CLOSE TO HOME HOSTED CRUISE ABOARD HOLLAND AMERICA "WESTERDAM"  AUCKLAND TO SYDNEY plus 3 nights Sydney featuring Christmas Day and New Years eve at sea. Verandah midship cabins included.

"WESTERDAM". 82.348 tons. 1,916 passengers. 


18 Days.    Depart Auckland Tuesday 20 December 2022 - return Friday 06 January 2023 (extendable)


Fly to Sydney Saturday 03 December for 3 nights accommodation and breakfast sailing on "Westerdam"  December 06 for Melbourne, Hobart, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Kaikoura, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and arrives Auckland 7am December 20).


Day 1. Tuesday. December 20, 2022            AUCKLAND DEPART   

Embark aboard "Westerdam" this afternoon and sail at 5pm. Enjoy the views of the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.

Day 2. Wednesday. December 21.         TAURANGA.

Arrive Tauranga 8am - sail 5pm. Optional tours to Rotorua or locally.

Day 3. Thursday. December 22.        NAPIER

Arrive Napier 12pm - sail 6pm. 

Day 4.   Friday. December 23.          KAIKOURA.

Arrive Kaikoura 10am - sail 6pm.   Tender access to shore subject to weather.

Day 5. Saturday. December 24.       LYTTELTON    (Christchurch)

Arrive Lyttelton 8am - sail 5pm. Shuttle to Christchurch and optional tours available.

Day 6.  Sunday. December 25.        CRUISING - CHRISTMAS DAY

Full day at sea to enjoy the festivities, fine food, and entertainment for a very special christmas.

Day 7.  Monday. December 26.         PORT CHALMERS   (Dunedin)

Arrive 8am -  sail 6pm. Shuttle to Dunedin and optional tours to Otago Peninsula available. 

Day 8.   Tuesday. December 27.          CRUISING FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK.

A day of magniifcent scenery cruising Fiordland, usually Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford Sounds. Visits are subject to weather. No landings.

Day 9. Wednesday. December 28,      AT SEA

Day 10. Thursday. December 29.       AT SEA

Two days at sea to relax and enjoy all the facilities, restaurants, and entertainment on board as we cross the Tasman.

Day 11.   Friday. December 30.    HOBART

Arrive Hobart 8am - sail 11pm. Optional tours available.

Day 12. Saturday. December 31.    AT SEA - NEW YEARS EVE.

A day at sea to enjoy your ship and get ready to welcome 2023 on the dance floor or on deck under the stars. The midnight buffet is a special challenge!!

Day 13. Sunday.  January 01. 2023     MELBOURNE - HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Arrive Melbourne 8am. Sail 6.30pm Optional tours available

Day 14. Monday. January 02.   AT SEA

Final day at sea to enjoy your ship and new found friends.

Day 15. Tuesday, January 03.    ARRIVE SYDNEY

Arrive Sydney 7am. Disembark after breakfast and enjoy a tour of the icons of Sydney including The Rocks, Harbour Bridge, Manly, Kings Cross, and Bondi Beach. We will finish our tour at our 4 star inner city hotel about 4pm.

Day 16. Wednesday January 04.   SYDNEY

Day 15.  Thursday. January 05. SYDNEY

Two free days to explore Sydney and shop. Optional tours to Blue Mountains, Canberra, etc

Day 16.  Friday. January 06. SYDNEY - AUCKLAND

Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch

CLOSE TO HOME HOSTED CRUISE ABOARD HOLLAND AMERICA "WESTERDAM"  AUCKLAND TO SYDNEY plus 3 nights Sydney featuring Christmas Day and New Years Eve at sea. Verandah midship cabins included.

"WESTERDAM". 82.348 tons. 1,916 passengers, 810 crew


18 Days.    Depart Auckland 5pm Tuesday 20 December 2022 - return Friday 06 January  2023 by air (extendable)

Tour cost per person

2 per cabin    $5,690

Single cabin   $8,600

"Friendly Four" Discount sharing 2 cabins - just $5,400 each

 CHILDREN - age 2-12. Maximum 2 sharing 4 berth cabin for cruise and extra bed in hotel room accompanying 2 parents - $2,500 each. There are three CLUB HAL programmes on board designed for children age 3 to 6, 7 to 12., and 13 to 17. Limited in-cabin baby sitting may be available for $10 per hour for the first hour and $7 for each additional child. A childrens menu is available in the dining room and through room service.

On board ship you can be as sociable or chill as you wish. Join the group for meals and activities or choose your own, or relax in the library or spa. The choice is yours.

Holland America are renowned for their entertainment in WORLD STAGE main theatre, and the MUSIC WALK which includes BILLBOARD ONBOARD (hit themes from the 50's to today), LINCOLN CENTRE STAGE (classical and light music), and KINGS BLUES CLUB (live band -  Blues and Motown and a great dance floor!) . 

Restaurants with cuisine created by some of the best chefs in the world.   

Main Dining Room. Flagship dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - included

Pinnacle Grill for lunch and dinner (included 1 night during cruise - surcharge other nights). On one or two nights Pinnacle Grill will be transformed into Rudi's Sel de Mer pop up - small extra charge.

Canaletto for authentic Italian cuisine

Lido Market offers the widest range of food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late - included.

For casual dining around the pools there is Dive In poolside grill, New York Pizza, and Gelato. Also try the Grand Dutch and Explorations cafe's.

Still hungry - there is always 24 hour cabin service!  


The ship also has a library, movies, digital workshops to hone your computer skills, America's Test Kitchen to extend your cuisine skills, destination lectures, spa, and daily quizzes - all totally optional and at no charge of course. 

The Sports Court has a full basketball court which can be converted to a soccer pitch or volleyball court, 2 Ping-Pong tables, and shuffleboard. The promenade deck is 2.2km long for a few laps after dinner if you wish, or head for the upper deck and enjoy the view of the stars - weather permitting.  

And also of course the opportunity to work out in the gym and relax in the Green House  Spa and Salon - extra charge for treatments.

"Westerdam" has 2 swimming pools and 3 hot tubs  open from 7am to 9pm. The Lido Pool has a retractable roof.



Deposits: within 7 days of booking. $1000 per person share twin. $2,000 single room

Balance: payable by 31 August.

For reservations after 31 August full payment is due within 7 days of confirmation.


 Before 19 September   $100

20 September - 14 October    Full Deposit

15 October - 04 November 50% of tour cost

05 November - departure. 100% of your tour cost.

Holland America Cancellation Protection Plan:

Holland America offer a protection plan to cover cancellation fees on your cruise fare if you cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure for any reason. Written cancellation must be provide and you will receive a refund of 80% of your cruise fare. (This does not apply to Sydney arrangements or air fare). Pre existing conditions are not excluded. Extra cost $  




Tour cost includes:

** 14 nights aboard "Westerdam" including all meals and entertainment.

** Arrival and departure transfers in Sydney

** 7-8 hour tour of Sydney on arrival day

** 3 nights 4 star hotel including breakfast in Sydney

**  Air New Zealand Economy Plus air fare Sydney to Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch.


You are welcome to stay longer in Sydney and arrange your own return if you wish. Explore more of Sydney or Australia.



Westerdam departs Sydney January 03 for Newcastle, Airlie Beach, Cairns, cruising Great Barrier Reef, and Torres Strait,Darwin, Komodo Island, Lombok, Bali, and arrives Singapore January 19.

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