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5-NIGHT SAILING FROM SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE

Sand, surf, and sunshine in Sydney

This five-night sailing from Sydney to Tasmania introduces travelers to a different side of the island, which is famous for its rugged wilderness. In the capital of Hobart, you’ll wander the historic waterfront, check out one of the huge outdoor street markets, and visit Battery Point, a colonial-era neighborhood that’ll take you right back to the turn of the century.

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Climb Sydney's Harbour Bridge, hit the famous Bondi Beach, and explore The Rocks on a lively pub crawl — spending the night means you’ll see it all.

Quick trip to Tasmania

Explore Tasmania's stunning landscapes, meet its unique wildlife, and discover its rich history — all in one quick (and exclusively adult) getaway.

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The places you'll go

Gaze at the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, walk the historic Rocks district, or hit the trendy Bondi Beach.

With its unique culture and wildlife, Tasmania is a fascinating destination to visitors from afar, or just across the sea.

With funky cafes, Aussie Football, and world-class wineries, this is a city to indulge all your favorite interests.

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Leave from Sydney onboard a Hobart cruise and make the most of one of the most popular destinations on the planet. Cruise along the Derwent River, take an amazing sightseeing experience up Mount Wellington, or visit the world-famous Wineglass Bay and Bruny Island. Or perhaps food and wine is more your style. A great way to experience Hobart is in the restaurants, faces, wineries, and breweries that dominate the city. A Hobart cruise is also great for kids, with some of the best activities Mother Nature has to offer. And do it onboard the Carnival Splendor, with more than 45 activities the whole family will enjoy.

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A Sydney to Tasmania cruise is the perfect way to discover the rugged outdoors and fascinating history and culture of Australia’s island state. In Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, you can sip craft beers and excellent local wines, and visit artisanal markets to taste local cheeses, honey, and oysters.

Tasmania has tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal history and culture, and you can see some of the finest Aboriginal art at the city’s Art Mob gallery. Or venture to the countryside for cycling, hiking, and the chance to spot wild kangaroos and koalas. From short, four-night breaks to longer, nine-night voyages that also call at Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, or Eden, the perfect getaway is waiting for you.

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Wander along the historic waterfront of Tasmania’s capital, buzzing with restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Admire sweeping views from the Mount Wellington Lookout. Cruise the Derwent River to Betsey Island, where 15,000 pairs of little penguins nest, or see koalas and Tasmanian devils in the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. If you’re an art and wine enthusiast, head to the superb Museum of Old and New Art, located within the Moorilla Winery, to sample local vintages and admire art.

Eden lies on New South Wales’ wild, rugged Sapphire Coast, where craggy cliffs are backed by dense, jade-green vegetation. Nature is always close at hand, whether you embark on a bush walk and learn about Aboriginal culture in the vast Ben Boyd National Park, or take a guided walk around Twofold Bay with a professional photographer. Spend the day with an oyster farmer and taste the famous Sydney rock oysters, or hike in Bournda National Park in search of sea eagles, kangaroos, and wallabies.

Explore the fascinating neighborhoods of multicultural Melbourne, from cool, edgy Brunswick to upscale Brighton and Victorian Kew. Explore by tram, or head out into the Yarra Valley to sample the region’s finest wines. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, take a tour of the laneways to see dazzling street art, and sip a flat white in one of the city’s famous coffee shops. For magnificent scenery, drive along the Great Ocean Road to see the dramatic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles.

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Hobart, Australia

Tasmania's capital has much in common with Sydney. Founded but a few years later, Hobart also owes its origins to the establishment of a penal colony - and its natural setting is just as impressive. Seen from its fine deep-water harbor, Hobart spills over the lower reaches of the Derwent Valley as Mt. Wellington towers in the background. Much of the city's heritage is centered on the historic waterfront. North of the city stretches the vast parkland of the Queen's Domain. Many of Tasmania's other attractions are within easy reach of Hobart. With more than 90 National Trust buildings, Hobart, founded in 1804, combines colonial character with a sophisticated metropolitan lifestyle.

