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41-night Pacific Odyssey and Polynesian Crossing Cruise

Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
Ship:
ms Maasdam
Destination:
Brisbane/San Francisco
Departure Date:
3/28/2019
Length:
41
Offer ID:
1277957
from
$4999


Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth Holland America ship to bear the name. At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each suite has a private verandah. The centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. Other intriguing art featured on the ms Maasdam are two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room and a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period.

Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Brisbane
3/28/2019
3/28/2019 5:00:00 PM

Brisbane

Laze in the lush riverside gardens of South Bank, then browse the markets and swim in its lagoon. Bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens and abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Glide down the river on a majestic paddle steamer or take a high-speed ferry to vibrant inner-city villages like Bulimba and New Farm. When culture cravings hit, wander the art galleries and museums, watch a performance by the Queensland Ballet, Opera or Orchestra perform or see cutting-edge theatre in the Powerhouse. In the boating hub of nearby Moreton Bay and Islands, you can swim, sea kayak, snorkel coral reefs, toboggan down the world's tallest sand dune, hire a sail boat or tussle with a marlin.


Five things you should do in Brisbane:


1. Glide down the river and relax in the gardens


Bike ride beneath macadamia trees and mangroves in the City Botanic Gardens or roller blade over a floating walkway. Then cruise down the river in a wooden paddle steamer, spotting pelicans and eastern water dragons. Laze or picnic under the palms on South Bank's 17 hectares of riverside gardens. Here you can swim from the lagoon and pools of Paul Breka Beach, browse the markets, visit a summer open-air cinema and dine alfresco in the sun. Follow an Aboriginal art trail through the bushland in Mount Coot-Tha Reserve, also the place to spot native wildlife and take in panoramic city views. At the foot of the mountain you can wander the tropical zone, rainforests and Japanese gardens of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Cuddle up to koalas and meet possums, kangaroos, wombats, emus and lyrebirds in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, just a short bus drive from the city centre.


2. Soak up culture and architecture

See the skeleton of a Queensland dinosaur in the Queensland Museum and the work of famous Australian artists in the Queensland Art Gallery. Both sit in the sprawling Queensland Cultural Centre on South Bank. At night, visit the dress circle of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or catch a show by the Queensland Ballet, Opera or Orchestra. Watch plays, browse art galleries and dine out in the transformed industrial space of the Powerhouse, which towers over the wide, brown river like a post-apocalyptic vision. Brisbane also houses many cultural institutions in fine old civic buildings, such as Customs House, the Treasury Building, Brisbane City Hall, the Commissariat Store and the Old Mill. In Brisbane, sandstone cathedrals and classic Queenslander houses on stilts blend seamlessly with steel and glass skyscrapers.


3. Hit the water and islands of Moreton Bay

Sea kayak from North Stradboke Island or Moreton Island or go deep-sea fishing from Scarborough, Bribie Island, Manly or Raby Bay. Jet ski and windsurf on the Redcliffe Peninsula or kite-surf on Wellington Point. Slide down the world's tallest sand dunes on a toboggan or sand buggy on Moreton Island. Scuba dive with colourful fish, crustaceans, corals and turtles at Cowan's Artificial Reef, Flinders Reef and in the Tangalooma shipwrecks. Watch out for humpback whales between July and October and dolphins and dugongs all year round. Meet colonies of koalas in Victoria Point and hundreds of wading birds in the Egret Colony and Boondall Wetlands. Aqua-bike from Coochiemudlo Island then mountain bike the BMX tracks at Cleveland and Deception Bay. Four wheel drive Moreton, North Stradbroke and Bribie Islands. See Queensland's oldest banyan tree in Cleveland Point, Aboriginal scar trees and middens in the Redlands and Myora Springs and a notorious old convict settlement on St Helena Island.


