Yes, you guessed it! This week is Australia and New Zealand week. The season “Down Under” is quickly approaching, with ms Oosterdam and ms Volendam heading to the southern hemisphere next month. For their series of cruises that last through spring 2014, the ships will visit more than 50 ports of call during 10- to 14-day sailings round-trip from Sydney, Australia, or Sydney to or from Auckland, New Zealand.
Holland America Line also offers several longer itineraries throughout the season, including Volendam’s 34-day Australia Circumnavigation. This voyage is round-trip from Sydney and features more than 20 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, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Exmouth, Freemantle (Perth overnight), Esperance, Port Lincoln, Adelaide (overnight), Kangaroo Island, Melbourne and Burnie, Australia; Hobart, Tasmania; Komodo Island, 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.