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Melbourne
to Lautoka

Silversea Cruises
Feb 23, 2015 14 Days
Silver Spirit 5505
US$6,950
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
February 23rd, 2015 Monday Melbourne   5:00 PM
February 24th, 2015 Tuesday Burnie, Tasmania 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
February 25th, 2015 Wednesday Hobart, Tasmania 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
February 26th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
February 27th, 2015 Friday Sydney 8:00 AM  
February 28th, 2015 Saturday Sydney   10:00 PM
March 01st, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 02nd, 2015 Monday Brisbane 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 03rd, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
March 04th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 05th, 2015 Thursday Noumea 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
March 06th, 2015 Friday Lifou 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
March 07th, 2015 Saturday Port Vila 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
March 08th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 09th, 2015 Monday Lautoka 8:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Exclusive offers
Gentleman Hosts
Exclusive offer
Bridge Sailing
L,école des Chefs
Wine Series
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Tasmania is known for rolling English style countryside and of course the "Tassie Devil".  Travel through the picturesque countryside and visit the Tasmanian devil at Wings Wildlife Park on this half-day tour.


Wing's Wildlife Park

At the pier, board your coach, sit back and relax and watch the passing fields and lush green vista as you make your way to Gunns Plains, a prosperous farming district located approximately 60 minutes south of Burnie, with your final destination being Wing's Wildlife Park.  See Tasmanian Devils, quolls, and many other native wildlife and farm creatures including reptiles, emus and kangaroos or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the animal nursery. The park is over 106 acres (64 hectares) and free time here is unstructured so plan to first see those exhibits you most want.


Re-board your coach for the return drive to Burnie and enjoy a brief drive through Burnie to learn about this Tasmanian gateway to the north before returning to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is at guests' discretion. It is recommended for guests with limited mobility but not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

Excursions

Gunns Plain Cave is a stunning underground formation, rich in colours and crystals.  This excursion provides the opportunity to some of the island state's picturesque countryside as well as one of the best examples of limestone formations in Australia, along with a stop to see some of Australia's native fauna with a stop at a wildlife park.


Gunns Plains

Depart the pier to Gunns Plains, a prosperous farming district located approximately 45 minutes south of Burnie.  This picturesque hidden valley has a large number of high-grade limestone caves and is arguably one of Tasmania's best.  The cave system was discovered in 1906 and consists of a series of caverns and short passages.  After descending a flight of stairs, wind your way through the caves during a guided tour.  You will see an underground river and glow worms as well as the pretty 'ribbon' stalactites.  


Wing's Wildlife Park

After your journey underground, head above ground with your final destination being Wing's Wildlife Park.  See Tasmanian Devils, quolls, and many other native wildlife and farm creatures including reptiles, emus and kangaroos or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the animal nursery.  The park is over 106 acres and free time here is unstructured so plan to first see those exhibits you most want.


Take a brief drive through Burnie to learn about this Tasmanian gateway to the north.  Sit back and relax for the scenic drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves an extensive amount of walking on gravel paths, concrete paths and hiking trails, and rough a path.  The Caves include 54 steps to ever and exit the caves and 240 steps inside the cave.  Also guests must be able to negotiate a 10-rung ladder.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility but not and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

Excursions

Experience the City's beautiful surroundings in this half day excursion.  Visit the delightful Fern Glade, and finish with a scenic drive and coastal views from the high headland of Table Cape.


Fern Glade Reserve

Depart the pier by coach and enjoy a picturesque tour of Burnie before stopping at Fern Glade Reserve.  Fern Glade Reserve is one of Burnie's most valuable natural and recreational resources and is a peaceful river valley on the edge of the city.  Fern Glade Reserve offers long walks along the banks of the Emu River and the chance to see platypus surfacing.   Enjoy some of free time to explore the Reserve.


Table Cape

Board the coach and continues onto Wynyard, which is a rural town at the mouth of the Inglis River.  After a brief orientation tour you will ascend onto Table Cape look-out for stunning views of the North West Coast.  Table Cape has been a landmark for travelers over the centuries and the sea face is 557 feet (170 metres) above Sea level.


Board the coach for the 30 minute scenic drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is at guests' discretion at the Reserve.  It is recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to negotiate steps on and off the coach. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.  Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Excursions

Enjoy a scenic drive out to Highfield House, a 19th-cenury estate of the original settlers on this half-day tour.


Board your coach at the pier and depart for Stanley at the far northwest region of Tasmania.


Highfield House

After a scenic drive through the historic village of Stanley your first stop is Highfield Estate. It is considered the birthplace where European settlers first established themselves in 1824, when Van Diemen's Land Company was granted 250,000 acres (10,117 hectares) in Stanley by King George IV. The house is a rare example of architecture from the Regency period and is characterised by geometric yet elegant decoration. Convict barracks, barns, stables, chapel and large ornamental gardens were features of the estate.  Today you will have a chance to visit this unique colonial time capsule with a guided tour around the property.


The Nut

After your tour, re-board the coach for the short transfer to The Nut, Stanley's most famous attraction. It is a sheer-sided bluff and all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug. Take a cable car up to the top of The Nut for unsurpassed views of the surrounding area.  Walk to the lookout and indulge your creative side with this marvellous photo opportunity.


After taking the cable car back to the base of The Nut you will board your coach for a scenic drive back to Burnie.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility.  Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended.

Excursions

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula and visit one of Australia's most feared penal colonies during this guided walking tour of Port Arthur.


