Originally Posted by Lombard
Sydney is the only departure port for this vessel.
You can take a look at the Australia/New Zealand forum on this board for other things to do while there.
The price is probably quite correct for a Hotel in downtown Sydney and I use Expedia when looking for hotels there.
There are many less expensive hotels in the Sydney area. I spent one n ight in a Best Western in North Sydney. $130.00. Not elegant, but all we did was sleep there. I have also spent several nights in a Travel Lodge in downtown Sydney, with in easy walking distance to Hyde Park. It was about $150.00 per night. It was better than the Best Western.