The ship left the dock at Sydney, about 6:30 p.m., just as we were enjoying sitting down to a fabulous 4 course meal...and oh, man, was it delicious. As it turned out...every meal was delicious! We were introduced to our waiters, Ryan and NaPaul. They were great. After the first couple nights, they knew what we liked to drink with our meal and with our dessert. We got spoiled!
Anyway, we sailed away from Sydney, and the next morning we arrived early in Melbourne. I only booked two excursions (one in Australia and one in New Zealand), although there were a variety of excursions at every port. In Melbourne, I opted for an excursion that lasted most of the day, which took us by coach to a large reserved where we could see kangaroo and koala bears in the wild.
When we arrived, our guide instructed us to follow close behind him, not to talk, and to keep in a fairly tight group so that the kangaroos would think we were just another group of animals. If we were to spread out, it would make them nervous and run away.
I couldn't come up with any good pictures. On our way back out of the reserve, we did see a wallaby, some black swans and signets, several emus, and two different mobs of kangaroos with about 30 in each mob. These were pretty exciting sightings for us tourists!
Then it was back to the ship...for dinner...and entertainment. In the theater there is a live show EVERY night with world-class entertainers. LOVED IT.