Please note that every ‘Sea Day’ we will have a session of duplicate and 2 one-hour clinics. Even on Port Days there will be an afternoon mini-duplicate for the keeners who return to the ship.
The MS Zuiderdam was launched in 2002. Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the MS Zuiderdam blends the very latest in shipbuilding technology with the artistry, personalised touches and superior service that has made Holland America Line one of the highest-rated cruise lines in the world. At the heart of the MS Zuiderdam is the Vista Dining room spanning two floors. For casual eating there is an extensive Lido Café and an alternative dining option with the Pinnacle Grill. Dutch heritage and tradition is clearly displayed throughout the ship with a wonderful art collection.
Daytime dress is casual. Ensure that you wear shoes and a cover-up over a bathing suit when walking through the interior of the ship. Most evenings, Smart Casual is appropriate and can be defined as slacks and sports shirts or sweater for men and a skirt or trousers and sweater or blouse for women. Shorts, flip-flops, swimwear, distressed jeans and men’s tank tops are best left to daytime and the poolside. For Gala Nights jacket and tie are appropriate for gentlemen, while ladies wear a cocktail dress or gown.
Welcome to another memorable Bridge Cruise/Holiday with Gary Brown and his OZ Bridge Travel team. Gary is author of 6 Bridge books, with one winning the prestigious 2007 American Bridge Teachers’ Association’s ‘Book of the Year’. He also created Flash Cards (the Ultimate Guide by the Bridge Player’s Side). He runs duplicates, teaches and organises Bridge Holidays around the globe – having now hosted over 55 Cruise Holidays/Bridge Boot Camps. Our focus is always on making the experience – your ‘trip of a lifetime’. The Bridge program is extensive, but casual. You play only when you want. A partner is guaranteed. Non-Bridge playing spouses often join us, so please bring yours along! There is much to see and do!
'Singletons' are just as valuable to our group – as they are at the Bridge
table. So, if you are a single and traveling alone – know this:
1. 'Single Supplement' suites (a private room) are available.
2. We make all efforts to match singles who are looking for a roommate.
3. We do guarantee you a partner at the Bridge table.
4. We dine together as a group - each evening.
5. Complimentary cocktail party (meet/greet) on the 3rd evening.
6. All land tours are on private coaches reserved specifically for our group so no expensive ship tours.
7. Join us each evening – for pre-dinner drinks in the Martini Bar.
Being a part of our group – offers security and camaraderie
DAY 1 Thursday 17 June 2021 Depart Australia
Today we depart Australia on our overnight flight to Venice.
DAY 2 Friday 18 June 2021 Venice, Italy
This afternoon we arrive into Venice and transfer to our hotel. After checking in we will have a walking tour of Venice to visit St Mark’s Square, see the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We will wind our way through the narrow alleyways to the market square of the Rialto.
DAY 3 Saturday 19 June 2021 Embarkation
This morning will be at leisure. Late morning we will transfer to the port to board the luxurious MS Zuiderdam. This afternoon there will be time to familiarise yourself with the ship before setting sail. Be up on deck as we sail out of spectacular Venice.
DAY 4 Sunday 20 June 2021 Split, Croatia
Today we visit Split, the second largest city in Croatia. The Old Town grew up around the Emperor Diocletian’s vast Roman Palace. We have a morning sightseeing tour, during which we visit the interior courtyard of the Roman complex and the Golden Gate, the main entrance to Diocletian’s Palace. We visit the Baptistry of St John a small, beautiful building consecrated in the sixth century. We see the Renaissance Town Hall on People’s Square surrounded by Venetian buildings. This afternoon there will be a clinic before a welcome drinks party to formally welcome the group to the ship.
DAY 5 Monday 21 June 2021 At Sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the facilities of the ship. Morning clinics followed by lunch and afternoon Bridge.
DAY 6 Tuesday 22 June 2021 Argostoli, Greece
This morning we arrive on the beautiful island of Kefalonia and the resort town of Argostoli. We have a free morning to wander through the town and see the local shops. There will be afternoon Bridge.
DAY 7 Wednesday 23 June 2021 Chania, Crete
Today we arrive in Chania, Crete. On our sightseeing tour today we will travel inland through the Old Town to visit and explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. We will walk through the ruins and excavations of the island’s vast ancient palace and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it.
DAY 8 Thursday 24 June 2021 Rhodes, Greece
This morning we arrive in Rhodes, the largest island of the archipelago called Dodecanese, and the capital of this group of Greek Islands. It is world renowned for being the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world. The town of Rhodes lies within the walls of a very well preserved Venetian Castle, built by the Knights of Saint John. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this castle as well as the medieval Old Town before returning to the ship for afternoon Bridge.
