Longer 'Legendary Voyages' highlight Holland America Line's 2024-2025 Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruises
Luxury Cruise Guide
03 June, 2023
Holland America Line has announced that three of its ships will explore Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2024-25. Westerdam will spend the season "Down Under," while Koningsdam and Zaandam each offer a longer “Legendary Voyage” to the South Pacific and Hawaii.
The line’s extended “Legendary Voyages” range from 25 to 59 days and combine the ceremony of a “Grand Voyage” with itineraries that offer a comprehensive collection of ports. Most “Legendary Voyages” sail roundtrip or to/from a North American homeport with a domestic flight and easy embarkation.
Highlights of the Australia and New Zealand 2024-25 season include:
- The 35-day “Australia Circumnavigation” departing November 17, 2024, sails roundtrip from Sydney. Westerdam visits 16 ports around Australia and includes scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the remote Ribbon Reef and Far North Regions. Guests enjoy overnight calls at Freemantle and Hobart, along with a late-night departure from Adelaide. Beyond Australia, the ship will call at Komodo Island.
- From January through March 2025, Westerdam offers 14-day “Australia and New Zealand” cruises between Auckland and Sydney. The sailings include six ports around New Zealand and a call at Hobart. All itineraries include scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, and select dates also include Milford Sound.
- A special 14-day “New Zealand Holiday” cruise departing December 22, 2024, is roundtrip from Sydney. Guests spend the holidays exploring six ports around New Zealand, including an overnight call at Wellington. The itinerary also includes scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.
Highlights of the South Pacific 2024-25 season include:
- The 51- or 56-day “Tales of the South Pacific” voyage aboard Zaandam: The 51-day itinerary is roundtrip from San Diego departing September 30, 2024, while the 56-day cruise is from Vancouver to San Diego departing September 25. The exploration takes a counterclockwise route around the South Pacific, with 20 calls in Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook and Society Islands, Marquesas and Tahiti. Guests have extra time ashore with overnights at Honolulu and Papeete, as well as late-night departures from Honolulu and Suva.
- Westerdam’s 23-day “South Pacific Crossing” departing October 24, 2024, is from Seattle to Sydney. The Pacific Ocean crossing includes seven ports in Hawaii, New Caledonia, Fiji and American Samoa.
- The 35-day “Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas” aboard Koningsdam departs February 15, 2025, and is roundtrip from San Diego. The ship makes four calls in Hawaii and six additional island calls throughout the South Pacific. Overnights include Honolulu, Raiatea, Moorea and Papeete.
- Westerdam’s 29-day “South Pacific Crossing” departing March 30, 2025, is from Sydney to Vancouver. Guests discover 12 ports in Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. The itinerary offers an overnight at Honolulu, plus late-night departures from Lahaina, Kona, Suva and Nouméa.
Ranging from 43 to 58 days, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific “Collectors’ Voyages” combine back-to-back, non-repeating itineraries and represent the best per-day value for guests.
For a limited time, when guests reserve select 2024-25 Australia/New Zealand cruises with the “Have It All” package, the standard package amenities of shore excursions, specialty dining, a “Signature Beverage Package” and “Surf Wi-Fi” are included alongside free prepaid crew appreciation and free upgrades to the “Elite Beverage Package.” Terms and conditions apply.
For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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