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Holland America Line Announces NEW 2018 Signature Experiences in Asia and Australia

Holland America Line’s Signature Experiences are specially curated pre- and post-cruise encounters currently available on select 2018 itineraries in Canada/New England, Europe, South America and now… Australia & New Zealand and Asia.

These unique experiences are available on select Australia, New Zealand and Asia itineraries prior to departure and include two-night hotel accommodations and complimentary transfers.

Dinner & Recital at the Opera House


The iconic Sydney Opera House.

Before embarking in Sydney guests will be able to experience a memorable evening of fine dining and live classical music in the Utzon Room of Sydney’s iconic Opera House. While guests enjoy delicious dinner and drinks, they’ll be joined by two gifted opera singers who will entertain guests with operatic arias and duets, as well as popular favorites. At the end of the magical evening, guests will return to the hotel, a 10-minute walk from the venue.

Auckland Museum with Maori Welcome


Wharenui (Maori meeting house) at Auckland Museum

Guests will be able to immerse themselves in Maori culture during an exclusive after-hours event at the Auckland Museum prior to embarking their ship in Auckland. Cruisers will be able to experience a traditional Maori welcome, including a version of the iconic haka, the Maori vigorous war dance. After a brief tour of the museum, which focuses on the history of Auckland and New Zealand, enjoy refreshments in the museum’s stunning foyer. The Maori group will be on hand, offering guests the perfect photo op and a chance to learn more about Maori history and culture.

An Evening at the National Gallery Singapore


The Jurong Gardens in Singapore.

Before embarking on a cruise through Asia from Singapore, guests will be privileged to a “behind the velvet rope” evening at the National Gallery Singapore, with a private tour of the museum’s impressive collection of Southeast Asian art. In a grand, glass-enclosed space, guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers while watching a traditional lion dance performance. They will also be able to see a snake charmer, henna artist, master Chinese calligrapher and palm reader work their magic.

A Taste of Hong Kong — Dai Pai Dong Experience


The busy streets of Hong Kong.

Holland America Line is providing another exclusive pre-cruise experience. Prior to embarking on the cruise from Hong Kong, guests will explore one of the world’s great cuisines the way the locals do: with traditional street food. Presented in the magnificent Maritime Museum, this exclusive event features a mouthwatering array of delectable dishes, plus wine, beer and soft drinks, served from food stalls. Explore culinary highlights and such crafts as calligraphy, knotting, paper cutting and grasshopper weaving, while listening to live music.


The famous Merlion fountain in Singapore.

The Australia/New Zealand and Asia Signature Experiences are a Holland America Line exclusive. These incredible tours are included with all suite bookings and available for purchase for all other stateroom categories on select sailings only. Space is limited. This offer cannot be booked online so call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or your Travel Professional today.

  • Kenneth Dick

    On MS Westerdam leaving 27 Nov. Booked for Singapore experience. For planning purposes (and packing) – what is the recommended attire?

  • Julie

    Most evenings smart casual attire is appropriate. Shorts, pool/beachwear, distressed jeans and men’s tank tops are best left to the daytime and are not permitted in fine dining restaurants.

    Gala Nights evoke the grand traditions of cruising as guests dress to impress for special events on board, including our five-course gourmet dinner in the Dining Room. For gentlemen, collared shirts and slacks are required in all fine dining restaurants. For ladies, dresses, skirts, and slacks are all acceptable. Jacket and tie is the preferred attire in all fine dining restaurants on Gala Nights, though it is not required. Guests without a jacket and tie were allowed in the fine dining restaurants before the new wording so this is not a policy change.

    To many, the “Formal” term was misleading as it implies a specific type of dress (black tie or tuxedo) that has never been a requirement. “Gala” still implies festive or dressy without misleading guests to bring attire the majority of guests don’t wear.

  • Kenneth Dick

    We enjoyed our Signature Experience in Singapore in 2018. We’re going to Asia in March 2022 onboard the Noordam. At what point will HAL announce their Signature Experiences for 2022? Or has that program been discontinued? I ask because I can’t seem to find anything recent on this blog, the net, or the HAL website.

  • Julie

    Hi Kenneth, at this time, we do not have our Signature Experiences program. Perhaps it will be reinstated in the future. We apologize for this disappointment.

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