Embark in Benoa, Bali where you may want to decompress from your flight for a day or two. Head south on the Azamara Journey to Exmouth and then Perth, Australia, where you stay berthed for two days. Perth is a boating paradise where there are more than a dozen yacht clubs and – as the locals will tell you – more boats than people. While in port you can participate in the Aboriginal Experience and Aussie Wildlife shore excursion offered by Azamara, or several other shore excursions that you can book yourself on our Shore Excursions page on this website. You'll also be able toenjoy the local wines and seafood of the region at the complimentary AzAmazing Evening – A Taste of Western Australia.
As you cruise along the coast, it will be all about the wines with you having the chance to meet renowned Western Australia and Barossa Valley wine makers and order wines that aren't readily available in the United States. You can also interact and photograph the almost-tame native animals in game parks, and you might want to participate in a Dolphin Kayaking Adventure; and visit museums dedicated to learning about whalers and convicts, both of which helped shape Australia.
Then it's on to Melbourne and Sydney to experience Australian city life. Take a cruise or kayak down the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne for unique views of the city. Visit the the Opera House and The Rocks in Sydney. Maybe – if you’re up for it – go on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. There's also a Jewish Museum in Sydney where you'll learn that, like other Australians, many of the prominent Jewish families were descendants of prisoners jailed in London in the 19th century for crimes ranging from prostitution to theft.
The ship arrives in Sydney a day before you disembark, giving you two days to explore the city and surrounding area. Try to schedule a few extra days in Sydney, after you leave the ship, to visit the world-famous zoo. Be sure to get a photo of you cuddling with a koala or feeding a mob of kangaroos. My most exciting memory of several trips to Sydney was going on a Midnight Photo Safari in a 4x4 to take photos of kangaroos, wombats and (if you're lucky) a duckbilled platypus. Also, try some restaurants and bars. You'll find the locals open and friendly. You'll have bragging rights for doing a half-circumnavigation of the Australian continent on one of the best ships afloat.
The bad news is that we are so close to sailing that Azamara requires full payments on all reservations. The good news is that there are still some veranda and window-view staterooms available. Call us immediately if you would like to make a reservation. My wife and I are already booked, and we're looking forward to this cruise.
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Steve Frankel has been a paying passenger on about 50 high-end cruises covering more than 100,000 sea miles. He's also an avid travel photographer and author who has written eight books and hundreds of feature articles. He founded Cruises & Cameras Travel Services (C&C) 15 years ago, but in 2017 he transitioned it to an on-line travel agency.
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