Australia Cruise

33 Day • Holland America Cruise

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Melbourne Rooftop, Victoria, Australia

Adelaide wineries, South Australia, Australia

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australia Cruise

33 Day Cruise Holiday - Holland America Cruise

14-Day Australia & New Zealand Cruise

33-Day Australia Circumnavigation

Immerse yourself in the Land Down Under on this Australia circumnavigation. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Befriend a kangaroo in Cooktown. Explore Darwin and the untamed Outback. Sip pinot noirs in the famed Yarra Valley.

Maasdam showcases the world at its most engaging, authentic and personal. Every voyage features fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, cultural performances and memorable shore excursions to immerse you in each unique itinerary through some of the world’s most exotic locales. And being the only Holland America Line ship outfitted with nimble, inflatable Zodiacs, on select port calls you can explore further than ever before.

Sailing date: 19 November – 22 December 2020

Must Book By: 01 Aug 2020

Interior Stateroom
per person based on double occupancy, Category L
  • Sailing dates:
  • December 19 Nov 2020 – 22 Dec 2020
  • Category L – $8,060 per person
  • Category K – $8,110 per person
  • Category J – $8,163 per person
  • Package Inclusions:
  • All shipboard meals, all shipboard entertainment, complimentary Bottle of Wine in stateroom, 1 complimentary cocktail Party – 1 hour standard with hot hors d’oeuvres per guest, and all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges.
  • Price reflects exclusive Downunder Travel price within
  • MUST BOOK BY: 01 Aug 2020
  • Prices do NOT include airfare.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy.
Ocean-View Stateroom
per person based on double occupancy, Category FF
  • Sailing dates:
  • December 19 Nov 2020 – 22 Dec 2020
  • Category FF – $8,838 per person
  • Category F – $8,890 per person
  • Category EE – $8,994 per person
  • Category DD – $9,046 per person
  • Package Inclusions:
  • All shipboard meals, all shipboard entertainment, complimentary Bottle of Wine in stateroom, 1 complimentary cocktail Party – 1 hour standard with hot hors d’oeuvres per guest, and all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges.
  • Price reflects exclusive Downunder Travel price within
  • MUST BOOK BY: 01 Aug 2020
  • Prices do NOT include airfare.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy.
Verandah Suite
per person based on double occupancy, Category BB
  • Sailing dates:
  • December 19 Nov 2020 – 22 Dec 2020
  • Category BB – $17,028 per person
  • Category BA – $17,158 per person
  • Category B – $17,288 per person
  • Category A – $17,808 per person
  • Category SB – $26,518 per person
  • Package Inclusions:
  • All shipboard meals, all shipboard entertainment, complimentary Bottle of Wine in stateroom, 1 complimentary cocktail Party – 1 hour standard with hot hors d’oeuvres per guest, and all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges.
  • Price reflects exclusive Downunder Travel price within
  • MUST BOOK BY: 01 Aug 2020
  • Prices do NOT include airfare.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Cultural Experience
Airport Transfers
Luxury Experience
Some Meals
Taxes & Fees


Spa Services
Motor Sports
Local Tahiti Tax


  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Cairns
  • Cooktown
  • Great Barrier Reef Experiences
  • Scenic Cruising Torres Strait
  • Darwin
  • Benoa (Denpasar), Indonesia
  • Broome
  • Exmouth
  • Geraldton
  • Fremantle (Perth)
  • Bunbury
  • Albany
  • Penneshaw


33 Days: Sydney to Burnie

33 Day Adventure

Day 1: Depart Sydney, Australia

If you want a snapshot of Australia’s appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers’ wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too.

Day 2 – 3: Days at Sea

NOV 20, 2020 – NOV 21, 2020

Day 4: Townsville, Australia

The Townsville region in North Queensland, Australia is a bustling and vibrant destination boasting diversity in landscape, lifestyle and experiences. Experience barra fishing in the Burdekin or Hinchinbrook, snorkeling fringing reefs around Magnetic Island, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, bird watching at the surrounding wetlands, skydiving The Strand in Townsville, or taking a wagon ride in Charters Towers. With reef, rainforest, outback and wetlands all within easy traveling distance of Townsville, Australia’s spectacular natural wonders await your exploration.

