Eighteen new shore excursions have been added to the range offered by Royal Caribbean on its voyages around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in an effort to expand the line’s selection of shore tours and encourage guests to better explore ports-of-call.
Much of the selection is exclusive to Royal Caribbean, with new options added in Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, Fiji and New Zealand. The new offerings include:
Port Hedland – Historical Town Tour.
Long before mining took hold, Port Hedland is teeming with history. Guests can explore the street art, local arts and crafts and visit Koombana Lookout to see where bulk carriers enter and exit the harbour. The tour also visits the Don Rhodes Open-Air Mining Museum.
Port Hedland – Pretty Pool Discovery with Tea.
This tour offers a look into the natural flora and fauna of the region and the role it plays in maintaining the local ecosystem, particularly when it comes to annual turtle breeding cycles. A visit to Pretty Pool Provedore concludes the tour with refreshments and afternoon tea.
Port Hedland – FIFO Mining Experience.
Passengers can get a taste of what life is like on the mines with an adventure into the iron ore industry. Donning high-visibility gear, guests visit Gateway Village for a safety briefing and tour, as well as seeing worker accommodations. The tour also includes a stop at Redbank Bridge to see some of the world’s longest iron ore trains transporting goods.
Cairns – Tropical jet boating.
Hop onboard a jet boat driven by a skilled pilot for an adventure into the Trinity Inlet. Plenty of spray will get your hair wet as the natural highlights of the region fly by along with intermittent examples of the driver’s skill as he or she shows off a trick or two.
Airlie Beach – Small-group reef fishing.
Guests can join a local skipper for a day fishing for coral trout and red emperor in the Whitsunday islands. The excursion caters to all skill levels and allows for keen anglers to try their luck in the crystal clear waters, with fishing equipment provided.
Hobart – Mount Wellington Descent by Bike.
After a journey to the top of Mount Wellington, travellers are kitted out with safety gear and a capable bike for a gentle, scenic, 4,000-foot descent through the rainforest.
Auckland, New Zealand – Maori Volcanic Walking Tour.
Meet with members of the Ngati Whatua tribe for a guided walking tour of their lands which includes the dormant Mt Eden volcano. The tour offers sweeping panoramic views over New Zealand’s largest city and a look at a largely fortified Maori Pa (fortress).
Bay of Islands – Glow worm caves and Kauri Forest.
After tendering to shore, this tour includes a visit to the Puketi Kauri Forest where guests can wander caves in pitch black darkness to see the illumination of thousands of glow worms, an experience replicated in the Kawiti Caves. This is followed by a look at ancient Kauri trees and some of the native flora in the forest.
Tauranga – Coastal Cuisine Tour.
Definitely for the foodies. Guests visit the coastal town of Tauranga and learn about the region’s fertile soils and rich growing trade which includes many citrus fruits, avocados, kiwi fruits, wines and fresh breads and pastries – many of which can be sampled. Delicacies such as cured salami, batter-dipped seafood and honey can also be tasted.
Wellington – Craft Brewery Tour.
This tour is for lovers of fine beer as guests are taken on a tour of Wellington’s finest craft breweries dotted throughout the capital. Tour guides explain the intricacies of how each brewery works and the array of beers produced, with many opportunities to taste also possible. Up-and-coming brewers also share details of the flavours they are working on.
Suva, Fiji – Kila Eco Trek.
After leaving the bustling centre of Fiji’s largest city, guests head to the Kila Eco Adventure Park for a scenic eco-walk which offers views of the landscape. Walking along jungle falls, guests will see waterfalls and colourful plant life including many native trees.