Port Arthur

Depart the pier for the 60-mile (96-kilometre) drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula and listen as your driver provides commentary. Head towards infamous Port Arthur, where upon arrival, you are met by a park ranger who leads you on an approximate 40-minute guided walking tour through one of Australia's most feared penal colonies. Established on the Tasman Peninsula as a timber-cutting station in 1830, Port Arthur grew in size and importance in the last decades of transportation. More than 10,000 convicts were transported here from England during the forty years the prison was used and it was these same prisoners who eventually became the settlers of this new land. Now an historic site, Port Arthur has been carefully restored, making it easier to explore these fascinating ruins.


During your tour, visit interesting sites that include the church, which was designed by an inmate, along with the penitentiary, hospital, old guard house, and a model prison - a radical experiment in prison design for the time. Some free time will also be made for independent exploration at your leisure.


At the appointed time, re-board your coach for the transfer back to Hobart and the ship.


Please note: Although the amount of walking and sites seen at Port Arthur are at each guest's discretion, an extensive amount of walking is required to see Port Arthur fully. It is a pedestrian-only site. Walking distance is approximately 1.5-2 miles (2-3.5 kilometres), some of which is over natural, uneven ground and involves stairs. Some ruins have cobbled, uneven flooring and steps, and narrow doorways that must be negotiated. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The drive to Port Arthur is approximately 90 minutes in duration.  Lunch is at guests own expense, bring Australian dollars or a major credit card for any purchases.

Excursions

Discover the highlights of the 'Jewel of the South' with very little walking during this scenic, half-day tour of Hobart via coach.


Salamanca Place & Battery Point

Depart the pier for a narrated, panoramic sightseeing drive designed for passengers who prefer to discover the history and landmarks of Hobart with little or no walking. Proceed past the historic warehouse complex of Salamanca Place, which now houses shops and restaurants. Along the way, see the elegant, 19th-century mansions and quaint cottages of Battery Point.


Mt. Wellington

Next, ascend Mt. Wellington (or Mt. Nelson, depending on weather conditions), which towers nearly 4,000 feet (1,230 metres) above sea level and is among the area's tallest mountains. Upon arrival, take in spectacular vistas of Hobart City and the southeastern shores. After your photo stop, re-board your coach and drive by Australia's oldest brewery en route to Queens Domain and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.


Botanical Gardens & Hobart City

Your tour continues with a visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Established in 1818 at an Aboriginal site on the Derwent, the botanical gardens feature historic plant collections, 19th-century trees and native Tasmanian species. Upon arrival, some time is made available for a leisurely stroll about the grounds.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for an orientation drive past the picturesque shops, government buildings and landmarks of downtown Hobart before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to get on/off the coach without assistance. Walking at the gardens is at the discretion of each guest. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. The coach supply in Hobart is limited; the standard of coaches and commentary may not be of the same standard encountered in other ports around Australia. The tour sequence may vary. This tour will return to the ship in time to allow guests a quick bite to eat and then travel to Port Arthur on our Port Arthur Express tour, if desired.

Excursions

Indulge your senses on this half-day exploration of Australia's newly-opened and provocative Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).


Depart the pier for the short transfer to the ferry terminal. Travel by ferry in the Post Pit across the Derwent River to the MONA. Enjoy the sights of scenic Hobart from an exclusive lounge and separate deck with extra comfortable seating, table service and complimentary canapes, pastries and locally produced beverages.  


Museum of Old & New Art

After the half hour crossing, you will be given a hosted introduction to Mona.  Explore the Museum of New Art and discover what has made this such a talked about and famous collection.  This radically innovative institution that opened on the banks of the Derwent River in January 2011, showcases the largest private collection of art in Australia. The property is a cultural haven where outstanding art, architecture and antiquities are fused with the surrounding, natural landscape. Its $100 million private collection focuses heavily on themes of sex and death, and is presented in a uniquely creative setting, a purpose-built $75 million edifice that challenges our notions of what an art museum should be. There are none of the traditional 'white cube' gallery spaces. Instead, labyrinthine passageways and Escher-like stairways connect three underground levels. The artwork is not labelled; instead you are each given an iPod touch called the 'O' that permits random exploration.


After time in the museum you will have a private tour of the vines and a private wine tasting before reboarding the ferry back to Hobart to your waiting transfer to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and is at guest's discretion. All areas visited are wheelchair accessible; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the ferry by themselves. There are 99 steps on arrival at the museum and concrete walkways to navigate. Walking inside the museum is at each guest's discretion. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.  The museum features some art with sexual, religious and death themes and may not be to everyone's taste.  Please make sure to have a hearty breakfast and schedule a late lunch with your butler as tour will not be back in time for lunch on board.

Excursions

Exclusively Yours - the opportunity to experience one of our more popular tours in the comfort of your private car with your own guide.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula and visit one of Australia's most feared penal colonies during your Silver Shore Privato tour of Port Arthur.


Depart the pier for the 60-mile (96-kilometre) drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula and listen as your guide provides commentary. Head towards infamous Port Arthur, for an approximate 40-minute guided walking tour through one of Australia's most feared penal colonies. Established on the Tasman Peninsula as a timber-cutting station in 1830, Port Arthur grew in size and importance in the last decades of transportation. More than 10,000 convicts were transported here from England during the forty years the prison was used and it was these same prisoners who eventually became the settlers of this new land. Now an historic site, Port Arthur has been carefully restored, making it easier to explore these fascinating ruins.