Points of Interest

  • Wildlife Parks (Bonorong Sanctuary)
  • Mount Field National Park & Russell Falls
  • Port Arthur
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  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
  • Mt. Nelson Signal Station

More about Hobart, Australia Points of Interest

This sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing Tasmania's injured and orphaned animals, including one of the largest kangaroo and wallaby free-ranging refuges, Tasmanian Devils, Koalas, Wombats, Wallabies and Golden Possums.

Settled in the early 1800s, this Georgian town has preserved much of its historic charm and is home to the oldest working bridge in Australia, as well as the oldest Roman Catholic church.

Discover an amazing diversity of plant life, from enormous tree ferns to alpine vegetation. Take a trail walk through the rainforests here and find some of the tallest trees in the world.

Once Australia's largest penal colony with upwards of 12,000 hardened British convicts that passed through its gates, now a tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Australia's second oldest botanical gardens (established in 1818) features the nation's widest collection of temperate climate plants, Chinese collections, a Japanese garden and a Fuchsia house.

This semaphore station, with panoramic views of Hobart and the Derwent Estuary, was established in the 19th century to relay messages, such as a prisoner escaping, as quickly as possible between Hobart and the Port Arthur Penal Settlement.

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Historic richmond & coal valley wines.

Discover Richmond, a beautifully preserved Georgian village. Sample the vintages at a premium Tasmanian winery.

Easy Activity

AUD$ 129.95

Port Arthur Historic Site

Guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, home to Australia's last penal settlement. Photo opportunity at Pirates Bay Lookout. Light lunch is included.

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

AUD$ 259.95

Huon Valley & Tahune Airwalk

Thrill to Tahune Forest Airwalk, 120 feet above the forest floor and the longest treetop walk in the world. Explore the Huon Valley, known as the hub of the apple industry. Includes morning tea.

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes snack

AUD$ 239.95

FEMALE FACTORY, City Highlights & a taste of Huon Valley

Historic locations of Salamanca, Battery Point and Hobart City. After the city we take a scenic drive along the coastline to pristine Long Beach and Sandy Bay. Then we head down south to the beautiful Huon Valley and Willie Smiths Apple Shed. On the way back we stop at Mt Nelson Signal Station for some history and amazing views. The tour concludes with a visit to the World Heritage listed FEMALE FACTORY.

Moderate Activity

AUD$ 229.95

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Mt. Field Park & Curringa Farm

Explore Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some of the natives, including the Tasmanian devil. Venture to Mt. Field National Park and see the world's tallest hardwood trees and spectacular Russell Falls. Visit a sheep station for a demonstration of sheep-ranching skills. Includes lunch.

AUD$ 359.95

Wildlife & Waterways

Explore Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some of the natives, including the Tasmanian devil. Venture to Mt. Field National Park and see the world's tallest hardwood trees and spectacular Russell Falls. Visit Meadowbank, a working sheep farm that also produces premium wines. Includes lunch.

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

AUD$ 399.95

Mt. Field National Park

Take a guided walk around the beautiful grounds of the oldest trout hatchery, Salmon Ponds, in the Southern Hemisphere followed by a visit to the Mt. Field National Park.

AUD$ 179.95

Tasman Island Wildlife Cruise

Travel to the Tasman Peninsula for an eco-adventure cruise along the coastline of Tasman National Park. Morning tea included.

AUD$ 299.95

Mt Wellington & Royal Botanic Gardens

Travel by motorcoach ride through the streets of Hobart and up to the summit of Mount Wellington for picture-perfect views. Admire the beautiful blooms at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

City and Anglesea Barracks

Travel by motorcoach through the streets of Hobart and up to the outlook on Mt. Nelson for panoramic views. Tour the Anglesea Barracks, the oldest army base in Australia, filled with a fascinating collection of military memorabilia and uniforms.

AUD$ 149.95

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some of the natives, including the Tasmanian devil. Take in panoramic vistas from Rosny Point Lookout.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary & Historic Richmond

Explore Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some of the natives, including the Tasmanian devil. Discover Richmond, a beautifully preserved Georgian village. Take in panoramic vistas from Rosny Point Lookout. Photograph St. John's Church, the oldest Roman Catholic church in Australia.

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

AUD$ 139.95

Tempting Taste Trail to Richmond

Indulge your taste buds and discover some of Tasmania's best local and gourmet delicacies, from fine wine, chocolate and cheese to oyster and abalone. A short drive introduces some of Hobart's top attractions.

