perth skyline
Things to do in
Perth
Arrives at 6:30 AM
Spend your time exploring Perth, Fremantle or both. In Perth, stick to the city center and visit its best sights, including Kings Park, Elizabeth Quay and the historic London Court shops. If you choose to make your way to Fremantle, don't miss the historic Fremantle Prison. Cruise to Perth and explore maritime archaeology at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, and peruse the stalls at bustling the Fremantle Markets.
Perth, Australia Underground Tunnel
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.
Perth, Australia Monument King Park
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.
Perth, Australia Aerial View Leighton Beach
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.
Perth, Australia Tiger Prawns
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.
Perth, Australia Didgeridoos Aboriginal Crafts
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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