Upon arrival at the entrance of Port Arthur, leave your car and driver and walk with your guide to the Visitor's Centre. Here, join a walking tour with the local park ranger, who leads you and other visitors through the main sites. Your guide accompanies you and provides additional information.


During your tour, visit interesting sites that include the church, which was designed by an inmate, along with the penitentiary, hospital, old guard house, and a model prison - a radical experiment in prison design for the time. Explore the area, with your guide, at your leisure.  As Port Arthur is quite vast, there is more to see than time permits.


Return to Hobart after your visit to Port Arthur.


Please note: This Exclusively Yours Silver Shore Privato tour by private car with an English-speaking guide must be reserved or cancelled a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival in Hobart to avoid any penalties. Although the itinerary may be customised to your desires, an extensive amount of walking is required to see Port Arthur fully. It is a pedestrian-only site. Walking distance is approximately 1.5-2 miles (2-3.5 kilometres), some of which is over natural, uneven ground and involves stairs. Some ruins have cobbled, uneven flooring and steps, and narrow doorways that must be negotiated. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The drive to Port Arthur is approximately 90 minutes in duration. Only park rangers can lead tours in some areas of the park and these walking tours are not exclusive to Silversea guests. However, you are accompanied by your private guide for the best experience. Bring Australian dollars or a major credit card for any purchases.  The price, exclusive of meals, additional venue entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme and charges may be split between suites onboard.

Excursions

Exclusively Yours - the opportunity to experience one of our more popular tours in the comfort of your private car with your own guide.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula and visit one of Australia's most feared penal colonies during your Silver Shore Privato tour of Port Arthur.


Depart the pier for the 60-mile (96-kilometre) drive from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula and listen as your guide provides commentary. Head towards infamous Port Arthur, for an approximate 40-minute guided walking tour through one of Australia's most feared penal colonies. Established on the Tasman Peninsula as a timber-cutting station in 1830, Port Arthur grew in size and importance in the last decades of transportation. More than 10,000 convicts were transported here from England during the forty years the prison was used and it was these same prisoners who eventually became the settlers of this new land. Now an historic site, Port Arthur has been carefully restored, making it easier to explore these fascinating ruins.


Upon arrival at the entrance of Port Arthur, leave your car and driver and walk with your guide to the Visitor's Centre. Here, join a walking tour with the local park ranger, who leads you and other visitors through the main sites. Your guide accompanies you and provides additional information.


During your tour, visit interesting sites that include the church, which was designed by an inmate, along with the penitentiary, hospital, old guard house, and a model prison - a radical experiment in prison design for the time. Explore the area, with your guide, at your leisure.  As Port Arthur is quite vast, there is more to see than time permits.


Return to Hobart and board the ship.


Please note: This Exclusively Yours Silver Shore Privato tour by private car with an English-speaking guide must be reserved or cancelled a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival in Hobart to avoid any penalties. Although the itinerary may be customised to your desires, an extensive amount of walking is required to see Port Arthur fully. It is a pedestrian-only site. Walking distance is approximately 1.5-2 miles (2-3.5 kilometres), some of which is over natural, uneven ground and involves stairs. Some ruins have cobbled, uneven flooring and steps, and narrow doorways that must be negotiated. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited to 7 guests per car. The drive to Port Arthur is approximately 90 minutes in duration. nly park rangers can lead tours in some areas of the park and these walking tours are not exclusive to Silversea guests. However, you are accompanied by your private guide for the best experience. Bring Australian dollars or a major credit card for any purchases.  The price, exclusive of meals, additional venue entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme and charges may be split between suites onboard.

Excursions

Experience a combination of an exhilarating walk to dizzying heights with spectacular views and a historical stroll through the city's oldest area, on this once-in-a-lifetime Silver Shore Expedition excursion.


This ultimate Sydney adventure begins with a short transfer to the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, also known as 'The Coathanger'. Upon arrival, your guide provides safety briefing and will outfit you with a climbing suit.  Then, you are led on foot up the Eastern Arch, to the summit and back down the Western Arch of the bridge.


Upon reaching the bridge's 400-foot (122-metres) peak, pause to celebrate your moment of glory and to take in spectacular, panoramic vistas of the harbour and your ship below. Although cameras are not permitted on the tour, you will receive a souvenir group photograph of your climb upon your return to solid ground.


Next, continue on foot to the heart of Australia's early beginnings for a visit to The Rocks, Sydney's oldest village.  As you stroll through this centuries-old district, discover historic buildings, classic terrace houses, and sandstone cottages.


Next, re-board the coach and return to the ship.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves a 3-hour bridge climb with a moderate amount of exertion required. It is only recommended for active guests that are in good physical condition and able to climb ladders and steep slopes. Minimum participant age is 12 years; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Climbers must wear rubber-soled athletic shoes in addition to the climbing suit provided, over their clothing. No cameras, video recorders or other loose objects may be taken onto the bridge; a locker is provided for your convenience. Guests are required to sign a waiver and take and pass a Breathalyzer test. Those failing to comply may not climb and will not receive a refund.  This tour operates in all weather conditions, except electrical storms. The itinerary may be reversed. Although a minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour, space is limited.

Excursions

Experience the scenic natural beauty and wildlife of Australia during this half-day tour to Featherdale Wildlife Park, one of Australia's largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life.  


