Hi, I am currently working aboard a cruise ship which docks in Sydney, I will be working until my contract ends in January. After this contract I would like to visit Australia. I am a US citizen, and I have family in Australia. I have been told that in order for this to happen, I must leave Australia on plane, and return to Australia on another flight. That I cannot just leave cruise ship hand over maritime visa and stay. This is what what was said to me by my bosses, but I doubt that anyone really asked immigration. I was thinking also, if I could leave Sydney as a crew and board on an island as a passenger, but they told me that Australia immigration won't allow this either, although my cruise ship will allow it. But I am getting no help really. Has anyone encountered this before and how was it solved? It seems too much hassle, a waste of money and resources to buy a round fare ticket just to leave the country and come back on same day. Like I stated, I have not contacted any Australian authority yet, but I am doubtful the cruise line has done this on my behalf either. Thank you!