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Australia/New Zealand cruise

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Australia/New Zealand cruise

We will be on Celebrity Solstice in March 2014. So many shore excursions to choose from. Any suggestions on what is best option. Looking for something half day (no more than 5 hours). We would like to explore downtown city on our own in afternoon.

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1. Re: Australia/New Zealand cruise

Lin

if you go to the Cruises Forum, to the right of your screen you'll find "Top Questions about Cruising". Scroll down and you'll find a couple of threads that are relevant to Australia / NZ cruising, ports of call, "things I wish I had known etc".

A few cruisers have posted about their cruises and what they've done in each port.

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowForum-g1-i10703-Cruis…

It would also be helpful for you to list your ports of call as cruise lines do vary their itineraries. Finally, you could look at the relevant NZ forums too and ask specific questions there.

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If you click on the "Cruises" forum, you will be directed to "Cruise Critic" which is the ultimate website for anything to do with cruises.

If you would like suggestions from those of us on TA, it would really help if you provided links to the shore excursions that you are considering for each port. That way we can see what they are offiering and if it's worthwhile or a waste of your time and/or money.

Remember that you can do a lot of self-touring in Australia/NZ as well as arranging for tours with private companies. The Ports-of-Call Forum on Cruise Critic is a good source of information about private tour companies. In my cruising experience, I have found that private companies generally offer better tours at a cheaper price than those offered by the cruise line.

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Thanks. The cruise begins in Sydney and my ports of call are Melbourne, Australia and Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand. There are so many excursions that are offered by Celebrity. I am just wondering what people think are the best things to do in each port and if there is other good alternatives to the cruise excursions.

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Hi,

If you go too the forum for each port you will see at the top of the page a "Things to do Tab" click and have a look and see what suits your interests, "bucket list" and time frame.

Generally cruises are about the ship and the experience with port tours simply add ons. To experience Oz and New Zealand you need to be on the ground for a few weeks as the "best bits" aren't the ports, other than Sydney.

The other thing you need to be aware of is if you are on a tour organised by the cruise line and something happens (traffic accident, weather event, mechanical misadventure etc) to delay your return to the ship, the ship will wait for your group or organise for you to catch up at the next port of call. If you have a "go bad" on a privately organised tour you are well and truely on your own.

Cheers,

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Lin

thanks for posting the ports -

Because I have no idea about what your interests are, if you have a look at the link I posted before and go to the CC site you will find a lot of alternatives.

For Melbourne, a tram into the city and then catch the free city tram or the free shuttle bus will give you an overview, however Melbourne is known for its parks, Arcades, coffee and shopping. Please ask the Melbourne forum as to what is the best ticket / transport option for you from the dock - tripadvisor.com.au/ShowForum-g255100-i278-Me…

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"There are so many excursions that are offered by Celebrity. I am just wondering what people think are the best things to do in each port and if there is other good alternatives to the cruise excursions."

Whilst people are more than happy to help you out, you need to help us so we can help you. Here's a couple of things that will get you the answers you are looking for:

1) We have no idea whatsoever what the excursions are that are being offered so we cannot make any suggestions about whether there are better alternatives. For this reason you are better off posting in the cruise section as has already been advised.

2) Even if you still want ideas of what you can do in a short period of time during a stop, you have provided no information for us to give you ideas. Are you old or young? Are you mobile or do you need walking assistance? Are you coming with kids? If you choose to do your own thing will the cruise arrange transportation for you to get into the Melbourne CBD or do you have to arrange your own? What are your interests? For example, there is no point me recommending you visit the Casino if you are here with children or an art gallery if you don't like art.

A post that is going to get you more answers would be along the lines of:

"My cruise is stopping in Melbourne for 8 hours and there are two excursions being offered. The first one goes to places 1, 2, and 3. The second one goes to places 4, 5 and 6. My wife and I would really like to see X, Y and Z and will need to make my own way there and back. What do you suggest?"

3) Given that you are stopping in a number of different places, if you don't want to limit yourself to the cruise forum, you should post in the forum relevant to your stops or at least on the NZ forum.

I hope this makes sense and if you have any more questions that the cruise forum can't answer, please be sure to post them

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