Depart the pier via motorcoach and drive west through Sydney to the renowned Featherdale Wildlife Park. Operating since 1972, Featherdale Wildlife Park houses a great variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, Australian reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and various species of Australian birds.


On arrival at the park, you are offered a Drovers Billy Tea Break, an Aussie morning tea consisting of damper with golden syrup, lamingtons, and Anzac biscuits. The Tea Break features a 'Swing the Billy presentation' and a visit by an animal keeper with a koala who provides you with a short koala introduction and photo opportunity.


After the tea break you will have some time to stroll through the park at your leisure. Get up close and personal with the animals and hand feed a kangaroo, wallaby, or emu. Other wildlife you may spot could include dingoes, possums, owls, foxes and Tasmanian Devils.


At the conclusion of your exciting visit to the park, re-board the coach and transfer back to your ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over gravel paths. Most areas of the Wildlife Park are wheelchair accessible; however, wheelchairs are not permitted in animal enclosures. This tour is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair, able to embark/disembark the coach without assistance. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Tour sequence may vary. Should you wish to have your photo taken with a koala, the wildlife park will charge you AUD $10 (at the time of printing) and may not permit individual camera use.   It is not possible to hold the koalas. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes and a hat are recommended.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your half-day sightseeing tour via private car, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your full-day sightseeing tour via private car, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your half-day sightseeing tour via private van, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 5-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your full-day sightseeing tour via private van, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 5-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Discover three icons of this one great city - its imposing skyline and city heart, its famous Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House. Take in the history and stunning views and learn about the fashionable suburbs in the east of the city during this half-day orientation tour.


Sydney

Depart the pier in Sydney for an orientation drive through the city. Your tour begins at Sydney's oldest village, The Rocks. This historic enclave is nestled in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and depicts the heritage of two centuries along its narrow twisting streets. See a splendid mix of Victorian-era buildings alongside modern-day structures. During your drive through the city centre, your guide points out the magnificent Sydney Tower the Queen Victoria Building.


Sydney Harbour & Bondi Beach

The coach continues east of the city to the most sought-after residential areas in Sydney. From Darling Point to Watson's Bay, the shoreline is fringed by vast mansions and expensive apartments overlooking a flotilla of yachts and cruising boats moored along the harbour's edge. Stop briefly to take in the spectacular views at The Gap at Watson's Bay (weather permitting), the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Carry on to Bondi Beach, a world-renowned surfing haven featuring delightful cafés and restaurants along its main streets. Disembark the coach to takes some photos before returning to the city. Admire the views as you head down the narrow streets of Paddington, which are lined with picturesque terraces framed with iron-laced balconies, sandstone houses, designer boutiques, art galleries, and cafés.


Sydney Opera House

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Sydney Opera House, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973, and one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. You will stop there for a short guided tour of this imposing building with its distinctive sail-like roof and learn about its history, design and current role.


Afterwards, the coach takes you back to the pier and ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a distance of approximately 700 feet (215 metres) from the coach's pick-up and drop-off point to the Opera House necessary. The Opera House has more than 200 steps throughout the venue and is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

Excursions

Embark on a culinary journey into the heart of Sydney on this fun for foodies, half-day walking tour.


Meet your guide on the pier and board the coach for the brief transfer to the Sydney market areas. Travel away from the usual tourist hubs and into the heart of Sydney's multicultural melting pot. Australia's culinary offerings have really taken their place on the world stage and this unique tour of Sydney introduces you the ingredients and influences that haven taken Sydney where you see it today.


Soak up the taste of Sydney's history while travelling around a variety of the city's much loved foodie hubs, through the historical city streets. Discover how international influence transformed the local cuisine. Meet the families behind the local businesses and learn how they are now set in the fabric of Sydney life and culture.


Begin with a visit to a family-owned Italian deli in the suburb of Five Dock, where you can enjoy a range of antipasto dishes including olives, cheese, olive oil, bread, and cured meats. Next, sample fresh fish and visit the auction floor of the famous Sydney Fish Markets.  Quench your thirst with a cold beer at a quaint boutique brewery in the historic Macquarie Hotel in the city centre. The last stop on the tour is Harry's famous Café De Wheels, where you can indulge in a 'tiger pie' and hear about the many famous customers who have dined there over the years.


Finally, re-board the coach and return to the ship having experienced a true taste of Sydney.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2 kilometres) and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring protection from the sun. Guests must be a minimum of 21 years of age to participate. Order of sites can vary. Space is limited; we suggest you reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.  Bring local currency for any additional purchases. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Learn how Sydney grew from a fledgling outpost to the thriving metropolis it is today during this scenic walking tour of The Rocks. Quench your thirst afterwards with a stop at one of Sydney's famous historic pubs for a refreshing drink.


Depart the pier with your guide.  If the ship is docked at White Bay Cruise Terminal, a short coach ride takes you to the Rocks.  If the ship is docked at Overseas Passenger Terminal, begin walking along Circular Quay to The Rocks, Sydney's famous birthplace. In sharp contrast to the modern steel and glass skyscrapers of the city, The Rocks represents pure history. Upon arrival, listen to your guide's informative commentary as you are escorted through this historic district past old pubs, terrace homes, and sandstone cottages. Sites of crime, punishment, and escape are noted as you hear about the notorious personalities that have made Sydney what it is today.


