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Seabourn Takes Luxury to New Heights with the Launch of “Seabourn Private Air”

Seabourn Takes Luxury to New Heights with the Launch of “Seabourn Private Air”

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, announces the launch of an exciting new offering for guests headed for the most memorable journeys on the seas. Introducing Seabourn Private Air, a new private chartered jet service available for exclusive transportation to-and-from ports of call, and for mid-voyage overland options for Seabourn cruises all over the world, with bookings opening August 15.

Designed for guests who prefer the luxuries and conveniences of private jet travel to those offered by commercial carriers, Seabourn Private Air utilizes a global network of operators who adhere to the highest international and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration standards, and who appreciate what it means to provide exceptional service with a fleet of private jets that include a range of sizes and models. The Seabourn Private Air service will be able to accommodate groups of any size upon request, with available aircraft including light charter jets capable of carrying 5-8 passengers; mid-size jets sized for 7-8 passengers; and heavy private jets with capacity for 9-16 passengers. Pricing will vary by itinerary and aircraft.

“Time is an incredible luxury and as an ultra-luxury travel operator for three decades, we are always seeking new ways to enhance our guest experience. Seabourn Private Air will provide a world of comforts and conveniences for Seabourn guests en route to or from their cruise of a lifetime,” said Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales.

Unlike many jet card or fractional options on the market today, Seabourn Private Air is designed to provide a guest up front, comprehensive pricing* for the private jet package, which is a similar standard to the Seabourn cruise itself where all dining venues are complimentary, as are selections of fine wines and premium spirits. Guests pay for the aircraft rather than by the seat, so the more passengers onboard, the lower the cost per person. The cost of the Private Air package is offered in addition to the cruise fare.  

Amenities and services of the comprehensive Seabourn Private Air package include:

  • Access to thousands of airports, large and small, that serve private aviation, as well as to most major international airports
  • WiFi internet capability
  • Private Valet luggage service
  • Seabourn-standard catering options
  • Seabourn-brand food & beverages on every flight, including Regiis Ova caviar, K+M Chocolates, Montaudon champagne, and a range of complementary spirits
  • Amenities by Seabourn’s signature fragrance partner, Molton Brown
  • Complimentary transfers to-and-from home to the nearest airport and onward to Seabourn’s cruise port**
  • Cabin attendants, required on some aircraft, or available upon request*** if not required by aircraft
  • Next port protection up to 1,000 miles from original destination.

*Private Air fares are separate from the cruise fare **Mileage limitations apply ***For an additional charge

Regardless of the jet type or passenger capacity, every aircraft offered through Seabourn Private Air will include a variety of conveniences and comforts in keeping with Seabourn standards. And, just like those enjoyed by Seabourn guests at sea, all of the above are included in the flight cost.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find a number of innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. These programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50’s and 60’s. Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, focusing on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other favorites like premium steaks, whole roasted chicken, and Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte.

Seven Holland America Line Ships Explore the Caribbean’s Tropical Jewels and Cruise Line’s Award-Winning Private Island on 2019-20 Cruises

Seven Holland America Line Ships Explore the Caribbean’s Tropical Jewels and Cruise Line’s Award-Winning Private Island on 2019-20 Cruises

New Veendam itineraries showcase unique Caribbean ports; newest ships set to explore the region; fares starting at $499 per person, double occupancy.

As summer starts to wind down, travelers begin dreaming of a winter getaway to golden beaches, balmy breezes and crystal blue waters. Between October 2019 and April 2020, Holland America Line will have 160 cruises to the sunny Caribbean to choose from, ranging from seven to 21 days. There are seven of the line’s premium, mid-sized ships to choose from including the two newest ships Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam — all conveniently sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Holland America Line’s vast offering of itineraries features cruises to the eastern, western and southern regions of the Caribbean, including cruises that spend a day discovering the Panama Canal. New Veendam sailings offer a unique mix of calls at some of the region’s most beautiful locales.

“Summer will be over before we know it and there’s nothing like having a Caribbean cruise to look forward to for a winter escape, especially when a day on a private-island paradise is included,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The Caribbean offers that perfect combination of laid-back relaxation, fun and colorful culture, and a cruise gives travelers the most value for their money and easiest way to visit several idyllic islands in one vacation. This upcoming season has several new itineraries and special promotions, such as Save on Sunshine offering up to 50% off on cruise fares, so now is definitely the time to book.”

