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Scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef is a highlight of many Australia itineraries.
Scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef is a highlight of many Australia itineraries.

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!

Repositioning cruises allow for plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view.
Repositioning cruises allow for plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view.

For those not familiar with a “repositioning cruise,” it’s moving a ship from one sailing region to another, like moving from a season in Alaska to a season in Australia. The cruise that takes the ship from Alaska to Australia is a repositioning.
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Portsie and ms Oosterdam visit three Hawaiian Islands.
Portsie and ms Oosterdam visit three Hawaiian Islands.

Imagine calling at lush, tropical islands, isolated beaches and bustling fruit markets as you cruise across the Pacific Ocean. Bloggers Adam Hammond Marta Balcewicz of the website Portsie recently cruised from Sydney, Australia, to Vancouver, Canada, and chronicled their journey.
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Portsie was created by self proclaimed "tea-drinking book-worm adventurers who are convinced there is something decidedly romantic and great about traveling to places (or nowhere in particular) by sea. They have read turn-of-the-century novels featuring trans-Atlantic crossings and are jealous of their protagonists."


Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.
Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.

Today is “Day of the Seafarer,” and it’s a day to celebrate the hardworking crew members you meet on every cruise. It is the fourth year that the International Maritime Organization has celebrated this campaign.
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The Glacier Bay park rangers love to share their passion for the area with guests.
The Glacier Bay park rangers love to share their passion for the area with guests.

On every Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, guests get to meet and mingle with enthusiastic Glacier Bay park rangers who have a passion not only for the region, but also what they do.
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Gorgeous blue ice is abundant in Alaska. Photo courtesy of photographer Steve Schimmelman.
Gorgeous blue ice is abundant in Alaska. Photo courtesy of photographer Steve Schimmelman.

Can you hear the glaciers calving and splash of whales breaching? That must mean one thing … the Alaska cruise season is just around the corner!
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The seal colony is the highlight of the Seal Coast Safari tour at Wellington.
The seal colony is the highlight of the Seal Coast Safari tour at Wellington.

If you thought Ireland’s landscape was as green as it gets, pack your bags for a cruise to New Zealand and see why this beautiful island country should earn the name Emerald Isle as well.

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Up close at Tracy Arm by Csaba Desvari, Oosterdam's culinary operations manager.
Up close at Tracy Arm by Csaba Desvari, Oosterdam's culinary operations manager.

You’ve read it before, you’ve heard it touted several times and yes, it’s true … Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on earth with so much to offer. Alaska is full of wonder, and if you’re looking for a cruise destination that has it all, pack your bags and join Holland America Line this summer on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to The Last Frontier.
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