We love to cruise with Norwegian because of the relaxed, casual approach the line takes for dining except for the nice restaurants on board. This cruise was our first visit to Australia and it fit nicely into our plans to make the most of ... Read More
We love to cruise with Norwegian because of the relaxed, casual approach the line takes for dining except for the nice restaurants on board. This cruise was our first visit to Australia and it fit nicely into our plans to make the most of our travel with an after cruise flight over to Auckland, New Zealand and a second cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia and Fiji.
Check-in was quick and efficient. We arrived at the Overseas Passenger Terminal via Uber from the Sydney Airport at 1130am. We curb-checked our bags with the ship's porters and proceeded without delay through security and check-in then boarded.
Cabin 5104 was a great choice. We were delighted to find that debarkation/embarkation at the docking ports of Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, and Burnie was from deck 5; we were just 10 cabins away from the queuing area. The cabin was comfortable but being located below the food preparation area of the Azura Dining Room, we could hear some heavy rolling noise between 9pm and 1130pm.
We found service and food excellent in both Dining Rooms, the Great Outdoors, Lotus Garden, O'Sheehan's, Cagney's, Moderno, and Le Bistro. We also enjoyed the taste and convenience of the burgers and hotdogs at TopSider's Grill.
We enjoyed the ship's casino that offered live Texas hold'em, blackjack, and slots tournaments, a craps table, roulette, several card tables including blackjack and 3-card poker, a good variety of video poker, reel slots, and fun animated video games such as Chamillion, Lucky Lava, and Captain Payback.
Melbourne - In the cruise terminal we each paid $15 A for full fare myki explorer passes and rode the bus from the ship at Port Melbourne to the Arts Centre then walked the bridge over the Yarra River to the Young & Jackson pub to see "Chloe" and enjoy the ales. We rode around the CBD on the free tram then visited the shops. Later, we took a tram to St. Kilda to see the fairy penguins after sunset and rode the tram back to Port Melbourne at the cruise port entrance.
Adelaide - At the Outer Harbor train station we paid $10 A for an Adelaide Cruise Ship Metrocard to ride the train into and out of the Adelaide Railway Station in the CBD. We initially planned to ride a train out to Islington Station to tour the Coopers Brewery but hired an Uber instead to the Cleland Wildlife Park and enjoyed a great time and walk among the kangaroos and saw koalas, dingoes, birds, reptiles, and a Tasmanian Devil.
Kangaroo Island - We took the ship's tender to Penneshaw and watched the dolphins playing near the pier then walked on beautiful Hog Bay beach next to the Penneshaw pier. The weather turned to rain so after shopping in the pier gift shop we returned to the ship.
Hobart - We walked from the Cruise Ship Terminal pier to enjoy the food and sights at the market at Salamanca Place. Don't waste your money like we did at the Hobart Beerfest; we each paid $35 A admission for a 225ml plastic glass, a 45 minute comedy show, and the right to pay upwards from $2 A for each sample of beer at the vendor stalls. We arrived as they opened and left after 2 hours before any live music played so we could eat aboard the cruise ship instead of paying for food at the Beerfest.
Burnie - We arrived on a Sunday and decided to stay aboard ship since it was rainy and the lines were long for the few buses through the industrial port to downtown shopping.
Eden - We stayed aboard ship because the rain and wind made the ship's tenders a rough ride to the town pier. Read Less