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25-NIGHT GRAND ASIA & PACIFIC VOYAGE

 
 
25-NIGHT GRAND ASIA & PACIFIC VOYAGE
Starting from $4,399*

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, California, US


Ship: ms Amsterdam


Departure Date :

Nov 27 2018

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Sydney, Australia

"If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too. The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
Sydney, Australia
 
 
Day Sydney, Australia
Depart 06:00 PM
"If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too. The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
Sydney, Australia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Noumea, New Caledonia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, is both cosmopolitan and French, a thriving seaport as well as a commercial and industrial center. Enjoy your day here on Noumea, a tropical paradise with a distinctive geography and charm all its own.
Noumea, New Caledonia
 
 
Day Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Easo is the capital of Lifou, the largest and most populated of the Loyalty Islands. Home to around 10,000 Kanak people, it’s a simple, relatively undeveloped and largely unspoiled place, famed for two things: a sandy palm-fringed beach that fans out on either side of the main dock, and a very friendly atmosphere. Cruise ships are often welcomed to this island paradise with traditional tribal dances as well as a colorful local market that pops up to sell food, drinks and crafts. The island itself offers a diverse landscape that ranges from the steep cliffs of the northern coast to the pristine white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters along the southern coast. The island’s many walking paths and trails take in pretty churches—including the famous missionary chapel, the Chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdes—and pass scenic observation points, not to mention a wide variety of wildflowers and plants. Visitors can also tour vanilla plantations to learn about this venerable spice and its production, or make day trips to the nearby island of Tiga.
Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia
 
 
Day Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Mystery Island is ringed by a whole number of beautiful white sand beaches. Since it takes just half-an-hour to walk around the whole island, you can take your pick and find your ideal spot. Many passengers choose to stay close to the tender pier and the facilities; others disperse to find a more secluded place. There are lots of shady spots, under tall palm trees, perfect for a relaxing day. Snorkellers will be delighted by the pristine nature of the reefs offshore and it’s possible to see a whole variety of sea life, including barracudas, clown fish, parrot fish, turtles and even seahorses.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Port Denerau (Nadi), Fiji
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Cruise passengers typically get only a quick fix of Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu—the South Pacific nation has a total of 333 islands, many mere specks on a map—but between meeting the local Fijian people, the modern retail complex at Port Denarau and easy access to a range of activities, a single day here can be surprisingly fulfilling. Home to both native Fijians, who are of Melanesian heritage, and descendants of indentured Indian laborers brought here more than a century ago, the country is known for both its scenic beauty and its hospitality (the exuberant greeting, Bula!, will quickly become your new favorite word). Denarau Island, a resort complex not far from the international airport at Nadi, features a Westin, Hilton, Radisson and Sofitel, along with a golf course. This makes Port Denarau a convenient gateway to pampering (a few hours in a spa, perhaps?), adventure (some of the world's best soft coral diving) and abundant nature (both rugged rain forest and cultivated gardens). From sipping kava, an intoxicating ceremonial drink, to letting the sweet chords of "Isa Lei," the islands' traditional farewell song, wash over your body, mind and soul, you'll enjoy this little tease of Fijian life and leave wanting more.
Port Denerau (Nadi), Fiji
 
 
Day Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
"In the time before time, the people who would become the Fijians were shaped of wet earth, pulled from the sea on a giant fishhook and given more than 300 islands to live on. Or if you want to be a little more prosaic, the people of Fiji were part of the great Lapita migration, which began somewhere around Taiwan and headed east. The first boats to arrive stopped migrating when they found this maze of islands formed by the earth turning itself inside out with volcanoes. The new Fijians spent a couple centuries involved in internecine war and developed the bad habit of using clubs to bop all strangers. But strangers kept showing up for the simple reason that Fiji, especially the southeast coast of Viti Levu, was geographically wonderful: the kind of spot that made mariners chuck their anchors and start trying to make a living as a settler. And who knows, maybe the Fijians just had tired arms, but by the time missionaries came, powers had shifted and the bopping had stopped. Today that southeast corner of the largest island in Fiji, the city of Suva, holds three-quarters of the nation’s population. It’s also shielded by shimmering green mountains opening to a calm sea, a land lush with afternoon rains. "
Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Apia, Upolo, Samoa / Cross International Dateline / AT SEA
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM / - - / - -
The remote Polynesian nation of Samoa, surrounded by dragonfly-bright seas, boasts a dramatic volcanic landscape with vibrant green jungles. The country has two major landmasses: Upolu, the most populous of the Samoan islands, and Savai'i, the third-largest Polynesian island. Samoa's capital, Apia, sits midway along Upolu's north coast. This sprawling metropolitan area features a waterfront promenade and Beach Road, an avenue curving along the harbor where the Royal Samoa Police Band marches and hoists the national flag at Government House on weekday mornings. Check out their sharp ensembles, which feature navy lavalava (kilts) and robin's-egg-blue dress shirts. Adventurers will want to make a splash at Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve near Apia harbor, while bookworms make a beeline to the home and grave of Robert Louis Stevenson. But perhaps the best way to experience fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way) is by visiting the small villages scattered throughout the two islands. Here, you'll see locals still living in traditional fales—round thatched homes with no walls, all the better to enjoy the ocean breeze—and cooking on umus, "ovens" of hot stones placed in shallow holes in the ground.

