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baer's Port Reviews of Sydney (Australia), Melbourne, Adelaide, Singapore
Diamond Princess cruise in February 2010
Member Name: baer
Cruise Date: February 2010
Embarkation: Sydney
Destination: Asia
Member Review: baer's Diamond Princess Review
Sydney (Australia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Sydney - we arrived at Central Station and took the free 555 bus to Circular Quay - from there it was a 5 minute walk to the Diamond Princess and it only took about 30 minutes to get on board. There was a lot of assistance for those who needed it and customs, immigration and security clearances were handled efficiently. We had a lovely stateroom (obstructed oceanview) - a low lifeboat in front of our window so we had a great view over it. I also enjoyed the open wardrobe by the bathroom and the colours were lovely - soft burnt orange and olive green. Toiletries included shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion. I forgot my shower cap and our room steward happily supplied one.

We sailed at 9 pm - what a glorious evening with the harbour bridge and the opera house lights blazing. The harbour was magic and most people that we spoke with thought that Sydney was the highlight of the trip for them. Most people spent a few days there and enjoyed every minute.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Melbourne - a fine day and express buses and trams (Metlink) available for a nominal cost into Melbourne city. From there you can take the free tram or free bus around the city. I pottered around and then took the tram to Bridge Road in Richmond and checked out the factory outlet stores. We then walked down Church st to Victoria St and took the 109 tram all the way back to the port. My husband walked along the shore for a few kilometers and you could even swim not far from the ship. We know Melbourne well and visit regularly - there is a lot to see and do if you want to sightsee.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Hobart - A free shuttle was supplied into the tourist information centre (a 10 minute walk away) where my Auntie did a 2 hour city tour. There were many options to choose from but also think about taking the local bus to the top of Mt Nelson. Take the 57, 58,156, 158. Great views even in slightly cloudy weather.

Adelaide - Free shuttle buses were supplied by the Rundle Street Mall into the city - the trip took 45-60 minutes. A brilliant day with everything in walking distance. There is also a free loop bus to get a feel for the city. We met up with friends and then walked around before we got the free shuttle back. The free shuttle was only supplied for ten cruise ships this season so we were one of the lucky ones. Volunteers were very helpful. The Arts Festival was beginning so there was a lot of street theatre.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Prior to Singapore we stopped in Fremantle(Perth) and took the train into the city. When they saw hundreds of us coming they just filled the train - no time to get a ticket. There are also free buses (CATS - Central Area Transport Service)around the city that gives you a wonderful sightseeing experience. You can get a ferry back to Fremantle from the Barrack Street Jetty which you can reach by the CAT. There is also a free CAT in Fremantle but do yourself a favour and walk around this trendy, historical seaside town. A great secondhand bookshop called 'Elizabeths' is worth a visit.

Singapore - a great way to ease in to Asia if you haven't been before. I love it - it has been so beautifully restored and it's a busy bustling city that has lush vegetation, parks and Malay, Chinese, Indian and British influences. Again a free shuttle was supplied, this time by the Orchard/Scotts Road shops (?DFS Galleria). We took the underground and went to Chinatown, then back to Orchard road for shopping and just wandering around enjoying the atmosphere. My Auntie and friends took a city tour (with Princess) which they enjoyed.

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