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Sail Date: February 2015
We did the ship Newcastle Hunter Valley tour. Ugh. The “host” Malcolm needs to just retire. He was just awful. His monotone voice, he has zero personality, and really had nothing to say about the wine valley. He would point out things ... Read More
We did the ship Newcastle Hunter Valley tour. Ugh. The “host” Malcolm needs to just retire. He was just awful. His monotone voice, he has zero personality, and really had nothing to say about the wine valley. He would point out things about this or that town we were driving through or where he lived from here or there. With a long drive, one would expect someone to tell us about the wineries we’d be visiting or something of interest based on the tour. Plus we had to make a detour, because the tour company didn’t give the driver, the Royal Caribbean bus decal so we drove ½ hour out of the way into a residential area to fetch this bus decal. Really? Hunter Valley is predominately white wines, so that was our mistake for not getting enough info on that. There were quite a lot of samples to taste and it was nice all tasting fees were included. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
I liked Newcastle. The Fort Scratchley canon fire was interesting. The foreshore of the city is great but the town is suffering economically with many vacant retail shops.
I liked Newcastle. The Fort Scratchley canon fire was interesting. The foreshore of the city is great but the town is suffering economically with many vacant retail shops. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
The port and city of Newcastle are very welcoming to cruise ship passengers. The city provides a free shuttle service to the CBD and the shopping mall from where you can explore Newcastle at leisure on foot. They also provide you with ... Read More
The port and city of Newcastle are very welcoming to cruise ship passengers. The city provides a free shuttle service to the CBD and the shopping mall from where you can explore Newcastle at leisure on foot. They also provide you with sufficient tourist information that you can find your way. There are many options to visit winery's either on your own or with the ship's tours. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Free shuttle from port to main part of city, walked around city & down to beach - went to lucky hotel for some American fare - very good & reasonably priced, volunteers that promote the city to cruising tourists do a good job
Free shuttle from port to main part of city, walked around city & down to beach - went to lucky hotel for some American fare - very good & reasonably priced, volunteers that promote the city to cruising tourists do a good job Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We did not do an excursion but took the free bus to town. We did not see much more than we did from the ship. Have been there before. It was nice as the townsfolk came out for our departure and there was a cannon salute. Cruise ships ... Read More
We did not do an excursion but took the free bus to town. We did not see much more than we did from the ship. Have been there before. It was nice as the townsfolk came out for our departure and there was a cannon salute. Cruise ships in there are abnormal. Everyone was happy to have us there. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
was raining very heavily so visited the Anglican Cathedral and walked around a bit - all good
was raining very heavily so visited the Anglican Cathedral and walked around a bit - all good Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Took shuttle bus around town. Beautiful beaches and lovely boardwalk.
Took shuttle bus around town. Beautiful beaches and lovely boardwalk. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Small town, nothing there of interest. Did the local hop on bus which was expensive and only 1 hr long. Waste of money. Disappointing visit.
Small town, nothing there of interest. Did the local hop on bus which was expensive and only 1 hr long. Waste of money. Disappointing visit. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Port is just average. We went to Coco Monde and had the best hot chocolate I've ever had. Something about Australia and hot chocolate--they know how to do it right.
Port is just average. We went to Coco Monde and had the best hot chocolate I've ever had. Something about Australia and hot chocolate--they know how to do it right. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Great town with lots of history if you take the time to visit Fort Scratchely. Anyone semi-physically fit will find the town and all points of interest walkable.
Great town with lots of history if you take the time to visit Fort Scratchely. Anyone semi-physically fit will find the town and all points of interest walkable. Read Less

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