4. Eat, drink and enjoy in the urban villages

Listen to live music, shop along the lively outdoor mall and feast on Chinatown dumplings in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane's cultural core. Next door in New Farm, you can people watch from trendy cafes, buy gourmet delights from the famous deli and picnic in the riverside parklands. Dine in warehouse converted restaurants and explore the transformed industrial space of the Powerhouse, now a buzzing centre for the live arts. Take the citycat to Bulimba on the river. Then visit pretty Paddington and hop between the popular bars, cafes and restaurants of Latrobe and Given Terraces. Then take in the traditional Queenslander homes which dot the hills and wide-lined streets. Cross the river for the funky restaurants and art house theatres of the West End, the shops of Stones Corner and the brewery of Queensland's most famous beer.


5. Embrace adventure

Abseil or rock climb the Kangaroo Point Cliffs at sunrise or at night when the city is dancing with lights. Climb the Story Bridge for spectacular 360 degree views. Free fall on a tandem sky dive or float over the city in a hot air balloon. You can even glide like a bird over the Sunshine Coast on a motor glider. Travel down the Brisbane River on a golden gondola, historic paddle steamer or wildlife cruise. Or take a luxury whale watching cruise from the Redcliffe Peninsula, just 30 minutes north of Brisbane. Do an eco cruise past Bribie Island and the Glasshouse Mountains to Pumicestone Passage Marine Park. Bushwalk, swim, four wheel drive, spot wildlife and explore glow worm caves on an eco-tour to Springbrook and Lamington National Parks. See the city sights on the back of a Harley Davidson or go horseriding in the sprawling bush on the edge of the city.

At Sea
3/29/2019
3/29/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
3/30/2019
3/30/2019

No information currently available.

Noumea
3/31/2019 8:00:00 AM
3/31/2019 10:00:00 PM

Noumea, New Caledonia's capital, is a city of French culture often referred to as St-Tropez of the Pacific. Noumea is a pretty city with sidewalk cafes and little bistros resembling a French provincial town. Arriving in Noumea creates a feeling of being in a France while native Kanak people dress in colorful ankle-length dresses and fish the reef with spears for the evening’s meal. Not far off the coast, the longest barrier reef in the world shelters 350 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish. It looks its best from November through January when the Poincianas, or flame trees, turn red. Sights to see include Place des Cocotiers, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Aquarium, and Botanical Garden and Zoo.

Tadine
4/1/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/1/2019 5:00:00 PM

No information currently available.

At Sea
4/2/2019
4/2/2019

No information currently available.

Luganville, Vanuatu
4/3/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/3/2019 5:00:00 PM

The biggest draw for divers to the Island is the wreck of the SS President Coolidge, a WWII troop carrier sunk by friendly mines in 1942. For adventure seekers, a trip to the Millennium Caves filled with bats and sparrows is well worth your time. There are many shops on the main road in town, and there are a good number of local craft stores and restaurants, as well.

Port Vila, Vanuatu
4/4/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

Port Vila is located around a magnificent natural harbour offering stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands. It is Vanuatu's international gateway and remains the only town on the island. Vila is a pretty town. Clean and uncluttered, the waterfront area is so unpolluted, visitors are stunned to look down from the seawall and see live corals and tropical fish. It's also fast becoming known as the gourmet capital of the South Pacific. Though there is little night life in Vila except at the Resort Hotels, there is a nightclub (Flamingo), a friendly casino (at Le Meridien Resort), a movie theatre (French only) and some restaurants which often feature local or imported musicians. Best of all, Vila is a safe and hassle free environment. Stroll along the waterfront or darkened back streets late at night, and passing locals are likely to wish you a soft "Good night", or perhaps strike up a friendly conversation.

Mystery Island (Aneityum)
4/5/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/5/2019 5:00:00 PM

Located on the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago this beautiful island is a relaxing uninhabited location for those wanting to get away from it all. The clear blue waters are calm and perfect for swimming. Visitors also have the opportunity to snorkel or dive around the coral reef that is teeming with colorful marine life.

At Sea
4/6/2019
4/6/2019

No information currently available.

Lautoka
4/7/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/7/2019 5:00:00 PM

Lautoka is sited in the western side of Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji, and approximately 250 km from Suva, the capital. The city is surrounded with the blue Pacific Ocean on the western side and green gold sugar cane together with pine trees on the other sides. This side of the island is more diverse. One of the prime shopping areas nearby is the town of Nadi.

