17 Night Hong Kong To Sydney Cruise on Voyager of the Seas from Hong Kong, China Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Aerial Landscape
The 17 Night Hong Kong To Sydney Cruise from Hong Kong, China visits Nha Trang, Vietnam; Singapore, Singapore; Darwin, Australia; Airlie Beach, Queensland; Brisbane, Australia; 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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17 Night Hong Kong To Sydney Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Voyager of the Seas
Day 1 - Hong Kong, China
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Singapore, Singapore
Day 6 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Darwin, Australia
Day 11 - 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Airlie Beach, Queensland
Day 15 - Cruising
Day 16 - Brisbane, Australia
Day 17 - Cruising
Day 18 - Sydney, Australia
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Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Aerial Landscape
An aerial view of Airlie Beach, Australia
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17 Night Hong Kong To Sydney Cruise

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Leaving from
Hong Kong, China
Onboard
Voyager of the Seas
Day Port
1
Hong Kong, China
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Singapore, Singapore
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6 - 9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Darwin, Australia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11 - 13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Airlie Beach, Queensland
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
15
Cruising
Day at sea
16
Brisbane, Australia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
17
Cruising
Day at sea
18
Sydney, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavours at Izumi and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DISCOVER ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

Raise the thrill factor on the Rock Climbing Wall and hang ten on FlowRider®. Lace up your skates and put your adventure on ice, or tee up for a game of mini golf. This is your epic getaway, and you decide how to seize the day.

GOURMET GLOBETROTTING

This is one epicurean adventure your taste buds will thank you for. Savour sizzling steaks at Chops Grille℠, or indulge in a five-course foodie feast at Chef's Table. Fresh-rolled sushi awaits at Izumi, and family-style favourites will satisfy your cravings at Giovanni's Table.

SHOWS THAT HIT EVERY HIGH NOTE

Settle in for a show filled with songs from classic films in Music in Pictures, and wander down the Great White Way in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. On this ship, every act is epic.

Amped Up Adventure

The newly amped up Voyager of the Seas® is packed with more ways to play on your South Pacific getaway. Gear up for a glow-in-the-dark laser tag face-off in Battle for Planet Z℠ and catch a wave on the FlowRider℠ surf simulator. Take a flavour-filled journey to the exotic Far East at Izumi and find your element with rustic Italian dishes served with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table.

Day 1: Hong Kong, China

Day 1
Hong Kong
China
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Hong Kong, China Red Bridge Garden
A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Things to do in
Hong Kong
Departs at 5:00 PM
Although it's officially part of China, Hong Kong is a world unto itself. This bustling city is full of ancient and modern architecture, lots of people and — of course — the best dim sum around. Head to the Kowloon Peninsula for Golden Mile shopping along Nathan Road. Then, make your way to Hong Kong Island to admire the views from the top of Victoria Peak — you can see the skyscrapers of the financial district as well as the fishing village of Stanley Harbour. Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall. Or score some quiet time at Hong Kong Park, full of contemplative rock gardens and tree-lined paths.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Peak Tram
The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.
Hong Kong, China Harbor Pier Ferry Dock
Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor Sailboat
Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.
Hong Kong, China Dim Sum
Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.
Hong Kong, China Traditional Jade Necklaces
Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard

Mini Golf

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 Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

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 3: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 3
Nha Trang
Vietnam
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Nha Trang, Vietnam Buddha Statue
Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Things to do in
Nha Trang
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The easy-going city of Nha Trang is known for its six-mile palm-lined sandy beach with clear turquoise water. Spend some time relaxing by the bay at Nha Trang Beach or the more secluded but arguably even more beautiful Bai Duong Beach, shaded by lushly forested mountains. See the picturesque boulders overlooking the waters at Hon Chong. Then, check out the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers, with its sand-coloured temples that date back to the 700s. Head to the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area for scuba diving and snorkelling, or take the 45-minute drive past rice paddies and coastline and hike to the contemplative Ba Ho Waterfall and its three swimmable pools.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Cable Car
Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.
Insider tip
Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.
Insider tip
Bargaining is par for the course in the markets here, so it's OK to haggle on price.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Po Ngar Towers
Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Seafood Beach
Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore – have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chilli sauce.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Silk Scarves
Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors

Shopping

Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewellery, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach – look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Johnny Rockets Hamburgers
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk
FOR FOODIES
Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Giovanni's Table

Every meal at Giovanni’s Table is a family-style celebration of rustic Italian flavor. You’ll find all your favorite Old-World classics on the menu here, like house focaccia served with marinated artichokes, olives and pesto, fluffy gnocchi tossed in a thyme-scented sauce of lamb and root vegetables, traditional risotto finished with porcini and truffle mushroom tapenade, and veal osso buco paired with creamy cheese polenta, ripe tomatoes and sautéed green beans.
Johnny Rockets Burgers and Hot Dogs
Delicious Burger and Hot Dogs with a Soda Pop

Johnny Rockets®

Johnny Rockets® has been serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986. Its menu features fresh, never frozen, made-to-order hamburgers, sides, shakes and desserts. No matter where you are onboard or in the world, you’re always surrounded by good food and simple pleasures at this retro hangout.

