Escape to the Barossa Valley with its Bavarian villages, Italian chateaux, and stunning vineyards.
Being into wine, we had really looked forward to Adelaide. The ship was greeted with live folk music (the Gum Tree-O Band, whose CD we bought) and dancing information guides... There was a lot of trouble getting the gangway installed from the dock, but it was entertaining to watch from our veranda. The ship-arranged tour was very disappointing. Beyond transit time, we had perhaps 35 minutes for a rushed tasting and tour at the first huge winery, Richmond Grove, and about an hour at another huge related winery -- Jacob's Creek (whose wine is available in the US). Jacob's Creek had an interesting vineyard display of most grape varietals, which we could taste; something we hadn't seen side-by-side before. More time at the wineries would have made for a nicer experience, even if we weren't particularly impressed with the wines. (Note: ship friends who arranged private tours were very happy with their experiences at other wineries.) Not sure why we had a ridiculously long queue to reboard the ship, but wait and wait we did.
Provider: Celebrity Cruises