Australian Explorer

21 October - 17 November 2017

Duration

27 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

14 Ports

21 October

Setting sail from Sydney

One or our favourite cities in the world, we love pretty much everything about Sydney. Offering outdoor living at its best, the city is known for the excellent beaches but offers so much more, including a thriving and varied food scene inspired by Asian and European flavours. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and admire the amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the cafés and bars in The Rocks district, walk across the top of the Harbour Bridge (or enjoy the easier option of a view from the top of one of the stone towers) or just relax on the beach.

Our tip

Rather than go to Bondi, take a local ferry from Circular Quay (an attraction in itself) to the relaxed northern beaches for a (slightly) less crowded experience.

22 October

At sea

23 October

Australia: Brisbane

24 October

At sea

25 October

Australia: Hamilton Island (Whitsundays)

26 October

At sea

27 October

Australia: Cairns

28-29 October

Australia: Sherrard Island (Anchorage)

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

9-10 November

Australia: Fremantle (Perth)

11 November

Australia: Albany

12-13 November

At sea

14 November

Australia: Adelaide

15 November

Australia: Kangaroo Island

16 November

At sea

17 November

Arriving in Melbourne

Culturally sophisticated and fashionably hip, Melbourne combines edgy street art with gold rush era architecture while offering excellent restaurants and top museums. We love the upmarket beachside neighbourhood of St Kilda, an ideal base to explore the city, or you could spend a few days seeing Victoria's other attractions, such as the beautiful 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, or tasting the excellent wines of the Yarra Valley.

Don't miss

Go wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s best and most scenic wine regions.

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
Park Hyatt Sydney

Our favourite hotel in Sydney

So many to choose from, but we love the Park Hyatt – make sure you upgrade to a room with a view.

Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains

Around Sydney

The Blue Mountains is a beautiful area of hikes, waterfalls and unusual rock formations, and a place to learn about the Aboriginal dreamtime.

The Crown Towers, Melbourne

Where to stay in Melbourne

The Crown Towers – if it’s good enough for Heston, it’s good enough for you and us.

Twelve Apostles, Australia

Excursions from Melbourne

See the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. At sunset they are particularly breathtaking.

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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