HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Extended Christmas Voyage CRUISE ONLY: Explore South Australia and the Pacific as you set sail from Sydney and enjoy a unique Xmas and New Years!
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Under the guidance of their Culinary Council® of chefs, fine dining at the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, Canaletto, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and in the main Dining Room is truly memorable. Hone your culinary skills at America’s Test Kitchen’s shows and workshops.
* 28 day Christmas and New Years cruise Sydney to Auckland onboard Maasdam
* Port Taxes and Government Fees
* All meals and entertainment onboard
* Complimentary dinner for 2 at Pinnacle Grill onboard, Holland America Line’s signature fine dining steak restaurant.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Price is cruise only. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees and inclusions as specified. Gratuities additional. Price includes all discounts. Cruise requires a non refundable deposit, please discuss with Our Specialists, other options may be available however price will differ. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Cruise must be booked by 31 May 2019. Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply. Name changes are not permitted – please contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 01 May 2019 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply. Sales until 31 May 2019 unless sold prior.
28 Night cruise departing from Sydney to Auckland onboard Maasdam.
The only ship in the Holland America Line fleet dedicated to EXC In-Depth™ Voyages, Maasdam showcases the world at its most engaging, authentic and personal. Each voyage features fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, cultural performances and memorable shore excursions to explore your destination through the lens of photography, culture, nature and port-to-table culinary experiences. Maasdam’s size also gives her access to many new and off-the-beaten-path ports of call, allowing you to delve deeper into the places and cultures you visit. And being the only Holland America Line ship outfitted with nimble, inflatable Zodiacs, on select port calls you can go further in depth to explore nature, history, culture and more with these agile boats.
Highlights of this cruise:
If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too.
The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café.
Speaking of water, when you plan what to do in Sydney, you will want to include the iconic beaches, where surfers, office workers and tourists alike converge on some of the most gorgeous shoreline scenery anywhere. Bondi, Bronte and Clovelly are all within easy reach of the Central Business District, as is Manly, a charming seaside town located a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Beyond the city you'll discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the chance to encounter Australia's cuddliest wildlife—a perfect way to round out your envy-inducing Sydney photo collection.
Melbourne, in Australia's state of Victoria (VIC), is home to an interesting mixture of historic Victorian architecture and breathtaking modern buildings. With a vibrant, street café culture and excellent shopping, Melbourne is also widely considered to be the dining capital of Australia, with an enormous selection of cuisine. It is a lively, exciting city with a friendly multicultural population.
Melbourne has an abundance of parks, wide roads, and boulevards and is also the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, with world class sporting facilities and an abundance of museums, galleries and theatres.
Lying directly on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne offers easy access to the many different areas including the the Victorian Alps in the east, the Grampians and Great Ocean Road in the west and the fertile river valleys of the Murray in the north, to name just a few.
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1.1 million.
Adelaide was laid out in a square mile grid of wide streets with gracious colonial architecture. It is compact city making it easy walking and surrounded it with 930 hectares of parklands. The pleasant climate is perfect for leisure hours on its beaches, the Torrens River and at sidewalk cafes. It has an active cultural lifestyle with many galleries, museums, churches, sidewalk cafes, cosy pubs and elegant restaurants.
The central markets feature 48 cultures in a unique atmosphere that has survived 125 years. The main shopping precinct is Rundle Mall with department stores, boutiques, speciality shops and malls. Suburban shopping precincts such as King William Road and North Terrace are also popular and fashionable. The 1920s Adelaide railway station is an attractive casino and a historic tram takes visitors out to Glenelg beach with its own lively shops, restaurants and grand hotel. Further afield are the wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys which are great for day trips.
Mystery Island is one of the most southern islands of the Vanuatu group. It sits off the bigger island of Tanna on the southern tip of Vanuatu. There are golden beaches, palm trees and a coral reef with thousands of fish.
The island is uninhabited except for the visiting cruise ship passengers who come to swim, snorkel and purchase shells and goods sold by locals from nearby Tanna island.
Nouméa is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia's main island, Grande Terre. It is one of the most westernized cities in the Pacific islands, and while the city itself is not attractive, there are some beautiful beaches on its outskirts.
Attractions in Nouméa include a stroll along the Place des Cocotiers, the local produce market and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, located 20mins from the city. The focal point of the city is Coconut Park with its attractive colonial houses and beautiful hibiscus and bougainvilleas. The marina is worth a visit and there are attractive beaches at Anse Vata, Baie des Citrons and at Pointe Magnin.
Auckland is located on the north island of New Zealand, situated between two magnificent harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau. It is the largest city in NZ and is often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the large number of yachts which travel in its waters.
Auckland city has a great range of shops including designer boutiques, markets and stalls. It is also home to many fine galleries and museums including the Auckland Museum and the Auckland City Art Gallery. Restaurants in the waterfront suburbs such as Mission Bay or St Heliers and the inner city specialise in local seafood delicacies. There are also a number of attractive public gardens and reserves surrounding the city.
The large Polynesian population in Auckalnd include Maori, Samoan, Cook Island and Tongan people whom all contribute to the city's vibrant culture. Local markets and churches in particular provide an insight to the local cultures.