Australia & New Zealand Cruises: Fall Head Over Heels for The Land Down Under

Australia & New Zealand Cruises: Fall Head Over Heels for The Land Down Under

Holland America Line offers such an array of enticing and thrilling cruise destinations; it can be tough to decide which ones to choose. However, for cruisers searching for a bucket list-worthy adventure, our Australia and New Zealand itineraries continuously top the list!

Whether you’re looking to cuddle a koala, enjoy an evening at the renowned Sydney Opera House, swim among the colorful marine life of the Great Barrier Reef or simply soak in the majestic beauty of Milford Sound, you can be certain that on an Australia and New Zealand cruise you will experience the trip of a lifetime.

Now comes the task of deciding which itinerary best suits you. Both Noordam and Maasdam offer a variety of itineraries through the end of 2016 and all of 2017, which allow you to select the cruise that highlights your favorite ports. From eight to 30 days, rest assured that there are voyages to suit an assortment of interests, budgets and schedules.



For cruisers looking to focus solely on Australia, Holland America Line’s Australian Explorer cruise is the perfect pick. Ranging anywhere from eight to 30 days, you’ll have the flexibility to choose the itinerary which best suits your adventurous spirit.

On this cruise you’ll have the opportunity to experience what makes Australia one of the most memorable and aspirational travel destinations. In Brisbane, feed the kangaroos or cozy up to a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Channel your inner daredevil and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge where you’ll enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views. From Melbourne, visit nearby Philip Island where you can get up close and personal with the island’s tuxedoed inhabitants. Witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World as you cruise along the Queensland coastline, where you can choose to swim, snorkel or dive right into the magnificent marvel that is the Great Barrier Reef.

If your craving for adventure is still not satisfied, consider a cruise that explores both Australia and New Zealand.



Cruisers wanting to go beyond Australia should consider one of Holland America Line’s several 14-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries. With sailings available on both Noordam and Maasdam though the 2016/2017 season, they’re the ideal option for experiencing the best of both worlds.

New Zealand highlights include a stop at Tauranga where you can visit the world-famous geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua. In Wellington, board a motor coach and take in sweeping views of the city as you make your way to the Botanic Gardens. Sip on a glass of Marlborough Wine while you sample local seafood delicacies on the Sounds Seafood Cruise in picturesque Picton, or simply relax on deck and take in the stunning scenery Fiordland National Park offers.

With so many amazing calls one thing is certain: you won’t be disappointed! That said, if you’re still in search of something extraordinary, we have a real gem of a cruise! Read on…



If you desire something truly unique, look no further than our 30-day Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Treasures Holiday voyage. Though this cruise is only offered in December 2017, it is a once-in-a-lifetime exploration not to be missed. You’ll be able to hit some of the top ports offered around Australia and New Zealand with an even more exotic twist.

After making your way through New Zealand and Australia, this voyage will visit eight remarkable ports in the South Pacific. You’ll be transported to the incredibly beautiful Nouméa, New Caledonia, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its lagoons, which hold more than 9,000 species of fish and other marine life. In Port Vila, Vanuatu, board a motorized sailing yacht bound for Paradise Cove. There you can stroll through the rain forest with one of the guides, or go snorkeling and discover the natural treasures that lie beneath the surface. With at stop at Ile des Pins, better known as “the island closest to paradise,” you’ll witness exceptional beauty as you gaze upon the azure waters and soaring pine trees that can reach up to 197 feet high.

Now that we’ve narrowed down some of our top itineraries, it’s up to you to decide which is the right fit for you. Whether you make your selection based on schedule, budget or interests, you can be sure that whichever cruise you choose, you’re in for unforgettable adventure!

Have you considered an Australia/New Zealand cruise? Which of these itineraries interest you the most? Tell us in the comments below.


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  1. Dana November 3, 2016 at 6:15 am - Reply

    This itinerary looks great! On my bucket list!

  2. Denise Bonsack November 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I need help!!! Just off the Eurodam Med cruise. I booked onboard a wonderful cruise out of our home town San Diego. Ca. The Massdam Inca Discovery 28 day 2/25/2018!!!
    Cruise Critic Bloggers say it is being sold to P&O fall of 2018!!!
    I contacted Mariners Society and my PCC, both said they have heard nothing and in truth Cruise Critic people get mis information. Well I am still a little upset because this is an expensive cruise and I surely want to take this cruise.
    I can not imagine HAL Corporate advertising 2018 cruise on Massdam with intent to sell!
    What happens to us?
    Please respond
    Denise Bonsack

  3. Carmen July 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Hi. Taking the 31 day pacific explorer in November 2017 on the Maasdam. I am nervous! That’s a long time but then again since it’s only our 2nd vacation ever, I am sure we will be so busy I won’t think about how long it is. It is our retirement gift to us!! Did I mention I can not wait!!

  4. George Siegel October 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I am interested in tours to Australia/New Zealand for 2018and 2019 departures. Please send pertinent brochures describing these tours and departure dates, email or snail mail. Thank you.
    1530 N. Dearborn Pkwy, apt 4N
    Chicago, IL 60610

  5. George Siegel October 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Interested in tours to Australia/New Zealand for 2018, 2019.

  6. Patricia January 24, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Very interested in cruise from Sydney to New Zealand on March 1st 2018, Ocean View cabin 14 days. Thank you. Patricia Foster 0425764183 We haven’t travelled with your cruise line before. We have done 8 cruises, we love cruising.

  7. Elizabeth Chason January 27, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I am looking for a Cruise tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2019 for 4 people. We want to do about 20 days.

    Thank you.


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