Day 5: Cairns, Australia

The gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country, Cairns sits on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. This laid-back city is popular with travelers who depart from here for days of sailing, diving, snorkeling and trekking through nearby parks—a celebrated launching pad especially for those who want to explore the reef, the Daintree Rain Forest and other attractions of this part of Queensland. And what better place to start one’s adventure? The residents of Cairns are welcoming, the beach life fantastic and the climate consistently sunny and warm.

Day 6: Cooktown, Australia

Named for Captain James Cook, who beached his ship the Endeavor here in 1770, Cooktown was the first meeting place of Europeans and Aboriginals — and the first kangaroo sighting by a European.

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef Experience

The world’s largest coral reef is staggeringly beautiful. As you cruise along the Queensland coastline, you’ll start to understand why the Great Barrier Reef was named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Above the water are hundreds of coral cays and sun-soaked, white-sand islands, while the thousands of reef systems below water are home to a mosaic of marine creatures. The great reef stretches for 2,300 kilometers (more than 1,400 miles)—about as far as the distance from Vancouver to Tijuana, Mexico. Due to its immense size, it’s the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space.
The Great Barrier Reef is a haven for a huge variety of plants and animals. Take time to explore this wonderfully diverse ecosystem by diving, snorkeling or swimming among the colorful coral and marine life. Look for the rich array of flora and fauna on the islands’ beaches and in the rain forests. At night, gaze up in wonder at the multitude of stars that shine crystal-clear in the southern sky. Seeing this UNESCO World Heritage Site up close will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Day 8: The Far North Region & Scenic Cruising Torres Strait

New Zealand’s far north, called Northland, is so remote and untouched that it feels like it’s the end of the world. And, in fact, it almost is: The Maori—who occupied Northland for hundreds of years before Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer, sailed there in 1683—believe Cape Reinga to be the gateway to their afterworld. Northland also happens to be New Zealand’s only subtropical zone, and the region where the Treaty of Waitangi, which gave New Zealand proper British-colony status, was signed in 1840.
Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula stretches northward like a long arm, with the Great Barrier Reef running parallel to the east. Cape York, at the end of the peninsula, is the northernmost point of the Australian mainland. Past the cape, the Torres Strait Islands continue onward toward Papua New Guinea, creating a maze of tropical islands and reefs that divide the Coral Sea from the Arafura Sea.Only 14 of the strait’s 274 islands are inhabited. The languages and customs vary from island to island—the people have largely maintained their indigenous cultures, a mix of Australian Aboriginal, Melanesian and others from Papua New Guinea.

Day 9: Day At Sea

NOV 27, 2020

Day 10: Darwin, Australia

Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise Timor Sea, the Northern Territory’s capital is closer in both distance and temperament to Southeast Asia than it is to most of Australia’s major cities. The lifestyle here is tropical, which means a relaxed atmosphere, balmy weather, fabulous fusion food and vibrant outdoor markets.
This cosmopolitan city has fewer than 140,000 residents, but they include some 50 nationalities. After heavy bombing in World War II and a disastrous cyclone in 1974, Darwin has been largely rebuilt, and it’s modern and well planned. In the downtown area you’ll find everything from great shopping to a crocodile park. You can trace the region’s dramatic history at innovative museums and gallery-hop to see indigenous art. After your sightseeing stroll, have a late lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants. The food options range from authentic Malaysian dishes like laksa, a spicy noodle soup, to a plethora of fresh seafood—mud crab, barramundi and more.

Day 11 – 12: Days At Sea

NOV 29, 2020 – NOV 30, 2020

Day 13: Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is made up of more than 13,000 islands, but even with all that competition, Bali manages to stand out. Beautiful temples and shrines of all sizes are spread across the island, tucked down narrow alleyways, hidden within the jungle or serenely presiding over scenic locations, like the dramatic Pura Tanah Lot atop a rock formation just off Bali’s western coast.
Bali is well known for its arts—traditional music and dance, painting, wood and stone carvings, silver jewelry and ikat and batik textiles. The island’s artistic center is the village of Ubud, and its art markets and boutiques carry beautiful Balinese pieces to take home.

Day 14 – 15: Days At Sea

DEC 2, 2020 – DEC 3, 2020

Day 16: Broome, Western Australia, Australia

Built on the traditional lands of the Yawuru people, Broome is a center for the pearling industry, a vacation destination and an internationally significant habitat for millions of migrating birds.

