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Enjoy a on a 46-day sailing package from Sydney to Cape Town (pictured).
See amazing wildlife along the way, including lemurs in Madagascar.
Sail aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam' cruise ship.
Visit Komodo Island in Indonesia.
A male lion at Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. (Itinerary 2)
Start your cruise experience in Sydney, NSW.
Tropical Moreton Island in Queensland.
Cairns in Far North Queensland.
Airlie Beach, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.
Visit Darwin, the Northern Territory's capital city.
Holland America's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Pinnacle Grill, onboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship
Inside Cabin aboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Piano Bar onboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Greenhouse Spa, onboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship (extra charges may apply).
The Lido Bar, near the Lido Pool, in HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Lido Pool in HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Lido Restaurant, HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Seaview Pool aboard the HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
The Atrium onboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
Vista Lounge Theatre onboard HAL's 'Zuiderdam' ship.
Indonesia's Bali features a beautiful coastline and culture.
Padar Island in Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
The stunning marina in Singapore.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, Malaysia.
The Giant Buddha of Phuket, Thailand.
Sri Lanka's Colombo is a buzzing city with a rich cultural flair.
Malé, the capital city of the Maldives.
Mahe Island in the Seychelles, with the capital Victoria and Eden Island featured.
The impressive Kalaisson Temple in Port Louis, Mauritius.
The idyllic beaches of Reunion Island.
See the impressive landscapes of Madagascar.
Durban, South Africa.
Discover the beauty of Cape Town, South Africa, with leisure time.
South Africa's Cape Town boasts vineyards,  countless beaches, as well as a Mediterranean climate.
Cape Town's penguin colony has become a prominent attraction at this South African city.
Choose Itinerary 2 and enjoy a city tour of Cape Town, South Africa.
You'll have a stunning view of the African sunset from Boabab Ridge's sun terrace (Itinerary 2).
Experience the supreme comfort of a superior suite at Boabab Ridge (Itinerary 2).
Relax between game drives, or join a guided bush walk, Boabab Ridge (Itinerary 2).
Leopards inhabit Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. (Itinerary 2)
Seek elephants at Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. (Itinerary 2)
Spend leisure time in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Itinerary 2)
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2 for 1 Australia, Asia & Africa

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Cruise aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam' ship
Visit Bali, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Maldives & more
Sail to Mauritius, Seychelles, Malaysia, Reunion & more with a friend
Date: 11 Feb 2025
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One-way international full-service flight
42-night grand voyage from Sydney to Cape Town
2 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation
127 meals including all while cruising
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Overview

Ready to experience a trip of a lifetime with your best buddy? This fantastic 2-for-1 deal will take you from Sydney Harbour to Cape Town in 46 days on board Holland America's 'Zuiderdam' cruise ship.

Facilities onboard the ‘Zuiderdam’ by Holland America Line include spacious staterooms and suites, multiple bars and lounges serving a variety of beverages, a well-equipped fitness centre, and outdoor pools and hot tubs for relaxation. Guests can enjoy world-class entertainment at the World Stage, featuring BBC Earth in Concert, plus other performances. Culinary delights await at a range of dining options including the Main Dining Room, Lido Market buffet and specialty restaurants like the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto. For relaxation and wellness, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers rejuvenating treatments and fitness activities. Families can enjoy activities at Club HAL, while Movies by the Pool provides outdoor entertainment under the stars.

This deal offers the best of three amazing continents: Visit 19 captivating destinations in 12 different countries, embarking in Sydney, Australia. Sail to Queensland, offering magnificent views of the Ribbon Reef Region and the Great Barrier Reef, plus a visit to Darwin, a fun capital city surrounded by the turquoise Timor Sea.

Continue your voyage towards Asia, with your first stop in Benoa, Bali, a paradise for beach lovers, and Komodo Island, home to the famous Komodo dragons. Your journey then takes you to Malaysia, with stops in the culturally rich Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang) and the duty-free island of Langkawi (Porto Malai). A quick visit to Thailand’s Phuket, a favourite among tourists, adds a touch of excitement to your journey. 

After crossing the Equator, reach Africa, and stop by Port Louis, the beautiful capital of Mauritius. Jump to La Possession, Reunion Island’s main port, and then Taolagnaro, in exotic Madagascar. Finally, arrive in South Africa, with a visit to Durban, home of the exquisite Golden Mile Beach, plus Cape Town, with its Mediterranean weather and well-established vineyards.  
 
This fantastic deal includes a 42-night Grand Voyage from Sydney to Cape Town, 2 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa, a one-way international full-service flight from Cape Town back to Australia (or New Zealand), and 127 meals, including all while cruising.

Want more? Choose Itinerary 2 to add an unforgettable safari experience to your trip! Visit the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, part of Kruger National Park, for an upmarket and authentic wilderness experience. Enjoy a half-day city tour of Cape Town before flying to Hoedspruit, where you'll transfer to a private reserve to enjoy two safari tours per day searching for much wildlife, including the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and African buffalos.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS

Itinerary 1 & 2:

  • Embark on a 42-Night Grand Voyage from Sydney to Cape Town
  • Visit 19 captivating destinations in 12 different countries
  • Sail with Holland America aboard the 'Zuiderdam' cruise ship
  • Disembark in Cape Town, then enjoy 2 nights at leisure, or select itinerary 2 to add-on an exciting Safari Extension
  • Discover Airlie Beach, offering palm-fringed beaches, and optional sailing, diving, and hiking
  • Visit Cairns, gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef
  • Seek out tropical vibes, fusion food, outdoor markets, indigenous art in Darwin, the capital of Australia's rugged 'Top End'
  • Sail into bali and explore the island's unique cultural blend, a favourite for Australian travellers
  • In Indonesia, take an optional tour to Komodo National Park, home to 5,700 Komodo dragons, pristine beaches, diverse marine life and stunning, untamed landscapes
  • Visit Singapore's iconic Gardens by the Bay, or discover their dynamic food scene, world class museums and much more
  • Sail into Port Klang, the gateway to Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur
  • Arrive in Langkawi, a tropical gem in the Andaman Sea, with optional stunning beaches, diverse dining, eco-adventures and scenic cable car rides
  • Dock at Phuket, Thailand's largest island in the Andaman Sea, renowned for its colonial-era architecture, Big Buddha and stunning beaches
  • Enjoy time at leisure in Colombo, Sri Lanka. You'll find a blend of colonial architecture, modern dining, galleries, museums, and nearby cultural attractions
  • Explore the bustling island capital of Malé in the Maldives
  • Sail across the equator, a right of passage for rookie sailors
  • Visit the Seychelles, explore Mahé Island's bustling Victoria, vibrant Creole culture and stunning natural beauty with over 60 pristine beaches
  • Discover Port Louis, Mauritius, a vibrant island capital with historic charm and stunning natural landscapes, from tranquil lagoons to underwater waterfalls
  • Arrive at La Possession, Reunion Island, a French tropical paradise with active volcanoes, waterfalls and lush jungles to explore
  • Visit Taolagnaro, Madagascar (Fort Dauphin), home to emerald mountains, unique wildlife like lemurs, baobab trees and French cuisine
  • In Durban, South Africa, explore the bustling Victoria Indian Street Market and the lush Umgeni River Bird Park (optional)
  • Enjoy free time in Cape Town, South Africa, with restaurants, galleries, vineyards and stunning beaches along the Cape Peninsula
ITINERARY 2 - SAFARI EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS

All of the highlights above, plus the following (itinerary 2 only):

  • Extend your stay and visit the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve for an upmarket and authentic wilderness experience
  • Enjoy a half-day city tour of the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Experience the exclusivity of staying in a private reserve
  • Enjoy 2 safari tours per day and search for the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, African buffalos, plus more
  • Relax on the pool deck overlooking a permanent waterhole that attracts a wide variety of wildlife species
  • Enjoy all meals at the lodge, including three-course al fresco dinners next to a roaring log fire
  • Explore a number of independent walking tracks around the lodge
  • Explore Johannesburg with time at leisure before returning home
FLIGHTS

Itinerary 1:

  • One-way international full-service flights from Cape Town, South Africa to Australia (or New Zealand) (economy class), return city surcharges may apply.