Savusavu
4/8/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

Often referred to as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu appears to be much the same as it was 30 years ago. Founded before the Deed of Cession, Savusavu was originally established as a center for sailing ships trading in sandalwood, beche-de-mer and copra. Savusavu continues to be a copra town with a processing mill in Balaga Bay at the very bottom of Savusavu Bay. Between the creek and main street is the Copra Shed which was built in 1917 by the Savusavu Planter’s Co-operative Association and later taken over by Morris Hedstrom as a trading store. The renovated Copra Shed still exists today as the main facility for the Copra Shed Marina.

Dravuni Island
4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/9/2019 5:00:00 PM

Dravuni Island, Fiji is a tropical island paradise. On the island is a small tribe of villagers who open their hearts and homes to visitors. Not a bustling port, Dravuni is a perfect place to relax and enjoy what nature has to offer. Hike up the grassy slopes of Dravuni’s highest peak for a spectacular view of the sea and surrounding islands. Have a lazy day on one of their many beautiful beaches or take a snorkel or dive around one of the last healthy reefs in the Pacific.

At Sea
4/10/2019
4/10/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
4/11/2019
4/11/2019

No information currently available.

Waitangi
4/12/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/12/2019 5:00:00 PM

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Tauranga
Suggested Private Excursion
4/13/2019 7:00:00 AM
4/13/2019 7:00:00 PM

Tauranga is the principal city of the Bay of Plenty. Well-planned parks and gardens were left by 19th century missionaries for today’s residents and visitors to enjoy. Sprawling along the sweeping bay, Tauranga is a popular summer resort. Visit the mission house and walk around the 1860s campsite of the military, situated on a cliff overlooking the harbor. Other attractions include the Waitomo Caves, a vast underground network of water-sculpted, cathedral-like limestone grottoes, big-game fishing and scuba diving, and spectacular flightseeing excursions over White Island, New Zealand's most active volcano. The area of the Bay of Plenty is blessed with a good climate and fine beaches. Other sights include Monmouth Redoubt, The Strand, and Mount Maunganui.

Suggested Private Excursions

Rotorua - thermal and cultural highlights (ex Tauranga) - full day tour (8 hours)

Tauranga - 7 hrs - Mountain Biking and White Water Rafting Adventure

Tauranga - 4 hrs - Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour

Tauranga - 7 hrs - White Island and Mount Tarawera Helicopter Safari and Hangi Excursion

Auckland
Suggested Private Excursion
4/14/2019 7:00:00 AM
4/14/2019 5:00:00 PM

Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. There is never a shortage of things to do in the City of Sails. Sights to see include Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology.

Suggested Private Excursions

Auckland - City of Sails Highlights - half day tour (4 hours)

North Auckland - full day tour (8 hours)

Auckland - West Coast - half day tour (4 hours)

Auckland - 7 hrs - West Coast Excursion

Auckland - 8 hrs- Wine and Food Tour on Waiheke Island

At Sea
4/15/2019
4/15/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
4/16/2019
4/16/2019

No information currently available.

Nuku'alofa
4/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/17/2019 5:00:00 PM

Nuku'alofa, the capital and largest town of Tonga is on the north coast of Tongatapu Island in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is the island's chief port and principal economic, administrative, and tourist centre. The red-roofed Royal Palace (1865-1867) on the waterfront, is a major landmark. In 1643 the Dutch navigator Abel Janszoon Tasman landed here.

Vavau
4/18/2019 7:00:00 AM
4/18/2019 4:00:00 PM

This is a place where pressures are washed way by the gentle lapping of the sea on stunningly beautiful white coral sand beaches and the whisper of the trade winds through lush green coconut plantations. On the main island of Vava'u is located the group's tiny capital Neiafu perched above Port of Refuge Harbor, unquestionably one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Neiafu and its surrounding villages are home to about a third of Vava'u Islands overall population of about 20,000. The majority of the Vava'u people live in small villages dotted on the islands throughout the group. Try to visit Swallows Cave and Nuku Island while you are there.

