Holland America Line has opened bookings for new itineraries in Australia and New Zealand this year, as the countries finally open their ports to cruise ships again.
The new voyages will run from September 25, 2022 through March 13, 2023 aboard Westerdam.
“The pent-up demand for cruises to Australia and New Zealand led us to the decision that it would be valuable to have Westerdam sail these unique itineraries that include some uncommon ports for us,” said Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer of Holland America Line. “We have the utmost optimism that the entire region will be back to cruising come fall, and our guests have been waiting two years to take their dream cruise.”
A seven-night Alaska voyage roundtrip from Seattle has been added for September 25. The ship will then spend 36 days sailing around various islands in the South Pacific on her way to Australia and New Zealand. Calls will include ports in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea.
Starting November 8, Westerdam will explore Australia and New Zealand on four cruises that range from 13 to 15 days each. The itineraries will be port-intensive, and also include scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park.
In January, the vessel will sail from Sydney to Singapore to reposition for a dry dock. The 16-day voyage will include two days of scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef.
Following the refurbishment, the vessel will operate two new itineraries before assuming its previously-announced schedule of voyages in Asia.
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Highlights of the new itineraries include:
- Nov. 8: 15 days, roundtrip from Sydney. Ports include Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Lyttelton (Christchurch), Kaikoura, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga (Rotorua), Auckland and Waitangi, all in New Zealand, with scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park.
- Nov. 23: 13 days, roundtrip from Sydney. Ports include Eden, Port Arthur, Hobart (overnight), Adelaide (overnight), Penneshaw, Melbourne and Phillip Island, all in Australia.
- Dec. 6: 14 days, Sydney to Auckland. Australian ports include Melbourne and Hobart; New Zealand ports include Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Lyttelton (Christchurch), Kaikoura, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga (Rotorua), with scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park.
- Dec. 20 Holiday Cruise: 14 days, Auckland to Sydney. Ports include Tauranga (Rotorua), Napier, Kaikoura, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Hobart and Melbourne, with scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park.
- Jan. 3: 16 days, Sydney to Singapore. Ports include Newcastle, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin, Australia; Komodo Island, home to the infamous Komodo Dragon; and Lembar, Lombok, and Benoa, Bali, both in Indonesia. A highlight of this voyage is two days spent scenic cruising in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where guests can marvel in the coral cays and sun-soaked islands above the surface, along with the thousands of reef systems below water.
- Feb. 3: 11 days, roundtrip Singapore. Ports include Phuket, Thailand (overnight); Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India; and the Malaysian ports of Porto Malai, Langkawi; Georgetown, Penang; Malacca and Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur).
- Feb. 14: 13 days, roundtrip Singapore. Ports include Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Probolinggo, Surabaya and Semarang (Borobudur), on Java, in Indonesia; Komodo Island; Benoa and Celukan on Bali; ending with an overnight at Singapore.
- Feb. 27: 14 days, Singapore to Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan. Ports include Puerto Princesa, Boracay and Manila, Philippines; Kaohsiung and Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan; and Ishigaki, Naha and Kochi, Japan.
Travelers are able to book back-to-back cruises, which Holland America calls Collectors’ Voyages. Ranging from 24 to 51 days, they combine nonrepeating itineraries and are more cost-effective than booking those itineraries separately.
Standard cruise fares for these new Australia and New Zealand itineraries start at $1,329 per person, based on double occupancy for the 13-day sailing.
Holland America’s “Have it All” premium package fares start at $1,848 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes one shore excursion, a Signature Beverage Package, one night of specialty dining, and a wifi Surf Package.
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