Itinerary 2:

  • One-way international full-service flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Australia (or New Zealand) (economy class), return city surcharges may apply.
  • One-way domestic flight from Cape town to Hoedspruit, South Africa (for safari)
  • One-way domestic flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg, South Africa
CRUISE

Itinerary 1 and 2:

  • Sail for 42 nights on a Grand Voyage with Holland America aboard 'Zuiderdam'
  • Experience BBC Earth in Concert included in your cruise fare. Holland America partners with BBC Earth for innovative, breathtaking programming
  • Discover Explorations Central to enrich your journey with destination programming, expert insights, and local engagement opportunities
ACCOMMODATION

Itinerary 1:

  • 2 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa


Itinerary 2:

  • 2 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 3 nights at 4-star Baobab Ridge private lodge within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
  • 1 night quality hotel accommodation in Johannesburg, South Africa
DINING

Itinerary 1:

  • Enjoy 127 meals, including all while cruising

Itinerary 2:

  • Enjoy 135 meals, including all while cruising and on safari
ESSENTIALS
  • English-speaking tour guides for city tours
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Cruise port taxes and surcharges
  • Qualified safari field rangers and trackers for all game drives (itinerary 2 only)
TRANSFERS

Itinerary 1:

  • Day 43: Port to hotel
  • Day 45: Hotel to airport

Itinerary 2:

  • Day 43: Port to hotel
  • Day 45: Hotel to airport
  • Day 45: Airport to lodge
  • Day 48: Lodge to airport
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Safari Extension: Extend your stay in South Africa and visit a Private Nature Reserve within the Kruger National Park. (select Itinerary 2 at checkout)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details)
  • Cruise cabin Upgrades: Cruise cabin upgrades are available. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)
  • Preferred Airline: Fly with a preferred airline. (See checkout for details)


Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.

Itinerary 1
Grand Voyage - from $18,999 for 2 people
Day 1 Embark 42-Night Grand Voyage - Sydney, Australia

Your Grand Voyage from Sydney to Cape Town, South Africa begins in Sydney.

Please make your own way to the Sydney Cruise Terminal to complete the check in process. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure exploring the Holland America 'Zuiderdam' ship at your leisure. Your ship stays in Sydney overnight.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 Set Sail from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Depart: 18:00

Enjoy a day at leisure in Sydney before your ship departs this evening.

The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you could sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Moreton Island, QLD, Australia

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

In 1770, Captain James Cook first arrived on Moreton Island, traditional home of the Ngugi tribe for 2,000 years. Today’s visitors enjoy sand tobogganing, diving, bird watching, parasailing and more.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Australia of your dreams. Although the Queensland town offers many antipodean delights such as palm-fringed beaches, a huge man-made lagoon and alfresco dining, there’s a great reason to head straight out of town: This is the jumping-off point for the magnificent Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands that are famous for their timeless natural beauty, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water. Your options here are pretty much limitless—charter a boat and sail around the archipelago; snorkel or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef; or snap the perfect selfie on sublime Whitehaven Beach, consistently named among the best beaches in the world. There are many other activities closer to shore—from kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours—as well as hiking through lowland tropical rain forest in Conway National Park, for those who want to keep their feet firmly on the ground. And if you’re simply looking to kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy the magnificent views, head to cosmopolitan Hamilton Island, the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, for its stylish restaurants and bars.

Note: Additional charges may apply for activities. Stinger (jellyfish) season in the Whitsundays is from October to May; you’re advised to wear a stinger suit in the water during this time.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Cairns, QLD, Australia

Docked: 07:00 - 18:00

The gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country, Cairns sits on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. This laid-back city is popular with travelers who depart from here for days of sailing, diving, snorkeling and trekking through nearby parks—a celebrated launching pad especially for those who want to explore the reef, the Daintree Rainforest and other attractions of this part of Queensland. And what better place to start one's adventure? The residents of Cairns are welcoming, the beach life fantastic and the climate consistently sunny and warm.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Cruising - The Ribbon Reef Region

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Cruising - Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Darwin, NT, Australia

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise Timor Sea, the Northern Territory’s capital is closer in both distance and temperament to Southeast Asia than it is to most of Australia’s major cities. The lifestyle here is tropical, which means a relaxed atmosphere, balmy weather, fabulous fusion food and vibrant outdoor markets.

This cosmopolitan city has fewer than 140,000 residents, but they include some 50 nationalities. After heavy bombing in World War II and a disastrous cyclone in 1974, Darwin has been largely rebuilt, and it's modern and well planned. In the downtown area you'll find everything from great shopping to a crocodile park. You can trace the region's dramatic history at innovative museums and gallery-hop to see indigenous art. After your sightseeing stroll, have a late lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants. The food options range from authentic Malaysian dishes like laksa, a spicy noodle soup, to a plethora of fresh seafood—mud crab, barramundi and more.

You may find it hard to leave this laid-back lifestyle, but there's much more to see close by. Darwin is the gateway to two famous national parks, Kakadu and Litchfield, as well as the spectacular Aboriginal-owned Tiwi Islands. Make sure you take the time to 'go bush,' as they say in Australia—that is, get out of town and relax. There's no better place to do it than this glorious part of the country.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15 Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

Docked: 07:00 - 17:00

Indonesia is made up of more than 13,000 islands, but even with all that competition, Bali manages to stand out. Beautiful temples and shrines of all sizes are spread across the island, tucked down narrow alleyways, hidden within the jungle or serenely presiding over scenic locations, like the dramatic Pura Tanah Lot atop a rock formation just off Bali’s western coast.

Bali is well known for its arts — traditional music and dance, painting, wood and stone carvings, silver jewelry and ikat and batik textiles. The island’s artistic center is the village of Ubud, and art markets and boutiques carry beautiful Balinese pieces to take home.

When it comes to dining, whether you’re craving a burrito or satay, you can find a restaurant that serves it. Don’t leave the island, however, without sampling Balinese cuisine. Local cooking, which reflects Chinese and Indian influences, uses blends of aromatic spices to season grilled meats (though not beef—Bali is an island of Hindu culture in mostly Muslim Indonesia), fresh seafood, rice and vegetables with delicious results.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16 Komodo Island, Indonesia

Tendered: 08:00 - 15:00

Indonesia is easily one of the most exotic destinations on Earth. But coming into port in Komodo — located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago—feels like arriving on an entirely different planet. The major draw here is, of course, Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve since 1992. The region is home to roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons, which are, in fact, the largest lizards in the world at that, growing to lengths of three meters.

