DAY 502 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6:30 PM
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a popular tourist destination thanks to its variety of attractions, restaurants and picturesque surroundings. Best known for the Sydney Opera House, there’s so much to see and do in this vibrant city. Alongside Sydney Opera House, particular highlights include the Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Things to do in Sydney:
An iconic attraction in Sydney, the Sydney Opera House is home to a variety of performances throughout the year and features unique 20th century architecture. Located on Sydney Harbour, this extraordinary building is well worth a visit to, whether you’re looking to watch a performance there or to simply explore it.
Royal Botanic Garden
A popular attraction in Sydney is the picturesque Royal Botanic Garden. Spanning 30 hectares on Sydney Harbour, it has a wide array of plant life and boasts incredible views of the Sydney Opera House and the city's wide array of skyscrapers. Established in the early 19th century, it makes for a wonderful visit if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Alternatively, you could reach for the sky at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Constructed out of steel, this prominent bridge connects the central business district to the North Shore. What’s so incredible about the ‘coat hanger’ bridge, is that you can climb it and take in breathtaking views of the city and harbour!
DAY 704 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 5 PM
A vibrant coastal city in Victoria, Melbourne is beloved for its food and art scene, and the numerous attractions it has to offer. A large city that surrounds the Federation Square development, you’ll find a large selection of fantastic restaurants that lie on the picturesque Yarra River. Top highlights in the city include the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Zoo and the Old Melbourne Jail.
Things to do in Melbourne:
Queen Victoria Market
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Queen Victoria Market. Spanning an impressive seven hectares, this large open air market has a variety of stalls, including clothing and fruit and vegetables.
Situated in the Royal Park, within easy reach of the city centre, Melbourne Zoo is another popular attraction in Melbourne. Home to nearly 4000 animals and 243 different species, it’s a tranquil and fascinating place to visit whilst in the city.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Once a jail, and now a museum, the Old Melbourne Gaol is a captivating historical building in Melbourne. With an eerie feeling, a tour around it is bound to intrigue, as you learn about the fascinating history of the jail and its inhabitants.
DAY 1209 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 8 AM
The most picturesque natural attraction in New Zealand is Milford Sound, which is located deep within the Fjordland National Park. Combining mountains, ominous waters, and dramatic cliffs surrounded by woodland, its one to add to your bucket list
DAY 1411 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 5 PM
A vibrant port town that’s situated close to Christchurch, Lyttelton boasts a relaxed, bohemian vibe, bustling cafes and numerous attractions to explore. Particular highlights in and around the town include the Lyttleton Farmers Market, Timeball Station and the nearby Christchurch Gondola.
Things to do in Christchurch (Lyttelton):
The Lyttelton Farmers Market is one of the most extraordinary attractions in the town due to the amount of produce on offer. From fresh fruit to vegetables, it’s a wonderful place to explore whilst wandering around.
A heritage-registered time ball station, the Lyttelton timeball is a prominent landmark in the town. Although it was partly destroyed by an earthquake, the 1876 station has a fascinating history as it used to be an astronomical clock that navigated ships into the port.
Just over 20 minutes from the town, the Christchurch Gondola is another popular tourist attraction that takes you high above the picturesque Heathcote Valley and across the slopes of Mount Cavendish. A fun and exhilarating experience, it’s the perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable photos of the city.
DAY 1613 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
The bustling capital of New Zealand, Wellington boasts a beautiful waterfront promenade, vibrant harbour and picturesque surroundings. With lots of different sights to discover, from the Wellington Botanic Gardens to the Wellington Cable Car and Wellington Zoo, there’s something for everyone to enjoy whilst stopping off during your cruise.
Things to do in Wellington:
Spanning 25 hectares, the Wellington Botanic Garden is situated within easy reach of the city centre. With a variety of flora, from native forest to seasonal displays, it’s a tranquil place to explore away from the hustle and bustle.
A popular funicular railway, the Wellington Cable Car will take you from Lambton Quay and Kelburn. Spanning 612 metres, you’ll soar to 120 metres in the air and enjoy breathtaking views out over the city.
Spanning 32 acres, this popular zoo is home to over 500 animals and 80 different species. Opened in 1906, it’s the ultimate family day out when visiting Wellington.
DAY 1714 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 1 PM
A picturesque coastal city on the North Island of New Zealand, Napier is renowned for its vineyards and natural attractions. Top attractions in Napier include the National Aquarium of New Zealand, the Bluff Hill Lookout and the MTG Hawke’s Bay art gallery.
Things to do in Napier:
Opened in 1957, the National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to a variety of marine life. A popular attraction in the city, it’s situated in the vibrant Marine Parade within moments of the centre. Popular with families and couples alike, this aquarium is a wonderful place to discover the marine life in the area and escape the hustle and bustle.
Bluff Hill Lookout
Once home to an artillery battery, this picturesque and historic lookout is the perfect place to enjoy incredible views out over the city and ocean. A relaxing landmark to visit, it provides plenty of opportunities for unforgettable photographs.
