Cruise New Zealand and Australia with Holland America

New Zealand has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful places on earth: comprised of two main islands, North Island and South Island, the country is nicknamed God’s Own Country and Paradise of the Pacific.

Boasting sweeping vistas, sparkling oceans, and wildly diverse tourism options, New Zealand was named the World’s Top Travel Destination in both 2003 and 2004 by Lonely Planet. The Guardian and Observer’s People’s Choice Award named it the the best long-haul travel destination for 2004. In 2005, Condé Nast’s readers declared New Zealand to be the best holiday destination in the world. You can’t refute that.

Perhaps one of the best ways to see New Zealand and it’s beautiful sister, Australia, is by cruise ship. Packed to the brim with amenities — pools, fine dining restaurants, and on-board entertainment — a cruise ship allows you to relax and enjoy your days, drinking in scenery like sunsets over the endless ocean, and debark to enjoy some of the best tourism gems at your destinations.

Holland America Cruise Line offers some of the most comfortable and classy cruise ships in the world, coupled with delivering you to fantastic destinations. Their recommended 18-Day Wondrous Holidays cruise takes you on a meandering journey from Brisbane, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand.

As you board Holland America’s ms Statendam, you’ll feast your eyes on over $2 million worth of art and artifacts, keeping with the ship’s theme of Dutch life and exploration. Fine-dining options dot the ship, offering something for everyone. Particular favorites are the Rotterdam Dining Room, a beautiful two-tier restaurant featuring five-course menus and an impressive wine list, and The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, where you’ll participate in making delicious creations. The ms Statendam also offers Club HAL for children 3 to 12 and both The Loft and The Oasis for teens that want to have some fun with their peers while the parents play.

The 18-Day Wondrous Holidays cruise winds its way through the waters, stopping in Sydney, Melbourne, Burnie (Tasmania, Australia), Milford Sound (NZ), Fjordland National Park (cruising only), Dunedin (NZ), Christchurch (NZ), Picton (NZ), Queen Charlotte Sound, Captain Cook Ship Cove, Wellington (NZ), Tauranga (Rotorua, NZ), and the Bay of Islands (NZ). With so many days and stops, you’ll be sure to get a nice taste of New Zealand and southern Australia.

For more details on this once-in-a-lifetime New Zealand cruise, check out Holland America’s detailed cruise itinerary. And if you’d like to take a cruise in a different destination, check out our cruise directory.

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