Australian Explorer

23 October - 9 November 2017

Duration

17 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

23 October

Setting sail from Brisbane

As Queensland's largest city, Brisbane is often used as a gateway to the excellent (although very popular) beaches of Australia's Gold Coast, which lie south of the city, or the more upmarket Sunshine Coast to the north. The modern city, on the banks of the Brisbane River, has plenty of shopping malls and, with great weather, a fantastic café culture. Amongst the steel and glass skyscrapers are some interesting historic buildings, and with plenty surrounding the city there's enough on offer to make for an interesting short stay.

Don't miss

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is just a short drive from the city and home to over one hundred koalas, plus a host of other Aussie wildlife.

24 October

At sea

25 October

Bermuda: Hamilton

26 October

At sea

27 October

Australia: Cairns

28-29 October

Australia: Great Barrier Reef

30 October

At sea

31 October

Australia: Darwin

1-2 November

At sea

3 November

Indonesia: Komodo Island

4 November

Indonesia: Benoa (Bali)

5-6 November

At sea

7 November

Australia: Exmouth

8 November

At sea

9 November

Arriving in Fremantle (Perth)

The capital of Western Australia, Perth sits in glorious isolation on the shores of the Indian Ocean, where the Swan River meets the sea. Laid back and relaxed, this must be one of the most easy-going capital cities in the world, with everything within easy reach. It's great for a short visit, or you can use it as gateway to Margaret River's glorious vineyards to the south, and to the great wilderness of the Kimberley to the north. Swim and surf from its extraordinary clean and uncrowded beaches - or just sit and watch the sunset.

Our tip

Use Perth as the gateway to explore Western Australia – drive out to Wave Rock, three to four hours’ drive. This is a multi-coloured granite cliff, some 110 metres long and towering fifteen metres above the plain.

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam dining room
Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam spa

The classic Maasdam is an inviting size – spacious, but carrying just over 1,200 guests. Her stylish take on the Holland America traditions make her an excellent choice for those who enjoy a distinctive and cosy ambience.

What we love

Every Holland America ship boasts a wealth of artworks and artefacts, and on Maasdam the theme is the Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th to 19th Centuries - a great trading era. This is an excellent backdrop to the high levels of service and attention on board.

Capacity 1,259 Guests
Crew 580 International Staff
Style The Holland America style is warm and welcoming, with a charming crew and attentive smiling service. A stimulating onboard programme keeps guests busy at sea, and they enjoy the sociable contrast to their time exploring ashore.
Year Built 1993
LAST REFURBISHED 2011
Tonnage 55,575 grt
Length 719 feet
Breadth 101 feet
Cruising Speed 22 knots
More about MS Maasdam

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Spicers Balfour Hotel, Brisbane

Where to stay in Brisbane

Although not super luxury, we like the Spicers Balfour.

Beach on Moreton Island, Australia

Around Brisbane

Moreton Bay is home to a great diversity of marine life, with stunning beaches and excellent wreck diving, and offers exciting 4x4 adventures.

The Richardson, Perth

Where to stay in Perth

We love The Richardson – intimate and contemporary.

Fremantle beach, Australia

Sightseeing in Perth

Historic Fremantle is great to see, and further enhanced if you go with a story telling guide.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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