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General

Oh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way to visit them is in on a cruise, an amazing pleasure cruise.

There is no need to change hotels; you can afford to indulge in the pleasures of life, as you sail on a ship whose only purpose is to provide you with relaxation and enjoyment at every moment. We are on board a luxury ship belonging to the fleet of one of the world’s leading companies, Holland America.

The Europeans discovered Australia in the seventeenth century. After the British lost their colonies in North America, it was only natural for them to accept, in return, as compensation, this new Crown Colony of the British Empire. From a barren land to which British prisoners were deported, it gradually became a thriving and flourishing country. Most of the population is of European origin, with a small Aboriginal minority.

Australia has a significant and active Jewish community. Also, Australian and New Zealand soldiers took an active part in the defeat of the Ottoman forces during World War I, in the Gaza, Beer Sheva and Jerusalem areas.

Australia’s wealth places it near the top of the world economy, especially in the commodities market. It is the the world’s largest exporter of iron ore, second largest producer of gold, the third largest producer of nickel and the fifth in copper. Australia has another fascinating treasure. The continent is the world’s main habitat for pouch mammals. After a brief pregnancy, tiny newborns immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch where they will continue to develop until they set out on their own.

Almost two thousand kilometers from Australia lies New Zealand, which, as a neighbor, is also a member of the British Commonwealth. A group of large and small islands containing the largest meadows and sheep in the world, New Zealand is known for its spectacular landscapes and nature, and has become a magnet for millions of tourists a year. It combines a wide range of natural landscapes: rainforests, sand dunes, hot springs and glaciers.

Australia, the fifth continent, is a paradise for lovers of open spaces and natural landscape. Although this is the smallest continent, it is impossible to visit all sights during one trip.

New Zealand made up of two islands, North and South, is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, a paradise for nature lovers with stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

Australia and New Zealand have it all: Cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Auckland, the Blue Mountains and many of the world‘s best beaches; the Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive collection of coral on earth, and a selection of native animals such as the cute koalas, bounding kangaroos, curious emus an12d diminutive kiwis.Destinations

MS NOORDAM

Named for the Northern compass point, ms Noordam features museum-quality art such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King.

Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs through our Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. And explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history content through onboard activities, concerts and films. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more.

The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts.

Club HAL® provides a wide variety of youth and teen-friendly activities for kids ages 3 to 17, supervised by qualified, full-time staff.

Noordam guests enjoy dazzling entertainment options from their very first night on board, including B.B. King’s Blues Club. Direct from Beale Street, our B.B. King All-Star band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, the band does it all while you enjoy a signature drink or dance the blues away.

Ship Facts

  • Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands
  • Guest capacity: 1,924
  • Gross Tonnage: 82,318 grt.
  • Length: 936 feet
  • Beam: 105.8 feet
  • Maximum speed: 24 knots

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Suites & Staterooms

Holland America Line’s graceful, mid-sized ships are known for their generous amount of personal space. All staterooms feature luxurious, quilted pillow top mattresses, fine linens and towels, premium massage showerheads and Elemis Aromapure bath products. And you’re going to love the inspired enhancements to suites (more to come in May 2018).

Available Room Types

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Canary Islands

Canary IslandsOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New ZealandOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Spain

SpainOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Africa

AfricaOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Europe

EuropeOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Western Mediterranean

Western MediterraneanOh, to sail and travel easily and conveniently, without carrying suitcases, and almost without changing hotels, along with a dream of natural wonders and a fairy-tale cruise. More than ninety percent of the southern hemisphere is covered with water. In its eastern part lie two fascinating continents, Australia and New Zealand, and the best way [...]Read more

Itinerary

Thursday, February 07, 2019:  Auckland 

Arrive to Auckland In the evening, Meet your tour manager at the Hotel Kosher dinner and accommodation

Day 1, Friday, February 8, 2019: Auckland

Arrival to Auckland, known as the "City of Sails"; the largest and most populated city in New Zealand. Meet the tour guide at the hotel till 10:00AM.

At 12:00 noon we will start our tour and will  get to know the city. We will visit the Auckland Museum with its rare art treasures.

Day 2: Shabbat: February 9, 2019: Auckland

After prayers and Shabbat meals we will take a walking tour of the hotel area.

