Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, is the state capital of Queensland and the most populous city of Queensland. The settlement grew from an original penal colony, established in 1825. Free settlers were permitted in 1842 and Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony in 1859. Due to its growing live music scene, Brisbane was nominated as one of the Top 5 International Music Hotspots by Billboard magazine in 2007.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Leisurely Brisbane

    Travel by coach for a delightful tour of Brisbane and its surrounding areas. You will no doubt notice that beneath Brisbane's country-like charm, there is a big city's vitality. The Capital of Queensland, Brisbane is also the state's historic and cultural capital, seat of government and a major seaport. The city has also served as host for World Expo 1988 and the Goodwill Games in 2001. Brisbane was destined to become one of the bright stars of Australia's colonization and today, with a population of more than one million, it is the third largest of Australia's cities. Enjoying a semi-tropical climate, this lovely city is lushly landscaped with jacarandas, flame trees, bougainvilleas and numerous other flowers and shrubs.

    Your tour will take you past the Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the old Customs House, the Cultural Centre, the magnificent Botanical Gardens and many other historical and landmark sites. You may notice that Brisbane has the look of a city that has recently grown up. Much of the old areas of the city have been bulldozed and replaced with glittering glass and concrete towers, hotels and paved shopping malls. The meandering Brisbane River, the lush inner city parks and the unusual blend of historic and modern architecture make this a truly unforgettable city.

    Making your way beyond the metropolitan and urban areas, your coach will climb nearly 755 feet above sea level for an unparalleled panoramic view over the city from the Mt. Coot-tha lookout. A brief stop will be made here, giving you the opportunity to capture some memorable photos of the sleek skyscrapers and picturesque suburbs that comprise Brisbane today. Leaving the lookout, your coach will return you to the pier.

    Please note: The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 17 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 17 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 12 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 12 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Mt. Tamborine, Winery & Crafts

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first be treated to a brief tour of Brisbane's highlights before leaving the city behind and traveling along winding roads to the base of Lamington National Park and the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast hinterland.

    A picturesque drive through the lush countryside brings you to your first stop, the Rainforest Skywalk and Eco Discovery Centre. Upon arrival you will have free time to explore the center and gallery and choose from a variety of walks through the luscious rainforest. Begin the adventure on a spectacular elevated walkway through the beautiful middle and upper canopies of the rainforest. The walkway is a stable, high-tech steel structure enabling you to explore these canopies in a safe and secure way. It descends gradually to the lower canopy and follows points of interest that include rock pools and waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure. There will be sheltered rest areas along the way until reaching the amazing Cantilever, a 131 ft. long span that soars 98 feet above the valley, with spectacular views over the creek and the rainforest canopies below. Finally, the walk returns along the rainforest floor to the Center.

    Next up is a visit to St. Bernard's, one of the most popular and historic pubs in the area. Boasting an absolutely spectacular view over the valley, take in the beautiful sights of the rainforest before being treated to lunch at the pub. Don't look for starched linen tablecloths at this establishment. This is truly an authentic Aussie Pub, full of old-world charm and hospitality, where diners have the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another's company in a casual, laid-back atmosphere.

    Following lunch, you will transfer a short distance to Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights. This famous artistic center boasts a variety of craft shops and galleries, as well as numerous cafés and food stall where you can purchase a tasty treat or refreshment. Whether you are looking for a special gift or something unique to take home as a memento, you'll no doubt find it here in one of the delightful shops. From here, your coach will next make its way to a local winery for a wine tasting.

    Included in your tour is the amazing scenery of Tamborine Mountain. This area is home to seven National Parks, totaling over 900 acres. Marvel at the Macrozamia Palms towering overhead and the verdant green valleys unfolding before you, as you wind your way through a landscape dotted with farms and quaint tea houses. As you travel through this magnificent National Parks region, you will be afforded spectacular panoramic views of the Gold Coast and brilliant blue Pacific Ocean. Following a full day of remarkable scenery and memorable experiences, sit back and relax in the comfort of your coach as you make your return to Brisbane via the modern Gold Coast Freeway.