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

AUD$ 249.95

Best of Bruny Island

Take in the incredible scenery of Bruny Island. Enjoy a tasting of some of the island's best produce along the way.

AUD$ 289.95

Hobart Sea Kayaking

See the sights of Hobart's vibrant waterfront from the seat of a sea kayak on a guided adventure.

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

Hobart Historic Walking Tour

Journey into Hobart's fascinating past on a guided walking tour that takes in the area's heritage sights.

Hobart Private Touring - Half Day (Car)

Car class vehicle with a driver and an English-speaking guide on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

AUD$ 1399.95

Hobart Private Touring - Full Day (Car)

Car class vehicle with a driver and an English-speaking guide on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

AUD$ 2699.95

Hobart Private Touring - Half Day (Minivan)

Minivan class vehicle with a driver and an English-speaking guide on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

AUD$ 1699.95

Hobart Private Touring - Full Day (Minivan)

Minivan class vehicle with a driver and an English-speaking guide on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

AUD$ 2999.95

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Looking for a great adventure Down Under? Get ready to transport yourself on an Australia and New Zealand cruise where you’ll experience jaw-dropping national parks, geothermal hot springs, and world-famous wildlife. If you have wanderlust, you’ll want to add these must-see locations to your bucket list. Here’s a sneak peek of the adventures that await you on a Holland America Line cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

A Journey of a Lifetime

When you see the world from your doorstep on a Holland America Line cruise, you’re embarking on an unforgettable journey. In Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in vibrant cities, soak up spectacular scenery and indulge in unique experiences through incredible shore excursions . Have you ever wanted to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region, like the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and even the word’s oldest tropical rainforest? How about feeding a kangaroo or visiting a Tasmanian sheep farm? Talk about unforgettable!

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Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes of Fiordland National Park; journey to Aboriginal caves in Rocky Cape National Park; and witness the sparkling sand dunes of Coorong National Park. Cruise New Zealand’s mesmerizing Milford Sound and see the world’s tallest flowering plants in Tasmania. Visit Magnetic Island National Park, home to wallabies, koalas, rainbow lorikeets and other species unique to the region. These treasured sites are as wondrous as they are diverse and dramatic in landscape.

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Stretching more than 1,400 miles in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. Here you’ll find the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, home to 400 types of coral and 1,500 types of fish. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most diverse natural environments. When you cruise to Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to view the reef from a fixed-wing aircraft or explore it by catamaran. Of course, one of the best ways to experience the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is by snorkeling alongside it.

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When you cruise with Holland America Line, you’ll be able to indulge in cuisine that goes beyond the plate. That’s because our destination dining tells the story of each region through its unique flavors. This includes our Global Fresh Fish Program , with 80 types of fresh fish being served across our thoughtfully crafted itineraries. That means you won’t just see the world from your doorstep when you cruise with us; you’ll taste it with fresh flavors, locally sourced ingredients and destination-inspired menus, like New Zealand green-lipped mussels and Tasmanian ocean trout. And if you want even more authentic tastes of the region, you can dive deeper into culinary experiences through immersive shore excursions, visiting places like the Tasmanian truffle farm or an Australian eucalyptus distillery.

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When Paul and Mary McGuirk booked their six-night cruise from Sydney to Tasmania , they were expecting to spend more than one day in the island state.

But two months after making their booking, the couple was told that due to a “port conflict” they would be spending just 26 hours on the ground in Hobart in March.

The McGuirks, who are based in Port Macquarie, booked the cruise in November and will be joined by relatives visiting from the UK. “We had the full intention of showing them a bit of Hobart,” Paul said.

“Some people love being on board but for those of us who wanted to spend a bit of time in Hobart it [the itinerary change] has been a crushing blow.”

The Celebrity Edge was originally advertised as sailing on 7 March to Hobart and Port Arthur before returning to Sydney. An itinerary change in 2022 cut Port Arthur from the route and added Eden in New South Wales before two full days and a night in Hobart.

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But the 2,900-passenger vessel will now leave NSW and spend just one night and day in Tasmania before heading back to Sydney, due to changes that Celebrity Cruises – which is owned by the Royal Caribbean Group – say are out of its control.