In the Caribbean, guests can choose a cruise on Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Veendam, Volendam and Zuiderdam, which will sail seven- to 11-day cruises that can be combined into longer, back-to-back Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 21 days.

Half Moon Cay: Best Private Island & Highest Rated Caribbean Port

Most itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private Bahamian island. Both Porthole Cruise Magazine and Travel Weekly readers have named Half Moon Cay the industry’s best private island, and Holland America Line guests rate it as their favorite Caribbean port. This quintessential private-island experience features a two-mile expanse of powdery-soft sand and is one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, nestled against a natural 700-acre lagoon. An array of activity choices are available in this paradise, from relaxing in a two-story villa or private cabanas to delicious dining options like the Lobster Shack and island barbecue. Other activities include a children’s waterpark and fun-filled shore excursions for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers, featuring the ever-popular horseback ride through the surf.

New Veendam Itineraries Explore Eight Caribbean Locales

Veendam’s new itineraries kick off with a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises. Beginning in October, Western Caribbean cruises will call at Key West, Florida; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Half Moon Cay. The ship offers three different seven-day Caribbean itineraries departing Nov. 27, Jan. 29 and March 25 that add a combination of the ports of Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Key West, Florida; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

 Exploring the Treasures of the Caribbean 

Nieuw Amsterdam starts the Caribbean season in October with a series of seven-day eastern, western and tropical cruises that are offered through April 2020. The eastern itineraries showcase the ports of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. The western Caribbean itineraries feature calls at Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown and Cozumel or Key West, while the tropical Caribbean itineraries visit ports including Key West, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Amber Cove.

Beginning in November, Holland America Line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam, will feature similar seven-day itineraries to all three regions, which also can be combined into 14-day Collectors’ Voyages.

Cruisers interested in exploring the less-frequented ports of the southern Caribbean will have longer cruises to choose from aboard Koningsdam. Beginning in November through March, the ship will sail a series of 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer and 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruises. Guests on the 11-day cruises will visit the exotic ports of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, Saint Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay.

The 10-day Seafarer itineraries transport guests to Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curaçao; Oranjestand, Aruba; Amber Cove; Grand Turk; and Half Moon Cay.  Rotterdam sails one 10-day cruise in March 2020 with a similar itinerary.

In November, December and March, Volendam offers itineraries between nine and 16 days to the eastern and southern Caribbean. A 16-day holiday cruise departing Dec. 20 includes two unique southern calls at Trinidad and Tobago — in addition to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Partial Panama Canal Transits Explore Gatún Lake
Guests looking to discover the Panama Canal without going from coast to coast will have the opportunity to experience partial transits aboard Zuiderdam and Eurodam from December 2019 through April 2020. The ships will visit southern Caribbean ports including Oranjestad, Willemstad and Kralendijk as they make their way to Gatún Lake in the Panama Canal for a day of spectacular scenic cruising. 

Combine Back-to-Back Cruises for Longer Collectors’ Voyages
Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages to create the ultimate Caribbean exploration with more economical fares than if booking the cruises individually. Ranging from 14 to 21 days, these artfully crafted, longer journeys combine nonrepeating, back-to-back itineraries, allowing guests to span more than one Caribbean region and enjoy the ultimate island-hopping journey.

Celebrate the Season with a Festive Holiday Cruise

For those who like to get away for the winter holidays, a total of 12 holiday sailings will ply the warm waters of the Caribbean on far-reaching itineraries that range from seven to 16 days. Several nonrepeating itineraries can be combined to form a longer Holiday Collectors’ Voyage that can be extended up to 21 days.

During the holiday cruises, guests can take part in a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, participate in Hanukkah celebrations, enjoy traditional holiday meals with all the trimmings and indulge in a special Royal Dutch High Tea with fanciful holiday cookies and pastries. The ships’ international crew chorus performs a magical holiday show, while caroling and sing-alongs take place around the ship. Offering something for all ages, kids will delight in a visit from Santa Claus and holiday-themed crafts. The New Year’s Eve sailings are the ideal setting to ring in a new year, featuring a festive holiday ball with a Champagne toast and followed by a day of college football bowl games.

Explorations Central (EXC) Brings the Caribbean to Life on Board

Throughout the cruises, EXC programming brings the Caribbean's local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. Guests who want to learn more about the region can attend an EXC Talk about the ports of call, or head to an EXC Port to Table cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The Dining Room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of the Caribbean.