Ships crossing the international dateline either lose or gain a calendar day depending on direction. Your captain will decide how to adjust and you will be informed on board.

At Sea
Apia, Upolo, Samoa / Cross International Dateline / AT SEA
 
 
Day Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa / Crossing the Equator
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM / - -
Green hills form a dramatic backdrop for the palm-fringed harbor of Pago Pago, capital of American Samoa. This South Pacific 'Garden of Eden' was the setting for Somerset Maugham's steamy short story, Rain, and no doubt continues to provide inspiration for artists and writers today. Visitors are sure to notice the pleasant, casual approach to life by the residents. Although American Samoans are U.S. nationals by law, they are far from "Americanized." Samoans have an enviable knack for taking whatever life may bring and adapting it to their own needs. Gracious and hospitable both by nature and tradition, Samoans take true delight in enjoying life and invite visitors to do the same.

The equator is an essential component of our planet’s geography—even though it’s just an imaginary line drawn on a map. In addition to being the widest spot on the planet—a full 43 kilometers (27 miles) wider than at the poles—this is also the planetary dividing line for the Coriolis effect, which explains why cyclones rotate clockwise north of the equator and counterclockwise south of it. It’s also the place best suited for launching spacecraft because the gravitational pull gives rocket ships an extra boost out of the stratosphere. And for a bit of light-hearted fun, if you’re onboard a craft where any of the crew are crossing this imaginary line for the first time, you’ll likely witness a King Neptune (or Crossing the Line) ceremony. This ancient naval tradition puts newbies, or “Pollywogs,” through a series of pranks and tests to prove themselves worthy of being a son or daughter of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa / Crossing the Equator
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM
Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii's population, the island of Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural, cultural and historic wonders. In Honolulu, an array of cultures blends harmoniously, allowing each to retain its distinct flavor. The downtown sector combines Hawaii's royal history with the modern-day action of a major metropolitan center. Waikiki Beach, with its impressive hotels and glittering atmosphere, is a famous tourist hub and resort destination of international renown. Honolulu is also the location of Diamond Head, Oahu's famous volcanic landmark, and Pearl Harbor, the largest natural harbor in Hawaii and the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark.
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
 
 
Day Lahaina, Hawaii, US
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM
"Most of Polynesia has stories of the cultural hero and demigod Maui. In Hawaii, he's given credit for fishing up the islands from the ocean floor. He's also the one who caused the sun to move more slowly and who lifted the sky so people had room beneath. It's a long and complicated tale, snaking through dozens of variations. But to the rest of the world, the word Maui just means the perfect island paradise, and Lahaina is the gateway to its most photogenic areas.

So how beautiful does a place have to be to win the title of paradise of paradises? Well, start with enormous stretches of beach, some full of surfers, some off bays packed with whales, some sporting nothing but your own footprints. Toss in two volcanic craters, one with a road that takes you from sea level to 3,055 meters (10,023 feet) and through tunnels of jacaranda trees. Then there's the rain forest, which you can experience on a scenic drive so full of twists and turns and waterfalls that 83 kilometers (52 miles) can take most of the day. At the end, though, you're rewarded with yet more falls, plus cool ponds perfect for a soak."
Lahaina, Hawaii, US
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day Los Angeles, California, US
Arrive 07:00 AM
Los Angeles is a city spinning with energy and creativity, where tomorrow's trends are born, nurtured and released. Having one of the best climates in the world, Los Angeles draws visitors year-round from all over the world. Officially founded in 1781, the modern-day metropolis of Los Angeles sprawls across over 4,000 square miles between the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. Los Angeles is considered the entertainment capital of the world, a vibrant city of visual delights with more museums than any other U.S. city.
Los Angeles, California, US
 
 
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