South Seas Sampler

11 November - 25 November 2018

Duration

14 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

11 November

Setting sail from Papeete

If you are in search of paradise, don't expect it to be easy to get there! It's a long old haul to get to Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. And once you are there, Papeete itself is by no means the most magical spot - you need to venture forth to see the other islands, and luxuriate in the turquoise lagoons, white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, rugged mountain peaks and coral reefs. Expensive and remote, these islands have maintained their uncommercial magic, with excellent hotels and a warm Polynesian welcome everywhere you go.

Our tip

Don’t bother with local currency – all the local shops and markets will take US dollars. And take aqua shoes, impossible to walk in the sea otherwise.

12 November

At sea

13 November

Cook Islands: Rarotonga

14 November

At sea

15 November

Niue: Niue

16 November

Tonga: Vava'u

17 November

At sea

18 November

Fiji: Vanua Levu

19-20 November

Fiji: Suva, Dravuni

21 November

At sea

22 November

Tonga: Nuku'Alofa

23-24 November

At sea

25 November

Arriving in Auckland

Auckland offers a buzzing waterfront and a vibrant arts scene, and provides a fascinating introduction to New Zealand's proud cultural heritage. The centre is home to excellent shopping and a number of fantastic restaurants, while the north of the city has a distinctly more laid-back vibe, and to the west is the city's oldest wine region.

Don't miss

It’s not all about the city; there is stunning natural beauty within easy reach, including black sand beaches, islands and extinct volcanic cones.

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
The Brando hotel, French Polynesia

Extend your stay in French Polynesia

For the ultimate eco-hotel experience, go for the Brando! Eye wateringly expensive, but a bit special.

View of Bora Bora from above

Explore the islands

If you are visiting Bora Bora tour the island by open bus - Le Truck.

The Langham Auckland

Where to stay in Auckland

There are some great luxury lodges within easy reach of the city. In the city itself we like the Langham.

Kayaking in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Around Auckland

About 3 hours north of the city is the Bay of Islands, an area of pristine islands and turquoise water as well as small towns of historic and cultural interest.

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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