I'm thinking about cruising from Sydney, Australia for 24 days back to Seattle. Has anyone done this before? My question revolves around the flight and departure date of the cruise. Assuming that the cruise leaves on a Saturday, and I'm leaving from Chicago, and wanting to arrive the day BEFORE the ship departs, which day should I plan on leaving Chicago? With the time zone changes, and the dateline crossing enroute TO the departure port, which day has anyone left the USA for the flight TO the ship?
The mind boggles.......................
As I type this it is 11:04pm on Tuesday, June 30, in Sydney. It is 8:04am in Chicago. Most people fly to Sydney two days prior to the cruise to get 'used to the time change'. A friend recently did a similar cruise from Sydney. He flew from ORD to Honolulu and spent a couple days, then flew on to Sydney for a couple days before boarding the ship. He didn't want to do a 20 hour flight.
But to answer your question, if you are looking at the Explorer Of The Seas cruise in April 2016 that leaves on Saturday, April 23, and you want to be in Sydney on Friday, April 22, you need to fly out of Chicago on Wednesday, April 20, based on the flight schedules for that route.
What is the currency of Sydney, Australia? If it's the Euro, or something else, or will accept US currency? I'd need to exchange some before we get there, since we'll be there for a day or two prior to leaving-our cruise is April 22, 2017.
Regarding Australian currency, you may want to check with your credit card company, although maybe a moot point, as I don't know if Australia accepts US cards. I say this, because with the credit card I have, I don't pay foreign transaction fees (conversion, etc). They may do a local charge, but you may see the charge on your statement as US dollars. I'm trying to remember how it was when I was in Victoria, Canada, but I think that's how it was.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)
Also let your bank and credit card company know you will be traveling in Australia so they won't suspect fraud and freeze your accounts. And, your bank can give you information on how to use your ATM card there, as you might not be able to use your full PIN. (For example -- and I don't know if this is true of Australia -- the machines might accept just the last four digits only.)