Pacific Islands Adventure (21 Days)

Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Ship: Maasdam  |  64 Reviews
Sydney, Australia to Sydney, Australia
Dates: 03 Dec 2019 - 23 Dec 2019

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03 Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia
5:00 PM
04 Dec 2019
05 Dec 2019
06 Dec 2019
Waitangi, New Zealand
12:00 PM 8:00 PM
07 Dec 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
08 Dec 2019
09 Dec 2019
10 Dec 2019
Nuku' Alofa, Tonga
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 Dec 2019
Vavau, Tonga
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
International Dateline (Crossing)
Alofi, Niue
10:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 10
12 Dec 2019
International Dateline (Crossing)
DAY 11
13 Dec 2019
DAY 12
14 Dec 2019
Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 13
15 Dec 2019
Suva, Fiji
8:00 AM 11:00 PM
DAY 14
16 Dec 2019
Dravuni, Fiji
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 15
17 Dec 2019
Port Denarau, Fiji
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 16
18 Dec 2019
DAY 17
19 Dec 2019
Tadine, New Caledonia
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 18
20 Dec 2019
Nouméa, New Caledonia
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 19
21 Dec 2019
DAY 20
22 Dec 2019
DAY 21
23 Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia
7:00 AM
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About Us

For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.

Insider Tip

The Holland America Line Culinary Council® is an innovative team of top-name chefs from around the world assembled to guide and enhance all aspects of the shipboard culinary experience.

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Valid for Travel 23 Sep 2019 - 01 May 2020
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Shore Excursions

Sydney, Australia - 03 Dec 2019

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: Sydney, Australia
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private Sydney: When Rum Ran the Rocks

Alright, let’s get to know Sydney a little better — what do you say? Join us for your very own private tour around one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Sydney Wind your way through the back alleyways, up the steps and back in time to uncover the stories and people who shaped this fledgling colony. Hear all about Sydney’s oldest pubs, the first breweries, amazing convict tales, and a rebellion over the most precious drink of all… rum! As Australia’s first neighbourhood, the Rocks was literally cut from the sandstone cliffs that rise above Sydney Harbour. On this private Sydney walking tour, we’ll carve out a narrative of this neighbourhood’s history, starting with the convicts that were forced to settle here and their amazing tales of survival and entrepreneurship.

Along the way, we’ll make pit stops at some classic local pubs in the heart of the Rocks. From there, we’ll explore the once seedy back alleyways, which today are very safe, of course, but still feature many great photo opportunities. After a drink at another historical pub, we’ll delve deeper into some of the unique and most off-the-beaten-track parts of the Rocks as we visit an archaeological site like no other in Australia. We’ll finish up your private Sydney tour by enjoying one last beer back near where the tour began. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our When Rum Ran the Rocks group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: Sydney, Australia
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine
Private Sydney: Eat, Drink and Walk the City

This food and drink tour of Sydney will give you a literal taste of all the city has to offer! Over the course of the evening, you will visit three different small bars, all tucked away in basements, back alleys, old horse-cart carriageways, loading docks, and other hard-to-find corners. We’ll spend about 45 minutes in each venue, giving you plenty of time to sample some snacks and/or enjoy a drink, depending on what’s on offer at each place. One of the great things about this tour is that it’s rarely the same thing twice! We might be treated to specialty pizza one time or tapas or dumplings another time, washed down with maybe a glass of mulled wine in winter or sangria in summer.

Come with an open mind for whatever’s placed in front of you! And as this is a private tour, we can tailor our stops around your food preferences; neat, huh?! In between stops, you’ll be guided along some of Sydney’s most interesting streets, where you can discover other venues, see fantastic street art, spy intriguing spaces, and learn where the locals really go after work hours. We’ll start our tour at the glass dome in Wynyard Park, the site of the old military barracks where the New South Wales Corps marched to arrest Governor Bligh in 1808 — known later as the Rum Rebellion. In the mid-1800s, it then became a site for shops and homes, with a recreational square.

