23 December 2019 • 14 Day Southern Australia Cruise • Holland America – Maasdam

  • PricingPartial Sea View

    per person twin share from

    Inside Stateroom – $3,199 

    Ocean View – $3,449

    Lanai – SOLD OUT

    Vista Suite – $5,599

    Neptune Suite – $9,199

     

    Inclusions

    • 14 day cruise onboard Holland America Maasdam

    • All meals onboard (excludes specialty restaurants)

    • Culinary experiences, Cultural performances, Explore with experts, BBC Earth experiences, Digital workshops, Movies onboard plus more

    Excludes

    Optional shore excursions, Gratuities onboard, Beverages onboard, Travel insurance, Flights to/from Sydney

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: 23 Dec 2019 – Sydney, NSW departs 5pm

    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 travellers’ 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.

    Day 2: 24 Dec 2019 – Eden, NSW 8am to 5pm

    Straddling national parkland and sparkling estuaries on the unspoiled Sapphire Coast of New South Wales just an hour north of the Victoria border, Eden lives up to its name. From secluded beaches and striped red cliffs to the emerald waters of Twofold Bay—the third-deepest natural harbour in the world—the town is an inspiring immersion into wilderness, even if you just have one day. The original settlers thought so too, establishing a thriving baleen-whale-hunting industry that was assisted by pods of local orcas. Visitors can learn about this amazing mammalian partnership at the Eden Killer Whale Museum, and can learn about some of the shipwrecks at the Green Cape Lightstation. Outdoor enthusiasts have ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, snorkeling and spotting humpback and southern right whales (between May and November; unfortunately, orcas no longer call the area home). And when you think all is said and done, there’s still native wildlife to meet and local art to appreciate—not to mention some of the country’s most prized oysters just waiting to be plucked from the sea.

    Day 3: 25 Dec 2019 – Day at sea, Merry Christmas!

    Day 4: 26 Dec 2019 – Melbourne, Victoria 8am to 5pm

    Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It’s renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams. 

    The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.

    If you want to leave the city, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights. Visit the famous penguins at nearby Phillip Island or feast on local produce in the picture-perfect Yarra Valley. Wherever you go in and around Melbourne, you’ll be sure to understand why so many choose to call this beautiful corner of the world home. 

    Day 5: 27 Dec 2019 – Day at sea

    Day 6: 28 Dec 2019 – Port Arthur, Tasmania 7am to 4pm

    Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It’s renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams. 

    The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.

    If you want to leave the city, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights. Visit the famous penguins at nearby Phillip Island or feast on local produce in the picture-perfect Yarra Valley. Wherever you go in and around Melbourne, you’ll be sure to understand why so many choose to call this beautiful corner of the world home. 

    Same day – Scenic cruising Cape Raoul, offering stunning coastal views of rock platforms, towering cliffs and columns, a sprinkling of islands and swirling seas. Grab your camera and get ready to capture the majestic scenery. 

    Day 7: 29 Dec 2019 – Day at sea

    Day 8: 30 Dec 2019 – Adelaide, South Australia 11am to 11pm

    With a burgeoning creative class, top-notch wining and dining, and a pace of life that feels distinctly more leisurely than high-profile siblings Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide has evolved into a must-visit destination. The biggest buzz is going on in the city’s Central Business District, which has become the hub for artists, designers and restaurateurs, all breathing new life into a once-sleepy capital. Not everything changes though: The town’s reputation as a genteel, leafy haven is still justified, and Adelaideans’ love of sport—particularly Australian Rules football and cricket—continues unabated. You’ll also soon notice that the citizens of Adelaide are devoted to fine wine and great food, and they’re particularly proud of the world-class vintages being produced in the famous Barossa Valley wine region, another must-see when visiting South Australia. Even if you can’t make it to the source, the city’s excellent restaurants and bars showcase local wines, many of which—like the country’s most famous red, Grange Hermitage—are worth traveling across the world for. 

    Day 9: 31 Dec 2019 – Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island 8am to 6pm

    The Australian continent’s third-largest island—Kangaroo—enchants visitors with its mellow rhythms, which seem to be coming from a quieter and much simpler time. Even Penneshaw, its main ferry port, has a population of less than 300 people . . . and farmers sometimes still advertise for spouses on bulletin boards.

    Long roads run arrow-straight through the fields, scrub and dense gum forests of this spectacular unspoiled destination. It remains one of the best places to see Australian marsupials in the wild. Almost half the island remains bushland or national park, sheltering koalas, echidnas and a million or so tammar wallabies. Weighing just five to seven kilograms (11 to 15 pounds), these mini-roos flourish here, thanks to a dearth of foxes and other mainland predators. (Despite this strong population, the species, Macropus eugenii, remains on the endangered list.) Marine mammals also make a healthy showing on Kangaroo Island. Visitors can walk through one of the country’s largest sea lion colonies and watch for rare southern right whales offshore. 

    Day 10: 1 Jan 2020 – Day at sea

    Day 11: 2 Jan 2020 – Portland, Victoria 8am to 5pm

    First established by European settlers as a sheep and whaling station, Portland is located on Portland Bay, an inlet of the Indian Ocean. With more than 200 buildings classified as historic by the National Trust, as well as the city’s Botanic Gardens and tram, it’s a delightful place to visit.

    Day 12: 3 Jan 2020 – Phillip Island, Victoria 8am to 10pm

    Just 140kms south-southeast of Melbourne, lies Phillip Island, ancestral home of the Bunurong people, among the first indigenous people to encounter Europeans. Wildlife is abundant here, including little penguins, fairy penguins and Pacific gulls; as well as wallabies and kangaroos. 

    Day 13: 4 Jan 2020 – Burnie, Tasmania 10am to 8pm

    Burnie’s long-running logging industry is just one hint at the amazing forests that surround the town, from the UNESCO World Heritage area that contains Tasmania’s most famous crag—Cradle Mountain—to the lesser-known rain forests of the Tarkine wilderness. Woodworkers, papermakers and print artists thrive in this misty land of trees, as does rare wildlife, ranging from wedge-tailed eagles to echidnas and the fabled Tasmanian devils. There’s pristine beachfront, too, where little penguins march and well-to-do locals dine on seafood platters as they gaze off into Bass Strait. Tasmania’s separation from mainland Australia has created a resourceful, self-reliant and sometimes rebellious community that cooks and farms as well as it crafts and explores. Burnie’s bounty includes award-winning single-malt whiskeys, hard apple cider, trout and salmon, hormone-free milk and cheeses and beef from Cape Grim in the far northwest. Known for having the world’s cleanest air, Burnie is an exciting base for a taste tour as well as a rugged or refined adventure.

    Day 14: 5 Jan 2020 – Day at sea

    Day 15: 6 Jan 2020 – Sydney, NSW arrives 7am

     

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