Melbourne

Tree-lined boulevards and hi-tech skyscrapers
The Queen Victoria Market 
The Serendip Sanctuary

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Melbourne

The garden city

In many ways, Melbourne is the most European of all the Australian cities, its highlights making it one of the most unique stops on an MSC Grand Voyages cruise: magnificent landscaped gardens and parks provide green spaces near the centre, while beneath the skyscrapers of the Central Business District (CBD), an understorey of solid, Victorian-era facades ranged along tree-lined boulevards presents the city on a more human scale.
 
The CBD lies at the heart of the city, a grid bounded by La Trobe, Spring, Flinders and Spencer streets, dotted with fine public buildings and plenty of shops. To the north of the CBD, a wander through lively, century-old Queen Victoria Market will repay both serious shoppers and people-watchers.

 In the east, the CBD rubs up against Eastern Hill, home to Parliament House as well as the landscaped Fitzroy Gardens, from where it’s a short walk to the venerable Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), a must for sports fans. A shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages cruise can be the opportunity to visit the riverside’s most innovative development: the new 92-storey Eureka Tower located on the Southgate site and named after a landmark rebellion in Victoria’s gold-rush era (the top levels are clad in gold). Finished in 2006 and towering 300m, it is the tallest building in Melbourne.

Visitors can enjoy amazing views of the city and beyond from the 88th-floor Skydeck, which features the stomach-churning “skywalk”, The Edge, a 3m glass cube that juts out over the city below. Another MSC excursion is the Serendip Sanctuary: a square kilometre of bush, marsh and wetlands where you can observe kangaroos, wallabies and emus, as well as numerous other water birds, in their natural habitat.

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  • Melbourne discovery & cruise on
    Yarra river

    CITY TOUR
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$99Price per person

    • Children$69Price per person

    MEL04

    Spend a few leisurely hours off the ship to explore some of Melbourne's most emblematic landmarks on this mainly coach- and riverboat-based tour. Highlights during the coach ride include views of the towering Crown Casino complex and the huge flat Convention Centre, both constructed in the 1990s, and the swanky suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, as well as some of the superb parks and gardens that surround the city. A first brief stop is scheduled at The Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria's largest and most visited war memorial. Thanks to the memorial's ingenious design, the Rock of Remembrance itself is illuminated by a ray of light falling on it at the point in time that the armistice to end WWI took effect: at precisely 11 o'clock a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Next comes a visit to the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, a sizeable area of landscaped parklands that was originally planted during the Victorian era and is home to a wonderful display of flora. Back on the coach again, you'll travel on to the Yarra River for the riverboat cruise. The relaxing ride, accompanied by a nice cup of tea or coffee, will take you past the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Governor's Residence, Herring Island as well as Melbourne's Sporting Precinct. Your return to the ship - with many fond memories of this elegant, stylish and cosmopolitan city - brings your tour to a close. Please note: guests must be capable of walking approx. 200 metres from the coach to board the riverboat. Walking through Fitzroy Gardens and at the Shrine of Remembrance over grassed and paved areas is at guests' discretion. The order in which the tour is run may vary to avoid congestion.
  • Melbourne skyline & gardens

    CITY TOUR
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$79Price per person

      • Children$55Price per person

      MEL01

      Leaving Port Melbourne, travel to Melbourne Eureka SkyDeck 88 for 360-degree uninterrupted views across the city and mountain ranges (weather permitting). Depart and drive through the residential suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, home of Melbourne's elite, to see the area's many enchanting antique shops and boutiques. Travel past Melbourne University and the Carlton District, which is renowned for its many fascinating terrace homes. A brief stop will be made at Victoria's largest and most visited war memorial, The Shrine of Remembrance. Enjoy a stop at Fitzroy Gardens and the Botanical Gardens, where you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Before returning to the ship, along with the old, you will see the new face of Melbourne, with its Crown Casino complex and Convention Centre.
    • Yarra valley, Healesville sanctuary and
      Melbourne

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Best seller

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults$199Price per person

      • Children$142Price per person

      MEL05

      Disembark from your ship and travel to Belgrave Station to board the "Puffing Billy” Vintage Train for an approximately 30-minute ride through the Dandenong Mountains. Sit on authentic bench-style seating and enjoy the rain forest scenery as the train crosses magnificent timber-trestle bridges. There are spectacular views of farmland and the Yarra Valley wine region. The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's fine wine districts, noted for both its reds and whites. Visit one of the valley's top wineries such as Rochford Winery for lunch and wine tasting. Then travel to one of Australia's leading wildlife parks, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Stroll amongst kangaroos, encounter koalas and emus, and hear dingoes howl. Time here is unstructured. Before returning to the ship, enjoy a brief overview of Melbourne's essential highlights. On total fire ban days, Puffing Billy will be pulled by a diesel engine. The train is not air-conditioned. Please note: To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bring bottled water.
    • Blue Dandenongs, Birds and Australian
      Crafts

      SCENIC ROUTE
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Best seller

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$95Price per person

      • Children$65Price per person

      MEL07

      Blue Dandenongs, Birds and Australian Crafts
    • Melbourne panoramic tour

      SCENIC ROUTE
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$49Price per person

        • Children$35Price per person

        MEL03

        This mostly panoramic tour will allow you to explore Australia's "most liveable city" by coach. Starting off, you will first make your way through the streets of Melbourne to the picturesque bay side suburb of St. Kilda, with its lovely beaches, music venues, restaurants and vibrant café lifestyle. Along the way, your professional guide will be sharing with you stories about the sights and events in the city's colourful history. From St. Kilda, you will next travel the short distance to Albert Park where you will pass by the Australian Grand Prix track before making a stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most stunning and recognizable landmarks of Melbourne. Here, you will have time to take photos, climb up to the balcony if you are feeling energetic, or perhaps stroll across to the nearby gift shop at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Re-boarding your coach, your sightseeing continues as you drive past the MCG sporting precinct that became famous at the 1956 Olympic Games and now roars to the cheers of Aussie Rules Football, cricket and music concert crowds. You will also see the Rod Laver Tennis Centre, home to the Australian Tennis Open which takes place in January of each year. Making your way to the city centre, your guide will provide you with an informative narrative as you pass by many magnificent buildings, including The Treasury, Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel, the Princess Theatre and the marvellous Gothic buildings that are found along Collins Street. As you navigate your way back to the pier, your coach will travel through the Carlton district where you can see the historic Exhibition Buildings which stand alongside the ultramodern Melbourne Museum.

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Australia

      The land of contrasts
      The land of contrasts

      More than most other developed countries, a cruise to Australia releases your imagination. For most visitors its name is shorthand for an endless summer where the living is easy; a place where the adventures are as vast as the horizons and the jokes flow as freely as the beer; a country of can-do spirit and easy friendliness. No wonder Australians call theirs the Lucky Country.

      The energy of its contemporary culture is in contrast to a landscape that is ancient and often looks it: much of central and western Australia – the bulk of the country – is overwhelmingly arid and flat. In contrast, its cities, most founded as recently as the mid-nineteenth century, burst with a vibrant, youthful energy.

      A holiday to Australia isn’t complete without a look at its most iconic scenery, the Outback; the vast fabled desert that spreads west of the Great Dividing Range into the country’s epic interior. Here, vivid blue skies, cinnamon red earth, deserted gorges and geological features as bizarre as the wildlife comprise a unique ecology. This harsh interior has forced modern Australia to become a coastal country. Most of the population lives within 20km of the ocean, occupying a suburban, south-eastern arc that extends from southern Queensland to Adelaide.