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  1. No one mentioned Dunedin, but it's a great port, try to visit the penguin/albatross sanctuary if you can. We have also done a sea kayaking excursion there which was also great. Not much in the town itself but great access to nature. Melbourne is just the opposite, truly fantastic city, you can have a great time walking around and exploring on your own if you research in advance, no need to take a tour.
  2. I am on the Shadow this January with a very similar itinerary so would love feedback from the OP or anyone else about "non bus tour" options they liked. My impulse is to book every "sailing/snorkelling" option I can find. Or hiking when they offer it. We definitely prefer to be active and outdoors and NOT sitting in a bus.
  3. We sailed on Discoverer in the Kimberley (Australia). The ship was somewhat cramped and tired. The expedition crew, and the port stops, on the other hand, were absolutely FANTASTIC. Hopefully they will keep this itinerary and team but on a more comfortable ship. I don't think the ship itself will be all that much missed. However they definitely do need a SMALL ship on an expedition such as this one; you cannot go ashore alone and the experience would be much less pleasing if not everyone got to go or people had to take turns getting out to the ports. Bigger is NOT better when you rely on having small groups with the guides and you spend your days on inflatables.
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