Continuing your exploration, gain some insight into Cadman's Cottage, Argyle Cut, Campbell's Cove, the Bounty Ship, and many other significant historic locales. Learn about the Suez Canal, an escape route of 19th-century gangs and local residents that used this passageway during the founding days of the colony. As you gaze across Sydney Harbour, your guide proffers details about the Botanical Gardens in the distance, and the construction of the Sydney Opera House.


Your walking tour concludes with a visit to a local historic pub to enjoy a glass of Australian wine, local beer or soft drink.


Afterwards, re-board the coach and return to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 90 minutes. The Rocks has some cobbled streets and pathways and some inclines; participants should be of a reasonable fitness level. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.  When the ship is docked at Overseas Passenger Terminal, the length of the walking portion of the tour may be slightly longer, when the ship is docked at White Bay, the tour duration may be longer to allow for the drive to and from the Rocks guests are charged the correct price based on the ship's docking position onboard.  Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your half-day sightseeing tour via private car, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your full-day sightseeing tour via private car, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 3 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your half-day sightseeing tour via private van, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 5-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore Sydney at your leisure during your full-day sightseeing tour via private van, with a driver/guide. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary.  Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Driver/Guides are English-speaking; guides to converse in English and other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Participation is limited to 5-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Charges may be split between suites on board. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

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Discover three icons of this one great city - its imposing skyline and city heart, its famous Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House. Take in the history and stunning views and learn about the fashionable suburbs in the east of the city during this half-day orientation tour.


Sydney

Depart the pier in Sydney for an orientation drive through the city. Your tour begins at Sydney's oldest village, The Rocks. This historic enclave is nestled in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and depicts the heritage of two centuries along its narrow twisting streets. See a splendid mix of Victorian-era buildings alongside modern-day structures. During your drive through the city centre, your guide points out the magnificent Sydney Tower the Queen Victoria Building.


Sydney Harbour & Bondi Beach

The coach continues east of the city to the most sought-after residential areas in Sydney. From Darling Point to Watson's Bay, the shoreline is fringed by vast mansions and expensive apartments overlooking a flotilla of yachts and cruising boats moored along the harbour's edge. Stop briefly to take in the spectacular views at The Gap at Watson's Bay (weather permitting), the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Carry on to Bondi Beach, a world-renowned surfing haven featuring delightful cafés and restaurants along its main streets. Disembark the coach to takes some photos before returning to the city. Admire the views as you head down the narrow streets of Paddington, which are lined with picturesque terraces framed with iron-laced balconies, sandstone houses, designer boutiques, art galleries, and cafés.


Sydney Opera House

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Sydney Opera House, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973, and one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. You will stop there for a short guided tour of this imposing building with its distinctive sail-like roof and learn about its history, design and current role.


Afterwards, the coach takes you back to the pier and ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a distance of approximately 700 feet (215 metres) from the coach's pick-up and drop-off point to the Opera House necessary. The Opera House has more than 200 steps throughout the venue and is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

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Discover the intimate magic of Taronga's Australian animals with this guided tour at twilight.


Depart the pier via coach for the approximate 45-mintue drive to the Taronga Zoo. Meet your experienced zoo guide on arrival for a captivating face-to-face guided tour that takes you through the Zoo's wonderful Australian animal displays.


Your walkabout includes a visit to the kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas and Australian birds. Also experience the themed 'Platypus Pools' exhibit, which recreates the wonder of a Blue Mountains sandstone gorge where you can see many species of Australian animals and the recently discovered 'dinosaur tree', the Wollemi Pine.


Your tour concludes with your transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2 kilometres).  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.  Guests utilising wheelchairs must be able negotiate steps to get on and off the coach with minimal assistance. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes, a lightweight jacket and a hat are recommended.

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Embark on a culinary journey into the heart of Sydney on this fun for foodies, half-day walking tour.


Meet your guide on the pier and board the coach for the brief transfer to the Sydney market areas. Travel away from the usual tourist hubs and into the heart of Sydney's multicultural melting pot. Australia's culinary offerings have really taken their place on the world stage and this unique tour of Sydney introduces you the ingredients and influences that haven taken Sydney where you see it today.


Soak up the taste of Sydney's history while travelling around a variety of the city's much loved foodie hubs, through the historical city streets. Discover how international influence transformed the local cuisine. Meet the families behind the local businesses and learn how they are now set in the fabric of Sydney life and culture.


Begin with a visit to a family-owned Italian deli in the suburb of Five Dock, where you can enjoy a range of antipasto dishes including olives, cheese, olive oil, bread, and cured meats. Next, sample fresh fish and visit the auction floor of the famous Sydney Fish Markets.  Quench your thirst with a cold beer at a quaint boutique brewery in the historic Macquarie Hotel in the city centre. The last stop on the tour is Harry's famous Café De Wheels, where you can indulge in a 'tiger pie' and hear about the many famous customers who have dined there over the years.


Finally, re-board the coach and return to the ship having experienced a true taste of Sydney.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2 kilometres) and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring protection from the sun. Guests must be a minimum of 21 years of age to participate. Order of sites can vary. Space is limited; we suggest you reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.  Bring local currency for any additional purchases. This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

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This full-day two-tank SCUBA and beach excursion offers you the chance to go shark diving at Magic Point in Sydney and spend the day at Long Beach.


Transfer to Long Beach in Maroubra, meet the dive company, and be fitted out for the dive.  In addition, snorkels, flippers and face mask are provided for you to snorkel from the shoreline between dives.  At the dive boat, meet your dive master and boat captain and cruise to the location of your first dive.  Your dive master provides a safety briefing while on board.


