Passengers onboard the Azamara Quest cruise ship were treated to a spectacular evening of music, food and fireworks as part of their visit to the Port of Newcastle this week.

The Azamara Quest arrived in Newcastle on Jan. 13, part of a 10-night cruise from Cairns to Sydney.

After docking at the Channel Berth, passengers explored the region on one of the shore excursions available, including food and wine tours of the Hunter Valley, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens, Newcastle city highlights tours and many other niche experiences on offer, according to the Port of Newcastle.

An evening event showcasing the best of Newcastle and the Hunter’s musical, cultural and gourmet offerings was also organized to coincide with Azamara Quest’s visit to Newcastle.

Fort Scratchley hosted the regional showcase for passengers, marking the celebration with a unique three- gun salute. Entertainment was provided by renowned jazz musician James Morrison and singer Olivia Chindamo. A fireworks display from Dyke Point capped off the successful evening and was enjoyed by both passengers and local onlookers along the Newcastle Foreshore.

Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe welcomed the Azamara Quest to Newcastle.

“Port of Newcastle was pleased to support the Azamara Quest and its celebration at Fort Scratchley. Fort Scratchley already provides a unique welcome for cruise ships visiting the Port of Newcastle, with its traditional three-gun salute. It is great to see quality local events showcasing the region adding a unique dimension to the cruising experience for passengers visiting our Port,” said Geoff.