Australasia and S. Pacific are HAL’s playground in 2019-20

Tony Archbold has a unique selling point for Holland America Line

Holland America Line is making immersive voyages around Australia, New Zealand and islands in the South Pacific in the upcoming 2019-20 wave season with two ships rich in Dutch heritage — Noordam and Maasdam.

Although the 146-year-old company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp. & plc in 1989, the Dutch influence is everywhere aboard its ships and this is what sets it apart from other cruise lines — a great selling point for Tony Archbold, senior director sales & marketing for Australia and New Zealand, and his team.

Noordam will make a 26-day South Pacific crossing to Sydney from Vancouver on October 13, visiting Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia en route.

Auckland-Sydney cruises

She will then operate a series of 12- to 15-day cruises between Auckland and Sydney that include New Zealand’s renowned Fiordland National Park.

She sets off on another trans-Pacific voyage from Sydney to Vancouver on April 16, 2020.

Maasdam’s in-depth voyages

Archbold said from this month through to March 2020 Maasdam explores Australia, New Zealand, the Coral Sea and Melanesia on longer voyages that immerse passengers into the cultures and customs of each destination.

Maasdam’s cruises range from 10 to 30 days, including a full circumnavigation of Australia.

A 17-day cruise makes six calls along Australia’s east coast including Cairns and several ports among the southern islands of Papua New Guinea.

Cuisine on board both ships will showcase the flavours of the regions, as well, of course, as a Dutch breakfast.


Posted 13 August 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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