The best time we had off the ship was in Akaroa, NZ. We took a cab from the Antarctic museum in Christchurch to Akaroaan incredible road trip which we definitely recommend a real highlight of the trip. Once in Akaroa, we had an amazing time there but mostly because we spent the night OFF the ship in a little hostel called Onuku Farm Hoste they gave us a bed with a view of the stars, amazing home made food, and the best dolphin adventure experience ever. We were sad to have to board the ship again!
All in all, we LOVED New Zealand and Australia, will be back to visit there soon. Akaroa, Melbourne and Sydney were delightful. However, we will never travel with Celebrity/Royal Caribbean again. Save yourselves and avoid this cruise line...we were not the only ones to be extremely disappointed with our experience.