Sailing Dates


07 Nov 2018  - 25 Nov 2018
08 Feb 2019  - 26 Feb 2019

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

We are sorry, there are no cabins available at this cruise at the moment

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

07/11/18:  Auckland 

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

 08/11/18: Auckland, we'll drive to the Harbor and board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms. Noordam and settle-in for an unforgettable 14 night voyage.     

Depart

 

Arrive

 

Date  

Port

Day

09:00 PM

 

8/11/ 2018

Auckland, New Zealand AC

1.      

 

 

9/11/ 2018

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand TC

2.      

08:00 PM

10:00 AM

10/11/ 2018

Napier, New Zealand

3.      

09:00 PM

09:00 AM

11/11/ 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

4.      

09:00 PM

09:00 AM

12/11/ 2018

Picton, New Zealand

5.      

09:00 PM

09:00 AM

13/11/ 2018

Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand TR

6.      

05:00 PM

09:00 AM

14/11/ 2018

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

7.      

 

 

15/11/ 2018

Cruising Fiordland Natl ParkCO WC

8.      

 

 

16/11/ 2018

At Sea

9.      

 

 

17/11/ 2018

At Sea

10.  

06:00 PM

08:00 AM

18/11/ 2018

Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaVX

11.  

 

 

19/11/  2018

At Sea

12.  

04:00 PM

07:00 AM

20/11/ 2018

Melbourne, Australia VX

13.  

 

 

21/11/ 2018

At Sea

14.  

 

07:00 AM

22/11/ 2018

Sydney, Australia TC VX

15.  

 

9/11/ 2018 - Rotorua

We will pick you up, from your hotel, or  you will wait at the Airport 08:00am. we will drive to Rotorua, which has been called the “Sulphur City” is 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 and the

Maori village, Te Puia, adjacent to it famous.

10/11/ 2018 - Napier - Shabbat on the Ship

11/11/ 2018 - Wellington  

We'll take the cable car to Victoria Peak for a panoramic

view of Wellington and its port. We will visit sights in the city such as the Old Parliament, the port, and the botanical gardens.

12/11/ 2018 - Picton, New Zealand

Picton, is a pretty seaside town in the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Located near the head of the famous Queen Charlotte Sound, the town is alive all year with cruise ship traffic. It is an excellent base for plenty of activities in and around the Marlborough region.

13/11/ 2018 - Akaroa (Christchurch)

Discover some of the beautiful buildings in Akaroa's outstanding colonial collection and find yourself immersed in tales of the Maori warriors, rugged whalers, French pioneers and British officials who put Akaroa center stage in New Zealand's early European history. End your tour enriched by a walk through Akaroa's quaint and charming streets. We'll visit Christchurch City. Places of interest include the Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon River, the Botanic Gardens, the Events Village in Hagley Park and the shopping area.

14/11/ 2018  - Port Chalmers - Dunedin

Dunedin offers wildlife and historic buildings. In the city there is excellent Edwardian and Victorian architecture including the historic train station and Otago University. The Botanic Gardens, Otago museum and the Early Settlers museum are also worth a visit. There are also some excellent spots for photo opportunities of the entire city. 

15/11/ 2018 - Cruising Fiordland

National Park

Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford

Sound, star of Fiordlands National Park.

New vistas mesmerize at each turn. towering

Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky

dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins.

16-17/11/ 2018 - At sea  

 2 days at sea while cruise towards Hobart, Tasmania. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck, watching the scenery move smoothly by.

18/11/ 2018 -  Shabbat,

Hobart, Tasmania

This morning we'll visit the capital of Tasmania. Hobart lies along the Derwent River and is dominated by the breathtaking Mount Wellington. We will stroll the harbor side. Visit the local Synagogue for Tefilla and walking tour of the City.

19/11/ 2018 - At sea

20/11/ 2018 Melbourne

Today we visit Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. We’ll tour the green city that is situated on the shores of the Yarra River. The center of the city is made up of a grid of roads. 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 Botanical Gardens and will return to the center of the city to visit the Melbourne Hebrew Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and the Anzac monument. At the end of the tour we will return to our ship.

21/11/ 2018 - at sea

We will enjoy the ship facilities.

22/11/ 2018 - Sydney

Sydney – The Blue Mountains

Today we disembark in Sydney.

 In the morning we will set for a wonderful day in the Blue Mountains. It is a beautiful reserve with magnificent forests of eucalyptus. The name “Blue Mountains” was given to this place because of the thin blue fog that seems to pervade, thought by some to come from a reflection of light on the vapor Eucalyptus leaves. The forests are gigantic and they include tens of varieties of eucalyptus trees. We will visit the village of Katoomba in the valley by Katoomba scenic railway and return by cable car.

23/11/ 2018 - Sydney Tour

Sydney, established in 1788 and it was 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.

 24/11/ 2018 - Shabbat – in Sydney

25/11/ 2018 - Sydney –Fly home 

 

Pricing

Cabins Price Per Person:

Cruise/Tour  start date

November 7, 2018

Cruise/Tour end date

November 25, 2018

Price for land only (WINDOW)

$ 8,260

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

All shore excursions

  • Price Excludes:
  • International flights
    Airport and security tax.
    Travel Insurance  
    Visa fee $230 if required
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Tips for local service providers $90 per person
    Tips during the cruise $155 per person
    Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

 

 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.