Holland America Amsterdam

Cruise ships overnighting in Sydney

More cruise ships are staying overnight in Sydney Harbour than in past years. Among the first this season are the Amsterdam, which will overnight from 11 to 12 th November at Barangaroo. Celebrity Millennium will move from the Athol Buoy on 21st November to the Overseas Passenger Terminal on 22nd November and then Voyager of the Seas will overnight at the OPT from 23rd November to 25th November. Obviously this gives passengers much longer to explore Sydney and even time to take a trip to other parts of NSW or further afield.

 When Holland America’s Amsterdam arrives she will be at the beginning of a 27 day cruise which began in Brisbane 2 days before. Passengers will disembark in San Diego California on the 5th December.
Celebrity Millennium was launched in 2000 and one of the remarkable features is the wooden panels which were originally used on the RMS Olympic a sister ship of the Titanic. Olympic was sold for scrap in 1936. Celebrity Millenium also has a large conservatory.  When she departs Sydney she will head to Singapore arriving on December 9.
When the Voyager of the Seas arrives it will be at the end of an 18 night cruise round Australia which began in Fremantle on 5th November and took passengers to Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, New Zealand and back to Sydney. On the 23rd she will head out to sea for a Sampler Cruise for one night – and ideal way to find out if you like cruising – or would like to take further voyages on this ship.

Looking for ice and polar bears – or a Pacific experience

At this time of year I know many Aussie cruisers are looking to Alaska! From May to September ships cruise the icy waters of North America – Canada and Alaska. One of the most interesting itineraries for the adventurous is offered by Cruise West who take their passengers deep into the Inside Passage, sailing around the Glacier Bay National Park and Perserve (if you need to know where this is use Google maps!). These cruises offer passengers a chance to learn from a National Park ranger and passengers will discover the flora and culture of the area, watch for wildlife and the crack of the glaciers as they calve into the ocean.
Cruise West sailings are on 18 May, 24 July, 29 July, 26 August and 2 September – and they are currently offering big savings – so send us an email if you would like to find out more.

If travelling the South Pacific is more your thing Holland America’s Amsterdam is sailing from Los Angeles to Sydney visiting Tahiti, Cook Islands and Vanuatu. It’s a 33-night voyage and the package departs from Sydney on 29 September, 2009 for Los Angeles. So you have the pleasure of cruising back to your home port and arriving truly relaxed, after your South Pacific sojourn.
I’ve added a photo from my trip to Tahiti in 2007, just to whet your appetite.
We’re here to tell you more so just email us travel@travelchoice.com.au for more information.