Day 17: Day At Sea

DEC 5, 2020

Day 18: Exmouth, Australia

With the closest large city, Perth, lying a distant 1,250 kilometers (777 miles) to the south on the coast of Western Australia, it’s easy to feel like you are in the middle of nowhere when you are in Exmouth, population 2,207. The town didn’t even exist until 1967, when the U.S. Navy arrived and its operations brought a slice of American life to this corner of the continent. Anyone in search of a perfect harbor, as the U.S. Navy was, couldn’t do better than the Exmouth Gulf, protected by the North West Cape with the town of Exmouth at its tip. And while the Great Barrier Reef gets all the glory, the cape’s Ningaloo Coast also stuns with its 260 kilometers (160 miles) of superb fringing reefs, shipwrecks right offshore, and vital bird habitats such as those found on nearby Sunday Island. In Exmouth itself, the Ningaloo Centre is scheduled to open in late 2017, devoted to showcasing the cape’s treasures. The wonders aren’t all maritime, however. The 477-square-kilometer (175-square-mile) Cape Range National Park, along the western coast of the cape, draws visitors with its spectacular Charles Knife Canyon and Yardie Creek Gorge, carved over millennia by rivers that run through the park.

Day 19: Day At Sea

DEC 7, 2020

Day 20: Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia

This sun-washed coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia has roots that extend back 40,000 years through the Wajarri people. Their distinctive paintings, combining dots of ochre and earth-based pigments, are among the many treasures on display in the Geraldton Museum. You can experience the past and present of a working Western Australian farm at the Oakabella Pioneering Homestead, built in 1860. Tour the original homestead, cookhouse, shearing shed, stables and blacksmith shop. This is wine country, so you’ll want to stop by a local winery and sample the region’s award-winning sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and more. The pleasant Mediterranean climate is perfect for kitesurfing, windsurfing, saltwater fishing, boating and sailing, so take your choice. For outback adventures, head to Kalbarri National Park, where the Murchison River has sculpted deep gorges and breathtaking vistas.

Day 21 – 22: Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Despite being one of the most isolated capital cities in the world, Perth keeps up with the times and trends, but it often paves its own way when it comes to food, fashion and art. Perth and its port, Fremantle, were first settled in 1829 by the Swan River colonists as free colonies, in contrast to the country’s penal colonies. Historical relics abound, from the Fremantle Prison and the Round House to the Fremantle Market Hall, where shoppers once arrived by horse and carriage. These sights now share the spotlight with art galleries, breweries and designer boutiques. In the city center, the modern towers of mining and financial firms also contain inventive restaurants such as Greenhouse and rooftop bars like the Mechanics Institute. Nearby are Perth institutions like the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Kings Park and Botanic Garden, as well as the creative neighborhoods of Subiaco, Leederville and Mount Lawley. And with the Swan River at its heart and kilometers of Indian Ocean shoreline at its edge, Perth is an ideal city for a stroll, a bike ride or a sundowner on the water.

Day 23: Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia

Established in 1836, fast-growing Bunbury was named in honor of its founder, British explorer Lieutenant Henry Bunbury. With its close proximity to Perth—just a two-hour drive away—Bunbury is a popular getaway for residents of the capital city. It’s best known for the pods of bottlenose dolphins that swim in the waters of Koombana Bay, and there are many excellent beaches, from calm, family-friendly stretches on the bay to surfer favorites along the Indian Ocean, with its larger waves. Diving is also a popular sport; a big draw is the Lena, an illegal fishing boat that was sunk as a dive site in 2003 just three nautical miles off the coast of Bunbury’s Back Beach.Leschenault Estuary, a nature haven, is filled with 10,000-year-old white mangroves—the southernmost mangrove colony in Australia—and 60-plus species of waterbirds. You can get up close to it all by traversing the many boardwalks that snake through the mangroves. The area is also part of the acclaimed Geographe Wine Region, with around 40 different wineries and award-winning shiraz, sauvignon blanc and sémillon vintages.

Day 24: Albany, Western Australia, Australia

Established in 1826, Albany was the first European settlement in Western Australia and quickly grew into a bustling commercial hub. Its historic heart has a certain faded grandeur, while the modern waterfront is undergoing major redevelopment. The area’s most striking features, however, predate the original settlement. Its natural wonders include stunning coastline stretching from Torndirrup National Park’s majestic cliffs to the tranquil bay at King George Sound. In the interior, the peaks of the Stirling Range reach heights of more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and offer opportunities for day hikes with breathtaking views.
During the 19th century, Albany played an important role as a center of shipping between Britain and its Australian colonies, as it was long the only deepwater port on the continent. It was through Albany that some 40,000 Anzac troops departed for Europe, an event that is being recognized through 2018 with a series of events marking the centennial of World War I.

