Southern Australia Sojourn: 12 nights in January 2013

This cruise on the lovely Crystal Symphony begins in Melbourne and disembarkation takes place in Brisbane. It takes in 5 of Australia's bigger cities, and spends several days in each one to allow time to appreciate each one.

After the laid-back and cultured Melbourne, the first port of call is Adelaide. The capital of South Australia, it is known for the surrounding wine country and the excellent city planning which makes Adelaide's central area easy to navigate.  A great city to walk on foot! Next is Hobart, Tasmania's metropolis. Hobart is full of history, founded in 1804 as a penal colony and now a friendly city, port, capital and centre of antarctic operations. Visit the extensive Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or the museums and art galleries. Because the cruise allows 2 days in all cities, there is plenty of time for exploration and/or shore tours.

Adelaide River
by JAK SIE MASZ Flickr Creative Commons

Sydney comes after Hobart, and needs little introduction. A busy, vibrant world city with lots going on, it is Australia's biggest urban centre and packed with things to do. Bondi is one of the city's famous beaches along with Manly on the northern side of the harbour. The ship docks in Darling Harbour where you can easily access the central city which includes the iconic Opera House and bridge along with fabulous eating and shopping.

After 2 days in Sydney, the ship moves on to Brisbane, the final destination. There is one day and night onboard here before disembarkation, so plenty of time to look around before packing your bags! Brisbane is coming in to its own as a city, and is no longer the country cousin to Sydney. It is however very laid-back, so enjoy the slower pace! Wander the river banks and shop or eat in the great Queen Street Mall.

Crystal Symphony
by Trondheim Havn Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Crystal Cruises
Vessel: Crystal Symphony
Ports of Call: Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane.
Sailing Dates: Saturday 5th January 2013- Thurs 17th January 2013.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of Cruise: 12 nights

Day 1: Melbourne, embark Sat 5 Jan 16:00
Day 2: Melbourne, depart Sun 6 Jan 06:00
Day 3: Adelaide, arriving Mon 7 Jan 08:00
Day 4: Adelaide, departing Tues 8 Jan 17:00
Day 5: At sea
Day 6: Hobart, arriving Thurs 10 Jan 13:00
Day 7: Hobart, departing Fri 11 Jan 17:00
Day 8: At sea
Day 9: Sydney, arriving Sun 13 Jan 08:00
Day 10: Sydney, departing Mon 14 Jan 17:00
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Brisbane, arriving Wed 16 Jan 08:00
Day 13: Brisbane, disembarking Thurs 17 Jan 08:00

About the Crystal Symphony

Crystal's hallmarks are their exemplary service, great quality and abundance of choice.  The Crystal Symphony's cabins and suites are luxurious and comfortable, andthe dining top-notch. The Lido Cafe is the buffet option, whilst full a-la-carte dining happens in The restaurant, and is varied and delicious, and the service is impeccable as always. Other dining venues include the Trident Bar and Grill and The Bistro, and there are several specialty restaurants of varying cuisines with a small cover charge. On sea days, passengers can enjoy a great poolside buffet. To fill the time, you can try the enrichment offerings of Crystal's Creative Learning Institute, relax in the beautiful spa, swim in the pool, work out or join in on the many organised activities such as bingo, scrabble and trivia. For the evenings, Luxe is the ship's nightclub, and she has several other bars and a theatre, the Galaxy Lounge.

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