Fremantle

An eclectic ambience and funky boutiques
The café-lined “Cappuccino Strip”
The Cottesloe Beach

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Fremantle/Perth

A close relationship with Italy

Although long since merged into the metropolitan area’s suburban sprawl, Perth’s port of Fremantle – “Freo” – retains an altogether different character to the centre of Perth: one that’s just waiting to be discovered on an MSC Grand Voyages excursion.
 
It’s small enough to keep its energy focused, with a real working harbour and busy yacht marina, and has an eclectic, arty ambience without too many upmarket pretensions. A cruise to Fremantle is a good way to understand how this town attracts people with its famed weekend markets and café-lined “Cappuccino Strip” or South Terrace where funky boutiques are also found. Exploring Fremantle on foot, with plenty of streetside café breaks, is the most agreeable way of visiting the town’s compactly grouped sights.

The cheery Fremantle Markets include a fruit and veg market, and a more tourist-focused section crammed with stalls selling souvenirs, arts and crafts and New Age paraphernalia. The buskers who play here are said to be some of the city’s best. The lively E-Shed markets are located in a historic warehouse building on the waterside and are worth a quick look, especially for their budget food stalls. A shore excursion on your MSC Grand Voyages cruise can also be the opportunity to visit the city itself, Perth, Western Australia’s youthful capital; it has a reputation for endless sunshine and an easy-going lifestyle.

Perth’s closest beaches extend along the Sunset Coast, 30km of near-unbroken sand and coastal suburbs stretching north of the Swan River, bordered by the Indian Ocean and cooled by afternoon sea breezes. Two of the most famous are Cottesloe Beach – 7km north of Fremantle, it’s the most popular city beach, with safe swimming; there are ice-cream vendors, cafés and watercraft-rental outlets aplenty – and Scarborough.

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  • Freemantle & Perth Orietation ending at the airport

    CITY TOUR

    FRE02D

    Exploring the twin cities of Fremantle and Perth is on the agenda of this leisurely tour, which begins with you boarding an air-conditioned coach and setting off for a roundup of Fremantle's must-sees. Picturesque terraced houses, historical buildings and street-side cafés all add to the quaint feel of the bustling port. The drive-by route will take you past the Round House, a former goal built in the 19th-century, en route to the Maritime Museum for a chance to learn a little about Fremantle's rich seafaring history. The next short stop will then be at Burswood Park, a popular local recreational area and noted for the many waterfowl - including black swans - that live along the Swan River. There may also be time for you to take a short stroll along part of the Fremantle Art and Culture Trail before you return to your coach and head for nearby Perth. The city presents an impressive face to the world, with skyscrapers and moored yachts dotting the shoreline and the Darling Ranges in the distance providing a dramatic natural backdrop. A trip down Millionaires' Row provides an opportunity to view stunning properties and a visit to Kings Park and Botanic Garden to stretch your legs amid glorious surroundings. Superb city views can also be enjoyed from the top of Mount Eliza, a hill located in the park. At the end of the tour you will reach the airport. Please note: this tour is for disembarking guests with flights from 15.30
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults75Price per person

    • Children65Price per person

  • TWIN CITIES AND RIVER CRUISE ending at the airport - 3.5
    hours

    CITY TOUR

    FRE01D

    Covering a huge third of the country in size, yet accounting for only about 11% of its population, the sparsely inhabited state of Western Australia still calls large swathes of virgin territory its own. The largest city and capital is Perth, situated on the Swan Coastal Plain, with port facilities provided by the adjoining city of Fremantle. Flowing through both Fremantle and Perth, the Swan River will provide the route along which you'll explore these charming cities from the comfort of a riverboat. You'll first board a coach to head up towards Perth, whose cityscape is characterised by a blend of super-modern and historical buildings, for a stop at the beautiful riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden - a perfect spot to take some photos. You'll then board the pleasure boat either in Perth or Fremantle (depending on schedules) for a leisurely cruise, during which you'll be entertained by glorious city views, a lively and informative commentary plus a refreshing cup of coffee or tea. As a final highlight on your return to Fremantle, the tour then winds down with a drive around the city to see key buildings, including the 19th-century Round House, the Maritime Museum, the High Street Mall, Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Arts Centre, constructed in the 1860s as the city's psychiatric hospital. The tour ends at the airport. Please note: this tour is for disembarking guests with flights from 15.30
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults82Price per person

    • Children72Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which 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 programmes 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.