Carnival Cruises – Nouveau Restaurant

Carnival cruise lines have the largest cruise ships that are permanently stationed in Australia year round. Our cruise travel agent ( has always suggested that we try Carnival Cruise line as it boasts the largest ships that are permanently based in Sydney Australia – i.e. the Carnival Legend and the Carnival Spirit.

Onboard these ships are many dining options that you can take advantage of – the Nouveau Restaurant is one of the best dining options available once onboard the Carnival Legend or Carnival Spirit.

At the Nouveau Restaurant you can enjoy the finest aged beef, cut, weighed and char-grilled to your exact specifications. In addition to mouth-watering steaks, a variety of other delectable main courses — like double-cut lamb chops, lobster tail and grilled fish fillet — are available.

Furthermore, the intimate atmosphere and extensive menu includes 17 gourmet entrées, salads, soups and side dishes.

These do more than delight; they complement the season’s freshest produce and the best wine lists, and are handpicked by our chefs to perfectly match the wide-ranging cuisine.

This restaurant is open for dinner and does incur an additional cost to your regular cruise price. For adults, the price is $40 per person, and for children 12 years and under the price is $12 per person.

To book this restaurant, please call the restaurant directly from your cruise cabin, or walk down to the restaurant directly once you get onboard and make a dinner reservation in person.

Alternatively, you can make a dinner reservation for this restaurant before your cruise by completing the online reservation form on the Carnival website here:

Carnival Cruises – Nouveau Restaurant – dinner reservation form

Carnival Cruises - Nouveau Restaurant - dinner reservation form
Carnival Cruises – Nouveau Restaurant – dinner reservation form

Royal Caribbean – Chops Grille

Chops Grille is a specialty restaurant option aboard many of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships, including the Ovation Of The Seas.

This restaurant option allows cruise passengers to enjoy a high quality traditional American steak-house experience whilst onboard many of the cruises from Brisbane and Sydney offered by Royal Caribbean.

As you would expect, the signature dish at a cruise ship restaurant named Chops Grille is steak. But this is no ordinary steak – instead guests are offered premium dry-aged steak of the highest quality and only the most choice cuts.

The Chops Grille is also able to accommodate the food tastes of non-meat lovers who may be accompanying you dinner with an extended menu selection including: veal and seafood just to name a few.

As with all good restaurants, there is also a mouth-watering and tempting desert menu to finish off your steakhouse experience.

Listed below are images of the current Chops Grille menu.

Royal Caribbean Chops Grille menu - 1 Royal Caribbean Chops Grille menu – 1

Royal Caribbean Chops Grille menu - 2

Please click on the link below to download the complete Chops Grill menu here in PDF format:

Royal Caribbean – speciality restaurant – Chops Grille

Hilton hotel Sydney

The Hilton Sydney Hotel is a five star hotel situated in the heart of the City. This hotel offers a thrilling view of the City with great proximity for those departing from Sydney on their cruise holiday.

The hotel is located between George Street and Pitt Street Sydney – these are the 2 main streets in Sydney and both lead directly down to Circular Quay where you can directly board your cruise ship.

Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
Princess Cruises – Pacific Princess

Whilst staying at this hotel before your cruise holiday commences you can enjoy the following facilities at this hotel:

Accommodation choices range from guest rooms to private suites. Gym facilities are available for exercise. This hotel contains a 25m swimming pool for the swimming enthusiasts.

This hotel is close to shops, offices and also entertainment facilities. It can be booked at just about any travel agency in Sydney. It doubles up ideally for either business or for leisure purposes. Conference and meeting rooms numbering 28 allow for your business needs to be taken care of.

It takes only 30 minutes to get here from both the domestic and the international Sydney airports. Shuttle bus, taxi, car, train or limousine can be taken to reach here.

If you are visiting Sydney and plan to stay at the Sydney Hilton, then the Zeta Bar could very well be on the agenda for your footy team. The Zeta bar has a rooftop terrace where you can have your drink and relax in the evening fresh air. The glass brassiere in this hotel is very famous as is the celebrity chef Luke Mangan. The glass window extends right down to the floor from the ceiling offering the most spectacular view of the City outside.

