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About Newcastle (Australia)

Newcastle is New South Wales' second-largest city after Sydney and is becoming a regular fixture on several major cruise lines' itineraries. Set at the mouth of the Hunter River, a 162-kilometre drive north of Sydney, it offers the attractions of a big city while retaining the laidback ambience of a regional town.

Its history as a working port goes back to the early 19th century, when steamships carried coal to Sydney. And while today it is the largest coal exporting port in the world, Newcastle is also known as the gateway to the Hunter Valley vineyards and has plenty to offer in the way of cool bars, exciting restaurants, cultural activities and spectacular surf beaches.

The city was closely linked to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England -- where many of the coalminers migrated from in the late 1800s and nearby towns such as Morpeth, Jesmond, Wallsend and Gateshead are named after their English counterparts. Its convict past is evident in sites such as the Bogey Hole, an ocean rock pool that was hand-carved out of the cliff. For an insight into some of the city's historic buildings, the three-kilometre Newcastle East Heritage Walk takes in the Customs House, Convict Lumber Yard, Fort Scratchley, Christchurch Cathedral and various convict-era buildings. The Newcastle Museum is also well worth a visit.

Ever since the steelworks closed in 1999, Newcastle has been reinventing itself. Honeysuckle Wharf is now a lively promenade of waterfront bars and restaurants; Darby Street in Cooks Hill is becoming the hip and happening place for small galleries, cafes and curio shops; and wine bars and clubs are popping up in converted banks in the commercial district.

Not many ports in the world display a giant welcome sign for visiting vessels and none other than Newcastle marks their departure with a gun salute.


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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Newcastle, Brisbane ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Brisbane
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 7
      Townsville
    • Day 8
      Cairns
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Thursday Island
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Darwin
    • Day 13
      Darwin
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Komodo Island
    • Day 16
      Lombok
    • Day 17
      Bali
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    Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    Many perks included in cruise fare, including one-of-a-kind thermal suite and fine dining

    Cons

    People looking for traditional cruise activities -- casino, glitzy production shows -- will be disappointed

    Bottom Line

    A solid value on a cruise ship that focuses on exploration onboard and ashore

    Reviews

    Viking Orion Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    With its debut in 2018, Viking Orion became the fifth ship in Viking Ocean Cruises' rapidly gro...

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    TUCRUISE
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    A good cruise cut short
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    Mike1733
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Viking Ocean does not disappoint
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Darwin, Cairns ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Darwin
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cairns
    • Day 10
      Cairns
    • Day 11
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    linnibelle
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Perfect weather
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    packedcountdown
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    You can count on Celebrity for a wonderful cruise experience
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 92 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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    92 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Viking Ocean Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Sitka
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      Cruising
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      Valdez
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      Seward
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      Kodiak
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      Cruising
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      Dutch Harbor
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      Cruising
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      Petropavlovsk
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hokkaido
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      Hokkaido
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      Cruising
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      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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      Shimizu
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      Shimizu
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      Osaka
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      Hiroshima
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      Hiroshima
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      Beppu
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      Kagoshima
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      Nagasaki
    • Day 34
      Cruising
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      Taipei (Keelung)
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      Cruising
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      Hong Kong
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      Hong Kong
    • Day 39
      Hong Kong
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      Cruising
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      Hanoi
    • Day 42
      Hanoi
    • Day 43
      Hue
    • Day 44
      Cruising
    • Day 45
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 46
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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      Cruising
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      Sihanoukville
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      Sihanoukville
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      Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
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      Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
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      Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
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      Singapore
    • Day 58
      Cruising
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      Jakarta
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      Jakarta
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      Semarang
    • Day 62
      Surabaya
    • Day 63
      Bali
    • Day 64
      Bali
    • Day 65
      Lombok
    • Day 66
      Komodo Island
    • Day 67
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 68
      Darwin
    • Day 69
      Darwin
    • Day 70
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 71
      Thursday Island
    • Day 72
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 73
      Cairns
    • Day 74
      Townsville
    • Day 75
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 76
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 77
      Brisbane
    • Day 78
      Cruising
    • Day 79
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 80
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 81
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 82
      Cruising
    • Day 83
      Melbourne
    • Day 84
      Cruising
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      Hobart
    • Day 86
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Dunedin
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      Christchurch
    • Day 90
      Wellington
    • Day 91
      Napier
    • Day 92
      Tauranga
    • Day 93
      Auckland
    • Day 94
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

    Pros

    Many perks included in cruise fare, including one-of-a-kind thermal suite and fine dining

    Cons

    People looking for traditional cruise activities -- casino, glitzy production shows -- will be disappointed

    Bottom Line

    A solid value on a cruise ship that focuses on exploration onboard and ashore

    Reviews

    Viking Orion Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    With its debut in 2018, Viking Orion became the fifth ship in Viking Ocean Cruises' rapidly gro...

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    SabreSailor
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Really Disappointed
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    FREEZZA
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    ALASKA BY LAND AND VIKING CRUISE
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Newcastle, Airlie Beach ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    16 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 6
      Cairns
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Darwin
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Bali
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Port Hedland
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Geraldton
    • Day 17
      Perth (Fremantle)
    Ship Details

    Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues

    Cons

    Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

    Reviews

    Serenade of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-to...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Nikki 11
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Think twice before booking
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    ForeverCruisersJ&D
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Serenade of the Seas Part Two!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Melbourne
    Visiting:
    Sydney, Newcastle ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Melbourne
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 4
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 8
      Cairns
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Bali
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Singapore
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    thwolnik
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A relaxing cruise
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    RatherBeSailing
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Antarctica -- Must Do it!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Cairns ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    10 Night Cruise to Newcastle (Australia) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cairns
    • Day 7
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues

    Cons

    Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

    Reviews

    Serenade of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-to...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    ForeverCruisersJ&D
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Serenade of the Seas Part Two!
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    ForeverCruisersJ&D
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Serenade of the Seas: Outstanding Ship-Excellent Cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Newcastle (Australia)

    Leaving:
    Bali
    Visiting:
    Lombok, Komodo Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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