The tour will end in the Kent Street area, after three hours of exploring the city centre via the nooks and crannies hidden away in downtown Sydney. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Eat Drink Walk Sydney group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Sydney, Australia
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Expert Led Private Tour of Sydney

This three-hour walking tour led by a historian traces the early history of Sydney, from its foundations as penal settlement to one of the most exciting 21st century cities. Our tour will begin in Sydney Cove, the main ferry terminal in the city. We’ll start with the Aboriginal groups that lived in this area and their culture, and then discuss the arrival of the First Fleet. Using this cove—now a lively plaza of bustling activity—as our text, we’ll look at the entire British project in Australia through the lens of this first contact and settlement. Our conversation will lead us through a variety of sub-topics, including the division of the city along class lines, the status and contributions of convicts, and eventual displacement of Aboriginal groups. Our walk will take any variety of paths, depending on the interests of the group and the background of the historian leading it. However, a few key sites will be considered, including the Museum of Sydney, which occupies the site (and preserves the remains) of Australia’s first Government House, the convict-built obelisk on Macquarie Street, and salvaged remains of one of the First Fleet ships lost in the South Pacific. We’ll continue up Macquarie Street and explore a number of very notable historic structures, including the Hyde Park Barracks, St. James Church, and King Street Law Courts. We’ll learn about Governor Governor Macquarie and his wife, Elizabeth, who were a major force in early Sydney and built some of the city’s earliest, most iconic buildings. We’ll look at Macquarie’s vision for the city and how he approached tricky issues like emancipated convicts, English class systems, relationships with the Aboriginal groups, and the difficult task of building a British civilization on the opposite side of the globe. Along the way we may step into the State Library, where there is usually an exhibit of historic artifacts—manuscripts, household items, etc.—from this period. We may also visit the local mint and the Sydney Hospital, originally built as the “Rum Hospital” where we may discuss the Rum Rebellion and other moments of strife. Our time together will conclude in Hyde Park, one of Sydney’s best green spaces, and also a legacy of this early period, where we can take shelter from the sun in a cool, shaded corner, and wrap up our discussion. We’ll emerge from our time together with a sharper sense for Sydney—and, indeed, Australia’s—early history from the First Fleet (1788) through the middle of the 19th century, with hints here and there of modern and contemporary life.

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Sydney, Australia
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Expert Led Private Tour of the Rocks

While Sydney is now a beautiful sparkling city, it wasn't always. This three-hour tour we’ll explore the Rocks and learn about Sydney’s social history, from the convict settlements located here in the 19th century to outbreaks of the bubonic plague, traveling across the 20th century to more recent immigrant groups and their struggles for equality. We'll start on the western edge of Sydney Cove where we’ll begin at the beginning—the arrival of the First Fleet. However, unlike the more traditional course through the political history of Sydney’s early history that we take on our Making of Sydney tour we’ll veer into social history and look at how immigrants, workers, women, families, and—yes—convicts shaped this city over two centuries into a leading global metropolis. As we weave through the area, we’ll visit a variety of monuments, from historic homes like Cadman’s Cottage to archaeological sites like the Big Dig under the Sydney YHA. This will enable us to discuss the presence of the Cadigal people in this area before European contact, and the successful waves immigrants who settled here—from the European dockworkers in the 19th century to Chinese merchants in the 20th. We’ll wander the narrow, picturesque alleys crisscross in the shadows of the Harbor Bridge, looking at how different groups inhabited and made their living here, from the shopowners along Gloucester Street or the strumpets (prostitutes) who contributed mightily to the economic vitality of this area in the 19th century. We will also look at the labor movement in Australia, which had a strong presence in the Rocks, partly due to the Harbor Bridge construction project. We’ll spend a good amount of time in the shadow of the bridge, or perhaps climb its pylon, and learn about the green bans, a labor protest movement aimed at preventing the destruction of historic buildings and gentrification of the neighborhood.

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