Cross International Dateline
4/18/2019
4/18/2019

Travel across the International Dateline and step forward or backward in time one day.

At Sea
4/18/2019
4/18/2019

No information currently available.

Alofi
4/18/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/18/2019 5:00:00 PM

Niue Island is the world’s largest atoll, or raised coral, in the world; the island is located in the Pacific Ocean. Alofi is the capital of this Pacific paradise; where tourists come for adventures including diving, rocky hiking, and wildlife spotting. The waters off the coat of Alofi are perfect for fishing and spotting dolphins and whales.

At Sea
4/19/2019
4/19/2019

No information currently available.

Rarotonga
4/20/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/20/2019 5:00:00 PM

Rarotonga is one of the Southern Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean and is the administrative centre of the Cook Islands. The island is volcanic in origin, mountainous, and relatively fertile. The highest point is Te Manga (2,139 ft). Rarotonga's inhabitants are largely descended from voyagers from the Society Islands and the Marquesas.

At Sea
4/21/2019
4/21/2019

No information currently available.

Bora Bora
4/22/2019 7:00:00 AM
4/22/2019 6:00:00 PM

Bora Bora is considered one of the most romantic places anywhere. Dominant from the moment of arrival are majestic Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, two towering volcanic peaks of black rock jutting out of the center of the emerald-green island. Often shrouded in clouds, these landmarks take on mysterious and mythical qualities. Off-road excursions, bicycling, and hiking into this wild beauty reveal incredible panoramas and valleys. Hundreds of brilliantly-colored fish, intricate gardens, and clear water also create some of the very best undersea worlds. For an exhilarating expedition, swim with and watch local divers feed small, non-dangerous lagoon sharks. Bora Bora has several ancient temples and authentic Polynesian villages. There are also some reminders of World War II with a number of cannon emplacements left behind by the U.S. Navy.

Opunohu Bay, Moorea
4/23/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/23/2019 5:00:00 PM

Opunohu Bay is on the island of Moorea in beautiful Tahiti. The bay is surrounded by breathtaking peaks, and stunning natural foliage that has been named by yachtsmen as the most beautiful bay in all of Polynesia. The peaceful blue waters make for excellent swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.

Papeete
4/23/2019 8:00:00 PM
4/23/2019

Papeete, the modern and bustling capital of Tahiti and Her Islands, contains
government offices, Gendarmerie, hospitals and clinics, banks and many other
services dedicated to serving the population of the islands as well as tourists
who come for a life-enriching experience to these magical islands.

Papeete
4/24/2019
4/24/2019 5:00:00 PM

Papeete, the modern and bustling capital of Tahiti and Her Islands, contains
government offices, Gendarmerie, hospitals and clinics, banks and many other
services dedicated to serving the population of the islands as well as tourists
who come for a life-enriching experience to these magical islands.

Avatoru
4/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/25/2019 5:00:00 PM

No information currently available.

Fakarava
4/26/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/26/2019 5:00:00 PM

An hour and a half flight from Papeete, rectangular-shaped Fakarava is a charming village, home to most of the atoll's 248 inhabitants. The only other - sort of - settlement (10 people ) is on Tetamanu Motu Islet located opposite the lagoon next to the smaller but prettier pass. Fakarava's immense lagoon has several black pearl farms, idyllic white sand beaches and is peppered with small islands, homes to many breeds of nesting birds oblivious to visitors.

At Sea
4/27/2019
4/27/2019

No information currently available.

Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas
4/28/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/28/2019 5:00:00 PM

The smallest of the Marquesas archipelago, at only 19 square miles, Tahuata is a leaf-shaped volcanic island with sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, lush vegetation, twin bays—and a turbulent colonial history. You’ll call on Hapatoni, a charming, seafront village with an ancient paved royal walkway shaded by tamanu trees. Visit the huge Catholic church, built by the Vatican and decorated with stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful local carvings. Admire traditional carvings at the crafts center. And enjoy fine swimming and snorkeling in the only Marquesas island edged by coral reef.