After the dive boat anchors, take a giant stride as you plunge into the water.


Magic Point the only location in Sydney where divers can regularly dive with grey nurse sharks. You will have two chances to see the nurse sharks in their natural habitat. A light lunch is provided between the dives. While you are not diving, enjoy time at your leisure on the beach.  Soak in the sun, relax in the shade, or wander to nearby areas.


The sharks are in 50 feet (15 metres) of water and the site goes out to a maximum depth of 72 feet (22 metres). You can expect to see weedy sea dragons on the sand line, Cuttle fish, gropers, and schooling yellow tail. The most important thing to bear in mind with the grey nurse shark is its timidity. Once a shark has been frightened, not only will it disappear for the remainder of your dive, it will alert all the other sharks, who will promptly follow suit.


At the conclusion of your day, the boat returns you to the local pier from where you are transported back to the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of activity that includes swimming in currents. Guests must be PADI certified and produce a log book with a dive recorded in the past 12 months; please bring your certification card. Up to 14 guests participate on the tour simultaneously; 7 guests dive while 7 guests enjoy beach time/snorkelling. Guests rotate activities.  Boat may not be exclusive to Silversea guests. Snorkels, flippers and face mask are provided for time spent at the beach which offers some shady areas. Bring local currency for any additional purchases. Pay attention to the dive master. Guests are advised they may not block any entrance to cave or gutters when sharks are present, they may not feed or touch the sharks, and chasing or harassing the sharks is forbidden.  Guests must be a minimum of 21 years of age to participate. All guests must sign a PADI waiver before diving. Nitrox can be purchased directly from the dive shop by those experienced in its use.  This tour is available for guests January 30, 2015 sailing on voyages 4502-4503 who are in transit only.

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Experience the history, culture and wildlife of Brisbane during this half-day tour of the city, and a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.


Brisbane City Tour

Depart the pier for a panoramic, approximate 75-minute orientation tour of Brisbane, Australia's only sub-tropical capital-city. Along the way, pass by the Parliament House, Treasury Building, City Hall, the Old Customs House, trendy cafes, and historic sandstone buildings. Sights to be seen include the South Bank Parklands and Cultural Centre, which combines the Art Gallery, Performing Arts Complex, Museum and Library in a splendid riverside setting.


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to Lone Pine, Australia's oldest and largest koala sanctuary. Established in 1927 with only two koalas, it is now home to over 130 of these cuddly creatures. In addition to koalas, Lone Pine's unique Australian fauna includes kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, emus, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, and kookaburra. After a brief introduction to the sanctuary upon arrival, explore the park at your leisure.


During your visit, stop by the 'Nature Kingdom' to observe award-winning sheepdog handlers demonstrate the amazing skills of Outback sheepdogs. You can also hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies in the two-acre (0.8-hectare) reserve, take a picture with a cuddly koala or relax in the Koala Forest surrounded by koala enclosures.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. The facilities at Lone Pine are wheelchair-accessible; however, guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach via a few steps. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Kangaroo feed and souvenir photographs are not included, and are at the guests' own expense.

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Discover the diverse wildlife of Australia during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the Australia Zoo.


Australia Zoo

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the Australia Zoo. Here at this enormous wildlife park, located on more than sixty acres (24 hectares) at the base of the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, is where the late "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin, made his mark. A local guide greets your arrival, explains the layout, and provides maps and information about the various show times.


You will have approximately three hours to become acquainted with some of the over one hundred species of animals ranging from small reptiles to larger creatures such as crocodiles, Asian elephants, tigers and cheetahs. Don't miss the thrilling Wildlife Warriors show, an exciting event showcased in the world-famous Crocoseum and featuring giant snakes, majestic elephants, colourful birds and, of course, crocs. You may also wish to visit the Koala enclosure that allows you to observe up close some of Australia's most famous residents.

At the appointed time, re-board your coach for the one-hour drive back to the pier.  


Please note: This tour includes a transfer to the zoo and entrance/show fees only. There is no guide or meal service included, and refreshments may not be consumed on the coach. This tour requires an extensive amount of walking throughout the zoo; however, guests can hire a buggy with driver for the duration of the visit at their own expense. Buggies are in limited supply, and subject to availability. Buggy requests can be made at the Shore Concierge Desk on board the ship, and paid for directly at the zoo. There is no reserved seating at the Crocodile Stadium. The price of this zoo transfer is based on at least 30 guests participating. Should the number of participants be less, the tour may still be offered but at a higher per person rate, to avoid cancellation. This is confirmed onboard the ship.

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Spend a day exploring the verdant beauty of the most beautiful part of Queensland during this off-road, Silver Shore Expedition excursion to Mt. Tambourine.


Scenic Drive to Mt. Tambourine & Gallery Walk

Depart the pier in your four-wheel-drive vehicle for the approximately 80-minute drive to Mt. Tambourine, with a comfort stop en route. Upon arrival at the Gallery Walk, the premier arts-and-crafts centre of southeast Queensland, relax with a cup of morning tea or coffee and an opportunity to stretch your legs. This cluster of galleries and craft shops offers a wealth of diverse arts and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, porcelain, glass, jewellery, woodwork, and fabrics.


Rainforest Walk & Picnic Lunch

Next, your expert guide leads you on a one-hour walk through the rainforest. Along the way, follow an original bush track built by pioneers and visit the area's most picturesque waterfalls. Koalas, kangaroos, reptiles, and other native wildlife may be seen whilst traversing these trails. From here, proceed to picturesque Spring Gully for a 'bush picnic', a barbecue lunch accompanied by fresh salads and Australian wine, local beer or soft drinks. Lunchtime entertainment includes whip-cracking and boomerang-throwing demonstrations.