DAY 9 Friday 25 June 2021 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
This morning we arrive in Kusadasi, on Turkey’s Aegean coast. We travel to the Roman city of Ephesus, one of the most extensive archaeological sites in the world. We walk along the marble streets, complete with chariot wheel ruts made nearly 2000 years ago. We see the imposing two-story façade of the Library of Celsus, the best preserved structure of its kind in the world. For those of you who decide to return to the ship there will be an afternoon mini-duplicate.
DAY 10 Saturday 26 June 2021 At Sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the facilities of the ship. Morning clinics followed by lunch and afternoon Bridge.
Day 11 Sunday 27 June 2021 Valletta, Malta
The capital of Malta, Valletta was founded by the Knights of St John in 1566. Its purpose was to strengthen the Order’s position on the island, following the siege of Malta by the Turks in 1565. The sightseeing tour includes visits to St Johns Co-Cathedral and the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters. We also visit Mdina, Malta’s ancient capital and a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. For those of you who decide to return to the ship there will be an afternoon mini-duplicate.
Day 12 Monday 28 June 2021 Mgarr, Malta
This morning we arrive on the island of Gozo, one of the 21 islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. Our sightseeing begins with a visit to the Temples of Ggantija. The two temples at this UNESCO World Heritage Site were built back in 3600BC, however were not revealed to the modern eye until the 19th century. Locals believed that the temples were built by giants, and once you see the size of the blocks you’ll understand why. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of Victoria, the ancient fortified city that dominates the island. We will see sights such as It-Tokk (Independence Square), St George’s Basilica and the Old Prison which was used by the Knights of St John in the 16th century. For those of you who decide to return to the ship there will be an afternoon mini-duplicate.
Day 13 Tuesday 29 June 2021 Naples, Italy
We arrive into Naples this morning. We have a morning tour of the beautiful resort town of Sorrento with its spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. We then visit the ancient, perfectly preserved ruins of Pompeii, a wealthy settlement of the Roman Empire, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. A local guide will take us on tour of the ruins to see the Forum, the House of the Vetti, a well preserved aristocratic villa and much more.
DAY 14 Wednesday 30 June 2021 Palermo, Italy
Founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, the city has been home to numerous settlers including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans and Spanish, before finally becoming part of a unified Italy in 1860. We will visit the medieval Cassaro quarter which contains the cathedral, 14th century palazzos and gardens. We will also visit the La Kalsa quarter which is in the old Islamic area, the centre of the city when it was ruled by the Arab Emirs. For those of you who decide to return to the ship these will be an afternoon mini-duplicate.
DAY 15 Thursday 1 July 2021 Rome, Italy
After disembarking we will be met by our private coach and take a tour of Rome. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Eternal City’ and see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where group members can throw a coin and make a wish to return to Rome one day. In the afternoon we will check in to our hotel.
DAY 16 Friday 2 July 2021 Rome, Italy
This morning we will visit the Vatican Museum, with a wealth of artistic treasures, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel. The afternoon will be at leisure.
DAY 17 Saturday 3 July 2021 Depart
After breakfast we disembark and are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.
DAY 18 Sunday 4 July 2021 Arrive Australia
We arrive in Australia today and tour arrangements conclude.
|Cabin||Cabin Category||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port & handling charges||$410||$718|
|Included ship gratuities||$215||$215|
|Included air taxes as at 10/3/2020||$200||$200|
All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 630 434 for more information.
International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. MS Zuiderdam is operated by Holland America Line Cruises and the Mediterranean fly/ cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America Line Cruises 2020 brochure. All passengers must complete and sign Travelrite International booking form and the Holland America Line on line cruise personaliser.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed (usually within 24 hours) a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/ cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to all payments made credit card. If fares and airtaxes change due to government and airport regulations and currency fluctuations Travelrite reserves the right to charge additional amounts.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 90 days||$1000|
|90 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Passengers qualify for a 30kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.
Minimum Tour Numbers:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserve the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.
Responsibilities: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS No A10538) is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to or in connection with this fly/cruise shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/ cruises, acts of terrorism, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/ cruise and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/ cruise as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the fly/cruise passage contract with Holland America Line Cruises, detailed in the Holland America Line Cruises brochure and available on their website www.hollandamerica.com. If you do not have a copy of these terms and conditions please contact us and we will send one to you.
Delays And Unforeseen Events:
You engage Travelrite International to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite International acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite International your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.
How to Book: Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“This was my fourth Travelrite tour – the courtesy and attention to detail was outstanding from the travel consultant to the tour manager. It was too hard to choose a favourite sightseeing tour as all of them were interesting and the local guides good.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and excursions. I met so many nice people and had great confidence in our Tour Manager.”