Australia and New Zealand Cruise: 14 nights in February 2013

This cruise is aboard Holland America's great vessel the Oosterdam. Leaving from Sydney, it visits the South Pacific's two biggest nations over a full fortnight.

Leaving from Sydney, the first stop is Australia's stately southern city of Melbourne. The pace is more relaxed here than in Sydney, so enjoy a stroll by the river and coffee or food at one of the many wonderful cafes. Historic Hobart on the island of Tasmania is the last stop before heading across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

First up in the Land of the Long White Cloud (the translation of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand) is scenic cruising in Milford Sound. The Sound is a beautiful waterway with bush-clad hills dropping into the water, waterfalls and the occasional dolphin playing around the ship. The next port is Dunedin, a student city with a proud Scottish heritage. Listen for the locals rolling their 'r's! Akaroa is next, a beautiful town which was settled by the french. A popular activity here is swimming with the tiny Hector's Dolphins which frequent the harbour.

Milford Sound
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After Christchurch the Oosterdam moves on to the North Island and stops at Wellington, New Zealand's capital. This hilly city has a lot to offer- not least the wonderful interactive museum Te Papa which is right on the waterfront. A visit here is highly recommended! Next is the sunny city of Napier which is home to great beaches and distinctive art deco architecture.

Before Auckland comes Tauranga, another sunny and beachy city, where the ship will dock near the surfy neighbourhood of The Mount. Then comes the City of Sails- Auckland- which is New Zealand's biggest metropolis. Here you can enjoy the city centre, which is where the ship docks, visit restaurants and museums or check out the shops. Take a ride up the iconic Sky Tower for great views of the city. The cruise disembarks here, so take a few days to see all Auckland has to offer!

by Andy Smith Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Holland America
Vessel: Oosterdam
Ports of Call: Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Milford Sound (scenic cruising), Dunedin, Akaroa Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland
Sailing Dates: Wednesday 6th of February 2013- Wednesday 20th February 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 14 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Wed 6 Feb 18:30
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Melbourne, Fri 8 Feb 07:00- 18:00
Day 4: At sea
Day 5: Hobart, Sun 10 Feb 07:00- 23:00
Day 6: At sea
Day 7: Milford Sound, Wed 13 Feb 08:00- 09:00
Day 8: At sea
Day 9: Dunedin, Thurs 14 Feb 08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Akaroa, Fri 15 Feb 07:00- 18:00
Day 11: Wellington, Sat 16 Feb 08:00- 17:00
Day 12: Napier, Sun 17 Feb 08:00- 14:00
Day 13: Tauranga, Mon 18 Feb 08:00- 20:00
Day 14: At sea
Day 15: Auckland, arriving Wed 20 Feb 07:00

About the Oosterdam

The ms Oosterdam is second in Holland America's line of Vista-Class ships. She has the distinctive Holland America dark wood, marble, brass, sculptures and paintings that make travelling on their ships a sumptuous experience! There is much to do and learn in the enrichment centres which include a Culinary Arts Centre and a Digital Workshop. There are also language classes, bingo and trivia competitions. For those more active there is the spa, gym and pool, and in thje evening enjoy the lounges, bar, casino and shows in the Vista Lounge. The Oosterdam's main restaurant offers both open and set seating, and top-notch 5 course menus, including an extensive vegetarian menu. The Lido restaurant is the buffet option, and the Pinnacle grill the specialty restaurant for a special evening. There is also a small Italian restaurant which requires reservations but no cover charge.

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