Caribbean cruises feature a diverse selection of Shore EXCursions that focus on culture, history, nature, architecture, adventure, culinary topics and family outings. Exclusive culinary-themed Shore EXCursions in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine showcase the regions' food scenes from a local perspective.

Caribbean cruise fares start at $499 per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional. Several Caribbean sailings are eligible for Holland America Line’s Save on Sunshine promotion where travelers may save up to 50% on cruise fares. Suite bookings also receive a Premium Internet Package. Guests receive the benefits when bookings are made by Sept. 30, 2019.

Aeroflot celebrates 65 years of regular flights to Paris

Aeroflot celebrates 65 years of regular flights to Paris

Aeroflot has marked 65 years since the launch of regular flights from Moscow to Paris.  The first flight took place on 1 August 1954. Initially, flights were operated with a transfer in Prague. Four years later, the governments of both countries signed an agreement on direct flights. Aeroflot operated the Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft on the line. It took 5 hours 50 minutes to fly the 2,700 km route.  

Today, Aeroflot passengers reach the French capital within four hours. Aeroflot operates five own services daily, and another four flights are made by the French partner Air France based on reciprocal code-sharing agreement. Aeroflot flies to other major French cities – Nice, Marseille, Lyon, in addition to Paris.

Aeroflot Group connects France to both Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Rossiya Airlines provides services to Paris and Nice from Moscow and Russia’s Northern Capital. The flights are operated under Aeroflot’s commercial management.

The Moscow – Paris route is an integral part of the transit connection between Europe and Asia. Thanks to Moscow’s convenient geographical location, transit passengers can save up to three hours of flight time. The airline’s operational costs are considerably lower than those of the peers, which enables Aeroflot to offer its customers flight options unrivalled in price and service quality.  

The ever growing passenger numbers as well as the steadily high load factor of Moscow-Paris flights demonstrate how popular the route is. In the first half of 2019 Aeroflot Group passenger traffic totalled about 300 thousand people.

Source: www.aeroflot.ru

Seabourn Set to Celebrate The Holidays with Special Memory-Making “Holiday Cruises” Scheduled Around The World

Seabourn Set to Celebrate The Holidays with Special Memory-Making “Holiday Cruises” Scheduled Around The World

SEATTLE, July 30, 2019 – Give the gift of travel this upcoming holiday season! Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, will be ringing in festivities with five special holiday cruises around the world set to celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year. Seabourn’s holiday cruises provide perfect opportunities for family and friends to reconnect, enjoy precious quality time together, and create unique, lasting memories. Each of these specialty cruises will be curated to include celebratory onboard events, festive dining, and truly memorable programming inspired by the spirit of the season.

Guests of Seabourn’s holiday cruises will have the opportunity to discover some extraordinary destinations throughout the season aboard every vessel in the Seabourn fleet, while also enjoying a wealth of onboard activities. Discover global holiday cheer by exploring the natural and cultural wonders in cruising destinations like breathtaking Antarctica, the sun-bathed Caribbean, the coastal beauty of Australia and New Zealand, and the colorful, friendly ports of Vietnam and Thailand.

“A voyage with Seabourn is a wonderful way to gather for the holidays, where you’ll create memories that family and friends will be able to share for a lifetime,” said Chris Austin, senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales at Seabourn. “This year’s holiday voyages offer something for everyone by combining a festive décor and atmosphere, onboard events, and appealing coastal and inland settings that put their own spin on the holiday season. With five ultra-luxury ships delivering impeccable cuisine and cherished destinations to choose from, a Seabourn holiday cruise should be at the top of everyone’s travel list.”

Each Seabourn holiday cruise will highlight the best of the season, from scheduled Christmas and Hanukkah festivities filled with good cheer, decorated gingerbread villages and evergreen displays, to classic New Year’s Eve celebrations that fuse finest holiday garb, classic party favors, Champagne toasts at midnight, and dancing into the new year.