The dragons are best seen during tours (not included) that head to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, which along with the island of Padar make up the park. In addition to marveling at the feeding habits of the dragons (they can often be seen preying on Komodo's native Timor deer and water buffalo), visitors are impressed by the diversity of Komodo's landscapes. On the one hand, there are pristine white-sand beaches and even pink-hued ones, lapped by clear blue water. Offshore coral reefs are home to over 1,000 species of tropical fish as well as whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and sea turtles. But there are also rugged and sheer cliffs here and hot and dry regions with savanna-like grasses. Prepare to feast your eyes on one of the world's truly special untamed places.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 17 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 18 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 19 Singapore

Docked: 08:00 - 19:00

City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore's urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore's food scene — arguably the world's most dynamic, it runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues — would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometre island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 20 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia

Docked: 07:00 - 17:00

As you travel from Port Klang to Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, 37 kilometres to the northeast, it can be hard to believe that the city with a skyline of soaring towers was a small mining town for much of the 19th century. That changed beginning in 1880, when the British moved the capital of Malaya here. Yap Ah Loy — a Chinese-born émigré who rose from miner to political titan — and British politician Frank Swettenham were crucial in turning KL (as it's often called) into a true city. Their program of improvements, including establishing Kuala Lumpur’s first school and building a number of roads, continues to this day. For more than a century, Kuala Lumpur has been determined to become bigger and better.

For all its focus on the future, Kuala Lumpur has preserved some rich historic architecture, including the cheerful Art Deco Central Market, the Mughal-style Old Railway Station and the Tudor Revival Royal Selangor Club. These colonial-era buildings contrast nicely with newer structures, among them the gleaming Petronas Towers, whose design is based on motifs found in Islamic art, and the National Museum, inspired by Malay imperial palaces.

Eating is practically a national pastime in Malaysia, and KL has some of the country's top restaurants. You shouldn't leave without enjoying a meal of delicious Southeast Asian, Chinese or Peranakan (a Malay-Chinese fusion) dishes.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 21 Langkawi (Porto Malai), Malaysia

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

While some 99 islands make up the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi, Pulau Langkawi, the largest island, is the destination where cruise ships call (at Porto Malai) and where ferries and flights arrive from Malaysia's mainland, just 30 kilometres to the east. The lush island lies just south of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is home to roughly 95,000 people. There's an excellent infrastructure of hotels, international and Malayan restaurants and eco- and adventure attractions that make Langkawi a paradise for visitors looking to enjoy beautiful beaches served up with the exoticness of a Southeast Asian vacation.

Scuba divers flock to the area to explore the Andaman Sea's colorful coral reefs, just offshore. If you would rather stay dry during your marine exploration, you might like to visit Malaysia's largest aquarium. Or perhaps spend your days exploring the beautiful coastline, shopping for traditional batik goods (the entire island of Langkawi is a duty-free destination) or just sipping a cold drink under the shade of a palm tree. And don't miss the chance to ride a cable car high above Langkawi's jungle canopy to the top of Mount Machinchang for the island's most spectacular views.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 22 Phuket, Thailand

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Thailand's largest island sits just off the west coast of the mainland, in the glittering Andaman Sea. Thailand was never colonised, but international trade brought Europeans to Phuket in the 17th century: The island was rich in tin, which lured Dutch, French, English and Portuguese traders. Their influence is best seen in the architecture of Old Phuket Town, where former mansions have become hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops.

A major Phuket landmark, the Big Buddha, sits high on a mountain with knockout views of the coastline. A trip to the Chalong Highlands also yields great views—along with short elephant treks (not included).

Phuket offers both cultural attractions and natural beauty. The island is a tropical paradise, with gorgeous white-sand beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters where visitors come to swim, snorkel and scuba dive. One of the prettiest places to take a dip is Phang Nga Bay. An island in the bay, Khao Phing Kan, became known as James Bond Island after it served as a film location for scenes from The Man with the Golden Gun.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 23 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 24 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 25 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 26 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Docked: 08:00 - 18:00

The old world meets the new in the capital of Sri Lanka. Stroll past colonial architecture and lush gardens in the Fort district and shop at a traditional marketplace in Pettah before stepping into the modern era at Colombo's many stylish restaurants, galleries and museums. From the city, you might like to take a short trip to visit an elephant orphanage or an ornate Buddhist temple.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 27 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 28 Male, Maldives

Tendered: 07:00 - 16:00

Densely populated and lively, Malé is the bustling island capital of the Maldives. You might like to trace the country’s unusual history at the National Museum and visit the Old Friday Mosque, dating from 1656.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 29 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 30 Cruising: Crossing the Equator

The Equator is an essential component of our planet’s geography—even though it’s just an imaginary line drawn on a map. In addition to being the widest spot on the planet — a full 43 kilometres wider than at the poles — this is also the planetary dividing line for the Coriolis effect, which explains why cyclones rotate clockwise north of the equator and counterclockwise south of it. It’s also the place best suited for launching spacecraft because the gravitational pull gives rocket ships an extra boost out of the stratosphere. And for a bit of light-hearted fun, if you’re onboard a craft where any of the crew are crossing this imaginary line for the first time, you’ll likely witness a King Neptune (or Crossing the Line) ceremony. This ancient naval tradition puts newbies, or “Pollywogs,” through a series of pranks and tests to prove themselves worthy of being a son or daughter of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 31 Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Docked: 11:00 - 23:00

The Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean about 1,600 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, impresses visitors with its pristine natural beauty and indigenous plants and animals, such as the hawksbill turtle and the magpie robin. On the island of Mahé, Victoria—the nation’s main city and one of the smallest capitals in the world—bustles with activity and is home to nearly a third of the Seychelles’ population. Set against steep, velvet-green mountains that include 905-metre Morne Seychellois, the island's highest peak, the city is a colorful patchwork of tin-roofed buildings. It displays a vibrant Creole heritage that’s evident in the conversations of locals (English is the official language, but Seychellois Creole is the lingua franca) and the aroma of fragrant spices wafting from its open-air market. Beyond the market area, Victoria’s main sights are the circa 1903 Victorian clock tower Little Ben, modeled after its larger counterpart in London, and the Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar temple, the only Hindu temple on the islands. Just outside of town is the tranquil Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, but to truly appreciate Mahé Island, one must head to the beach — and luckily there are more than 60 from which to choose.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 32 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 33 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 34 Port Louis, Mauritius

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Mauritius cruises arrive to a remote island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa. In this paradise you could meet hundred-year-old tortoises, swim in crystalline pools beneath cascading waterfalls, or kayak calm lagoons. Tranquil environs are just the beginning of what Mauritius islands offer. It is the former and only known home of the Dodo, a misunderstood bird that enjoyed a bountiful, predator-free life in Mauritius until human settlement drove it to extinction. Mauritius cruises pull into the charming waterfront of Port Louis, the bustling and historic capital. Shop for spices at open-air markets and snack on boulette, Mauritian steamed dumplings. Taxis are available to transport you to explore the amazing landscapes of Mauritius islands (not included). For a more thrilling adventure, you might like to take a helicopter to view an underwater waterfall, an unmissable natural phenomenon.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 35 La Possession, Reunion

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Plunked in the deep-blue Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is an ambrosial tropical paradise with active volcanoes and many waterfalls. Cruises to Reunion Island port in La Possession, a town on the northwest side that spills to the sea from jagged emerald peaks. As a French overseas department, Reunion Island is French-speaking and has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that makes it a favorite of visitors. Relax on a sugar-sand beach or explore the jungles; there’s plenty for you to do. Perhaps hike through lush forest to stand near the welcoming spray of waterfalls and to see fairytale villages tucked in dormant volcano calderas. Take in wafts of cinnamon, clove and vanilla from the Island’s spice and perfume oil plantations. Revisit Reunion Island’s history at ruins from the lazaret (quarantine station) near La Possession. No matter if it is a few hours or several days, time on Reunion Island is unforgettable.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 36 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 37 Taolagnaro, Madagascar

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

Taolagnaro, Madagascar (also known as Fort Dauphin) sits on a promontory jutting into deep blue sea, backed by emerald mountains. Dry days, rare flora and fauna, and history as Madagascar’s oldest town make it an unforgettable stop on Africa cruises. Madagascar cruises are full of life and you’ll witness some incredible natural wonders in Taolagnaro. Lemurs bounding through thickets. Baobab trees standing tall and mighty in the soft glow of violet sunsets. Shy chameleons and huge crocodiles. Upon arrival to this this Africa cruise port, taxis and taxi-brousse (bush taxis) are available to take you on a bumpy ride to a specific destination or you can walk into town (not included). Hungry visitors will find hot French baguettes and fresh fish at the market.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 38 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 39 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 40 Durban, South Africa

Docked: 07:00 - 23:00

The coastal port of Durban lies along the Indian Ocean in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, where golden sand beaches meet warm blue-green waters. This stretch of pristine beach in the central area of the city is called the Golden Mile, but in fact stretches out for six kilometres, making it a beachcomber's paradise. If surfboards and sunbathing are not your thing, the promenades fronting the beach are a haven for flea markets and shops.

