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From Moose to Marsupials. Two great cruises unite South Pacific and Alaska, with cruise back to Australia

March 5, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

A double cruise aboard two fine Holland America Line cruise ships explores Alaska’s renowned Inside Passage and visits Los Angeles, Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji and Noumea before sailing back to Australia.

All of that, plus Vancouver and Canada’s mountains, costs from A$5999 twin share per person.

It’s part of a holiday later this year that also ventures into Canadian mountain country on a two-day tour – including the famous Rocky Mountaineer Whistler to Vancouver train trip. Another bonus: three nights to explore Vancouver from your central base at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, a downtown landmark known as ‘the castle in the city’. unnamed (1)

The holiday that offers all this is called ‘From Moose to Marsupials’. It uses Holland America Line’s elegant, mid-size ships MS Zuiderdam and MS Volendam and it’s  being sold by Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com).

‘From Moose to Marsupials’ lasts over five weeks – 38 days, to be precise – and prices have been reduced. The cruise now costs from A$5999 twin share per person from Sydney. That’s for a twin inside cabin and it’s $A800 lower than the earlier price, provided bookings are received before the end of March 2014. Credit offers apply on both ships for bookings received by that date (unless withdrawn earlier by the cruise line).

From Brisbane or Melbourne, prices, twin share per person, begin at A$6199.

This fly-double-cruise Canada and Alaska adventure begins on 12 September 2014 with a flight from Sydney to Vancouver. After a night’s hotel stay to freshen up, board MS Zuiderdam for a fabulous seven-night round-trip into the dramatic fjords of Alaska’s Inside Passage, prime habitat for bald eagles, bears, sea lions and whales.

These forested islands include the historic town of Juneau, the Klondike gold-rush settlement of Skagway and the totem poles of Ketchikan. MS Zuiderdam spends a day cruising phenomenally photogenic Glacier Bay, where brown and black bears forage and 16 tidewater glaciers plunge into icy fjords.

Aboard MS Zuiderdam, all shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are covered. For bookings received by the end of March 2014, a bonus U$50 in free onboard credit is provided for each twin cabin.

After the cruise, enjoy a night at the downtown Fairmont Vancouver and then set out along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway on a two-day/one-night Discover Whistler mini-stay.

Highlights during the journey to Whistler include cascading Shannon Falls and the great granite cliff face of Stawamus Chief Rock. Get set now for a classic Canadian combination: a night’s stay at the five-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler, between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and the Rocky Mountaineer rail trip from Whistler to Vancouver. It’s one of Canada’s great rail journeys, taking in the magnificent scenery of Howe Sound and British Columbia’s coastal mountains

Two more nights at the elegant Fairmont Vancouver  give you time to relax in one of North America’s most desirable cities. Perhaps saunter the cobblestone streets of historic Gastown, full of artists’ studios and boutique designer shops in refurbished heritage buildings.

The main cruise of the holiday is now about to begin – 24 nights from Vancouver to Sydney aboard the luxury MS Volendam, a ship known for flowers, art and fine dining. First port of call is Los Angeles, with time to visit Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or hit those famous LA shopping malls. While shopping, remember that you don’t have to worry about airline baggage weight restrictions!

Five days at sea gives time to explore MS Volendam. Artwork aboard runs from pre-Columbian sculptures to Renaissance-era Italian fountains. Dining can involve five-course menus or you can opt for vegetarian or low-carb choices. Take time to explore the lounges, bars, Lido Pool and Frans Hals Show Lounge. Once again, all shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are covered in the price. For bookings received by the end of March 2014, a bonus US$100 in free onboard credit is provided for each twin cabin aboard MS Volendam.

Next stop Hawaii – first at Hilo on the Big Island, then a full day in Honolulu. Maybe visit Pearl Harbor or stroll Waikiki Beach. Onward to Pago Pago (pronounced pango pango), ringed by forested mountains, capital of American Samoa.

On the other side of the date line lies Fiji. MS Volendam visits two dreamy Fijian islands: sparsely populated Dravuni (perfect beaches on a far-flung archipelago); and gentle Lautoka, with clear turquoise waters and 20 luxuriant hectares of orchids at the late Raymond Burr’s Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Next, Noumea, capital of New Caledonia. Perhaps find a café, sip a Pernod; contemplate practicing your French.

The next stop is super-special. Try to rise early to catch dawn arrival in Sydney, one of the world’s most sublime cruise experiences, ending your holiday on a serene yet exhilarating note. 

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: 

www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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