Holiday sailings for 2019 scheduled aboard every ship in the Seabourn fleet include:

  • 14-Day Holiday Antillean Gems (December 21-January 4) – Take a rambling route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida, aboard Seabourn Sojourn amidst a string of glorious Leeward Islands waiting in between. It will be festive, with Gustavia on Saint Barthelemy, Charlestown on Nevis, Willemstad on Curacao, and Key West, Florida welcoming guests to soak up sun, surf, and local culture along the way. Celebrate Christmas Eve in Point-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, and take in Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located beyond the sugary sands of Carambola Beach in Saint Kitts on Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve will offer much to celebrate with a call at Port Antonio, Jamaica, while the first day of 2020 on Cayman Brac, the smallest and most unspoiled of the Cayman Islands, will make for a delightful stop to start the new year.
  • 24-Day Holiday Antarctica, Patagonia & South Georgia (December 19-January 12) –Set sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina aboard Seabourn Quest, and unwrap an exciting “South Georgia Experience” on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with scenic cruising, landings, and an optional Ventures by Seabourn kayak excursions showcasing the wildlife and spectacular scenery of South Georgia. Then it’s on to the bottom of the world with a six-day “Antarctic Experience,” where guests can explore the Antarctic Peninsula as the calendar heads into 2020. There will be plenty else to enjoy heading back north on the west coast of South America, with various landings and scenic cruising of the Beagle Channel, El Brujo Glacier, Chilean Fjords, and more before arriving at San Antonio (Santiago), Chile.
  • 16-Day Holiday Australia & New Zealand (December 21-January 6) – Set sail from Sydney’s breathtaking harbor and four days later spend Christmas Eve exploring Melbourne with myriad options including a UNESCO Partner Tour of “Arcades and Alleyways.” This holiday version of the line’s popular Antipodean itinerary aboard Seabourn Encore continues with Christmas Day at sea en route to New Zealand, where ports of call including Milford Sound, Oban, and Wellington will be waiting, as well as a day of cruising in spectacular Fjordland National Park. New Year’s Eve in the “Garden City” of Lyttelton (Christchurch) will offer cool explorations including a “High Country 4WD & Jet Boat Adventure,” while New Year’s Day in Kaikoura will have opportunities to make memories from watching whales by catamaran to swimming with seals before guests disembark in Auckland.
  • 14-Day Holiday Caribbean (December 21-January 4) – Sail round-trip from Barbados aboard Seabourn Odyssey with overnights and extended evening stays at island destinations across the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The relaxing, two-week holiday cruise will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at sea between Trois Islets, Martinique, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where an overnight stay will offer opportunities from walking tours to a rum tour for exploring the oldest continuously occupied European city in the Americas. Other stops include Cartagena, Colombia; an overnight in Oranjestad, Aruba, where locals speak Papiamento; and Kralendijk, Bonaire, where guests will be greeted with a friendly “bon bini” as they enjoy the pretty waterfront promenade, quaint toy-like houses that exemplify Dutch colonial architecture, and many possibilities to soak up the scenery on land and beneath the waves. 
  • 14-Day Holiday Thailand & Vietnam (December 21-January 4) – Step aboard Seabourn Ovation in Singapore and head for colorful, friendly ports on one of Seabourn’s most popular Asian itineraries. Christmas Eve festivities include an optional day of sightseeing of the “Best of Bangkok,” while Christmas Day will be marked with Seabourn’s signature Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue party on the sparkling sands of the unspoiled tropical island of Ko Kood. After taking in Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s only international marine port, the cruise continues to Vietnam with an overnight stay at Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) followed by New Year’s Eve at Da Nang (Hue) with various opportunities to explore the city including three distinctive UNESCO Partner Tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The final stop will be in Hong Kong.   

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

Two Holland America Line Ships Explore the Pristine Beauty of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific during 2019-2020 Season

Two Holland America Line Ships Explore the Pristine Beauty of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific during 2019-2020 Season

Cruisers looking to channel their inner explorer and visit the ultimate paradise can chart a course to Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific with Holland America Line come this fall. Noordam spends the fall through spring showcasing the lands Down Under, while Maasdam charts a course on longer itineraries starting in August, including a bucket-list Australia circumnavigation.

Offering a premium, mid-sized ship experience, Noordam uncovers the enchanting isles of the South Pacific en route to Australia’s southern and eastern regions, and the North and South islands of New Zealand. Maasdam’s voyages touch the South Pacific and New Zealand on cruises from 10 to 30 days and also reach the entire coast of Australia.

“Our Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruises are crafted to focus on the must-explore ports, must-see sites and incredible scenic cruising — from cosmopolitan cities like Sydney to the natural beauty of Milford Sound,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Having two ships with two distinct paths makes it easier for guests to choose if they want to get a memorable taste of the region or if they want to go all in and join us on a longer adventure. No matter which itinerary they choose, guests won’t be disappointed with what awaits.”