    Please note: The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

  • A Day At the Gold Coast

    When people think of Queensland, they often refer to it as Australia's Sunshine State. Renowned for its dazzling white sand beaches, surfing, swimming, shopping and relaxing atmosphere, your tour will take you to perhaps what is the most famous stretch of beaches in Queensland - the Gold Coast.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will drive directly to the Gold Coast. Upon arrival at Tiki Village Wharf you will board your boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise in calm waters at Surfers Paradise and the Broadwater, viewing the beautiful homes and lifestyles of the rich and famous. View some of the world's most beautiful high-rise apartments and ever-changing Surfers Paradise skyline.

    Following your water explorations, you will transfer to Q-Deck for the best bird's eye view of the Gold Coast. Australia's only beachside observation deck, Q-Deck takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast and provides stunning 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Rising 770 ft. into the sky, the observation deck is located on level 77 of the iconic Q1 residential tower. Experience one of the world's fastest lift rides and see spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold Coast through coin operated, high powered telescopes.

    After a morning of sightseeing at Surfers Paradise you will have some free time which will give you ample opportunity to enjoy all the area has to offer on your own, at your own pace. Sun lovers will no doubt want to take advantage of sunning on one of the world-famous beaches before enjoying lunch at one of the local cafés. There is also a wide variety of shops available where you may purchase some souvenirs or casual wear. Perhaps you'll simply want to take advantage of the unhurried pace of the day by finding a comfortable spot to relax and do some people-watching. Today, the choice is entirely yours to make. Before disembarking the coach, your escort will advise you of the time and location to meet for the return trip to the ship.

    On your way back to the ship, you will receive a brief tour of Brisbane.

    Please note: Guests wishing to swim should bring their own beach towels. Guests taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. It is the responsibility of the guests to be at the designated pick-up point on time. Those who are not on time may be left to make their own way back to the ship. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sun screen are strongly recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

  • Highlights of Brisbane & Lone Pine

    Brisbane is the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland and is the country's third largest city. The original settlement began as a penal colony, and during World War II, served as the South West Pacific Headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur. It was only after the war that it gained its prominence as an important urban center. Your tour will give you a glimpse into this relaxed, friendly city and all it has to offer, beginning with a view of historical Brisbane.

    As you travel through this beautiful city situated alongside the curving banks of the Brisbane River, you'll see sights such as the Parliament House, the Treasury Building, City Hall and the Old Customs House. Your route also takes you past the splendid riverside setting of the impressive South Bank Parklands and Cultural Centre. This is adjacent to the location where the 1988 World Expo was held. Today, the center houses the State's Art Gallery, Performing Arts Complex, a Museum and library, bearing witness to Brisbane's vibrant cultural community.

    Leaving the city behind, you will next proceed to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for a self guided visit. This is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, and allows you the opportunity to get close to over 130 free roaming koalas in a beautiful, natural setting. While the Sanctuary is home to kangaroos, wallabies, sheep dogs and other unusual animals such as the emu, Tasmanian devil, wombat, dingo and kookaburra, the endearing koalas remain the main attraction. You also won't want to miss the opportunity to have a souvenir photo taken cuddling one of the Sanctuary's adorable koalas. This photo is optional and not included in the tour cost.

    At the conclusion of your tour, your motor coach will return you back to the ship.

    Please note: Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

  • Crocs and Wildlife

    What better way to gain the most from your Brisbane visit than to see an exciting crocodile show!

    Boarding your coach, you will travel approximately one hour from Brisbane for a visit at Australia Zoo, home to TV's late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and often referred to as the ultimate zoo experience. As you arrive, friendly staff from Australia Zoo will greet you and escort you to the star attraction and highlight of the Zoo, the famous Croc Show. This show will entertain as well as educate you to the ways of the Crocodile, all in a manner that will be sure to have you laughing, clapping and hollering "Crikey!"

