Melbourne is the first stop, and the ship remains there overnight to give passengers a chance to truly see the city. The capital of Victoria is a city of culture and art, home to many different ethnicities and also a lot of enthusiastic sports fans! Visit the beach at St Kilda, or the heart of the city at Flinders Street and Southbank.
In Tasmania, the first port is Cole's Bay, a town on the east coast. It is the main point of entry to the scenic Freycinet National Park and a centre for outdoor activities. Next is the capital of Tasmania, Hobart. The history of Hobart is extensive and can be experienced through its beautiful old buildings, especially in the waterfront area. Finally, the ship calls in at Port Arthur, a former convict settlement. The open air museum here is a must-see, and the entire area is very rich in heritage.
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Vessel: Diamond Princess
Ports of Call: Sydney, Melbourne, Coles Bay, Hobart, Port Arthur
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 3rd December 2013- Wednesday 11 December 2013
Length of cruise: 8 nights
Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 3 Dec 20:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3-4: Melbourne, Thurs 5 Dec 08:00- Fri 6 Dec 13:00
Day 5: Coles Bay, Sat 7 Dec 13:00- 17:00
Day 6: Hobart, Sun 8 Dec 07:00- 23:59
Day 7: Port Arthur, Mon 9 Dec 07:00- 17:00
Day 8: At sea
Day 9: Sydney, arriving Wed 11 Dec 07:00
About the Diamond Princess
The Diamond Princess debuted as Princess's largest in 2004, and remains one of her best. There is always something to do, be it a dip in one of the 4 pools, live music in the lounges and bars, a flutter at the casino or one of many classes and organised activities. The International Dining Room provides traditional dining, or you can try out Personal Choice dining with reservations in one of 4 themed restaurants.
See here for great deals on the Tasmania cruise in December 2013!