Noordam Spends the Season Down Under Showcasing Highlights

Noordam offers cruises roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, or between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, from October 2019 through April 2020. During the voyages, guests have unforgettable experiences with visits to iconic landmarks, some of the world’s most scenic cruising and shore excursions that feature UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The ship kicks off the season Oct. 13, 2019, with a 26-day South Pacific Crossing from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sydney, with calls along the transpacific journey in Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia.

Noordam then begins a series of 12- to 15-day Australia and New Zealand cruises between Auckland and Sydney, including a special holiday cruise departing Dec. 21. These itineraries visit five or six ports in New Zealand as well as Hobart, Tasmania. Melbourne, Australia, is included on some of the 14-day cruises, while Port Arthur, Tasmania, is added to the 15-day itinerary. All include a day of scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, and several departures also feature scenic cruising in Milford Sound.

Three 14-day New Zealand Discovery voyages departing in January and April sail roundtrip from Sydney and include seven or eight calls throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand, giving a comprehensive exploration of the country. The itinerary includes scenic cruising in Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, and the April 2 departure also includes a call at Eden, Australia.

April 16, Noordam heads back across the Pacific Ocean on a 25-day journey from Sydney to Vancouver with calls in New Caledonia, Fiji, American Samoa, Hawaii and Canada.

Maasdam’s Immersive Voyages Include Unique Port Visits

From August 2019 through March 2020, Maasdam explores Australia, New Zealand, the Coral Sea and Melanesia on longer voyages that deeply immerse guests into the cultures and customs of each location. Calling at lesser-visited ports along with popular favorites, the cruises range from 10 to 30 days, including the full circumnavigation of Australia. The Maasdam’s specially curated itineraries set themselves apart with a dedicated onboard team of subject-matter experts and Excursions by Zodiac tours for up-close exploration.

Following a 29-day repositioning cruise from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan, to Sydney, Maasdam sets its sights on New Zealand and the gorgeous islands of the Coral Sea. For travelers with less time, the 10-day New Zealand and Coral Sea cruise departing Oct. 7, 2019, is the ideal introduction to the region. Maasdam then begins a memorable 30-day Australia Circumnavigation roundtrip from Sydney. The itinerary calls at 13 Australian ports and exotic Komodo Island and includes scenic cruising in the famed Great Barrier Reef, the Torres Strait and Ribbon Reef and a sunrise at Lizard Island.

The ship’s immersive voyages continue with a series of itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Melanesia and the Pacific Islands. The unique options include a 17-day cruise with six calls along Australia’s eastern coast, including Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and several ports among the southern islands of Papua New Guinea; a 20-day Pacific Islands Adventure with nine island calls and two New Zealand ports; and a 14-day Southern Australia Holiday cruise departing Dec. 23 that spends time exploring Tasmania and six ports along Australia’s south coast. The ship also sails 13-, 14- and 15-day itineraries that focus on the islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.  

At the end of the season, Maasdam cruises back to San Diego, California, on a 19-day crossing from Papeete, visiting Bora Bora, Christmas Island and five ports in Hawaii. 

Book Back-to-Back Cruises with a Collectors’ Voyage

Ranging from 28 to 51 days, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Collectors’ Voyages are perfect for avid explorers seeking a more extensive cruise experience. The voyages combine back-to-back, nonrepeating itineraries and represent the best per-day value for guests.

Explorations Central (EXC) Brings Australia and the South Pacific to Life on Board

Throughout the cruises, EXC programming brings local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. Guests who want to learn more about the region can attend an EXC Talk about the ports of call or head to an EXC Port to Table cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The Dining Room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of the region. On board the specially curated Maasdam itineraries, enrichment is guided by a resident team of subject-matter experts.

Cruises feature a diverse selection of Shore EXCursions that allow guests to immersively experience each port of call. Tours focus on culture, history, nature, architecture, adventure, culinary topics and family outings. Exclusive culinary-themed Shore EXCursions in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine showcase the regions' food scenes from a local perspective.

Maasdam also carries eight Zodiac inflatable boats, the type popularized by famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, so guests can enjoy opportunities to intimately explore less accessible sites and wildlife habitats in select ports as part of the ship’s Shore EXCursion program. A mix of onboard experts and local guides co-guide Zodiac outings to enrich the experience for guests.

Depending on itinerary length, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific cruise fares begin from $549 to $4,299 per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.