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About Our Destination

The local currencies are: Australian dollar (Australia); New Zealand dollar (New Zealand).
The temperatures in Australia and New Zealand during the time of our cruise will range from low-60s to high-70s.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015 – Sydney, Australia – depart 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015 – At Sea
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 9 am to 12 am (midnight)
  • Monday, February 16, 2015 – At Sea
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – At Sea
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – Scenic cruising Fiordland National Park
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand – 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, February 20, 2015 – Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand – 7 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Wellington, New Zealand – 8 am to 12 am (midnight)
  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 – At Sea
  • Monday, February 23, 2015 – Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand – 8 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Auckland, New Zealand – 7 am
See our Vacation Stretchers page for information regarding our pre-cruise and post cruise vacation stretchers.

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 12 days/11 nights on board Holland America’s ms Oosterdam
  • All meals on board, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Gratuities, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees
  • Olivia’s signature programming, entertainment and staffing assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos and bingo
  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals
  • Medical attention
  • Optional excursions
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Other incidentals
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Australia Visa Requirements
All guests other than Australian citizens must obtain an Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) visa before entering the country. This must be done prior to departing your home country and can be done online. For eligibility details, Click here. This cannot be obtained on board. Visa and service fees may apply.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation. All other nationalities would need to check with their consulate for any other visa requirements.
New Zealand Visa Requirements
There are no separate visa requirements for New Zealand for U.S., Canadian or Australian nationalities.
Citizens of all other countries should check with their countries’ consulates and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure you do not need entry visas or other additional documentation.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: Just click on "Traveler’s Health" and then "Vaccinations".
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
Cancellation policy
Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more…
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Joining the and Facebook trip groups
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the Official Olivia trip group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Australia to New Zealand Cruise Odyssey Official group page on Facebook.

Travel and Arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Sydney International Airport (SYD), which is located approximately 20 minutes from the port terminal.
You will need to fly out of Auckland International Airport (AKL), which is located approximately 30 minutes from the port terminal.
Suggested arrival/departure times
If you plan to arrive on embarkation day (February 13, 2015), we suggest you arrive in Sydney, Australia no later than 12 pm. Return flights from Auckland on the day of disembarkation (February 24, 2015) should be booked after 12 pm.
Embarkation and check-in begins at 11:30 am and will be available until 3:30 pm with all aboard at 4 pm.
Airfare discounts
We are proud to partner with Air New Zealand and American Airlines.
Air New Zealand Discount
Save up to $300 off your air travel! Ready to book your air? Enjoy a discount by booking with Air New Zealand. This applies to open-jaw flights into Sydney, Australia (SYD) and out of Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). Dates of travel are February 1 – March 10, 2015. Tickets must be purchased by September 30, 2014 to be eligible for the discounts. Click here to learn more and book your flights.
The AA discount code A2525BK is good for 5% off and applies to flights into Sydney, Australia (SYD) and out of Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). Dates of travel are February 8 – March 1, 2015. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can only be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies). In order for discount code to be valid, flight cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines.
Preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with a full service travel agency, Panorama Travel. They provide excellent service for competitive airfares (business class and economy), additional transfers or hotels/tours outside of Olivia offerings. A $50 per person charge will be assessed for a consultation to discuss travel needs and airfare. This amount will be applied to your overall costs should you decide to use their services. A service fee will be assessed according to the amount of travel booked. For an additional fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers to the ship
You will be able to take a taxi from the Sydney airport to the Sydney White Bay Cruise Terminal for approximately $40 AUD. The port address is: White Bay Cruise Terminal, James Craig Road, Rozelle.

During Your Trip

Holland America’s ms Oostedam is an intimate 1900-passenger ship with the following ship amenities:
  • Rotterdam Dining Room
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant
  • Canaletto Restaurant
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Terrace Grill
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Boutique
  • Casino
  • Digital Workshop
  • Explorations Internet Café, powered by The New York Times
  • Queen’s Lounge/Culinary Arts Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pools & jacuzzis
  • Showroom at Sea
  • Wine Tasting Bar
Room Amenities
  • 24-hour room service
  • Euro-top mattresses & finely woven cotton linens
  • Elemis Aromapure “Time to Spa” bath amenities
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Salon-quality hair dryer
  • Vanity with magnifying mirrors
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Massage showerheads
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual thermostats
  • Equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet
  • Personal safe
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • International direct dial phones (extra charge)
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning (extra charge)
  • Cell phone service (extra charge)
Seating & Dining Times
You will be assigned a dining time when you book your reservation which will either be first seating or second seating dinner. Restaurant hours will be listed in your daily program.
Solos Seating
We will have a special solos dining area for those traveling alone.
Rotterdam Dining Room
The Rotterdam dining room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian/vegan options. This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch on our At Sea Days, and is the main restaurant for dinner nightly.
The Pinnacle Grill
The Pinnacle Grill, the ship’s specialty restaurant, is a great addition to your dining options. Spoil yourself with exquisite menus featuring Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood options (nominal cover charge).
Canaletto Restaurant
Canaletto Restaurant serves dinner and features authentic Italian cuisine (nominal cover charge).
The Lido Restaurant
The Lido Restaurant is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks.
The Terrace Grill
The Terrace Grill offers pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs.
24-Hour Room Service
If you would like to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack in the comfort of your cabin, a room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet.
Exploring our ports of call will be the highlight of your cruise. Holland America takes pride in offering the best shore excursion options for our guests. Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. We will notify you via email when excursions are available for online booking.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maitre'd and other-behind-the-scenes crew members.
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be available on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase a wireless plan.
Laundry Services
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning services are available. Pricing is available on board. There is no self-service launderette on the ship.
Medical Services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check-in.
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone. Cost is available on board.
Smoking Policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only which include the starboard (right) side of the outside decks and on your verandah.
Solo Travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows.
Spa Services
Enjoy the luxurious Greenhouse Spa complete with massage, facials and a myriad of other spa treatments. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Special Needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to Auckland Airport, you can take a taxi from the port to the airport for approximately $60-75 NZD. The distance is approximately 30 minutes away. Transfers will also be available to book via the Shore Excursion office on board.

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