Day 3, Sunday, February 10, 2019: Auckland

Today we will continue our visit of  Auckland. We will see the botanical gardens, home to more than 10,000 plants from all over the world. We will see the city from Sky Tower, which at 328 meters, it is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere.

Day 4, Monday, February 11, 2019: All Aboard!
We'll drive to the Harbor and board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Liner Ms. Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 14 night voyage.

Ship: Ms. Noordam

Our meals are Glatt Kosher

 Health and Fitness
 3 pools - Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool  3 Jacuzzis  Gym  Greenhouse Spa  Aerobics studio  Beauty salon  Thermal suite  Basketball court  Practice tennis court  Lower Promenade deck walk

 
Entertainment
 Van Gogh theater  Casino  Crow's Nest lounge/nightclub  Explorations library/internet cafe  Explorer's lounge  Culinary Arts center  Neptune lounge  Hudson card room  Club HAL kids club  Club HAL games room  The Loft teens club  The Oasis teens deck. Other Facilities
 Shopping arcade  Art gallery  Launderette  Half Moon meeting room  Medical center

 Day 5, Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Rotorua

Today we visit Rotorua, the “Sulphur City” located in an area that has an abundance of geothermal activity. We will tour Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a preserve of geothermal activity that has made this area famous, along with the Maori village, Te Puia. In this geothermal reserve, we will see hot bubbling mud and eruptions of geysers. The land here moves and bubbles and boils as steam rises from it. The people of the Te Arawa came to New Zealand in the middle of the 14th century from Hawaiki - the birthplace of the Maori - and settled in Rotorua. The Maori people are now trying to preserve their heritage and share it with tourists with warmth and good humor at every opportunity. We will enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. The tour will terminate with a boat ride through the 'Glowworm Grotto' - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms

Day 6, Wednesday: February 13, 2019: Napier

The ship will dock today in Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, because after an earthquake in 1931 that destroyed most of the city, it was rebuilt in the Art Deco style.

Day 7, Thursday: February 14, 2019: Wellington

This morning we will dock at the port of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and  the  second largest city in the country. The city is at the southernmost point on the North Island. We'll board a train to view the region's landscape and then continue to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy a world of spectacular flowers, preserved forests, special vegetation collections and stunning views of Wellington. After this we will visit "Te Papa", the famous National Museum of New Zealand. The museum displays the geological history of New Zealand, its nature and the history of the Maori, the original inhabitants of New Zealand. We will continue along the streets of the city and see the old Houses of Parliament.

Day 8, Friday: February 15, 2019: Akaroa (Christchurch)

This morning we will dock at Akaroa harbor, not far from Christchurch, the largest city on the southern island of New Zealand, the capital of Canterbury region. Christchurch is the last stop for expeditions before they leave for Antarctica. We will visit the International Antarctic Center, where we will "travel" among huge pictures from Antarctica and see how the explorers discovered and mapped it. We will discover the animals that survive its harsh climate and learn about global warming and its effects on glaciers that begin to wander.

 Day 9, Shabbat: February  16, 2019: Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

After prayers and our Shabbat Lunch, we'll enjoy a lecture or shiur. After that there will be time to relax and enjoy the ship's wonderful facilities.

Day 10, Sunday: February 17, 2019: Fiordland National Park – An Unforgettable Day!

Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park. This is one of the most beautiful fjords in New Zealand and around the world. The steep, towering peaks and deep cobalt of the fjords allows ships to sail only a few meters away from the cliffs that surround it, and is you're on deck, you'll most likely get wet from the spray of huge rapids that fall to the sea along the fjord. We'll enjoy the dramatic views of the cliffs fading in the mist, and, if we're lucky, we'll see bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, and more.

Day’s 11-12, Monday - Tuesday: February 18-19, 2019: At sea

We will spend the following days relaxing as we cruise towards Australia. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 13, Wednesday: February 20, 2019: Hobart, Tasmania

Located between the Tasmanian Sea, the Dervent River and Mount Wellington, Hobart is the capital of the island of Tasmania. The smallest state in Australia, it is an island on the country's south side. Hobart is a small, beautiful port city that is the center of the state's activities. It is rich in colonial heritage, rainforests and natural landscapes to which we will travel today.

