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Pacific Explorer Premium Cruise

Categories:

  • Cruises
  • South Pacific

Price:

From $5,299

Stay:

22 nights

Travel Dates:

Monday 27th of November 2017 until Monday 18th of December 2017

Description:

Pacific Explorer Premium Cruise from Auckland Return - 22 Nights aboard ms Maasdam - from $5299 per person.

Special inclusions

22-Night cruise and accommodation aboard ms Maasdam
All meals included during your cruise
Entertainment and activities while cruising
Port taxes and government fees

Bonus Offers include*:
- Prepaid Gratuities (hotel service charges)
- Up to US$500 onboard spending money 
- Bonus offer for Suites

Cruise details

22 Night Cruise sailing roundtrip from Auckland aboard Maasdam.

Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's 135-year history 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.

Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, 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.

Highlights of this cruise:

Auckland
What makes Auckland one of the loveliest and most livable South Pacific cities in the world? Credit the visually enticing and world renowned north island of New Zealand where this city sits. To the south, picture rugged and mountainous terrain laced with caves and mystery, while extinct volcanoes in this Ring of Fire nation now form perfect sites for parks with grassy hillsides. Get the best perspective on this City of Sails by climbing up one of these prospects with evocative names — Mount Eden, North Head, or One Tree Hill — and take in the views and fresh sea air. For life on the waterfront. Waitemata and Manukau Harbours provide excellent examples.

Rarotonga
This dramatic South Pacific island is complete with miles of white sand beaches, glittering lagoons, small villages, and volcanic peaks covered in lush vegetation. Visit the Cook Island Cultural Village and experience the lifestyle of the Maori people; walk the Cross Island Trek amid fragrant frangipani and be rewarded with beautiful views and waterfalls; and of course spend time luxuriating on a peaceful beach as the trade winds maintain a perfect temperature.

Tahiti (Papeete)
Even if you've never been, you've probably been. All you need to have done is glance once at the work of a former French stock broker, tarp salesman, and Panama Canal laborer. The color that Paul Gauguin brought to canvas could have been lifted from the markets, beaches, and buildings of today's Papeete. Cruise visitors can soak in the vivid buzz of the Le Marche marketplace, walk the park along the waterfront, and hunt for a deal on black pearls. Meanwhile, the rest of the island is waiting. Stop by the romantic Vaipahi Garden and the fern-lined sea caves of the Mara'a Grotto, then do anything on, beside, or under the island's elysian lagoon. 

Bora Bora
After the end of World War II, some American soldiers stationed on Bora Bora didn't want to leave. In fact, they stayed until their families back home began complaining. It's hard to blame the soldiers. James Michener called the island the most beautiful in the world, and used the island as inspiration for his Bali Hai. The island's mountains, beaches, and lagoons are the default when you think "tropical paradise." Cruise visitors can dive into the clear waters of the lagoon, take a jeep tour into the high country, or relax on Matira beach and wonder what would happen if you stayed.

Samoa Islands
Find island bliss, as did Robert Louis Stevenson, in the old ways of Samoa. Experience a traditional kava ceremony, taste breadfruit, relax in a thatched roof fale on the beach. 

Suva
Traditional rituals live on in this modern capital city. Marvel as Fijian firewalkers display their mysterious power over flame; join a village chief in the preparation of kava; relax in a thatched bure. 

Dravuni Island
Even among the hundreds of tiny islands that comprise the South Pacific nation of Fiji, Dravuni resembles a mere spec in the ocean. But what an idyllic place to come ashore to set foot on beaches so pristine you may think you were first to set foot there. Of all the world's tropical slices of heaven, this one welcomes snorkelers and beach huggers alike to its welcoming shores. Consider visiting the charming village to meet the locals, and learn the ancient craft of weaving indigenous pandanus leaves into mats and other essentials.

Waitangi
The double-island nation of New Zealand will forever boast its place among the world's most breathtakingly beautiful. As the backdrop for countless blockbuster films, many may even recognize the terrain. Here, in the peaceful marine wilderness called the Bay of Islands, Waitangi represents but one of 150 idyllic rural island landscapes. Discover the nation's indigenous Maori culture and the impact of European arrival here at the richly carved Maori marae (meeting house). Once these oceans supported a large whaling industry, while tourism and big game fishing prevail. Try a sail out to the Cape Brett lighthouse for a real treat.

Terms & Conditions

Cruise costs are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Itinerary changes may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Cruise Line reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests up to US$9 per person per day if the price of light sweet crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) exceeds US$70 per barrel. Please consult cruise line website for current information.

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