Wednesday was a very special day in Sydney. The sun was shining and the blue waters of Sydney Harbour sparkling as Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam sailed into the sunset on its journey to the north and south islands of New Zealand. As well as offering a fun and affordable cruise experience, I had to make this my Publisher’s Pick as the ms Oosterdam is such a wonderful ship – I enjoyed test-cruising the many onboard activities recently in Alaska and can fully recommend the dining, learning and socialising opportunities as well as the very high standard of shore excursions. One of Holland America’s Vista-class, ms Oosterdam is now based here for the whole cruising season, offering cruises from 10-28 days, to destinations including Cairns, New Caledonia, Noumea, Fiji and Vanuatu. Guests can enjoy private verandah staterooms, the Greenhouse Spa, the Culinary Arts Centre and the very relaxing. The 14-day New Zealand Discovery starts at $1,599 AUD per person (based on double occupancy) or you may choose to enjoy the experience one-way, Sydney- Auckland or return.
For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line’s voyages, consult a travel professional or call Holland America Line on 1300 987 322 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.au
2012-2013 ms Oosterdam departure highlights
The 2012-13 season offers premium cruising for incredible value. Guests can choose from 10-28 day voyages onboard ms Oosterdam.
The 14-day Solar Eclipse cruise departsSydneyon 7 November and sails up the east coast of Australia towards the Great Barrier Reef, before crossing the Coral Sea toNew Caledoniaand Noumea, before returning to Sydney.
When the total solar eclipse occurs on 14 November in the Cairnsregion, one of the best places in the world to view it will be from the deck of the ms Oosterdam. Passengers will gather on deck for music, dancing and a narration of the event as it unfolds.
14-day Solar Eclipse start at $1,299 AUD per person, based on double occupancy.
Embarking Sydney 26 January 2013, ms Oosterdam will venture to the idyllic and culturally rich South Pacific islands for an 11-day cruise round trip Sydney. Guests will enjoy six full days of exploration in Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
11-day Pacific Treasures start at $1,099 AUD per person, based on double occupancy.
For guests seeking to explore the hidden gems that lie throughout the land of the long white cloud, the 14-day New Zealand Discovery may just be the ticket. Departing 12 January 2013 ms Oosterdam will make its way to Hobart before venturing across the Pacific to the South and then North Islands of New Zealand.
This port intensive voyage includes eight days exploring a wide variety of ports including the picturesque town of Akaroain Christchurch and the rugged coastal town of Waitangi. There will be no shortage of spectacular scenery and exciting shore excursions for guests to partake in.
14-day New Zealand Discovery start at $1,599 AUD per person, based on double occupancy. Similar itinerary offered as one-way Sydney to Auckland and reverse.
For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line’s voyages, consult a travel professional or call Holland America Line at 1300 987 322 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.au