Seabourn cruise Auckland to Sydney

Old Mar 25th, 2021, 07:44 AM
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Seabourn cruise Auckland to Sydney

We have scheduled a cruise with Seabourn which will originate in Auckland and end in Sydney. We board the ship on1/6/22 disembark on 1/22/22. Having never been to with Australia or New Zealand we are considering flying into Auckland a day early to get ourselves acclimated to the time change and see Auckland. On the end of the trip we are also considering staying in Sydney for a day or two. Could anyone suggest hotels on either end of the trip and must do or see things in each city? Appreciate any input.
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just a heads up - we use the dd/mm/yyyy date format in this part of the world. Probably easier if you use month names to avoid confusion.

I’ll just address the Australian part of your query.

Sydney certainly warrants a few days. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer visitors and locals. If you had a little extra time, you could include a trip to the Blue Mountains.

Hotels: Depends on 1) How many nights you decide to stay 2) Budget 3) Your preference for full service hotels or self catering apartment hotels.

Most short term visitors like to stay around Circular Quay. Understandably. iIt’s close to the glorious Sydney Harbour, Opera House, Bridge, and is a transport hub for ferries, trains, light rail and buses.

Accommodation close to Circular Quay includes, in no particular order:
Four Seasons,
Shangri La
Park Hyatt,
Sir Stamford
The Russell
Pier One Sydney Harbour - Marriott BonVoy ( western side of Circular Quay, past the Park Hyatt)

Apartment Hotels;
Pullman Grand
Quay West

There are others, but this will give you a start.

Of course, there is no guarantee that we will be allowing any visitors, let alone cruise ships, into Australia by next January - but that’s not something either of us can control.

You will need a Visa to visit Australia.

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we could spend all day listing , but don’t know your interests etc.,

One thing not to miss: Ferry trip to Manly. Or to Watsons Bay.

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Since this will be your first visit to this part of the world, I'd allow as much time as possible in both Auckland and Sydney. The cruise terminals in both cities are almost in the heart of the city, both have good hotels within walking distance. From Auckland, you could easily do a tour to the Bay of Islands, or fly to Queenstown in the south island for an extra few days. There is so much to see and do in Sydney - great art galleries and museums, the bridge, the opera house, the Rocks area. You could get the train to the Blue Mountains and then use the hop-on-hop-off to see around.
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It is currently very unlikely that this cruise will actually happen given covid-19 and New Zealand and Australian regulations (amongst the most stringent in the world) - do not commit to anything, including the cruise, that is not fully refundable. Should it prove possible - you have been given great advice above.
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Sydney- we enjoyed staying at the Intercontinental with views of the harbor and the Opera House. Later in the same trip, stayed at Park Hyatt but the train noise overhead bothered us.
try to give Sydney a few more days.
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We are on a Crystal cruise having January 6, 2022. I am told there are no open ports until late December in NZ or Australia---are we taking a chance in January of having ports still closed, or closing while sailing?
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No one really knows for sure but I'd say yes, there is a chance ports may be closed and also could close once you are sailing. I don't know where you are from, and you may know this, but in Australia we are not allowed to travel overseas at present unless we get a special exemption. Borders are essentially closed. Even Australians living overseas who want to come home are having difficulty as incoming flights and passenger numbers have been reduced due to hotel quarantine.

The vaccine rollout has started here but is not going particularly smoothly (federal and state governments bickering like children over vaccine supply does not help). We were told all Australians would be vaccinated by October 2021 but that seems highly unlikely. So a cruise in January 2022 could be OK but it's risky. I would only book if you can get a refund on everything if necessary.
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