Holland America Line’s ms Noordam deployment to Australia this October is just five months away. Noordam will be making its maiden voyage to her new home port of Sydney on 25 October and will sail nine roundtrip and six one-way departures through April 2016. Launched in 2006, Noordam is the newest Vista-class ship and is well-known and loved by Australians who have cruised on her in Europe, the Caribbean and Alaska.
ms Noordam provides more Verandah staterooms than her predecessor in this market, ms Oosterdam, allowing even more guests to enjoy the incredible views after a day full of entertainment, fine dining and enriching experiences.
ms Noordam will see the return of Holland America Line’s B.B. King’s Blues Club experience Down Under, which received an incredible response when it joined the departing Oosterdam in January this year. B.B. King’s Blues Club is a dynamic eight-piece live show experience that takes place every night in the Queen’s Lounge. With performers hailing directly from the much-lauded B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, the show has been thrilling Holland America Line guests over the past two years.
Following ms Noordam’s drydock in April 2015, LED screens were installed in the main show lounge which offer the ability to change out dynamic backdrops, making the stage shows even more vibrant and interactive. The popular Dive-In has received refurbishments, along with The Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Ocean Bar, Pinnacle Bar, Crow’s Nest, Explorer’s Lounge, Neptune Suite and Atrium.
“The arrival of Noordam in our region further exemplifies our commitment to offering Australians and New Zealanders the very best in premium, mid-sized cruising,” said Tony Archbold, Director of Sales, Australia and New Zealand. “Holland America Line offers a holiday experience which is perfect for couples, families and singles alike. Our exciting entertainment, sophisticated dining and engaging enrichment activities are proof of this, and ms Noordam beautifully showcases them all.”
2015–16 Noordam departure highlights
ms Noordam will sail a range of 12–29 day Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries from October 2015 through April 2016.
14-day Australia & New Zealand from $2,199pp
Departing on 8 November from Auckland sailing to Sydney, there will be no shortage of spectacular scenery on this 14-day adventure. Stopping in picturesque and historic towns such as Napier and Akaroa, vibrant cities such as Wellington and Melbourne and cruising the magnificent Fiordland National Park, cruisers will be delighted with this varied itinerary.
12-day Pacific Treasures from $1,399pp
A roundtrip Sydney sailing departing 5 December, this 12-day itinerary will take in the culturally rich South Pacific islands. With calls in New Caledonia and Fiji, cruisers will be delighted by the warmth of the South Pacific people and their idyllic island paradises. A range of adventurous, relaxing and informative shore excursions will provide cruisers with an in-depth exploration of this remarkable and beautiful region.
16-day New Zealand Christmas from $2,999pp
For cruisers looking for the ultimate way to celebrate Christmas this year, the 16-day New Zealand Christmas sailing is the only present they could wish for. Departing Sydney on 17 December for a roundtrip sailing, this itinerary offers an extensive exploration of New Zealand including charming towns, stunning coastline and dramatic fjords and sounds. The sailing also includes an overnight call in Auckland, where guests will be able to make the most of this happening city. And being the Christmas holiday, Holland America Line will ensure that guests are well looked after, with festive meals and entertainment providing the perfect Christmas cheer.
15-day New Zealand Discovery from $1,799pp
Departing for a roundtrip Sydney sailing on 15 January, this New Zealand Discovery sailing will make the most of New Zealand’s delightful summer season. Noordam will make calls at nine New Zealand ports including Milford Sound, Akaroa, Wellington and Auckland. The ship will also cruise through the scenic Fiordland National Park, a must-see for visitors to New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. As with all Holland America Line cruises, an exciting schedule of shore excursions will ensure that guests make the most of their time in this incredible country.