Perhaps jump into a three-wheeled 'tuk-tuk' for a unique look at the city. Head to the Victoria Indian Street Market, where you can visit temples, shop and sample local flavors. Amid British colonial buildings, a variety of historic museums and quiet parks await your exploration. Nearby, enjoy the lush Umgeni River Bird Park, home to more than 3000 bird species.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 41 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 42 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 43 Disembark Cruise - Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive: 07:00

Enjoy your last breakfast onboard as your ship arrives in Cape Town.

Cape Town's spectacular setting on Table Bay, beneath the 1,082-metre Table Mountain and Lion's Head, seldom fails to take one's breath away, whether you are a local or a visitor. If Johannesburg is South Africa's New York, this port city of four million, settled by traders from the Dutch East India Company in 1652, is its San Francisco.

After disembarkation, meet your driver and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 44 Cape Town, South Africa

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cape Town, South Africa.

With a rich array of restaurants, galleries, vineyards and countless beaches, as well as a Mediterranean climate, life on the Cape Peninsula, which stretches for some 70 kilometres from downtown to the most southerly point, Cape Point, is genteel and all about good, healthy living and staying outdoors as much as possible. The Table Bay side of the city, known for its luxurious seaview properties and bustling nightlife, is countered by equally intriguing False Bay, which lies behind Table Mountain and is home to quaint, cobblestoned fishing villages like Kalk Bay, as well as the city's famous penguin colony. There, too, you'll find the oldest (and some of the best) vineyards in Africa, such as Constantia Uitsig and Buitenverwachting. If you visit, though, be warned: Once might not be enough.

Overnight: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 45 Cape Town, South Africa - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today you will begin your journey home.

At the appropriate time, meet your driver and transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 46 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Welcome home!

Itinerary 2
Safari Extension - From $25,999 for 2 people
Day 1 Embark 42-Night Grand Voyage - Sydney, Australia

Your Grand Voyage from Sydney to Cape Town, South Africa begins in Sydney.

Please make your own way to the Sydney Cruise Terminal to complete the check in process. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure exploring the Holland America 'Zuiderdam' ship at your leisure. Your ship stays in Sydney overnight.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 Set Sail from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Depart: 18:00

Enjoy a day at leisure in Sydney before your ship departs this evening.

The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you could sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Moreton Island, QLD, Australia

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

In 1770, Captain James Cook first arrived on Moreton Island, traditional home of the Ngugi tribe for 2,000 years. Today’s visitors enjoy sand tobogganing, diving, bird watching, parasailing and more.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Australia of your dreams. Although the Queensland town offers many antipodean delights such as palm-fringed beaches, a huge man-made lagoon and alfresco dining, there’s a great reason to head straight out of town: This is the jumping-off point for the magnificent Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands that are famous for their timeless natural beauty, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water. Your options here are pretty much limitless—charter a boat and sail around the archipelago; snorkel or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef; or snap the perfect selfie on sublime Whitehaven Beach, consistently named among the best beaches in the world. There are many other activities closer to shore—from kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours—as well as hiking through lowland tropical rain forest in Conway National Park, for those who want to keep their feet firmly on the ground. And if you’re simply looking to kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy the magnificent views, head to cosmopolitan Hamilton Island, the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, for its stylish restaurants and bars.

Note: Additional charges may apply for activities. Stinger (jellyfish) season in the Whitsundays is from October to May; you’re advised to wear a stinger suit in the water during this time.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Cairns, QLD, Australia

Docked: 07:00 - 18:00

The gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country, Cairns sits on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. This laid-back city is popular with travelers who depart from here for days of sailing, diving, snorkeling and trekking through nearby parks—a celebrated launching pad especially for those who want to explore the reef, the Daintree Rainforest and other attractions of this part of Queensland. And what better place to start one's adventure? The residents of Cairns are welcoming, the beach life fantastic and the climate consistently sunny and warm.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Cruising - The Ribbon Reef Region

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Cruising - Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Darwin, NT, Australia

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise Timor Sea, the Northern Territory’s capital is closer in both distance and temperament to Southeast Asia than it is to most of Australia’s major cities. The lifestyle here is tropical, which means a relaxed atmosphere, balmy weather, fabulous fusion food and vibrant outdoor markets.

This cosmopolitan city has fewer than 140,000 residents, but they include some 50 nationalities. After heavy bombing in World War II and a disastrous cyclone in 1974, Darwin has been largely rebuilt, and it's modern and well planned. In the downtown area you'll find everything from great shopping to a crocodile park. You can trace the region's dramatic history at innovative museums and gallery-hop to see indigenous art. After your sightseeing stroll, have a late lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants. The food options range from authentic Malaysian dishes like laksa, a spicy noodle soup, to a plethora of fresh seafood—mud crab, barramundi and more.

You may find it hard to leave this laid-back lifestyle, but there's much more to see close by. Darwin is the gateway to two famous national parks, Kakadu and Litchfield, as well as the spectacular Aboriginal-owned Tiwi Islands. Make sure you take the time to 'go bush,' as they say in Australia—that is, get out of town and relax. There's no better place to do it than this glorious part of the country.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15 Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

Docked: 07:00 - 17:00

Indonesia is made up of more than 13,000 islands, but even with all that competition, Bali manages to stand out. Beautiful temples and shrines of all sizes are spread across the island, tucked down narrow alleyways, hidden within the jungle or serenely presiding over scenic locations, like the dramatic Pura Tanah Lot atop a rock formation just off Bali’s western coast.

Bali is well known for its arts — traditional music and dance, painting, wood and stone carvings, silver jewelry and ikat and batik textiles. The island’s artistic center is the village of Ubud, and art markets and boutiques carry beautiful Balinese pieces to take home.

When it comes to dining, whether you’re craving a burrito or satay, you can find a restaurant that serves it. Don’t leave the island, however, without sampling Balinese cuisine. Local cooking, which reflects Chinese and Indian influences, uses blends of aromatic spices to season grilled meats (though not beef—Bali is an island of Hindu culture in mostly Muslim Indonesia), fresh seafood, rice and vegetables with delicious results.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16 Komodo Island, Indonesia

Tendered: 08:00 - 15:00

Indonesia is easily one of the most exotic destinations on Earth. But coming into port in Komodo — located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago—feels like arriving on an entirely different planet. The major draw here is, of course, Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve since 1992. The region is home to roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons, which are, in fact, the largest lizards in the world at that, growing to lengths of three meters.