The bars here are very stylish and dining is a truly enjoyable experience. The Queen Victoria Building can be seen lit up brilliantly if you choose to wine by the glass.

Room service can be ordered too 24 hours a day. Quick lunches such as sandwiches prepared from fresh ingredients can be ordered. Light snacks are available too.

Intercontinental hotel Sydney

The Intercontinental Sydney Hotel is located between the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal and Royal Botanic Gardens, providing excellent proximity for those with cruises departing from Sydney.

Many of the rooms have spectacular views of Sydney harbour (especially around Circular Quay). This of course means that you will have an excellent view of your cruise ship as it sails into Sydney harbour to pick you up on your cruise holiday!

All the major cruise lines depart nearby including: Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess Cruises. P&O cruises currently depart from White Bay Cruise Terminal (near the suburb of Balmain) – this is about a 10-15 taxi ride away.

P and O Pacific Eden cruise ship
P and O – Pacific Eden

This hotel extends up to the 31st floor where it contains a heated swimming pool as well. The city can be viewed from the top. Lounge chairs provide the perfect resting place. The staff speaks a wide variety of languages including Chinese, Turkish, Dutch, Spanish, Arabic and French among others. You can make a reservation at this hotel by contacting mobile travel agents, or visiting a travel agency of your preference.

The fitness centre is open for 24 hours. Personal trainers are available and so is a well equipped gym. A Sauna is available too to relax after swimming or exercising. Massage services are offered at the spa.

Concierge services will help you make the most of your journey. Cash machines are available as well as a safety deposit boxes which can be obtained at the front desk. The business centre here is open on Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. 24hour internet facilities are provided at a small payment. A florist and a beauty salon are located in this hotel too. Printers, PCs, and fax are provided. Copying, courier and wireless connections for data services can be accessed too.

Daily housekeeping will ensure you have a clean fresh room. Dry cleaning is available too for the same day.

For holiday-makers looking at cruises from Sydney, the InterContinental Sydney makes an excellent base to prepare yourself for the cruise holiday of a lifetime.

To make a reservation at this hotel, you can get in touch with them at the details listed below:

  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney
  • ADDRESS: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney , NSW , Australia
  • PHONE: +61-2-92539000

P&O – Salt Grill by Luke Mangan

The Salt Grill restaurant by Luke Mangan by Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan is the latest specialty restaurant offering onboard P&O cruise ships.

This cruise ship restaurant is available on most of the P&O cruise ships including: Pacific Aria, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Eden, Pacific Jewel and the Pacific Pearl.

The menu in this restaurant has been created by Luke Mangan himself and is inspired by items from the menu of his many land-based Grill restaurants (both within Australia and overseas).

One of the many highlights of the P&O Salt Grill restaurant by Luke Mangan includes the enoki mushroom salad with miso broth, Crab Omelette, and of course his favourite the Kingfish Sashimi.

Listed below are images of some our favourite dishes on offer at this restaurant. Next time you are on a P&O cruise from Sydney be sure to try it out!

P and O - Salt Grill by Luke Mangan - menu items - 1

P and O - Salt Grill by Luke Mangan - menu items - 2 - desert

P and O - Salt Grill by Luke Mangan - menu items - 3 - fish

Radisson Blu Plaza hotel Sydney

This hotel is centrally located near to the Sydney Opera house, Circular Quay and The Rocks. It is approximately 200 metres from the Overseas Passenger Terminal which is where the majority of cruises from Sydney depart from.

Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal
Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal

Some of interesting facts about this hotel to bear in mind if your are staying here before you cruise holiday out of Sydney are listed below:

Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanical Gardens are nearby for exploration.

This hotel offers a swimming pool, room service, health club facilities and also high speed internet. Meeting spaces for business are available. 8 conference rooms along with 2 heritage rooms presented very majestically can be used for business meetings.

Bistro Fax restaurant is one of the top in Sydney and you can experience the European and Australian cuisine served here. It contains a bar as well.

The health club and the spa offer you relaxation services which you can use before your dinner. The hotel concierge can help you with your further travel arrangements. These include theatre bookings, sightseeing tours and reservations at restaurants.