MTG Hawke’s Bay
Not only is this a popular museum, but also a theatre and art gallery in the centre of the city. Comprising three buildings, this modern landmark is the perfect place to see artworks, a show or even discover more about the city itself.
DAY 1815 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
A vibrant harbourside city located in the picturesque Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, Tauranga is home to an array of historic and modern attractions, including the Tauranga Art Gallery, Waimarino Water & Adventure Park and the Fernland Spa. With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what you experience during your time there!
Things to do in Tauranga:
Situated in the Western Bay of Plenty, the Tauranga Art Gallery is home to an array of exhibits, from historical pieces to modern art. A cultural attraction that’s popular with tourists and locals alike, the variety of artworks on show are bound to impress.
This fun park is full of watersports, from kayaks to inflatable climbing walls. There’s even spaces for picnics - the ultimate place to explore during your time in Tauranga and one that’s bound to be a hit with the little ones!
Alternatively, you could head to the sumptuous Fernland Spa. Within easy reach of the heart of the city, it boasts mineral springs, hot pools, a large pool that’s surrounded by native foliage, 8 spacious private pools and more!
DAY 1916 Feb 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
The beautiful and vibrant city of Auckland is popular with those visiting New Zealand due to its array of attractions, including the Auckland Domain park, bustling harbour and seaside promenade. An oasis of music, art and food, this captivating city has something for everyone.
Things to do in Auckland:
Situated in the heart of the city, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in New Zealand. In the Central Business District, this popular attraction stands an impressive 328m tall. An icon of the skyline, you can take in breathtaking views from the top of it.
Spanning over 16 hectares, the Auckland Zoo is also located in the centre of the city. Over 100 years old, it’s home to 2,800 animals and over 130 different species. With so many different exhibits to see, this captivating attraction is a wonderful place to visit regardless of who you’re travelling with.
Auckland Botanic Gardens spans an impressive 156 acres, including 10 hectares of forest. Opened in 1982, it attracts over 1 million visitors each year due to its vast plant life. A beautiful attraction, this historic botanic garden is located in Manurewa.
Hotel stay included
Hotel in Sydney Central - 4 stars
31 Jan 2025
2 nights stay
We don't know the hotel in Sydney Central yet as this cruise is too far in the future but it will be centrally located, a minimum of 4 stars, selected from our list of preferred hotels & based on a 'room only' board basis. Local government city taxes & local resort fees may be payable.
Hotel in Auckland Central - 4 stars
16 Feb 2025
2 nights stay
We don't know the hotel in Auckland Central yet as this cruise is too far in the future but it will be centrally located, a minimum of 4 stars, selected from our list of preferred hotels & based on a 'room only' board basis. Local government city taxes & local resort fees may be payable.
Customer reviews for Westerdam
Based on 8 reviews
Value for money
Have just returned from a the Alaska cruise on Hollander America.everything was excellent We really did appreciate the opportunity to attend mass every morning with a priest on board. Many thanks
12 Oct 2019
How many passengers? That's all i need to know. i was disappointed in the whinging reviews of the entertainment ~ who needs "Entertainment" when the whole of the Southern Oceans and Antarctic Seas are outside? I go on a ship to see what I can see; usually from the bridge wings.
16 May 2019
Good cruise although Holland America overcharge for their own excursions, many of which can be undertaken for a fraction of the cost on your own. Food and service on board good. It's a shame Holland America don't publish more information on their website about the ports to be visited to enable better planning in advance.
10 May 2019
The ship is okay - we had a brilliant holiday, the ship was not an important factor in our decision, it was determined by the itinerary, we went to Japan and Russia (Japanese maritime law states that only vessels which are registered in Japan can sail around Japan without spending time 'abroad'. We had a day in Vladivostok which was enjoyable. The main reason for taking this cruise was the fact that - apart from the Russian trip - we had the maximum time in Japan to enjoy the cherry blossom. We loved every minute of the holiday, we had excellent guides, the excursions were great and we came back with wonderful memories. What we liked about the ship: our cabin was well appointed, we had a balcony cabin but if you wantred to save money, you could have done without the balcony. We spent so much time off the ship, we did not make good use of the balcony. The Lincoln Center classical music group was outstanding, so was the BBKings Blues band, we were looking forward to these performances every day, the stuff that happened on the main stage was not to our taste, we thought it was awful. The food caters very much to American travellers, there is a lot of stuff that I would describe as: death on a plate, I had a lot of food ashore, the fish ashore was wonderful and I would have preferred some healthy options like poached fish. The staff were friendly and efficient, no complaints. The ship looks a bit dated in places, we liked the modern reception area here. The gym is fine. There is nothing remarkable about the ship, I can't think of any 'wow' factors - but as I said, we were not that worried about the ship, we went to see the cherry blossom.
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