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Holland America Line deploys ms Maasdam and ms Noordam down under for 2017-18 wave season


New 4- and 5-day Pacific Explorer sailings announced


Over two consecutive days (21 and 22 October respectively), Holland America Line will welcome back ms Maasdam and ms Noordam in Sydney, with the two ships making calls across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific over the 2017/18 season.

In a first for Holland America Line locally, the line will offer two shorter sailings of 4- and 5-days as part of the 31-day Pacific Explorer itinerary on ms Maasdam.

“We are excited that Maasdam and Noordam will once again call our shores home again for the upcoming season. Our ships will make calls at over 48 ports this season, including 33 in Australia alone,” said Tony Archbold, Holland America Line Director of Sales, Australia and New Zealand.

“Holland America Line offers some of the most comprehensive explorations in the region, but we know that some cruisers may have a time constraint so we are providing these guests a great alternative. With that in mind, we have opened up two, 4- and 5-day shorter segments of the 31-day Pacific Explorer sailing that allows guests to experience what makes Holland America the premium cruise line, while enjoying a taste of New Zealand’s incredible North Island,” said Tony.

New Pacific Explorer sailings on Maasdam

The first 5-day Pacific Explorer departure on 22 November from Sydney will see Maasdam make a 3-day crossing of the Tasman, before making a call at Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand’s North Island, followed by disembarkation in Auckland. Priced from $749pp twin share. The 19 December 4-day departure sails out of Auckland onto the Bay of Islands, followed by a 2-day crossing to Sydney also priced from $749pp twin share.

When booking either voyage by 20 October 2017, guests will receive a $200pp air credit towards flights out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.

Pacific Treasures sailings on Noordam

Ms Noordam will offer 13 and 15-day South Pacific sailings taking in scenic and cultural highlights in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. These Pacific Treasures round trip Sydney cruises depart 21 December and 15 March and are priced from $2,309pp twin share.

New on-board experiences – Lincoln Center Stage, BBC Earth and America’s Test Kitchen

From January 2018, ms Noordam will be the first ship in the region to offer Holland America Line’s immensely popular Lincoln Center Stage music experience. In its exclusive partnership with New York’s famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Stage is an ensemble of world-class musicians performing chamber music. Lincoln Center Stage joins the immensely popular B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard to provide guests with one of the most exciting and diverse music programs at sea. All shows are part of Holland America Line’s Music Walk.

Guests will also be able to make the most of Holland America Line’s partnerships with BBC Earth and America’s Test Kitchen while on board this season. The immersive BBC Earth partnership gives guests the opportunity to experience the world’s natural wonders through innovative programming including a ground-breaking films, game shows, themed trivia and children’s activities.

The America Test Kitchen partnership offers an enticing selection of live onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops where guests will learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes to make the dishes made famous by America’s Test Kitchen TV program.