Cruise Overview

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!

- 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
  • 14 nights
  • Sydney
  • CDT23330
  • Cruise and Stay

    Included in this Package

  • International flights from London
  • Private transfers
  • 4 night 4* hotel Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Essential Tour
  • Blue Mountains & Wildlife Tour
  • 8-night full board cruise

1 London Heathrow Airport / London

Fly overnight to Sydney arriving 2 days later

2 Transit /
3 Sydney, Australia

Private transfer on arrival to 4* hotel. Overnight, Sydney.

4 Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House Essential Tour. Overnight, Sydney

5 Sydney, Australia

Blue Mountains Wildlife Tour. Overnight, Sydney

6 Sydney, Australia

Day at leisure. Overnight, Sydney

7 Sydney

Private transfer to the port. Embark Explorer of the Seas, depart Sydney.

8 At Sea
9 Brisbane
10 Willis Islands - Qld
11 Airlie Beach - Qld
12 At Sea
13 At Sea
14 Sydney

Private transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to London

15 London Heathrow Airport / London

Arrive in London

* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.

What's Included

  • Attraction Ticket
  • Full Board Cruise & Taxes
  • Pre Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Private Transfers
  • Scheduled Flights

* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.

Explorer of the Seas

  • Large
  • 14
  • 3840
  • Resort
  • 310.9
  • 2014
  • Ocean
  • 22
  • 2000
  • En-US
  • 48
  • 137308
  • USD
  • 1185
  • 1557
  • 26

  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Conference Centre
  • Loyalty Ambassador Desk

  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • The Palace Theatre
  • Studio B & Ice Rink
  • RCTV
  • Sapphire Dining Room
  • Focus

  • The Palace Theatre
  • Schooner Bar
  • Giovanni's Table
  • Casino Royale
  • The Centrum
  • The Tavern
  • Art Gallery
  • Sapphire Dining Room

  • Observation Deck
  • Star Lounge
  • Connoisseur Club
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Royal Promenade & Shops
  • Ice Cream Parlour
  • Crown & Kettle Pub
  • R Bar
  • Shore Excursions
  • Guest Services
  • Sapphire Dining Rooms

  • Junior Balcony Suite
  • Superior Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Family Ocean View Staterooms
  • Large Ocean View Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Next Cruise

  • Junior Balcony Suite
  • Superior Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Family Ocean View Staterooms
  • Large Ocean View Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Library

  • Royal Family Suite with Balcony
  • Superior Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Family Ocean View Staterooms
  • Large Ocean View Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • RCI Online

  • Royal Family Suite with Balcony
  • Junior Suites with Balcony
  • Superior Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Family Ocean View Staterooms
  • Large Ocean View Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms with Virtual Balcony
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Concierge Club

  • Royal Family Suite with Balcony
  • Owners Suite with Balcony
  • Grand Suite with Balcony
  • Junior Suites with Balcony
  • Superior Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Interior Staterooms with Virtual Balcony
  • Interior Staterooms

  • Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre
  • Whirlpools
  • Swimming Pools
  • Solarium
  • Pool Bars
  • Sea Trek Dive Shop
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Chops Grille 
  • Windjammer Cafe

  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony
  • Family Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms
  • Larger Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms
  • Accessible Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms
  • Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms
  • Vitality at Sea Spa
  • Sky Bar
  • Running Track
  • Video Arcade
  • Optix Teen Disco
  • Adventure Ocean
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Outdoor Youth Area

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Sports Court
  • Explorer Dunes Golf Course
  • Flow Rider

  • Izumi 
  • Dizzy's
  • Viking Crown Lounge
  • Diamond Club

  • Skylight Chapel

  • Royal Suite: 1090 Square Feet, Balcony 215 Square Feet, Sleeps 4
  • Owner's Suite: 560 Square Feet, Balcony 90 Square Feet, Sleeps 4
  • Royal Family Suite: 560 Square Feet, Balcony 245 Square Feet, Sleeps 8
  • Grand Suite: 350 Square Feet, Balcony 100 Square Feet, Sleeps 4
  • Junior Suite: 265 Square Feet, Balcony 75 Square Feet, Sleeps 4

The most spacious and luxurious of all suites, these include extra touches such as private balconies and a personalised concierge service. 

  • Superior Balcony Stateroom: 180 Square Feet, Balcony 50 Square Feet, Sleeps 2
  • Deluxe Balcony Stateroom: 165 Square Feet, Balcony 50 Square Feet, Sleeps 2

Throw open the doors and let the ocean air invigorate you. Take in the view all the way to the horizon in a luxurious stateroom with a private balcony. 

  • Family Ocean View: 265 Square Feet, Sleeps 6
  • Panoramic Ocean View: 190-405 Square Feet, Sleeps 4
  • Large Ocean View 175 Square Feet, Sleeps 2
  • Ocean View: 160 Square Feet, Sleeps 2

Even after a day of activity there’s no need to lose your sea view – Outside Staterooms give you a panoramic window on the world. 

  • Interior Staterooms: 150 Square Feet, Sleep 2

Comfort and little luxuries are the order of the day in these cosy and affordable Interior Staterooms. 

This elegant 3 story restaurant is the perfect place for a special occasion, with a menu of fine dining and our trademark excellent service.

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.

Be transported to an Italian trattoria at this rustic venue, where the signature flavours of Tuscany and delicious fresh ingredients combine to make a truly special dining experience.

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.

This café on the Royal Promenade offers specialty coffees, snacks and pastries in the morning and sandwiches and cookies throughout the day and night.

The exciting Casino Royale offers, roulette, black jack, poker and slot machines, with lessons, games and tournaments for players of all abilities.

Located in the heart of the ship; 2 football pitches long and 4 decks high – the Royal Promenade is lined with boutiques, as well as 24-hour casual dining and drinking options.

Standing five decks high (from orchestra pit to domed ceiling), the impressive Palace Theatre showcases contemporary musical stage productions, West End style shows and stand up comedians.

Studio B is a multi-purpose complex housing a wide range of activities – from ice skating to cooking demonstrations and classes.

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.

Offering traditional ales and lagers within a great British pub atmosphere, this venue truly is a home from home.

The ship's pool bars make it easy to stay cool in the sun without having to stray too far from the deck chair. They offer a range of refreshing drinks and cocktails for passengers to enjoy.

This nautical themed bar is available on all Royal Caribbean ships. In the evening this is a popular place to be, with live piano playing and singing.

Passengers can grab a beer and catch all the big matches in the ship's Sports Bar. It's just like your favourite sports bar at home - only it's at sea!

Offering the best views at sea The Viking Crown Lounge is Royal Caribbean's signature bar. Located on the top deck, this glass lounge, offers unmissable panoramic great views.

Original art is displayed in the onboard art gallery as well as throughout the ship. To purchase something for your own collection, visit an onboard art auction.

Live music, dancing, and entertainment.

This dimly-lit lounge is perfect for sipping on a cognac.

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.

Peace, quiet, and your next great read – find it all at the well-stocked library, featuring a variety of genres, plus tables for cards and board games. Everything’s complimentary for your enjoyment.

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.

Special meals can be provided on all ships, when requested in advance, however not all requests are guaranteed. Requests must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to sailing.

A wide range of vegetarian and gluten free meals are available onboard as standard.

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.

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