The Capital of New South Wales is home to arguably the most beautiful port in the world. Once you get on board, you will be treated to 360 degree views of the Sydney CBD and harbour depending on where you are standing on the ship. From the historic neighbourhood of The Rocks, to the towering city skyscrapers or unparalleled views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge & Luna Park; departing Sydney makes for a memorable experience to kick off your cruise holiday.

There is plenty to do while in Sydney, so for first timers or lovers of travel, we recommend extending your holiday either before or after your cruise to take advantage of what this beautiful city has to offer – there really is something for everyone!


  • On the other side of the Harbour where the Serenade of the Seas will depart, lies a historic Australian landmark, and we aren’t talking about the Bridge! Luna Park first opened it’s doors in 1935 and is situated at Milson’s Point overlooking the Harbour and is a great destination for cruisers travelling with kids, or kids at heart where you can get your dose of attraction and sideshow games without having to travel too far from the ship. It is also beautiful by night for anyone staying a night before or after the cruise and great photo op of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

  • Calling all thrill seekers! To discover the best views of the harbour with 360 degree views of the Sydney Skyline, take the 1,332 steps with your Climb Leader as your guide as you ascend the arches of the Bridge and enjoy the iconic views of Sydney, situated in one of the most beautiful harbours on earth. Throughout your Climb, your Climb Leader will entertain you with stories about the history of the Bridge. From its construction, to its opening in 1932, right through to its place in day to day local celebrations.

  • The sweeping white-sand crescent of Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. It has probably featured on more postcards and more television shows and films than any other in Australia. Reliable waves draw surfers while, nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round. Trendy, health-conscious Sydneysiders head to laid-back cafes around Hall Street, while backpackers frequent the area’s casual pubs. Only 30 minutes from the Sydney CBD, it will make a beautiful day out for passengers looking to have a day in the sun before or after their cruise experience.

By Caitlin Manov

I am the Project Manager for Choose Your Cruise, and have been working for CYC since 2011! I have since had over 250 days at sea and love working in such a diverse work environment that combines music and travel. I also love to write, and you may even catch me around the ship interviewing some of your favourite acts on board. If you have a question you would like me to ask them, you can email me for the hard hitting questions!!
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