After lunch, you may opt to take a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the nearby rock pools.


Wine Tasting

Leaving Mount Tambourine, your Silver Shore Expedition tour concludes with a visit to a local winery for a tasting of locally-produced wines before commencing the approximately 1.5-hour drive to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour requires an extensive amount of driving and walking over bumpy, uneven terrain, and is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition, over the age of 13 and able to walk for approximately one hour. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary. The size of the 4-wheel-drive vehicles may vary, and approximately 90% of all seats are utilised. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent are recommended. Guests opting to swim are advised to bring swimwear, water shoes and a towel from the ship. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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This half-day tour provides a great overview of the city centre and surrounding suburbs of Brisbane. Hear the history of this ever growing city and see why more and more Australian's love to call Brisbane home.  


Brisbane City Center

From the pier, depart by motorcoach for Brisbane's city centre, which is made up of a blend of historic buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. Pass by Anzac Square, City Hall, the Customs House, Old Government House, the Old Windmill, Brisbane Treasury Casino and finally Parliament House; a French Renaissance building overlooking the Botanic Gardens before a visit to Southbank Parklands - Australia's only inner city beach.  


Some free time is afforded here to explore this expansive arts and entertainment area.  From the Southbank, travel out to Mt Coot-tha for spectacular views of the city spanning the Great Dividing Range to the West and Moreton Bay and Islands in the East. Brisbane is Australia's only sub-tropical capital city and has a lot to offer the discerning visitor. At every turn Brisbane is sure to surprise and delight with its charming mixture of trendy cafe club culture and historic sandstone buildings. You are sure to experience the friendly nature of "Brisbanites" in this introductory outing.


The tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity.  It is suitable for those with limited mobility and guests utilising a wheelchair; guests must be able to transfer from the chair to the coach.

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Explore Brisbane at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme.  Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

Excursions

Explore Brisbane at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme.  Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

Excursions

Explore Brisbane at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

Excursions

Explore Brisbane at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should request the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested onboard the ship.

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Royal Queensland Golf Club is the premier Golf Club in Queensland and one of the finest in the Country, boasting the number one golf course in the State and a proud reputation of providing its Members and their guests with an outstanding level of service.


This acclaimed golf course, expansive practice facilities, and five star food and beverage offerings provides our Members with the ideal environment to satisfy the joys of the great game of golf, whilst establishing new friendships through a wonderful camaraderie.


The (Royal) Queensland Golf Club was established in 1920 at Hamilton and was granted its Royal Charter in 1921 by King George V, with the King's official letter of notification to the Governor of Queensland signed by the very famous Winston S Churchill, then Secretary of State for the British Government, and later Prime Minister during World War II.


The famous Scots golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie was persuaded to visit Brisbane while on a trip to Australia in 1926, and contributed his renowned design wisdom to a number of holes, and to the greens and bunkering of the course generally. At a farewell function for the great man prior to his departure overseas, he said: "Royal Queensland already compares favourably with some of the British Championship courses. It should have a very great future, and will be an excellent test of golf."


Since those days the Club has become known as one of Australia's finest courses, and has hosted three Australian Open Championships, as well as many Australian and Queensland Championship events at many levels, both amateur and professional. Most recently Royal Queensland was the venue for the Australian Players' Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the Australian PGA Championship in 2000 and 2001. It has seen many world golfing greats, from Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, (each two-time visitors in the early and mid-1930s and both defeated in challenge matches by young local Norman von Vida ), to later masters of the game including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Peter Thomson. The Club has also been home to many outstanding Australian golfing personalities, a couple of standouts being Charlie Earp - Club Professional for 45 years until 2003 - and his one-time trainee Greg Norman.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is AUD 50.00 per standard set. All prices quoted in AUD and are subject to change without notice.  Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted.  Golfers may wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.

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Noumea is surrounded by crystal clear, calm, warm waters; which act as a sanctuary for many forms of marine life. The colorful inhabitants of this lagoon are just waiting to be discovered.


After disembarking the ship you will join your guide on a short walk to your departure location and board a 35 foot (10.5 meter) catamaran, where you will receive your equipment. Enjoy the 30 minute ride over to one of the lagoon's most prized snorkeling marine park destinations: Signal Island, Laregnere Islet or Master Island. The exact location will be chosen by your skipper depending on the conditions of the day.


You will have approximately one hour to discover the underwater world of New Caledonia Lagoon - listed Word Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. Take a glimpse of incredible sea life, corals and maybe even some sea turtles playing.


Please note: This tour involves a extensive amount of activity. Snorkel equipment provided; swimsuits should be worn under beach-type clothing.  Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel.  Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.kel if they have consumed alcohol.

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This tour gives a glimpse into the life of New Caledonia and how this island was affected by World War II. With prominent presence of both American and Australian Military forces World War II had a significant impact on Caledonia life.


After a brief transfer on board you air-conditioned coach, arrive at the WWII Museum for a hour-long guided visit. Fully renovated, this museum is host to a wide collection of relics and memorabilia from  from the WW II. After leaving the museum continue to Ouerno's canon lookout point. After a photo and refreshment stop, continue reboard the bus for a tour around the different neighborhoods and sites that still bear the names from the War:  the old army hospital still open,  Receiving Bay, and Orphanage Bay. Your final site will be the American memorial. After this return to the ship.