This hotel offers a 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service and also a 24 hour manager on duty. This hotel also offers you a gift voucher to present to someone special as a gift.

If you are looking for something specific then hotel deals are available. These are like the Radisson Blu Breakfast Package, Radisson Blu Pamper package and the The Bentley Package. These can help you save a bit and get exactly what you want from your hotel experience.

Park Hyatt hotel Sydney

The Park Hyatt hotel is located in The Rocks region of Sydney – immediately next door to the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

For cruise ship passengers onboard cruises from Sydney, it is the most conveniently located 5 Star hotel.

Cruise ships departing from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal include: Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity Cruises.

Royal Caribbean - Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship
Royal Caribbean – Harmony Of The Seas

This hotel offers spectacular view of the Sydney harbour through its glass doors which extend from ceiling to floor. Artwork in the form of paintings and sculptures too adorn the inside of the hotel. Air conditioning allows for comfortable atmosphere indoors. Cool colours of beige, chocolate and also cream decorate the indoors.

A rooftop heated swimming pool is available. A gym, steam room, spa and relaxation and private treatment rooms offer leisure and relaxation facilities. The hotel has a concierge team which can help you with your sightseeing arrangements in Sydney.

The menu offered here is modern and Australian inspired too. View of the Sydney harbour can be chosen or a private dining space if desired. This hotel is about 25 minutes from the Sydney airport.

The main points of interest around here are the Sydney Opera House, Sydney harbour, harbour Bridge, Darling harbour, The Rocks, Manly and Bondi Beaches and the Taronga zoo.

The business centre here is equipped with personal work stations to allow you to complete your work.

Efficient same day dry cleaning services are offered as well as laundry. Internet and wireless facilities are available all through the hotel. 

Dinner for two can be arranged in the residential suites as well as a coffee maker. If required 24hour butler service is made available too.

This hotel is located less than 100 metres from the main entrance to the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal. This means that if you need an overnight stay in a hotel before your cruise holiday departs, you can stay at this hotel and conveniently walk to the terminal to board your cruise.

If you would like to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney prior to your next cruise holiday, their contact details are listed below:

  • Park Hyatt Sydney
  • ADDRESS: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
  • TELEPHONE: +61 2 9256 1234
  • FAX: +61 2 9256 1555
  • EMAIL:

Shangri-La hotel Sydney

The Shangri-La hotel Sydney is situated at the back of The Rocks region in Sydney. It is a tall building with uninterrupted and magnificent views of Sydney Harbour – enabling guests staying here incredible views of their cruise ship as it sails into port at Circular Quay.

From your spacious private room, the sight of your cruise ship in Circular Quay below greets you in the morning glow of warm sunshine.

View of Circular Quay from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
View of Circular Quay from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Windows are soundproofed with triple glazing to allow for a relaxing sleep. iHome docks are installed for your entertainment. Satellite and cable TVs are available for use. Movie channels are apt to provide you thorough entertainment just like at home.

In the Guestrooms, further facilities like a lockable safe are available for your valuables. The showers are separate and the bathrooms are lined up with marble. Relax and unwind with drinks from the mini bar.

Once out of the hotel, you can easily access the streets of Sydney for more adventure. You can visit the nearby Queen Victoria Building. You can get amazed by the Royal Clock and also the Great Australian Clock.

The Spa contains a private suite where you can relax after all travels of the day. The dishes on offer will entice you to satisfaction. The city of Sydney lies beneath you bathed in the moonlight for you to admire.

Your business needs are taken care of too by high speed internet installations available at the business centre which is open for 24 hours. Printing, copying and also faxing facilities will allow you to keep up with your work.

Belonging to the Horizon club can get you VIP check in and out if you are short of time. Your buffet breakfast, tea in the afternoon and canapés in the evening will be complimentary, beverages will be supplied and shoe shine service too.

To make a reservation or enquire more about the suitability of this hotel as a starting point before your next cruise holiday departing from Sydney, get in touch with them via the contact details listed below:

  • Shangri-La hotel Sydney
  • ADDRESS: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
  • TELEPHONE: (61 2) 9250 6000
  • FAX: 61 2) 9250 6250