The dragons are best seen during tours (not included) that head to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, which along with the island of Padar make up the park. In addition to marveling at the feeding habits of the dragons (they can often be seen preying on Komodo's native Timor deer and water buffalo), visitors are impressed by the diversity of Komodo's landscapes. On the one hand, there are pristine white-sand beaches and even pink-hued ones, lapped by clear blue water. Offshore coral reefs are home to over 1,000 species of tropical fish as well as whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and sea turtles. But there are also rugged and sheer cliffs here and hot and dry regions with savanna-like grasses. Prepare to feast your eyes on one of the world's truly special untamed places.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 17 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 18 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 19 Singapore

Docked: 08:00 - 19:00

City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore's urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore's food scene — arguably the world's most dynamic, it runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues — would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometre island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 20 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia

Docked: 07:00 - 17:00

As you travel from Port Klang to Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, 37 kilometres to the northeast, it can be hard to believe that the city with a skyline of soaring towers was a small mining town for much of the 19th century. That changed beginning in 1880, when the British moved the capital of Malaya here. Yap Ah Loy — a Chinese-born émigré who rose from miner to political titan — and British politician Frank Swettenham were crucial in turning KL (as it's often called) into a true city. Their program of improvements, including establishing Kuala Lumpur’s first school and building a number of roads, continues to this day. For more than a century, Kuala Lumpur has been determined to become bigger and better.

For all its focus on the future, Kuala Lumpur has preserved some rich historic architecture, including the cheerful Art Deco Central Market, the Mughal-style Old Railway Station and the Tudor Revival Royal Selangor Club. These colonial-era buildings contrast nicely with newer structures, among them the gleaming Petronas Towers, whose design is based on motifs found in Islamic art, and the National Museum, inspired by Malay imperial palaces.

Eating is practically a national pastime in Malaysia, and KL has some of the country's top restaurants. You shouldn't leave without enjoying a meal of delicious Southeast Asian, Chinese or Peranakan (a Malay-Chinese fusion) dishes.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 21 Langkawi (Porto Malai), Malaysia

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

While some 99 islands make up the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi, Pulau Langkawi, the largest island, is the destination where cruise ships call (at Porto Malai) and where ferries and flights arrive from Malaysia's mainland, just 30 kilometres to the east. The lush island lies just south of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is home to roughly 95,000 people. There's an excellent infrastructure of hotels, international and Malayan restaurants and eco- and adventure attractions that make Langkawi a paradise for visitors looking to enjoy beautiful beaches served up with the exoticness of a Southeast Asian vacation.

Scuba divers flock to the area to explore the Andaman Sea's colorful coral reefs, just offshore. If you would rather stay dry during your marine exploration, you might like to visit Malaysia's largest aquarium. Or perhaps spend your days exploring the beautiful coastline, shopping for traditional batik goods (the entire island of Langkawi is a duty-free destination) or just sipping a cold drink under the shade of a palm tree. And don't miss the chance to ride a cable car high above Langkawi's jungle canopy to the top of Mount Machinchang for the island's most spectacular views.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 22 Phuket, Thailand

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Thailand's largest island sits just off the west coast of the mainland, in the glittering Andaman Sea. Thailand was never colonised, but international trade brought Europeans to Phuket in the 17th century: The island was rich in tin, which lured Dutch, French, English and Portuguese traders. Their influence is best seen in the architecture of Old Phuket Town, where former mansions have become hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops.

A major Phuket landmark, the Big Buddha, sits high on a mountain with knockout views of the coastline. A trip to the Chalong Highlands also yields great views—along with short elephant treks (not included).

Phuket offers both cultural attractions and natural beauty. The island is a tropical paradise, with gorgeous white-sand beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters where visitors come to swim, snorkel and scuba dive. One of the prettiest places to take a dip is Phang Nga Bay. An island in the bay, Khao Phing Kan, became known as James Bond Island after it served as a film location for scenes from The Man with the Golden Gun.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 23 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 24 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 25 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 26 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Docked: 08:00 - 18:00

The old world meets the new in the capital of Sri Lanka. Stroll past colonial architecture and lush gardens in the Fort district and shop at a traditional marketplace in Pettah before stepping into the modern era at Colombo's many stylish restaurants, galleries and museums. From the city, you might like to take a short trip to visit an elephant orphanage or an ornate Buddhist temple.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 27 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 28 Male, Maldives

Tendered: 07:00 - 16:00

Densely populated and lively, Malé is the bustling island capital of the Maldives. You might like to trace the country’s unusual history at the National Museum and visit the Old Friday Mosque, dating from 1656.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 29 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 30 Cruising: Crossing the Equator

The Equator is an essential component of our planet’s geography—even though it’s just an imaginary line drawn on a map. In addition to being the widest spot on the planet — a full 43 kilometres wider than at the poles — this is also the planetary dividing line for the Coriolis effect, which explains why cyclones rotate clockwise north of the equator and counterclockwise south of it. It’s also the place best suited for launching spacecraft because the gravitational pull gives rocket ships an extra boost out of the stratosphere. And for a bit of light-hearted fun, if you’re onboard a craft where any of the crew are crossing this imaginary line for the first time, you’ll likely witness a King Neptune (or Crossing the Line) ceremony. This ancient naval tradition puts newbies, or “Pollywogs,” through a series of pranks and tests to prove themselves worthy of being a son or daughter of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 31 Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Docked: 11:00 - 23:00

The Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean about 1,600 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, impresses visitors with its pristine natural beauty and indigenous plants and animals, such as the hawksbill turtle and the magpie robin. On the island of Mahé, Victoria—the nation’s main city and one of the smallest capitals in the world—bustles with activity and is home to nearly a third of the Seychelles’ population. Set against steep, velvet-green mountains that include 905-metre Morne Seychellois, the island's highest peak, the city is a colorful patchwork of tin-roofed buildings. It displays a vibrant Creole heritage that’s evident in the conversations of locals (English is the official language, but Seychellois Creole is the lingua franca) and the aroma of fragrant spices wafting from its open-air market. Beyond the market area, Victoria’s main sights are the circa 1903 Victorian clock tower Little Ben, modeled after its larger counterpart in London, and the Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar temple, the only Hindu temple on the islands. Just outside of town is the tranquil Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, but to truly appreciate Mahé Island, one must head to the beach — and luckily there are more than 60 from which to choose.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 32 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 33 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 34 Port Louis, Mauritius

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Mauritius cruises arrive to a remote island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa. In this paradise you could meet hundred-year-old tortoises, swim in crystalline pools beneath cascading waterfalls, or kayak calm lagoons. Tranquil environs are just the beginning of what Mauritius islands offer. It is the former and only known home of the Dodo, a misunderstood bird that enjoyed a bountiful, predator-free life in Mauritius until human settlement drove it to extinction. Mauritius cruises pull into the charming waterfront of Port Louis, the bustling and historic capital. Shop for spices at open-air markets and snack on boulette, Mauritian steamed dumplings. Taxis are available to transport you to explore the amazing landscapes of Mauritius islands (not included). For a more thrilling adventure, you might like to take a helicopter to view an underwater waterfall, an unmissable natural phenomenon.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 35 La Possession, Reunion

Docked: 08:00 - 17:00

Plunked in the deep-blue Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is an ambrosial tropical paradise with active volcanoes and many waterfalls. Cruises to Reunion Island port in La Possession, a town on the northwest side that spills to the sea from jagged emerald peaks. As a French overseas department, Reunion Island is French-speaking and has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that makes it a favorite of visitors. Relax on a sugar-sand beach or explore the jungles; there’s plenty for you to do. Perhaps hike through lush forest to stand near the welcoming spray of waterfalls and to see fairytale villages tucked in dormant volcano calderas. Take in wafts of cinnamon, clove and vanilla from the Island’s spice and perfume oil plantations. Revisit Reunion Island’s history at ruins from the lazaret (quarantine station) near La Possession. No matter if it is a few hours or several days, time on Reunion Island is unforgettable.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 36 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 37 Taolagnaro, Madagascar

Tendered: 08:00 - 17:00

Taolagnaro, Madagascar (also known as Fort Dauphin) sits on a promontory jutting into deep blue sea, backed by emerald mountains. Dry days, rare flora and fauna, and history as Madagascar’s oldest town make it an unforgettable stop on Africa cruises. Madagascar cruises are full of life and you’ll witness some incredible natural wonders in Taolagnaro. Lemurs bounding through thickets. Baobab trees standing tall and mighty in the soft glow of violet sunsets. Shy chameleons and huge crocodiles. Upon arrival to this this Africa cruise port, taxis and taxi-brousse (bush taxis) are available to take you on a bumpy ride to a specific destination or you can walk into town (not included). Hungry visitors will find hot French baguettes and fresh fish at the market.