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Enjoy the charm of this small Island Nation while experiencing the sophisticated French influences that permeate New Caledonia.

This tour will allow you to explore the town of Noumea as well as some of the best artistic and culinary aspects of island. Your tour begins with a brief overview of the island as you travel to the Ouen Toro Look Out Point, overlooking the  visit the  island's lagoon and bays.  Continue the tour to the Pacific Art Gallery. The gallery is home to a large collection collection of unique  Melanesian and Oceanic art pieces. The gallery does have piece available for sale, but feel free to just view some of these unique pieces at your own pace. After leaving the Gallery, continue to the a French Wine Shop where you will be greeted by your qualified oenologist, who will present you four different high quality wines, paired with some French cheeses and delicacies.  

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for those who have limited mobility. Because this tour involves wine tasting, guests must be a minimum of 18 years of age to participate.

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The world's largest lagoon, second largest barrier reef, tropical waters and mineral rich hills - the only way to gain a true perspective of this amazingly diverse destination with its incredible views, is from the air.


This breathtakingly scenic flight whisks you over the harbour, the city centre, resort properties and the bays and beaches with their lacy fringe of reefs. From every angle the views are incredible, making it simply a must for both the dedicated and the holiday snap-shooter alike. Fly over Magenta, Ouen Island, then turn toward the beautiful Amedee Lighthouse Island and circle around it. Continue along the barrier reef to discover the shipwreck of Ever Prosperity which remains stuck on the reef. See Coral Palms Island Resort with its exotic over water bungalows. As you return to Noumea, the helicopter will fly over the port for a photo opportunity of your ship before landing and returning to the port.


Please note: This tour has limited availability and weight restrictions apply. Transportation to the helicopter launch pad is via air-conditioned private car. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, passengers dressed in outdoor gear and weighing 240 pounds (110 kilograms/17 stone) or more will be charged and additional (half fare or dollar amount) to reserve adequate space onboard the aircraft. Seating is based on weight distribution and is assigned at the pilot's discretion.  

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Lifou is a commune of France in the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Lifou is made up of two main islands - Lifou Island and Tiga Island- in additional to a number of uninhabited islets. Lifou Isand is the largest atoll in the world. The island is actually made of fossilized coral - known as a makatea. Lifou island does not have any surface water and it relies on a freshwater reservoir accessed by caves.

Lifou Island is best known for its vast atoll (the largest in the world). This ring-shaped coral reef affords some of the best snorkelling in the world. Popular activities on this island include scenic walks, relaxing days on the beach, swimming and snorkelling.

There are no organized tours being offered during this call to Lifou Island, guests may explore on their own.

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Spend the day exploring the nautral and cultural charms of the island of Efate. Begin with a short walk through the lush rainforest to Larofa Village where you will be greated by a traditional Melanesian warrior. Here a local guide will provide an informative commentary about the traditional customs and  way of life in these small villages.

Here you will be able to view the time-honoured art of fire walking and learn of the tradition, sacrifices and preparation men undertake prior to this ritual. Morning tea will be served here.


After this display, conitnue to a refreshing natural swimming hole at Eden on the River. For those that don't want to have a quick dip, you can wander around the luscious tropical gardens. Visit idyllic Secret Beach where you have approximatly 20 minutes to walk the beach, swim or simply take in the beauty of the pristine water that in before you.


Journey on, passing more contemporary villages and catch glimpses of modern village life. Pass by the remnants of the "American forces" involvement in Vanuatu during World War II before arriving at a rustic local restaurant for a freshly packed lunch. Following lunch, continue along picturesque Havana Harbour to the beach used during the filming of "Survivor Vanuatu". On the way back to Port Vila pass Klems Hill Lookout, which provides a superb view over Mele Bay, Hideaway Island and the township in the distance.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. This tour is not suiable for those who utalise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. The buses in Vanuatu are not air conditioned. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun.

Excursions

Spend the day frolicking with the fish from both above and below the water. Your tour begins by boarding a brand new, custom built glass-bottom boat. As you glide over stunning coral reef formations, schools of brilliantly coloured fish and sea-life move to and fro. When you reach the shores off of the boutique resort Island of Iririki Island, you will have the opportunity get in the water and snorkel. Here the aquamarine and sapphire water is home to stunning coral reefs and teams with fish and underwater life. If you don't feel like snorkeling you are more than welcome to feed the fish from the boat, you will soon have a very enthusiastic gathering of tropical fish. After this delightful tropical encounter, your glass-bottom boat will take you back to the port.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. It is not suitable for those with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. It is suggest you may wish to bring your own equipment Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel.  Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.

Excursions

Join a classic 60's motorised sailing yacht, bound for sheltered Pango Peninsula. You will pass Irririki and Ifira Islands before

arriving at Mele Bay, to drop anchor at a sheltered area in Dream Cove. Relax and daydream on the deck of the yacht or take the

dinghy ashore. Enjoy a swim and view the local marine life inhabiting the coral reef. There is also the chance to experience fish

feeding in this natural aquarium.


Tour Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Special Notes: Reef shoes are highly recommended and the beach can be rocky and full of coral especially at low tide.

All snorkel gear is supplied. The snorkelling is suitable for all levels of expertise, including beginners.

To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes,

clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water.

Blue Bottles are known to occasionally occur in the region during the summer months.

Dr. Herb Keyser

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