We arrived in Sydney on Oct 17 to acclimate ourselves to the time change. We stayed at the Bayswater Sydney in the Kings Cross area. What a find. Good rates and near the metro. Get a weekly pass from the Metro that is down the road from the hotel. It includes all trains, ferries, and buses in the city. $45 each and the best way to get around.
Our cruise left from the Overseas passenger terminal at Circle Quay, right across from the Sydney Opera House. What a sight! The Rocks area is right by the ship so when you check in at the cruise ship, you can get off and walk around. If it is Saturday you can enjoy the market right up the street.
We checked in about 11 a.m and there was some delay because of a computer problem. We had to stand outside for awhile and fill out our forms for the health questions, etc. Met a lot of nice people in line.
Great location. Mostly quiet. Great closet space. Bathroom great size. Comfortable bed, couch. Large Veranda.