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  1. we did the 3 Sounds in one day. we loved the scenery. at Milford Sound, the ship goes in and does a 180 degree turn giving you a good look of the area. for me, it was the best way to see the Sound as I would be car sick on the roads in/out of the area. we were lucky to be there on a sunny day and to see a pod of dolphins that live in the waters there. we were there in the month of February and it was cold on deck! we were prepared with our winter gear/jackets and scarves. this day was the highlight of our NZ cruise
  2. Will soon be on the Jewel. Does it have a themed party? When on the Jade, they had a White Hot party... Thanks for your advice.
  3. @ possum52, good point....some reviews do take a while to be posted.
  4. Thank you for your comprehensive review of your trip to Sydnay. I enjoyed reading your experiences. You certainly managed to see/do many things. It looks like you did lots of research before this trip. Good on you. Re Doyle's at Watsons Bay. Yes. go if you wish to say that you've been but it is just expensive fish and chips. Many years ago, a well known food critic gave it a pretty bad review. We usually encourage visitors to get their fish and chips at the take away kiosk nearby and eat in the park or go to the Watsons Bay Hotel.
  5. @ Bulldoglady , the cable car is in Wellington
  6. Yes, the walk to the Sydney Harbour Marriott should be quite easy. It's at this end of Pitt Street near Circular Quay. Re the Opera House tour....there are many tours run during the day. I'm sure that they'll find you a spot even if you took the chance and just turned up to get a tour on the spot.
  7. will look forward to your posts and impressions of the Norwegian Jewel as we will be sailing on her to NZ at end January 2019. bon voyage.
  8. please re read my earlier post and search for a physiotherapist who specialises in these types of vertigo problems.....they can help to re balance your inner ear
  9. it sounds like the cruise really affected your inner ear imbalance. there are physiotherapists who specialise in treating people with vertigo problems....not every general physiotherapist does. you might have to ring around and ask or check with your local hospital. i know that St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney has a vestibular clinic. where are you located?
  10. for Sydney, you should get an Opal card (it's free) and load some money on it. start with $20 and top up as you go (at convenience stores and newsagents). remember that only people with an Australian bank account can get a refund. the Opal card fares are cheaper than a single fare ticket from the machine. the daily cap is $15.80 and there is also a weekly cap. on Sunday, the fare is $2.70 all day on all forms of transport. some things to do, in addition to the extensive list provided by Globaliser.... the Pylon Lookout the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk for a full day, get to Circular Quay, take the ferry from Wharf 2 to Watson's Bay, have some fish and chips there (from the takeaway kiosk), catch the 380 bus to Bondi and then do the Bondi to Coogee walk
  11. This is exciting news! We were on the Regal Princess in 2017 (Baltic cruise) and the ship has a very good thermal suite in the spa area. We did not use it as our xruise was so port intensive.....but it will be tempting on a cruise with more sea days...better start saving....
  12. we did a day tour of the GOR many years ago.... and still remember it as a day well spent in terms of time, sightseeing locations and money we had allocated one day for the GOR and realised that if we did the driving ourselves, we would come back exhausted and would have to hire the car for two days (no night time returns available!). so, we git the bullet and paid for a tour. yes, it was a long day but it was great as someone else did the driving, we learnt many interesting things about each area we visited (which we would not have found out on our own unless we did lots of signboard reading), we did not feel rushed at our stops (surprisingly,we did not meet many other buses at these stops either) and the tour that we chose included morning tea/lunch and dinner we rarely take tours as we prefer to do the sightseeing ourselves but we're glad we took a GOR tour we were not lazy tourists.....just tourists who had limited time to do the GOR
  13. yes, there is a food market on at the Rocks on a Friday. it's on Argyle Street near the Museum of Contemporary Art. another place to eat (if in Circular Quay during the daytime) is the Gateway Food Court (right next to the McDonalds)
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