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B55's Port Reviews of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Melbourne, Sydney (Australia)
Celebrity Century cruise in January 2012
Member Name: B55
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Auckland
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: B55's Celebrity Century Review
Auckland
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Especially around the harbour area, a most enjoyable entertainment precinct and very picturesque.

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Wellington
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Interesting coastline on approach to Wellington, well worth being on deck to view. With very little flat land in Wellington, the city seems to be located in a bowl shaped area, with a great deal of hillside established as residential area. The Wellington Cable Tram Car is a must do and the return journey down to the port can be enjoyed via a well signposted walk through the Botanical Gardens. The gardens have an excellent Rose Garden, Hydrangea Grove, Begonia Conservatory and an attractive cafe.
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Dunedin
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
In a day ashore, it is difficult to gauge Dunedin's best assets. The university is a lovely space to walk around as are the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street is a long walk outside of the city centre. Best accessed by the excellent bus services from the city centre, at the Octagon.

For those who like to take a step back to a time gone by, I recommend a lunch at the Best Cafe. An old fashioned 50's-60's style FishCafe. An excellent well run place offering delicious and memorable fish and chips, and the odd steak if you want it. To really enjoy, you will need to "get" the decor.

The main port for Dunedin is Port Chalmers, some 20-25 minutes drive up the coast from Dunedin itself.

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Melbourne
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Melbourne has a lot to offer and much of it is extremely accessible via public transport. There is a tram stop at the end of the Pier, from there you can connect to other transport services. For trips further afield, organised shore excursions may be the better option.

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Sydney (Australia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
A beautiful port to sail into and out of. The Jewell in Australia's Crown. There is much to see and do in and around the CBD. If you prefer to travel further afield, a trip to the Hunter Valley is a most enjoyable day out.

The city ferries are an excellent way of travelling around Sydney Harbour and offers enjoyable sightseeing options, for instance Manley Beach or the Sydney Zoo.

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