HAL's Noordam & Maasdam Headed To Oceania & South Pacific In 2019-2020
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
This fall, Holland America Line's Noordam will cruise the lands Down Under through spring, while Maasdam charts a course on longer itineraries starting in AUG, including a bucket-list Australia circumnavigation.
“Our Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruises are crafted to focus on the must-explore ports, must-see sites and incredible scenic cruising — from cosmopolitan cities like Sydney to the natural beauty of Milford Sound,” said Orlando Ashford, HAL's president. “Having two ships with two distinct paths makes it easier for guests to choose if they want to get a memorable taste of the region or if they want to go all in and join us on a longer adventure."
Noordam Spends the Season Down Under Noordam offers cruises roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, or between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, kicking off the season on 13OCT 2019 through APR 2020. During the voyages, guests have unforgettable experiences with visits to iconic landmarks, some of the world’s most scenic cruising and shore excursions that feature UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Maasdam’s Immersive Voyages Include Unique Port Visits
From AUG 2019 through MAR 2020, Maasdam explores Australia, New Zealand, the Coral Sea and Melanesia on longer voyages that deeply immerse guests into the cultures and customs of each location.
Calling at lesser-visited ports along with popular favorites, the cruises range from 10 to 30 days, including the full circumnavigation of Australia. The Maasdam’s specially curated itineraries set themselves apart with a dedicated onboard team of subject-matter experts and Excursions by Zodiac tours for up-close exploration.
Explore Local Traditions Through EXC Throughout the cruises, Explorations Central (EXC) programming brings local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. Guests who want to learn more about the region can attend an EXC Talk about the ports of call or head to an EXC Port to Table cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare.
Maasdam also carries eight Zodiac inflatable boats, the type popularized by famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, so guests can enjoy opportunities to intimately explore less accessible sites and wildlife habitats in select ports as part of the ship’s Shore EXCursion program.
Depending on itinerary length, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruise fares begin from $725 to $5,680 per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.