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Take a Cruise Down Under and Bask in a Second Summer

With fall and winter approaching, there’s no need to put away the swimsuits and shorts. On a cruise to Australia and New Zealand, the summer season is gearing up to be in full swing by the time snow blankets the northern hemisphere.

For the most comprehensive exploration of the continent, Volendam’s 34-day Australia Circumnavigation sails round-trip from Sydney Oct. 19 2014, and features 18 ports as well as scenic cruising in the remote Ribbon Reef and Far North Regions. Calls during the counterclockwise trip around the continent include Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Darwin, Exmouth, Freemantle (Perth overnight), Albany, Esperance, Adelaide (overnight), Kangaroo Island, Melbourne (overnight) and Burnie, Australia; Hobart and Port Arthur, Tasmania; Komodo Island and Bali, Indonesia, and a beautiful sunrise call at Lizard Island and sunset call at Booby Island off the coast of Australia. The ship also visits the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Don’t worry, if you can’t get away this year but want to take this cruise, it’s being offered again departing Oct. 19, 2015, on a 33-day circumnavigation.

The Australia circumnavigation offers an in-depth look at the continent and beyond, with calls at (clockwise from top left) Sydney, Cairns, Hobart, Komodo Island and Bali.

The Australia circumnavigation offers an in-depth look at the continent and beyond, with calls at (clockwise from top left) Sydney, Cairns, Hobart, Komodo Island and Bali.

Departing Nov. 21, 2014, Oosterdam sails a 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise roundtrip from Sydney that features nine ports throughout the country and scenic cruising in Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and Waitangi (Bay of Islands), all in New Zealand. This itinerary also runs in December 2014 and January 2015.

New Zealand is a country of many colors that are showcased in ports like (from left) Auckland, Bay of Islands and Wellington.

New Zealand is a country of many colors that are showcased in ports like (from left) Auckland, Bay of Islands and Wellington.

Another monthlong adventure takes Oosterdam from the shores of New Zealand to South Pacific island jewels. The 28-day Pacific Treasures and New Zealand cruise sails roundtrip from Sydney and combines a 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise with the 14-day New Zealand Discovery route. Departing in January and March, the ship calls at ports throughout New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji before exploring New Zealand.

Fiji, Fiordland National Park and Akaroa highlight itineraries to New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Fiji, Fiordland National Park and Akaroa highlight itineraries to New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The 14-day Australia and New Zealand itinerary on Oosterdam showcases the best of both areas. Sailing from Sydney to Auckland in October 2014 and March 2015, guests will visit Melbourne and Hobart before making way to New Zealand and calling at Port Chalmers, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga. The ship sails the reverse itinerary in November 2014 and April 2015.

Enhanace your vacation with a pre- or post-cruise tour to magical Ayers Rock.

Enhanace your vacation with a pre- or post-cruise tour to magical Ayers Rock.

Extend Your Cruise with an Pre- or Post-Cruise Tour
Cruisers looking to make the most out of their time in Australia and New Zealand can add a three- or five-night pre- or post-cruise land tour to the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock/Uluru National Park or The Blue Mountains National Park, home to the famous “Three Sisters” rock formation.

With so many options, it’s time to pack your bags and beat the winter blues with a “summer” escape Down Under.

Do you want to cruise to Australia and New Zealand? Which itinerary would you choose? Tell us below!

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