Day 14, Thursday: February 21, 2019: At sea

A day at sea enables us to enjoy leisurely relaxation, a variety of treats, movies and lectures.

Day 15, Friday: February 22, 2019: Melbourne

This morning we will drop anchor in the port of Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. We will take a tour of the green city on the banks of the brown Yarra River. The center of the city contains: Flinders Street Station that has recently been refurbished, Parliament House, Fitzroy Gardens, and Captain Cook’s Cottage. We will visit the National Museum, the Memorial to Australian and New Zealand Soldiers, the Great Synagogue and the most impressive museum complex in the world.

 Day 16, Shabbat: February 23, 2019: At sea

Today is a day of relaxation as we sails towards Sydney. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink, take in a movie, enjoy a show and pamper yourself with a massage at the spa. After prayers and our Shabbat Lunch, we'll enjoy a lecture or shiur. After that there will be time to relax and enjoy the ship's wonderful facilities.

Day 17, Sunday: February 24, 2019: Sydney

Even wonderful experiences must come to an end...

Today we arrive at Sydney Harbor, Australia's main gateway. We bid a sad farewell to the ship's crew and leave the wonderful ship that has been our floating luxury hotel for the past two weeks. If the weather allows, we'll go on a wonderful day out in the Blue Mountains. It is a beautiful reserve with huge eucalyptus forests. The name "Blue Mountains" comes from the thin blue fog created by the etheric oil vaporization of huge forests of eucalyptus trees. On the way to the Blue Mountains we will visit a special zoo where we will see the animals that characterize Australia: kangaroo, wallaby and koala and we can be photographed with them. We will go down to the bottom of the rainforest in the steepest mountain train in the world and return to the center via cable car.

Day 18, Monday: February 25, 2019: Sydney

Sydney, established in 1788 is built around Port Jackson, the largest natural harbor in the world. There are numerous small inlets creating small harbors and enchanting beaches. The sea plays an important part in the lives of the residents and sea sports are enjoyed by a large part of the population. The two most famous beaches are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The port, from which the ferries sail in addition, is located nearby the famous Sydney Opera House. During our visit we will see Darling Harbor, Hyde Park, The Cathedral of Saint Mary, and the Parliament House. In the afternoon we will visit the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbor, the gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. From the rare and threatened plants of the world to the romantic rose garden, the themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature. Special features include: Cadi Jam Ora - First Encounters is a garden display that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal - the original inhabitants of Sydney's city center - and their relationship with this land.

Day 19: Tuesday: February 26, 2019: Sydney – Home Gateway

Our trip to Australia and New Zealand is over. We'll take our experiences and memories with us as we transfer to the airport and fly back to our home gateway.

Pricing

Cabins Price Per Person:

Cruise/Tour  start date

February 08-26, 2019

Price for land only (WINDOW)

$ 8,350

Price for land only (BALCONY)

$ 8,695

Single supplement(WINDOW)

$ 3,475

Single supplement(BALCONY)

$ 4,960

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

  • 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
  • 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
  • 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
  • 30-14 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
  • Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund

 Price Includes:
• Air-conditioned tourist coach
• Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
• Glatt Kosher full board during the cruise
• English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide
• Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
• first class hotels throughout
• Outside cabins with window on Cruise

  • Tips for local service providers

All shore excursions

 

  • Price Excludes:
  • International flights
    Airport and security tax.
    Travel Insurance  
    Visa fee $230 if required
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Tips during the cruise $155 per person
    Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

The daily Cruise Service Charge*, per guest per day Staterooms (interior, ocean-view and verandah) US$14.50

Suites US$16.00

 Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit  every place mentioned in the itinerary.

The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal  requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of  the airline company.

Deposit and payments:

See below. Credit card details:

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

 

Kashrut

Kashrut on Tours

Kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. We work with the local Rabbinate to provide Hashgacha for all local ingredients and fresh meat and poultry. In some cases, we fly in kosher food from Israel and other sources, depending on the destination of the tour. We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations. In many destinations we have our own crockery and cutlery. Where we don't, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in Hotel kitchens, we ensure proper Kashering and we use our own kitchenware on kashered and covered surfaces. All this is done under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides that function as our Mashgichim. Our travelers enjoy satisfying meals prepared by our team including fresh local fish, fruit, and vegetables. This is an integral part of Jewish travel. We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.