Australia and New Zealand Cruise: Holland America Line

Dramatic Land and Seascapes

January 23-February 11, 2019

Wed / Mon - 20 Days

Embrace the majesty of the dramatic land and seascapes in Australia and New Zealand during their summer season. Here the majestic and beautiful collide with the utterly unique. Home to numerous plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth, these countries should be on any serious traveler’s bucket list!

Itinerary Ship Map

Wed, Jan 23-Fri, Jan 25: Depart for Australia. Cross the International Date Line. Arrive in Sydney, Australia, then embark on a city tour and see Bondi Beach, Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

Sat, Jan 26:Enjoy Sydney as you wish, then regroup for dinner. (B,D)

Sun, Jan 27: Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park - home to well-known locals, such as the cuddly koala. Take a scenic lunch cruise in Sydney Harbor before a tour inside the Sydney Opera House. (B,L)

Mon, Jan 28: Board the ms Noordam and set sail. (B,L,D)

Tue, Jan 29: Cruise the unspoiled Sapphire Coast of New South Wales to Eden. From secluded beaches and striped red cliffs to the emerald waters of Twofold Bay, the town is an inspiring immersion into wilderness. Sample shore excursions: Davidson Whaling Station and Ben Boyd National Park, Wildlife & Eden Killer Whale Museum, Kiah River Kayaking. (B,L,D)

Wed, Jan 30: Enjoy your day at sea. (B,L,D)

Thu, Jan 31: Discover Melbourne, the style-setter of Australia, with its passion for food and wine, major art exhibitions and festivals. Sample shore excursions: Blue Dandenongs plus Puffing Billy & Yarra Valley, Phillip Island Penguin Parade. (B,L,D)

Fri, Feb 1: Enjoy your day at sea. (B,L,D)

Sat, Feb 2: Visit Tasmania, Australia’s only island state. This little Australian island is home to stunning landscapes, old-growth forests and the well-known Tasmanian devil. Port in Hobart, the island’s achingly beautiful capital with a natural harbor setting and rugged Mount Wellington looming in the background. Sample shore excursions: Best of Hobart & Historic Shene Estate, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary & Historic Richmond, Bruny Island Explorer. (B,L,D)

Sun, Feb 3 & Mon, Feb 4: Crossing the Tasman Sea. (B,L,D)

Tue, Feb 5: Cruise Milford Sound in New Zealand; a haven for wildlife. Watch for Fjord-crested penguins, Bottlenose and Dusky Dolphins and seals. Marvel at hanging valleys and spectacular waterfalls. Optional excursion: Cruise Fjordland National Park on a smaller vessel. (B,L,D)

Wed, Feb 6: Situated on the gorgeous southeastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin, New Zealand was founded by the Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland in 1848 and retains much of its Scottish heritage. Sample shore excursions: Taieri Gorge by Train & Larnach Castle, Scottish Dunedin, Otago Peninsula Yellow-eyed Penguin Reserve, Guided Walk to Mt. Cargill & the Organ Pipes. (B,L,D)

Thu, Feb 7: Nature lovers, thrill seekers and Lord of the Rings fans will enjoy the options offered in Akaroa. Or venture to nearby Christchurch, on the grassy banks of the Avon River, where you might find yourself asking “Am I in England?” Sample shore excursions: Antarctic Center & Christchurch Botanical Gardens, Banks Peninsula Country Sheep Farm, Journey to middle earth-Lord of the Rings. (B,L,D)

Fri, Feb 8: New Zealand’s friendly capital city, Wellington, features gaily painted houses and a red cable car leading to Wellington Botanic Gardens. A must-see is the engaging Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, with interactive collections of art, history, Maori culture and environment. Sample shore excursions: Wild Wellington Seal Colony & Farm,Te Papa, City Sights & Mt Victoria, Wellington Sights, Lord of the Rings – Locations & the Weta Cave. (B,L,D)

Sat, Feb 9: After an earthquake in 1931, Napier was reinvented in Art Deco style and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Surrounded by wineries it is now also known for its thriving gourmet food reputation. Sample shore excursions: Art Deco Drive & Walking Tour, Cape Kidnappers Station & Gannet Safari; Clearview & Abbey Cellars, Mohaka River Rafting Trip. (B,L,D)

Sun, Feb 10: Site of fierce Maori wars, Tauranga is now a peaceful city on the curved shoreline of the Bay of Plenty, near kiwifruit-growing country and is also the gateway to Rotorua, the heartbeat of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Sample shore excursions: Glorius Bay of Plenty Rich Land & Culture; Hobbiton Movie Set, Maori Marae Visit, Hell’s Gate Thermal Reserve.(B,L,D)

Mon, Feb 11: Disembark in Auckland. Fly home, arriving the same day. (B)

ms Noordam
Holland America’s five-star ship boasts a collection of artwork and antiques with emphasis on Dutch heritage in the New World; a culinary arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine with demonstrations and interactive gourmet cooking lessons; Explorations Café, a coffeehouse with Internet access, sponsored by The New York Times; and port lectures and explorations speaker series. Highlights: spacious staterooms with plush Euro-top mattresses • 24-hour room service • three restaurants • eight bars/lounges • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • Internet center • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • two outdoor swimming pools (one with retractable roof) • two Jacuzzis • fitness center • basketball court • practice tennis court • more than 50 shipboard activities • casino • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style shows • Culinary Arts Center • library • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • teen-only Loft • duty-free shops • escorted shore excursions.



Australia and New Zealand Cruise: Holland America Line Pricing

Per Person*

Category L Inside

Category F Ocean-View

Category VD Verandah

Category SY Signature Suite

Double P/P

$5,849

$6,079

$6,899

$8,749

Single

$7,549

$7,949

$9,999

$13,799


Ambassadair Trip #7534

Sydney

Highlights Include


  • Three night hotel stay in Sydney
  • Sydney sightseeing tour
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Meet local wildlife at Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Local host in Sydney
  • Ambassadair Travel Director (with 15 guests or more)

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis
  • 14 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Noordam
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals on ship
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges

    Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport and & ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)is required to travel to this destination. The passport must be valid for at least six months after your return.


 
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