Pacific Explorer

22 November - 23 December 2017


31 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)


18 Ports

22 November

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.

Don't miss

The Harbour Bridge is our favourite site in the city, whether you do the Bridge Climb Experience or tour the Pylon Lookout. It's best viewed late afternoon from the east side of Circular Quay.

23-25 November

At sea

26 November

New Zealand: Tauranga

27 November

New Zealand: Auckland

28-29 November

At sea

30 November

Tonga: Nuku'Alofa

1 December

Tonga: Vava'u

2 December

Niue: Niue

3 December

At sea

4 December

Cook Islands: Rarotonga

5 December

At sea

6-7 December

French Polynesia: Papeete

7 December

French Polynesia: Mo'orea

8 December

French Polynesia: Bora Bora

9-10 December

At sea

11 December

Samoa: Apia

12 December

At sea

13 December

Fiji: Vanua Levu

14 December

Fiji: Suva

15 December

Fiji: Lautoka

16 December

Fiji: Dravuni

17-18 December

At sea

19 December

New Zealand: Auckland

20 December

New Zealand: Bay of Islands

21-22 December

At sea

23 December

Arriving in Sydney

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.

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
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.

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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Mundy Office Wells Steet, W1T 3PP