Please note: This port is accessed by tender boats. Boarding and disembarking tender boats may involve steps and uneven surfaces. While cruise lines strive to provide ease of access, accessibility options can vary at different tender ports. Passengers with mobility concerns are encouraged to inquire about specific arrangements and consider their individual needs when participating in tendering activities.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 38 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 39 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 40 Durban, South Africa

Docked: 07:00 - 23:00

The coastal port of Durban lies along the Indian Ocean in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, where golden sand beaches meet warm blue-green waters. This stretch of pristine beach in the central area of the city is called the Golden Mile, but in fact stretches out for six kilometres, making it a beachcomber's paradise. If surfboards and sunbathing are not your thing, the promenades fronting the beach are a haven for flea markets and shops.

Perhaps jump into a three-wheeled 'tuk-tuk' for a unique look at the city. Head to the Victoria Indian Street Market, where you can visit temples, shop and sample local flavors. Amid British colonial buildings, a variety of historic museums and quiet parks await your exploration. Nearby, enjoy the lush Umgeni River Bird Park, home to more than 3000 bird species.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 41 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 42 Cruising

Enjoy a day at sea aboard Holland America's 'Zuiderdam'.

Overnight: Holland America 'Zuiderdam'

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 43 Disembark Cruise - Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive: 07:00

Enjoy your last breakfast onboard as your ship arrives in Cape Town.

Cape Town's spectacular setting on Table Bay, beneath the 1,082-metre Table Mountain and Lion's Head, seldom fails to take one's breath away, whether you are a local or a visitor. If Johannesburg is South Africa's New York, this port city of four million, settled by traders from the Dutch East India Company in 1652, is its San Francisco.

After disembarkation, meet your driver and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 44 City Tour - Cape Town, South Africa

This morning, join a guided city tour of Cape Town.

At the appropriate time, meet your guide at your hotel to begin the tour.

Your drive to through the city centre takes you past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a baroque building, and the Grand Parade. As you follow the city’s main thoroughfare, Adderley Street, you will see St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Continue past the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter, also known as the Bo-Kaap meaning "Above Cape" due to its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain. In the early 18th century, thousands of slaves from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions were brought to Cape Town. After slavery was abolished, their descendants, known as the Cape Malay’s, settled here.

Discover the history of the Diamond and Gold Trade in South Africa, witness the art of diamond cutting and the careful craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturing by skilled experts at Jewel Africa.

Later, ascend to Signal Hill to witness the firing of the noon gun, a historic time signal since 1806.

At the end of your tour you will be offered the option of being dropped at Table Mountain, where you have the option ascend to the top by the revolving cable car (not included). Here, you'll see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other. Alternatively, you can be returned to your Hotel or dropped at the waterfront.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 45 Cape Town - Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Today your adventure continues as you travel to Klaserie Private Nature Reserve for a safari experience.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Hoedspruit.

Upon arrival in Hoedspruit you will be transferred to Baobab Ridge private lodge, offering guests an up-market, comfortable and authentic wilderness experience.

Overnight: Baobab Ridge private lodge, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 46 Safari Game Drive - Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Your day starts early this morning with a game drive in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. The day typically starts around 04:00 with a coffee/tea and rusks before departing on a 3-hour game drive.

Game drives at Baobab Ridge are in open vehicles with qualified senior guides. Your guides are passionate about wildlife and are in contact with other vehicles on game drives, greatly increasing your chances of finding the wildlife that you want to see. The vehicles may also leave the road to follow animals into the bush and provide opportunities to witness behaviour and interactions you might not otherwise see.

The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is in a Big Five area, giving you the chance to see lion, leopard, wild dogs, elephant, buffalo and many more in the area! The birdlife is also quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. Your guide will share expert knowledge and information about each species and their behaviour.

At 08:00 you will return to Baobab Ridge for breakfast, then enjoy free time until this afternoon's game drive.

At 16:00 your afternoon game drive begins. During the drive, you will make a stop for sundowners, to watch the sunset before heading out again. The afternoon game drives end in the dark, giving you the opportunity to experience a night drive as well! Game drives after dark or at dawn are often a real highlight, you can see endless stars and you’re also likely to encounter a whole range of nocturnal species from lions, leopard, porcupine and hyena to a range of owl species.

Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks around the fire & a three-course al fresco dinner.

Overnight: Baobab Ridge private lodge, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 47 Safari Game Drive - Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Today you have a second opportunity to experience the African wilderness with another morning and afternoon game drive.

Back at the lodge, you can enjoy guided bush walks giving you the opportunity to experience Africa from the ground, in the safe hands of a professional guide. The small details that are overlooked on game drives become more apparent from the slower pace of being on foot. For instance, you can learn about the amazing engineering skills involved in the creation of a termite mound!

Bird calls, tracks, insects, plants, geology, the thrilling sight of spotting big game at eye level; everything takes on more significance and you gain a much deeper understanding of your environment.

It can also be fun playing detective to try and work out which creature might have made the tracks in the sand, trying to guess the types of animal dung and - if you’re really brave - engaging in the local sport of impala dung spitting (Called locally Kudu dung-spitting or Bokdrol Spoeg in Afrikaans)!

Overnight: Baobab Ridge private lodge, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 48 Klaserie Private Nature Reserve - Johannesburg, South Africa

Today you say goodbye to the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and begin your journey to Johannesburg, the final stop on your adventure.

At the appropriate time you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by the representative before making your way to the hotel conveniently located by the airport.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: City Lodge Tambo Airport

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 49 Johannesburg, South Africa - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today you will begin your journey home.

At the appropriate time, make your way to the airport terminal for your flight home.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 50 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Welcome home!

Important Info

Booking information

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.

Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.
 
We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.

Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 

Offer essentials

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 11th February 2025.

This travel offer is priced for 2 people based on a twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, no discounts apply, a twin-share voucher must be purchased.
Please note: accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability.

Child Policy
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for children 6 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 21 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

Departure Dates
Itinerary 1 - Grand Voyage from $18,999 for 2 people
2025
February: 11

Itinerary 2 - Grand Voyage w/ safari extension from $25,999 for 2 people
2025
February: 11

Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.

Flights

Return Cities        
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, Perth, *Auckland

Return City Surcharges
Brisbane: $100 per person
Adelaide: $100 per person
Auckland: $200 per person

International Full-Service Flight(s)
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

Domestic Flight(s) Used (Itinerary 2 only)
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Routes in South Africa: Cape Town - Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

Domestic Flight Information (Itinerary 2 only)
Baggage allowance per person (indicative)

  • 20Kg of checked baggage
  • 8Kg of carry-on baggage



Preferred Airline surcharge
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Qantas: $420 per person 
• Singapore Airlines: $445 per person 
Please note: 
• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners. 

