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Australia on Top--Capt. Cook Explorer

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A May 2003 trip to Australia by samepenny

Captain Cooks Explorer Photo, Australia, South Pacific More Photos
Quote: My plan (and it worked) was to use this weekend cruise to get over jetlag. Fantastic hospitality and fun. Very good food. Scenery incredible. Highly recommended.
Captain Cook's Explorer Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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The food and service exceeded my expectations. The value of our meals was about the price we paid for the cruise. Salads were lovely, fresh, and had interesting ingredients. Meats and seafoods were very fresh and high quality. Desserts very, very good. The wines on offer (extra charge) were a very nice selection of Australian wines.


Our cruise price included all meals. We had two dinners, two breakfasts, and two lunches. Also a large tea on Saturday afternoon.


The views from the dining room . . . outstanding. The company wonderful. The tables were set with white tableclothes and nice silverware. A more formal service than I had expected, but enjoyed in any case!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2003

The Rocks District Saturday Markets

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Rocks Market Day Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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On Saturday afternoon, the Captain Cook let us disembark under the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a very short walk to the Rocks District Saturday markets. Just about anything from furniture to nuts on sale. Wonderful photo oportunities. Easy walking for a couple of hours and then a 15 minute walk over to the Sydney Opera House Man of War steps to meet our tender to go back to the ship. For us, the markets were more scenic than shopping, as we were at the point of our trip where the thought of adding anything to our luggage was a grim one! We eventually spent half an hour using the internet in a small gocery store. The Rocks District is a fascinating area. It is worth the time just to have ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2003

Gap

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Attraction | "The Gap"

Gap Photo, Sydney, Australia
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There are several ways to get out to Watson's Bay. You can take a ferry, drive, take the Bondi Explorer (Blue Bus), or, as I did, take a weekend cruise on Captain Cook's Explorer ship. We arrived there on a very rainy and chilly Saturday morning via tender off the ship. A steep climb up the ferry dock and a few minutes wait for a break in the rain and we were off to climp up to the Gap. Long famous as a place of suicides, especially during hard economic times, the Gap is actually on the outer range of hills that separate Sydney Harbour from the vast southern ocean. Fierce tides and nasty currents make this a very dangerous, but extremely beautiful area. A few minutes more very fast walk and you can be...Read More

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Gap
Watsons Bay
Sydney, Australia
The Rocks Visitors C

Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour Photo, Sydney, Australia
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A segment of the vast Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour was the location of the beginning and end of our cruise on the Captain Cook's Explorer. King's Wharf is a mystery to most taxi drivers. This location is not at all far the the Sydney Aquarium and Pymont Bridge. If all else fails, you can walk from the Aquarium Darling Harbour is being heavily developed for apartments, shopping and high class hotels. Our 6pm department in the fall of the year meant that we missed the sunset, but had the thrill of going to and fro the Harbour Bridge during the early evening. Our anchorage for the night was Farm Cove, just think of it as the other side of the Sydney Opera House from the Circular Quay. Our retu...Read More

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Darling Harbour
King Street Wharf
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9240 8500

Sydney Aquarium

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Sydney Aquarium Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney is about the sea and sea life. The favorite restaurant food is seafood, but here at the Aquarium you get to see, learn about and appreciate some of what you have been munching on. Masses of school tours kept the volume level up to nearly painful for adults as the children expressed their glee and interests in the live exhibits. Always busy, this is a great way to spend a couple hours. On the Sydney Explorer bus route (red bus) and the monorail station is not far away. A bit too far to walk from Circular Quay, but the ferries and various commercial boats will take you to the Aquarium. The gift shop features nearly all items of interest to children. Only a few T-shirts in adult sizes. Ideal grand...Read More

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Sydney Aquarium
Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 8251-7800