    Plenty of free time will be provided to further explore the zoo and its inhabitants at your own pace. Perhaps you'll want to hand feed the red and grey kangaroos in their open range encounter, or spend time at the koala enclosure getting to know these cuddly creatures up-close. A photo taken with an adorable koala will no doubt serve as a lifelong memento of your visit. Kangaroo feed and Koala photo are optional and not included in the tour price.

    Please note: Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are recommended. The Crocodile show is a scheduled performance. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

  • Brisbane River Cruise

    This is no doubt one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the city of Brisbane as you travel down the meandering Brisbane River on a marvelous wooden Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler.

    After a short orientation drive to view the mansions on Hamilton Hill, the historic Breakfast Creek Hotel, Newstead House and New Farm Park, you'll arrive at the wharf where your paddle-wheeler awaits to transport you on a leisurely journey down the river. Some of the sights you'll see are the multi-million dollar mansions that line the banks at Norman Park, the historic Shafston House at Kangaroo Point, and the Story Bridge.

    As you marvel at the eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture that comprise the city, you'll enjoy an informative commentary that will serve to introduce you to Brisbane's landmarks, its culture and people. Travelling further down the river, you'll also pass the extensive Southbank parklands and the site of Expo 1988. Sit back and immerse yourself in the ambience and atmosphere of this charming city while being treated to a buffet lunch.

    At the conclusion of your river cruise, you'll re-join your coach and have a brief tour of some additional sights within the city before heading back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability. There are approximately 20 steps to negotiate in order to board the paddle-wheeler and a set of stairs to access the upper deck. The paddle-wheel steamer is not exclusive to RSSC guests; however, RSSC guests will have exclusive use of one of the decks. Walking around the boat is at the guest's discretion. Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes is recommended.

  • The Mt. Tamborine 4wd Experience

    This tour affords you a full day to spend exploring the greener side of Australia, accompanied by expert guides. During your tour, you will view waterfalls cascading into cool mountain streams while driving through mountainside forests along secluded 4WD tracks.

    Your 4WD vehicle will be waiting at the pier and soon you will be on your way to the rural shire of Beaudesert to embark on an off-road adventure following an original bush track built by pioneers. Native wildlife, including koala, kangaroos and reptiles are often seen while traversing these trails.

    After a morning break served at one of the attractive picnic areas in the National Park, you'll enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest before being given time to stroll along Gallery Walk. Known as the artistic center of Tamborine Mountain, this utterly charming enclave has many galleries dedicated to local arts and crafts as well as cafés and stalls offering confectionary delights. If you are looking for a special gift or something unique to take home as a memento, you'll no doubt find it here in one of the colorful shops.

    The next stop along your route will be at the country hideaway Quamby. Here, tucked away in the Aussie bush beside a crystal clear creek, you'll get to experience true old-fashioned hospitality while partaking in a traditional Aussie barbecue lunch that includes local beer, Australian wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Enjoy this rest period while being entertained with a whip-cracking demonstration and boomerang throwing. On a hot summer's day, the nearby cool waters and rock pools provide a welcome opportunity for a refreshing swim so you may want to bring along a swimsuit.

    Your afternoon program also includes a visit to a local winery for a tasting of fine Australian wines before heading back to the ship. Arriving back in Brisbane, you will be given a brief city sights tour before being returned to the pier.

    Please note: This tour travels along 4WD tracks for approximately 90 minutes and navigates over rocky and uneven terrain. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, pregnant women or guests with heart, back, or neck ailments, or those with mobility concerns. Cancellation due to weather conditions is at the discretion of the operator, and the above itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, if roads are impassable, or if there are safety concerns. Guests taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The pools visited are natural rock and sand formations and may be slippery and sharp. The consumption of alcohol before any water activity is strongly discouraged and not recommended.

    Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed; the order of sights visited may vary or the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.

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