Stay Behind Options
Cape Town, South Africa - $300 per person (Itinerary 1 only)
Johannesburg, South Africa - $300 per person (Itinerary 2 only)
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $500 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
• 28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025

Stopover Packages 
* Singapore
Includes:
• 2, 3 or 5 nights in 4-star accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Return airport transfers 
For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note: 
• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.
• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.
• Stopover packages are subject to availability.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Business Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note:
• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed

Missed Flights 
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 

Cruise

Holland America Line: ‘Zuiderdam’ cruise ship
The ‘Zuiderdam’ by Holland America Line offers a wealth of highlights and facilities designed to enhance every aspect of your cruise experience. Onboard, guests can enjoy world-class entertainment at the World Stage, featuring BBC Earth in Concert and a variety of other performances. Explorations Central (EXC) enriches the journey with destination programming, expert insights, and opportunities to engage with local cultures. Culinary excellence awaits with a range of dining options including the Main Dining Room, Lido Market buffet, and specialty restaurants like the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

For relaxation and wellness, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers rejuvenating treatments and fitness activities. Entertainment options abound with the Music Walk showcasing different musical genres in various venues. Guests can try their luck at the casino or enjoy family-friendly activities at Club HAL. Movies by the Pool provide outdoor entertainment under the stars.

Facilities onboard include spacious staterooms and suites, multiple bars and lounges serving a variety of beverages, a well-equipped fitness centre, and outdoor pools and hot tubs for relaxation. The ship also features shopping boutiques, a library, and the Explorations Café for quiet moments and internet access. Whether exploring new destinations or enjoying onboard activities, the ‘Zuiderdam’ ensures a memorable and enriching cruise experience for all guests.

On board currency : USD

Staterooms / Suites:
Inside Stateroom:
From 14m2
Features: Two lower beds that can convert to one queen-size bed and features Holland America Line’s signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these very comfortable staterooms.
 
Ocean View Stateroom:
From approximately 16m2 
Features two lower beds that can convert to one queen-size bed and features Holland America Line’s signature Mariners Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities and an ocean view.

Verandah Stateroom:
From approximately 19m2 
Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area and two lower beds that are convertible to one queen-size bed that has Holland America Line’s signature Mariner’s Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses. There's also a bathtub with premium massage shower heads.

Signature Suite:
From approximately 35m2
These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one murphy bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, and an additional shower stall.

Stateroom / Suite Amenities

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion and shampoo
  • Luxurious bathrobes
  • Hair dryers, make up mirrors
  • Generous storage
  • Fresh fruit upon request 
  • Safe
  • Ice service
  • Shoeshine
  • TV with On Demand movies, programming
  • Binoculars (signature suite only)
  • Whirlpool bath (signature suite only)


All staterooms / suites are subject to availability; some staterooms / suites may have restricted views.

Cruise staterooms / suites booked on a guaranteed basis and are assigned by the cruise line prior to departure. 

Cruise Arrival and Departure times: 
Please keep in mind that the provided cruise arrival and departure times are an approximate and will be finalised upon receipt of your cruise tickets.

Accommodation

Accommodation Used:
4-Star Properties (Self-Rated)
Cape Town, South Africa: The Cape Milner
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve: Baobab Ridge Private Lodge (itinerary 2 only)

3-Star Properties (Self-Rated)
Johannesburg, South Africa: City Lodge Tambo Airport (itinerary 2 only)

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
 
Triple Share
Not available 
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin (subject to availability).

Optional tours/activities

• Some tours or shore excursions require minimum numbers to operate.
• Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line before travel (subject to availability)
• Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).
• Shore excursion programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events concerning the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular, and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
 
Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements 
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer
• Optional gratuities/tipping 
• Optional activities/tours 
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• Any costs associated with an interruption to your tour as a result of an airline schedule change or cancellation
• Mandatory city tax (if applicable)

Gratuities / tipping

Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is USD$6 per person per day (Itinerary 2 only: Days 44 - 48). This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 

Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.

Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the cruise staff's services throughout this tour's cruise component. Holland America is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a tipping culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at USD$17.00 per guest per day for staterooms USD$19.00 per guest per day for suites. If you have any questions regarding the gratuities on your cruise, please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.

Other important information

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Queensland
In February, Queensland experiences warm to hot weather as it is in the midst of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The temperatures in February typically range from approximately 24 to 30°C during the day. It can feel quite humid and there may be occasional rainfall, especially in the northern parts of Queensland where the wet season peaks during this time. Coastal areas generally have more moderate temperatures due to sea breezes, while inland regions can be hotter. It's a popular time for beach activities and outdoor events, although visitors should be prepared for potential heat and humidity.

Darwin, NT 
In February, Darwin experiences hot and humid weather typical of the wet season in northern Australia. The temperatures during February generally range from around 25 to 32°C during the day. The humidity levels are high, often making the weather feel warmer than the actual temperature. February is part of Darwin's wet season, so rainfall is common, with occasional heavy tropical showers and thunderstorms. These rain showers can be intense but typically short-lived, contributing to the lush greenery and vibrant tropical landscape around Darwin. Visitors to Darwin in February should be prepared for hot and humid conditions, occasional heavy rain showers, and the possibility of tropical storms. It's advisable to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for warm weather, along with rain gear and sunscreen for protection against the sun.

Indonesia 
In February, Indonesia experiences warm and tropical weather throughout the archipelago. The temperatures can vary depending on the specific island and region within Indonesia, but generally, you can expect daytime temperatures to range from around 25 to 32°C. The weather in February is typically characterised by high humidity levels and occasional rainfall, especially in coastal areas and rainforest regions. Indonesia's climate is influenced by its equatorial position, so temperatures remain relatively consistent year-round, with February being part of the rainy season in many parts of the country. Visitors to Indonesia in February should be prepared for warm and humid conditions, with the possibility of afternoon or evening showers. Light and breathable clothing is recommended, along with rain gear for sudden downpours. It's also advisable to stay hydrated and use sunscreen if engaging in outdoor activities, as the sun can be strong even during overcast days.

Singapore 
In March, Singapore typically experiences warm and humid weather. The temperatures during the day generally range from around 25 to 31°C. Singapore's climate is characterised by its tropical rainforest climate, which means it is hot and humid year-round with consistent temperatures. March in Singapore is part of the inter-monsoon period, where the weather can be unpredictable with occasional short bursts of rain. While it is generally sunny and warm during the day, there can be brief showers in the afternoon or evening. The humidity levels are high, often making the weather feel warmer than the actual temperature. Visitors to Singapore in March should pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for hot and humid weather. It's also advisable to carry an umbrella or raincoat for unexpected rain showers. Sunscreen and staying hydrated are important due to the strong tropical sun.

Malaysia 
In March, Malaysia experiences warm and humid weather, typical of its tropical climate. The temperatures during the day generally range from around 25 to 32°C. March falls within Malaysia's dry season on the west coast, including popular destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Penang. These areas tend to experience sunny days with lower chances of rainfall compared to other times of the year. Humidity levels can be high throughout Malaysia, making the weather feel warmer than the actual temperature. It's advisable to pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for hot and humid conditions. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are recommended for protection from the sun, as well as carrying an umbrella or raincoat in case of brief afternoon showers, which can occur even during the dry season. 

Colombo, Sri Lanka 
In March, Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, typically experiences warm and humid weather. The temperatures during the day generally range from around 28 to 32°C. March in Colombo falls within the dry season for the western coast of Sri Lanka, which includes Colombo. This period is characterised by sunny and hot days with lower chances of rainfall compared to other times of the year. However, occasional brief showers or thunderstorms can still occur, especially towards the latter part of the month as the weather transitions towards the inter-monsoon period. Humidity levels in Colombo remain high throughout the year, contributing to the warm and sticky feel of the weather. It's advisable to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for hot and humid conditions. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are also recommended to protect against the strong tropical sun.

