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On Location: G’Day from Australia and New Zealand

With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. “On Location” means that Holland America Line guests can learn to tango on the way to Argentina, take a cooking class taught by a Caribbean chef or taste fresh mussels off Canada’s Prince Edward Island.

On cruises that explore Australia and New Zealand, “On Location” will be in full swing. Guests who want to learn more about the culinary side of the continent can learn how to make Lamington Cakes (a traditional Australian treat made of little sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut) and New Zealand Salmon Wellington at cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Center. An Outback-style barbecue will feature Australian and New Zealand favorites, and a Saturday Market/Australian Breakfast will showcase various stations featuring local foods.

Australia produces some of the finest wines in the world, and wine connoisseurs can learn more about the local vintages at wine tastings and an on-deck wine event.

Location guides will be on each voyage giving presentations about the various ports of call and discussing highlights of the region that are not to be missed during the cruise.

The onboard entertainment program gets a touch of Down Under with special theme parties and exiting didgeridoo performances with the ships’ resident band.

On select cruises, the enrichment program is enhanced with local experts and personalities such as Greg Cornelsen, a former pro-rugby player; George Friend, a South Pacific and Australian historian and war specialist, and Kelli Lemass, a lawyer and former journalist, who will give presentations and speak about topics pertaining to the region. Bruce Rodgers, a didgeridoo player, will be onboard select sailings to give musical and cultural lectures, poolside performances and music classes for guests who want to learn how to play the instrument.

Are you ready to go “On Location” to Australia and New Zealand? What are you most excited to learn about or see in this program?

8 Comments
  • Joe

    Aren’t these pictures from a Grand Asia/Australia cruise and not truly representative of what will happen (at least in terms of the pool area not being totally redecorated once every 2 weeks)?

  • Julie

    Joe, there will be wine events and barbecues by the Lido on each cruise. As this is a new program that has yet to launch since we have not been to this part of the world since “On Location” began, we used photos to best represent what it will be like. There will be Aussie barbecues and decorations galore. The scale is yet to be seen, but regardless these just show the possibilities. It will be a grand affair each time! Julie, HAB editor

  • Peter

    When does this program actually start? We will be on the Oosterdam for the Oct 27th Australia/NZ trip this year – Will this program run then?

  • Julie

    Hi Peter! YES, the program will be in full swing when you sail! Snap some photos of the On Location activities and send our way! Have a GREAT cruise! info@hollandamericablog.com. Best, Julie HAB editor

  • Catherine

    Hi Julie,

    Will the ‘On Location’ program be running on the Jan 5th Pacific Treasures cruise on the Oosterdam? Is there any chance the Aussie BBQ will fall on Australia Day (Jan 25th??) a nice way for the Aussies on board to celebrate our national day!

  • Catherine

    Jan 26th, not 25th

  • Julie

    Hi Catherine, Yes “On Location” will be in full swing on your cruise. I am not sure the timing of the events, but if I know the planning staff they will do their best to make the BBQ on Australia Day! Have a great time! Julie, HAB editor

  • Noel

    The land ‘Down Under’…just wonderful. We have traveled all over her & New Zealand on 9 cruises to date & loved each trip!!

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