Day 25 – 26: Days At Sea

DEC 13, 2020 – DEC 14, 2020

Day 27: Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia

The Australian continent’s third-largest island—Kangaroo—enchants visitors with its mellow rhythms, which seem to be coming from a quieter and much simpler time. Even Penneshaw, its main ferry port, has a population of less than 300 people . . . and farmers sometimes still advertise for spouses on bulletin boards.
Long roads run arrow-straight through the fields, scrub and dense gum forests of this spectacular unspoiled destination. It remains one of the best places to see Australian marsupials in the wild. Almost half the island remains bushland or national park, sheltering koalas, echidnas and a million or so tammar wallabies. Weighing just five to seven kilograms (11 to 15 pounds), these mini-roos flourish here, thanks to a dearth of foxes and other mainland predators. (Despite this strong population, the species, Macropus eugenii, remains on the endangered list.) Marine mammals also make a healthy showing on Kangaroo Island. Visitors can walk through one of the country’s largest sea lion colonies and watch for rare southern right whales offshore.

Day 28: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

With a burgeoning creative class, top-notch wining and dining, and a pace of life that feels distinctly more leisurely than high-profile siblings Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide has evolved into a must-visit destination. The biggest buzz is going on in the city’s Central Business District, which has become the hub for artists, designers and restaurateurs, all breathing new life into a once-sleepy capital. Not everything changes though: The town’s reputation as a genteel, leafy haven is still justified, and Adelaideans’ love of sport—particularly Australian Rules football and cricket—continues unabated. You’ll also soon notice that the citizens of Adelaide are devoted to fine wine and great food, and they’re particularly proud of the world-class vintages being produced in the famous Barossa Valley wine region, another must-see when visiting South Australia. Even if you can’t make it to the source, the city’s excellent restaurants and bars showcase local wines, many of which—like the country’s most famous red, Grange Hermitage—are worth traveling across the world for.

Day 29: Port Lincoln, Australia

Up the coast from Adelaide, Australia, the nutrient-rich waters and sheltered bays surrounding the Eyre Peninsula—bounded by the Spencer Gulf to its east and the Great Australian Bight, an enormous bay, to its west—support an abundant marine life. And that marine life, in turn, supports Port Lincoln, a town at the tip of the peninsula that’s the seafood capital of South Australia. In addition to ensuring delicious tuna and plump oysters on local menus, the wealth of fish means there is a variety of wildlife here, including aquatic birds, sea lions, dolphins, whales and great white sharks. (For the particularly adventurous, there are opportunities to join the sharks in their natural habitat by signing up for a cage dive).Among the highlights of Port Lincoln are the spectacular views of Boston Bay (a natural harbor three times the size of Sydney’s), mansions built by local tuna millionaires and several interesting art and handicrafts galleries. Nearby Coffin Bay is home to oyster farms where you can sample one of the area’s most famous products, as well as a national park with wild ponies. The Eyre Peninsula also has several award-winning vineyards that produce wines to complement your visit to Port Lincoln.

Day 30: Day At Sea

DEC 18, 2020

Day 31: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It’s renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams.
The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.

Day 32: Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Burnie’s long-running logging industry is just one hint at the amazing forests that surround the town, from the UNESCO World Heritage area that contains Tasmania’s most famous crag—Cradle Mountain—to the lesser-known rain forests of the Tarkine wilderness. Woodworkers, papermakers and print artists thrive in this misty land of trees, as does rare wildlife, ranging from wedge-tailed eagles to echidnas and the fabled Tasmanian devils. There’s pristine beachfront, too, where little penguins march and well-to-do locals dine on seafood platters as they gaze off into Bass Strait. Tasmania’s separation from mainland Australia has created a resourceful, self-reliant and sometimes rebellious community that cooks and farms as well as it crafts and explores. Burnie’s bounty includes award-winning single-malt whiskeys, hard apple cider, trout and salmon, hormone-free milk and cheeses and beef from Cape Grim in the far northwest. Known for having the world’s cleanest air, Burnie is an exciting base for a taste tour as well as a rugged or refined adventure.

Day 33: Day At Sea

DEC 21, 2020

Day 34: Sydney, Australia

DEC 22, 2020


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