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore

Day 5
Singapore
Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda
Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Things to do in
Singapore
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Singapore is small in size but big on excitement. Discover the multicultural medley of this city-state through its neighbourhoods: Check out the statue-adorned temples of Little India and the colourful pagodas of Chinatown. Cruise to Singapore and explore the city's Malay section on the Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, which will take you past Arabic-influenced mansions and the gold-dome-topped Masjid Sultan mosque. Experience the contrast between the lush rainforest flora of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the high-tech 'supertrees' and biodomes of Gardens by the Bay. Complete your Singapore adventure with a panorama from the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands or a Singapore Sling cocktail at the historical Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Masjid Sultan Street View
View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicentre of Malay-speaking Singapore.
Insider tip
Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use apps (namely, the 'Grab' app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.
Singapore, Singapore Gardens By The Bay Park
Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in 'Avatar' than an issue of 'Better Homes and Gardens'.
Insider tip
Although Singaporeans speak English natively, the accent (lovingly called 'Singlish') can sometimes be tricky to grasp at first. If you don't understand what someone says to you, politely ask them to repeat.
Singapore, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.
Singapore, Singapore Chopsticks
Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore

Shopping

Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise holiday is to shop in the city's ethnic neighbourhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

Day 6 - 9: Cruising

Day 6 - 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium Whirlpool Guests
Guests Enjoying the Solarium
SUN-DRENCHED DAYS
Instructor Jumping on Flowrider
Man Jumping Mid Air on Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Solarium Whirlpool Guests
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

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.

Day 10: Darwin, Australia

Day 10
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 8:00 AM - 5:00 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 11 - 13: Cruising

Day 11 - 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show, Performers Dancing on Stage, Grandeur of the Seas
Performers dancing on stage for the Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
SHOW-STOPPERS
Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show, Dancers on Stage, Grandeur of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

Sing along to your favourite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.
Music in Pictures Cruise Show Performers in Costumes on Stage Voyager of the Seas
Performers in a costume on stage during the Music in Pictures Cruise Show on Voyager of the Seas

Music In Pictures

The silver screen takes centre stage as classic soundtracks come to life.

Day 14: Airlie Beach, Queensland

Day 14
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 8:00 AM - 5:00 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 15: Cruising

Day 15
Cruising
At Sea
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R Bar
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,
LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT
R Bar
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

R Bar

Swanky, sophisticated, and suffused with retro style, R Bar serves up classic cocktails garnished with vintage vibes. Whether your drink of choice is a dry gin martini, an expertly mixed old fashioned, or the perfect gin and tonic, you’ll find plenty to savor here.
Solarium Bar
Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas

Solarium Bar

Relaxation can be thirsty work. While you're soaking up the vibe at the adults-only Solarium, grab a refreshment from the Solarium Bar, where friendly bartenders serve wine, beer, cocktails and chilled tropical drinks perfect for sipping beneath your poolside umbrella.

Day 16: Brisbane, Australia

Day 16
Brisbane
Australia
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Brisbane, Australia  Aerial View
Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
Things to do in
Brisbane
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Discover the capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State. Laid-back Brisbane feels like a big country town, but it's actually Australia's third-largest city. Cruise from Brisbane, Australia and experience its charm in any season thanks to year-round warm temperatures. Head to South Bank, where you join the locals cooling down in one of the many museums and galleries, or enjoy the sunshine at the man-made Streets Beach. Two of Australia's beach-going meccas, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, border Brisbane – take a short drive out and hop on a surfboard or relax in the sun-soaked sand.
Brisbane, Australia South Bank Artificial Beach
The South Bank artificial beach in Brisbane, Australia

Head South

You can't miss South Bank when in Brisbane. Take in the view from the Wheel of Brisbane, the city's version of the London Eye. Stroll through the Arbour, a walkway awning with expertly curated plants and flowers. Take a dip at Streets Beach – Australia's only inner-city man-made beach – before heading to one of the neighbourhood's upmarket eateries.
Insider tip
Take advantage of the free CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.
Brisbane, Australia Panoramic View From Mount Coot-Tha Lookout
A panoramic view from Mount Coot-Tha lookout in Australia

Get a 360 View

See Brisbane from several different perspectives. Check out the wide-angled view from Mt Coot-tha Lookout, then face your fears and do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Next, see the sunset from Kangaroo Points Cliff Park, or hop on a free CityCat ferry for skyline views from the Brisbane River.
Insider tip
Don't feel obligated to tip in Brisbane; it's not expected throughout Australia.
Brisbane, Australia Misty Glasshouse Mountains
The Misty Glasshouse Mountains in Australia

Get Wild

Take a drive north to the Sunshine Coast – you will find not only pristine beaches but also the untouched beauty of the region's hinterlands. Get onboard a Brisbane cruise to experience the volcanic peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains, or walk through the rock pools of Gardners Falls.
Brisbane, Australia Japanese Pizza Hiroshima Style
Hiroshima style Japanese pizzas on a flat top

Local Cuisine

It's always patio season in Brisbane. For the best riverside dining, check out Eagle Street Pier, which is bustling with city workers once the clock strikes 5 p.m. And don't miss Eat Street Northshore, a wharf that becomes a hub for forward-thinking street food on Friday and Saturday nights, where you can get a slice of Japanese pizza or a dessert of decadent churros.
Brisbane, Australia Young Couple At Market
A young couple shopping at a market

Shopping

Queen Street Mall is Brisbane's biggest shopping street. Meanwhile, James Street is lined with boutiques stocking some of Australia's favourite designers. For a unique souvenir, purchase a handmade treasure from Collective Markets in South Bank with Australia cruises. The market is made up of stalls where artisans of everything from jewellery to home décor set up shop.

Day 17: Cruising

Day 17
Cruising
At Sea
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Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard

Mini Golf

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 Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

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 18: Sydney, Australia

Day 18
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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