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16 nt Holland America Fly Stay Cruise | French Polynesia & Cook Islands

Maasdam, Polynesian Idyll ex Papeete Return

Ship: Maasdam View ship details

Cruise Line: Holland America Line

Selected Sailing Date: 14 Oct 2018

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Special Inclusions

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Inclusions:
• Return flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
• 1 night pre-cruise stay in Papeete
• 14 night French Polynesia & Cook Islands cruise round trip from Papeete
• BONUS US$50 Onboard Credit total per cabin
• Meals and entertainment onboard
• 1 night post-cruise resort stay in Papeete
All port fees and taxes

Special Conditions

Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Outside Cabin prices quoted, can also include Obstructed Cabins. Cruiselines Terms & Conditions apply - Please ask us for details.

Cruise Description

14 Night Cruise sailing roundtrip from Papeete aboard Maasdam.

Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's 135-year history to bear the name. At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each suite has a private verandah.

Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. Other intriguing art featured on the ms Maasdam are two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room and a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period.

Highlights of this cruise:

Papeete
Even if you've never been, you've probably been. All you need to have done is glance once at the work of a former French stock broker, tarp salesman, and Panama Canal laborer. The color that Paul Gauguin brought to canvas could have been lifted from the markets, beaches, and buildings of today's Papeete. Cruise visitors can soak in the vivid buzz of the Le Marche marketplace, walk the park along the waterfront, and hunt for a deal on black pearls. Meanwhile, the rest of the island is waiting. Stop by the romantic Vaipahi Garden and the fern-lined sea caves of the Mara'a Grotto, then do anything on, beside, or under the island's elysian lagoon.

Bora Bora
After the end of World War II, some American soldiers stationed on Bora Bora didn't want to leave. In fact, they stayed until their families back home began complaining. It's hard to blame the soldiers. James Michener called the island the most beautiful in the world, and used the island as inspiration for his Bali Hai. The island's mountains, beaches, and lagoons are the default when you think "tropical paradise." Cruise visitors can dive into the clear waters of the lagoon, take a jeep tour into the high country, or relax on Matira beach and wonder what would happen if you stayed.

Raiatea
Here was the capital of Polynesian empire. It was from Raiatea that the Polynesians launched their long canoes on epic explorations of the Pacific -- to New Zealand, Hawaii, Easter Island, and other parts of eastern Polynesia. Taputapuatea marae, the island's temple complex, was the command center for all this activity, as well as the Polynesian center of cosmology and religion. The marae is on the southeast part of the island, and you can explore the restored grounds. Other highlights for cruise visitors include the beach at Motu Nao Nao and the snorkeling at Opeha Point.