Pacific Treasures: 10 nights in January 2013

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This cruise to some French Polynesian destinations on the Oosterdam with Holland America is one of the Pacific cruises we all know and love, but with a different spin- as the Holland America Line ships bring something else- a bit of tradition and old-school glamour. The line is known for its eclectic and thoughtful collections of art onboard, and the special touch services- like waiters roaming the decks with cool lemonade or hot soup depending on the weather!

The ship leaves from Sydney and stops first in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. This lovely city takes its culture from both the French immigrants and the native Kanak people. Port Vila is next, a charming city in Vanuatu where you can peruse the markets or watch fishing boats come and go in the busy natural harbour. Two unspoilt tropical paradises are the next destinations: Mystery Island in Vanuatu and the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. Both have small populations, white sand, blue water and friendly natives to relax and entertain you before the ship returns to Sydney over a few sea days.

Operator: Holland America Line
Vessel: Oosterdam
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Wednesday 2 January 2013- Saturday 12 January 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 10 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Wed 2 Jan 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Sat 5 Jan 08:00-12:00
Day 5:  At sea
Day 6: Port Vila, Mon 7 Jan 08:00- 17:00
Day 7: Mystery Island, Tues 8 Jan 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Isle of Pines, Wed 9 Jan 08:00- 17:00
Day 9-10: At sea
Day 11: Sydney, arriving Sat 12 Jan 07:00

About the Oosterdam

The Oosterdam is one of Holland America's Vista class ship, and brings a bit of youthfulness to the traditional Holland America design. To keep passengers busy, there is a Culinary Arts centre for lessons in food and cooking, and Digital Workshop, a computing education facility. Other organised activities include bingo, language classes, quizzes and sports, as well as the nighttime shows and live music.  Holland America once had a reputation for bland and boring dining, but this has been overhauled and now the menu onboard is top-notch. The main dining room offers traditional dining times or open dining, and there is a buffet, along with several casual lunch options and the specialty Pinnacle Grill which has a small cover charge. Room service is free with a good menu. There is a gym and 3 pools onboard.

See here for great deals on the Pacific Treasures Cruise in January 2013!