Home to the iconic sail like Opera House and the arcing steel Sydney Bridge the skyline of the city is easily recognisable both from the land and the sea. The Harbourside is home to a cacophony of boutiques, cafes and intimate dining venues. The esteemed Royal Botanical gardens and the Sydney Tower’s Skywalk with 360-degree city views are also a key attraction. Head out of the city to the nearby Blue Mountains region which showcases Australia’s biodiversity. The area is home to deep ravines overlooking forested valley’s and tumbling waterfalls. Board your cruise to glide up the Queensland coast calling in at quintessential seaside towns.
Blue Mountains & Wildlife Tour
Discover the Blue Mountains region, host to endless mountain views and showcases Australia's unique and beautiful flora and fauna. Get your photo taken with a Koala at the Featherdale Wildlife Park and don’t forget Scenic World where you can ride the steepest railway in the world!
Highlights - Action-packed day full of nature, sights and exploration - Admire the various landmarks and iconic places - Get up close to Australia’s native animals in a fantastic wildlife park
Join us for this action-packed tour exploring the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains and then a pleasant trip to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Crisp, clean, fresh mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest carpeting the valley floor. Waterfalls, sleepy hamlets and the rich warm smell of the Australian bush make this a very special place for every visitor.
Cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the spectacular views. Climb into the mountains via the sleepy hamlets of Blaxland, Leura, Wentworth Falls and Lawson whilst feeling like a true adventurer and embracing the natural world around you. See the iconic Katoomba, the regional capital of the Blue Mountains and enjoy breathtaking scenery and sights over the Jamison Valley. Discover the quaint mountain village of Leura where you’ll have plenty of free time to wander the streets.
Next we’ll visit Scenic World where you will have the opportunity ride all the unique attractions (not included.) You can ride the steepest incline Railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley below. Or gently ascend on the Cableway, exposing you to panoramic views and ride on the Skyway which glides between the clifftops 270 meters above ancient ravines and the rainforest canopy. Walk on the valley floor boardwalk under a canopy of tall tree ferns. This is such a fun yet educational park, truly worth checking out.
Sydney Opera House Tour (Essential)
The Sydney Opera House is a miracle of architecture and engineering, a work of art that came into existence against impossible odds, to then become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.
Working with rich, new audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building itself, your guide will take you on an emotional journey that rivals any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged at the Sydney Opera House each year, to audiences of around 1.5 million people.
With 3 tours to choose from you will be spoilt for choice:
The Essential Tour takes you through the history and architecture. See what goes on inside Australia’s most famous building and get a brief overview of the Australian performing arts scene.
Koalas & Coastal Queensland
Royal Caribbean International
Explorer of the Seas
Australia & New Zealand
26 January 2019
Cruise and Stay
Included in this Package
International flights from London
4 night 4* hotel Sydney
Sydney Opera House Essential Tour
Blue Mountains & Wildlife Tour
8-night full board cruise
London Heathrow Airport / London
Fly overnight to Sydney arriving 2 days later
Private transfer on arrival to 4* hotel. Overnight, Sydney.
Sydney Opera House Essential Tour. Overnight, Sydney
Blue Mountains Wildlife Tour. Overnight, Sydney
Day at leisure. Overnight, Sydney
Private transfer to the port. Embark Explorer of the Seas, depart Sydney.
Willis Islands - Qld
Airlie Beach - Qld
Private transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to London
1950s style diner, offering fast, friendly service. A traditional burger joint serving a range of hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and sodas, indoor and outdoor seating is available, with jukeboxes adding to the ambiance.
Self-service buffet breakfasts and lunches, with restaurant service during the evenings. Casual atmosphere combined with a changing evening menu makes Windjammer one of the more popular eateries onboard.
The traditional japanese dishes at Izumi will impress you with their pure, delicate flavours, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Diners can choose from popular sushi rolls, sashimi, Hot Rock (Ishiyaki) Plates, sukiyaki and more.
Royal Caribbean’s popular signature steakhouse, featuring grade-A premium cuts of steak cooked to your specifications, plus fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and signature desserts in an upscale, contemporary setting.
The Champagne Bar is elegant, sophisticated and most importantly stocks some of the finest champagnes at sea. This venue is great for a special occasion, a pre dinner drink or just to celebrate that you are on holiday. Accompanying drinks will be an assortment of canapés.
Experience a 1960s vibe at the all-new R Bar, featuring iconic furnishings and classic cocktails — gimlet, martini, gin, whiskeys and more — all served by the ship’s resident mixologist. And be sure to try the drink specials, specially created to complement the Centrum’s nightly theme and aerial performance.
Guests staying in Grand Suite-level rooms and higher, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members enjoy access to this lounge serving complimentary continental breakfast and evening drinks.
Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - poolside, under the stars. A screen hoisted above the main pool area will showcase all the larger-than-life action.
Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members enjoy access to this lounge, created to serve these loyal guests with concierge access, complimentary continental breakfast, and evening drinks.
Wheelchair accessible staterooms are available on request. These can include electric entrance doors and accessible shower facilities. Priority and assisted boarding is also available on request.
The ship has ramps and lifts on most decks, and hoists are available on request at certain pools and jacuzzis. Please note that passengers must provide their own wheelchairs/scooters or hire from an outside vendor.
There are three distinct types of evening on board: casual, smart casual and formal. Suggested guidelines for these nights are: Casual: Polo shirts and trousers for men, sundresses or trousers for women.
Smart Casual: Jacket and shirt for men, dresses or trouser suits for women.
Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses or trouser suits for women.
There are however certain restaurants onboard which maintain a casual dress code throughout the cruise. On a typical 14 night cruise, 8 nights will be casual, 3 nights will be smart casual and 3 nights will be formal, however this depends upon individual cruise itineraries.
For sailings that depart from a port in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia, the minimum age for purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. , For any sailing which commences outside of the above stated areas, the minimum drinking age is 21. Therefore any ships departing from or calling at a port in North America the minimum drinking age will be 21.
Passengers who wish to use the spa, casino and adult nightclub must be 18 years or over. Those wishing to use the solarium and whirlpools must be 16 years or over. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult when attending the theatre.
The following drinks packages are available onboard:
Select Drinks Package - from $40 per person per day (approx £25)- Includes: Beer (a selection of bottle, can and draught), wine by the glass (up to $8 value), fountain soft drinks with souvenir cup and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Premium Drinks Package - from $55 per person per day (approx £35) - Includes: All house spirits with mixer and premium cocktails, beers (a selection of bottle, can and draft), premium wine by the glass (up to $12 value), frozen & non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda with souvenir cup, still bottled water (500ml).
Ultimate Drinks Package - from $65 per person per day (approx £40) - Virtually unlimited options. A combination of all the benefits from the Premium and Royal Replenish Packages.
Wine & Dine Package - from $99 per person (approx £60) - Wine enthusiasts can save up to 25% on standard list prices with a multi-bottle Wine Package. Choose from a renowned selection and enjoy your wine in the Main Dining Room, speciality restaurants or the Windjammer Café.
Evian Water Package - from $28.45 per person per day (approx £18.70). Stay perfectly refreshed with Evian 1 litre bottled water, available in quantities of 8, 12, 16 and 24 and delivered conveniently to staterooms, with savings up to 35% on individual bottles.
Juice Package - from $20.15 per person per day (approx £13.20) - Minute Maid bottled juice packages delivered to your stateroom. Theyre available in a variety of flavours and quantities (6, 8 and 12 bottles) for savings of up to 25% on individual bottles.
Please note: 15% gratuity is included in all package prices.