Maldives 
In March, the Maldives typically experiences warm and tropical weather, ideal for beach vacations and water activities. The temperatures during the day usually range from around 28 to 32°C. March falls within the dry season in the Maldives, which spans from December to April. This period is characterised by plenty of sunshine, minimal rainfall, and lower humidity compared to the wet season. The sea temperatures are warm and pleasant, making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Humidity levels in the Maldives are moderate during the dry season, contributing to comfortable and enjoyable weather conditions for tourists. It's advisable to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for hot and humid tropical climates. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential for sun protection, as the sun can be intense even during periods of clear skies.

Seychelles 
In March, the Seychelles enjoys warm and pleasant tropical weather. The temperatures during the day typically range from around 27 to 31°C. March is towards the end of the wet season in the Seychelles, which runs from November to March. During this time, the islands experience occasional showers and short thunderstorms, but they are typically brief and followed by sunshine. The humidity levels are higher compared to the dry season, adding to the tropical feel of the climate. Sea temperatures in the Seychelles remain warm and inviting, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving in the clear waters around the islands. It's recommended to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid conditions. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential for sun protection due to the strong tropical sun rays.

Mauritius 
In March, Mauritius experiences warm and pleasant tropical weather. The temperatures during the day typically range from around 25 to 31°C. March falls towards the end of the summer season in Mauritius, which runs from November to April. During this period, the island generally enjoys plenty of sunshine with occasional brief showers or thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon or evening. These showers are usually short-lived and followed by clear skies. Humidity levels in Mauritius can be moderate to high during March, contributing to the tropical feel of the climate. It's advisable to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid conditions. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential for sun protection due to the strong tropical sun rays. Sea temperatures around Mauritius remain warm and pleasant, making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Reunion Island 
In March, Reunion Island typically experiences warm and pleasant tropical weather. The temperatures during the day generally range from around 24 to 30°C. March falls towards the end of the summer season on Réunion Island, which runs from November to April. During this time, the island enjoys plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. Rainfall is still possible, but generally, March sees lower precipitation compared to earlier in the summer season. Humidity levels can be moderate to high, especially in coastal areas, adding to the tropical feel of the climate. It's recommended to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid conditions. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential for sun protection due to the strong tropical sun rays. Sea temperatures around Réunion Island remain warm and inviting, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving in the surrounding Indian Ocean.

Madagascar 
In March, Madagascar experiences warm and typically humid weather, with temperatures ranging from approximately 24 to 30°C. March falls towards the end of Madagascar's rainy season, which generally spans from November to March. Therefore, you can expect occasional showers or thunderstorms, especially in coastal and eastern regions of the island. The central highlands tend to be cooler and drier compared to the coastal areas. Humidity levels can be relatively high, particularly in the eastern coastal areas and rainforests, contributing to the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the island. It's advisable to pack light and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid conditions, along with rain gear and mosquito repellent. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are also essential for sun protection due to Madagascar's proximity to the equator. Sea temperatures around Madagascar remain warm, making it suitable for swimming and water activities, though conditions may vary depending on the region and currents.

South Africa 
In March, South Africa showcases diverse weather patterns across its key regions. Cape Town and the Western Cape enjoy late summer to early autumn with daytime temperatures ranging from 18 to 26°C. The weather is generally warm during the day with cooler evenings, occasionally punctuated by light showers. Johannesburg and Gauteng Province experience temperatures between 17 and 27°C, characterised by warm days and cooler mornings and evenings, with less rainfall. Meanwhile, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal sees temperatures ranging from 22 to 30°C, with warm and humid conditions and occasional thunderstorms. March offers a varied climate across South Africa, making it ideal for exploring Cape Town's scenic beauty, Johannesburg's vibrant urban life, and Durban's coastal attractions.

FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.

Passport Validity:
Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.

CRUISE
Embarkation / Disembarkation:
• Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
• Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
• Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
• Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
Please note: Strict Covid-19 terms may also apply regarding proof of insurance covering Covid-19 and/or vaccination. Please refer to the cruise lines’ terms and conditions for further information before boarding.

Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers must contact the cruise line directly upon receiving their travel documents in order to request any membership benefits they may be entitled to.

Meals:
For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.

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Mobility:
If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.

Fitness Level Required:
A leisurely level of fitness will be required. 
A leisurely level of fitness is described as light walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility. 
Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate upon arrival.
You must check with your doctor well before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Sightseeing:
Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).

Shopping: 
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.

Visas

Indonesia
Australian passport holders can travel for up to 30 days and must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay. If you're travelling to Indonesia for tourism you can apply for an e-Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) online at least 48 hours before your trip to Indonesia. You can get a Visa on Arrival (VOA) at some international airports, seaports or land crossings. There is a visa fee of IDR 500,000 (approximately AUD $50, subject to change) and it is best to have this amount in cash upon arrival to ensure smooth entry through Visa on Arrival (VOA).

Singapore
Australian passport holders are visa exempt for a stay up to 90 days. Travellers must hold a passport valid at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay with one blank visa page. All travellers must submit a Health Declaration via the SG Arrival Card E-Service up to 72 hours before arrival in Singapore.

Malaysia
A 90-day tourist visa will generally be granted upon arrival in Malaysia if travelling on an Australian Passport. All travellers to Malaysia are required to apply for a mandatory Malaysia Digital Card (MDAC) within 3 days before arrival. 

Thailand
A tourist visa is not required in Thailand for stays of up to 30 days on an Australian passport (restricted to 2 entries per calendar year).

Sri Lanka 
A Tourist Visa for Sri Lanka is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. Sri Lanka has introduced Digital Arrival & Departure Cards, which can be completed three days prior to travel. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest high commission, embassy or consulate of Sri Lanka for the latest details.

Maldives
You can get a tourist visa on arrival to Maldives on an Australian Passport, provided you meet all entry requirements. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration of the Republic of Maldives for details about visas, currency, and customs. You must complete a Traveller Declaration within 96 hours before departing to and returning from Maldives.

Seychelles
You don't need a visa to enter the Seychelles as a tourist on an Australian passport. You can get a visitor’s permit on arrival in the Seychelles. If you’re not a tourist, you'll need to apply for a visa. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest high commission/embassy or consulate of the Seychelles to confirm the latest details.
Before arriving in the Seychelles, you must apply for an online Digital Travel Authorisation. There is a fee associated with this application.

Mauritius 
A tourist visa is not required when travelling to Mauritius on an Australian passport. The Mauritian government provides visas on arrival free of charge to Australian passport holders. Before you arrive, fill out the Mauritius All-in-One Travel Digital Form and keep a printed copy to present to health authorities on arrival. If you haven’t filled out the form, you'll need to complete an Immigration Disembarkation Card on arrival. Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Mauritius prior to departure for the most up to date information. 

Reunion Island 
Australian passport holders are visa exempt for a stay up to 90 days. Travellers must hold a passport valid at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay with one blank visa page. 

Madagascar
A tourist visa is a strict requirement when travelling to Madagascar on an Australian passport. 

South Africa
You don't need a visa if you're visiting South Africa for tourism purposes for up to 90 days. In other cases, you'll need a visa. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of South Africa for the latest details. 

Important: 
• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.

Please note: 
• It is your responsibility to be travel-ready and ensure that you are aware and comply with any destination or travel requirements, including the validity of all required travel documents.
• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.

Travel insurance 

Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance

Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

Supplier Fees
In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.