Passengers received an email in early January announcing the schedule had changed due to a port conflict in Hobart. The stay was cut to just 26 hours – although after Celebrity Cruises was contacted by Guardian Australia it was extended to 32 hours.

The McGuirks paid a $400 booking fee in November and the $2,580 balance in late December.

“If I’d booked when Port Arthur was [still] on the schedule I’d be even more annoyed,” Paul McGuirk said, adding he would take a refund “in an instant” if it was offered.

Deviations “in any way” from the advertised itinerary are covered in Celebrity Cruises’ booking terms and conditions. The McGuirks say they “don’t have any expectation of compensation”.

“You could sign up for a cruise to Tasmania and end up in Queensland – you have no power whatsoever,” Paul McGuirk said. “Once [the operator has] got your money you’ve got to go with the flow.”

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Changes to cruise itineraries are not uncommon. One Facebook user who lives in a coal mining town in Australia went on a cruise to the “tropics” only to “wake in the morning to open the cabin blinds to be staring at two large piles of coal and a loading terminal”.

In November, a P&O Pacific Adventure cruise departed Sydney for New Zealand but was turned away because it did not meet the country’s strict biohazard entry requirements. Passengers dubbed it a “ cruise to nowhere ” and were compensated.

The TasPorts chief executive officer, Anthony Donald, said the McGuirks’ cruise had been impacted by a change to “berthing parameters” at the Port of Hobart which resulted in a double booking. TasPorts’ shipping schedule now shows the Royal Princess arriving seven hours after the Celebrity Edge departs.

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The port change was made in September – more than three months before the cruise operator alerted customers to the latest itinerary variation.

A Celebrity Cruises spokesperson told the Guardian the change was out of its control and due to “extenuating circumstances”.

“Celebrity Cruises and TasPorts work closely together. After being advised by TasPorts of port congestion we altered our arrival plans and have shared this update with our booked guests,” the spokesperson said.

Dr David Beirman, an adjunct fellow in tourism at the University of Technology of Sydney, said port double bookings were rare but when they occurred larger companies tended to relegate smaller operators.

Gerard Brody, the chair of the Consumers Federation of Australia, said cruise passengers’ rights were linked to the terms and conditions of their tickets.

“Commonly, terms and conditions will not provide for great consumer rights, as they are written by the cruise provider [and] so will be in their interests,” he said.

But passengers are also covered by Australian consumer law, and if an itinerary change “is one-sided and not reasonably necessary to protect the cruise line’s legitimate interests then it may be unfair”.

NSW Fair Trading said that consumer guarantee provisions were unlikely to apply to cancellations or itinerary changes that were a direct result of government restrictions which “may impact the remedies available to consumers”.

Anthony Cordato, a travel lawyer, said any attempt by the McGuirks and fellow passengers to secure compensation would “not be easy”.

Cordato said case law suggested the obligation of cruise operators was to provide a “safe, relaxing and pleasurable cruise holiday substantially in accordance with the advertised and booked itinerary”.

In a case brought against Scenic Tours in 2020, traveller David Moore claimed he was owed a refund and damages after his luxury European river cruise became, in part, a coach tour because of heavy flooding. Moore argued that Scenic had failed to comply with consumer guarantees under Australian consumer law and sought damages for disappointment and distress arising from that failure.

The legal battle went all the way to the high court which ruled in Moore’s favour , finding he was entitled to compensation on the basis that the cruise experience did not match the service that was originally advertised.

But not all passengers mind extra days at sea, said Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles of the University of South Australia’s business unit.

“For many passengers, the cruise is the experience and shore visits are just an added bonus,” she said.

Itineraries could change as a result of bad weather or industrial actions at a port, Higgins-Desbiolles said. Climate change could make cruising less predictable as could growing community opposition in some countries.

Higgins-Desbiolles suggested customers always book travel insurance with health cover.

According to consumer group Choice, some travel insurance plans cover missed ports. The group warns that some cruise operators may not allow customers to board without travel insurance and that, even if a cruise will not be leaving Australian waters, passengers may still need travel insurance as shipboard medical expenses are not always covered by Medicare.

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