Nuku Hiva/Taiohae, Marquesas
4/29/2019 8:00:00 AM
4/29/2019 5:00:00 PM

Atop a green peak bordering the bay at Nuka Hiva is a statue of Virgin Mary (984 ft above sea level). In the valley is the Naniuhi "tahua", a meeting place for pre-Christian Marquesans, including a dance platform, ceremonial stones and petroglyphs carved in boulders. Taipivai Valley has numerous waterfalls, a long river and one of the best preserved archeological sites in the Marquesas including several tiki. Anaho Bay and its golden sand beach has great swimming and is one of the loveliest spots in the Marquesas with only six families living in the valley. Don’t miss the sculptures of Taiohae. They are unquestionably the most skilled wood and coconut craftspeople in French Polynesia. Taiohae is a pleasant village bordering the sea with French and Territorial administrators, government buildings, gendarmerie, post office, general hospital, town hall, Air Tahiti office, and well-stocked stores and shops. It lies on the south coast at the head of the Bay of Taiohae whose entrance is guarded by two rocks called "Les Sentinelles" Motu Nui to the west and Matauapuna to the East.

At Sea
4/30/2019
4/30/2019

No information currently available.

Cross Equator
5/1/2019
5/1/2019

Cruise across the Equator from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere.

At Sea
5/2/2019
5/2/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/3/2019
5/3/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/4/2019
5/4/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/5/2019
5/5/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/6/2019
5/6/2019

No information currently available.

San Francisco
5/7/2019 7:00:00 AM
5/7/2019

Blessed with a viable fog-cooled and sun-kissed climate and a dramatic landscape, the San Francisco Bay Area is a visual feast where neither water nor hills are ever too far away. Add to this the cultural medley: Within every neighborhood, from Santa Cruz to Oakland to Mill Valley, a diversity of tastes and interest is thriving. See it in the cuisine, the bookstores, the arts, and the recreational opportunities. To embrace all San Francisco has to offer get out and explore. Walk the streets, drive across the Bay Bridge, go south down the peninsula to Silicon Valley and cruise along the San Mateo coast. Find great sights, museums, art, culture, and family fun attractions. There is a plethora of attractions and activities to satisfy the desires of every one who visits.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Rates are capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice.

Stateroom Description & Pricing Info

Inside Cruise Only Price  
MM - Interior Stateroom $4999
M - Interior Stateroom $5029
L - Interior Stateroom $5079
K - Interior Stateroom $5129
J - Interior Stateroom $5189
I - Interior Stateroom $5239
N - Interior Stateroom CALL
IQ - Interior Spa Stateroom CALL
Obstructed View Cruise Only Price  
H - Oceanview Stateroom $5499
HH - Oceanview Stateroom CALL
Porthole Cruise Only Price  
G - Oceanview Stateroom $5589
Oceanview Cruise Only Price  
FF - Oceanview Stateroom $5699
F - Oceanview Stateroom $5779
EE - Oceanview Stateroom $5829
E - Oceanview Stateroom $5889
DD - Oceanview Stateroom $5949
DA - Oceanview Stateroom $5999
D - Oceanview Stateroom $6059
C - Oceanview Stateroom $6109
CA - Lanai Stateroom $7499
CQ - Oceanview Spa Stateroom CALL
Suite Cruise Only Price  
BB - Vista Suite $11499
BA - Vista Suite $11549
B - Vista Suite $11639
A - Vista Suite $12099
SB - Neptune Suite $16299
SA - Neptune Suite $16879
BC - Vista Suite CALL
BQ - Vista Spa Suite CALL
PS - Pinnacle Suite CALL

*** WAITLIST: Availability in this category is to be advised. Please contact us to request a quote.

Rates are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of $700 additional for all guests. Fuel surcharges may apply. Please ask your travel counselor for details. Rates are subject to availability and may change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Departure Date:
3/28/2019
Number of Nights
41
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 41-night Cruise
  • Meals
  • Entertainment
Available Addons:

Pre or post cruise hotel stay.
Optional roundtrip airfare.

Remarks:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare, transfers, Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses additional.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Offer ID:
1277957

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