With another summer season of cruising over we find out just how much Holland America passengers have enjoyed themselves.
Holland America's ms Noordam and ms Maasdam made more departures than ever during the summer and attracted a record number of international visitors on itineraries around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Of course, more international visitors means the amount of provisions brought onboard makes for eye-watering reading. On an average 10-day cruise, passengers ate and drank their way through:
- 22,000 eggs
- 2000kg of beef
- 1300kg of fish
- 949 bottles of white wine
- and 3264 cans of local beer
That's not your average shopping list!
Both ships will return to our shores next summer to embark on 20 voyages including a couple of new cruises.
Maasdam will depart Melbourne on November 17 on a 32-day Australia and Pacific Explorer itinerary which calls at Hobart, Sydney and Auckland en route to the Pacific Islands where passengers will see Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji. Fares are from $7699 per person, twin share.
The 29-day South Australia and New Zealand Discovery cruise aboard Noordam will depart Sydney on January 20 and visit Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Port Arthur and Hobart before crossing the Tasman. In New Zealand, the ship will offer scenic cruising at Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park before the itinerary continues to Auckland via Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Akaroa, Wellington and Napier. Fares are from $5499 per person, twin share.
Top picture: ms Noordam at sea. Picture supplied
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