I am "cruisecrazy" but being from Australia unfortunately can't get to too many as we are on the opposite side of the world as well as our money v.s your US$ is just yuk!! (Fantastic for you guys though!) But that doesn't stop my family and I - we are going on the Infinity on 27th from Vancouver - Hawaii for 12 nights, can't wait.....
I hope you all have a fantastic time here "down under" but don't forget - it can be pretty hot here that time of year, especially in the Cairns, Queensland area ....... If you have any Aussie questions - don't hesitate to contact me.
Cruisecrazy--You did not say where in Australia you dwell in. We will be in Fremantle (Perth) Dec 7, Albany Dec 8, Melbourne Dec 12, Burnie Dec 13 and disembarking from the Regal Princess in Sydney on Dec 15. Let us know maybe we can contact.
Sounds like you are going to have seen more of Australia than me.... I live in Sydney - the very best part of Australia (but I am very very biased!!). How long will you be in Sydney for before you depart to return to US?
Don't be fooled - there are many parts of Sydney you have to be just as careful in the mens room!!! :-) Especially Kings Cross.... Oxford St particularly!
How long do you have in Fremantle? Weather should be great at that time of the year - just coming in to our summer. Fremantle has many historical buildings and made a lot of progress prior to the America's Cup defense. There is a cafe strip in South Terrace which is popular with the locals. There is also the fishing boat harbour - good for seafood. Fremantle Port is at the mouth of the Swan River. Perth is our capital city and is situated on the Swan River (about half an hour drive from Fremantle). Must go to Kings Park - a bush parkland with great views of the Perth and the Swan river. We are spoilt with some of the best beaches around Cottesloe and Scarborough probably worth seeing-can drive along the coast to Hillarys Boat harbour. Western Australia also has some great wines if that is interest to you. Albany is a very pretty spot , that is where one of the first settlements began, usually a little cooler than Perth. Hope this of interest to you and would be glad to reply to any other queries you may have. By the way Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world and one of the best kept secrets!
If you are from the United States there is no need for a visa. Australia and the US have reciprocal agreements on visa entry. This means no actual visa required, unlike a couple of years ago when you had to fill out forms, send them off to the Embassy (with your passport) and get a visa put in your passport. You must however have a valid passport (at least 6 months on it) and that's all.