Fluid lines and dramatic spaces make the Holland America Nieuw Statendam a modern beauty. The second in the line of our Pinnacle Class ships, her design draws inspiration from the elegant curves of musical instruments. When not relaxing in well-appointed suites or staterooms, guests will have many innovative dining and entertainment options – from Rudi’s Sel de Mer to Nami Sushi to the Rolling Stone Lounge, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and the visually stunning two-level World Stage.
During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the restaurants. During the evening on formal nights, a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required in the main restaurants. Casual nights require a collared shirt for gentlemen. The self-service restaurants are casual.
About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people up in twin-share cabins when available – saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you. There will be group activities almost every day.
The cruise is fully escorted and will be a great fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening dine with the group on our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Wednesday 18 September 2024 Depart Australia
Today we board our flights to Rome.
DAY 2 Thursday 19 September 2024 Rome, Italy
This afternoon we arrive into Rome. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.
DAY 3 Friday 20 September 2024 Rome
This morning 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. In the afternoon we will visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. This evening we have an included welcome dinner to meet the group members.
DAY 4 Saturday 21 September 2024 Embarkation
This morning is free for individual exploration. In the early afternoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal. Make sure that you are up on deck as the Nieuw Statendam sails out of Civitavecchia and we commence our ‘Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean’ cruise.
DAY 5 Sunday 22 September 2024 At Sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members at Trivia.
DAY 6 Monday 23 September 2024 Olympia, Greece
This morning we visit Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games. The Ancient Greeks flocked here every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. We visit the ruins of the Sanctuary, with its athletic quadrangles, stadium, temples and treasuries; then visit the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Nike “Winged Goddess of Victory”.
DAY 7 Tuesday 24 September 2024 Chania, Greece
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 Wednesday 25 September 2024 At Sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon enjoy a game of bingo with fellow group members with prizes for the winners.
DAY 9 Thursday 26 September 2024 Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt
We arrive in Alexandria early morning and travel to Cairo for a guided sight-seeing tour. We visit the Egyptian Museum, one of the best museums in the world, containing over 5000 years of Egyptian history. We see the spectacular golden mask and tomb artefacts recovered from Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. We will stay overnight in Cairo.
DAY 10 Friday 27 September 2024 Cairo/Port Said, Egypt
We continue our sightseeing of Cario today. We travel to Giza, where we visit the famed pyramids. Built by the Pharaohs around 2500BC, they are the only one of the original ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ still standing. We have a guided tour of this ancient necropolis and the enigmatic Great Sphinx before meeting the ship back in Port Said.
DAY 11 Saturday 28 September 2024 Limassol, Cyprus
The ancient port of Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus. During its long history it has come under the rule of the Anglo-Normans, the Venetians, Ottoman Empire and the British. Our tour today will encompass the Byzantine castle where Richard the Lionheart was supposedly married during the Crusades. We will also see the fascinating Archaeological Museum and the beautifully restored house which is the Folk Museum.
DAY 12 Sunday 29 September 2024 Rhodes, Greece
The ship docks at the island of Rhodes today. We will have a walking tour of the Old Town, once the fortified headquarters of the Crusaders. We will visit the Grand Masters residence of the Knights of St John who ruled the island during the middle ages. The afternoon will be free.
DAY 13 Monday 30 September 2024 Ephesus, Turkey
This morning we arrive in Kusadasi, on Turkey’s Aegean coast. We travel to the ancient 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 two thousand years ago. We see the imposing two storey façade of the Library of Celsus, the best-preserved structure of its kind in the world.
DAY 14 1Tuesday 1 October 2024 At Sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon enjoy a game of Scattegories with fellow group members.
DAY 15 Wednesday 2 October 2024 Istanbul, Turkey
The morning we arrive in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey and a city steeped in history. We have a wonderful sightseeing tour of Istanbul, once the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for nearly 1,000 years. Covering the hills on both sides of the Bosphorus, it was the halfway point between the cultures of Europe and the Orient. We will visit the Aya Sofya, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. At one time it was a cathedral, a mosque and now a magnificent museum. As we enter we see the 9th-century bronze covered doors, you can feel the vibrant atmosphere of the city, alive with movement and bustle. We visit the Blue Mosque, known for its beautiful blue tiles and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. We return to the ship and overnight in port.
DAY 16 Thursday 3 October 2024 Istanbul, Turkey
This morning enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosporus and then visit the famed Grand Bazaar. The afternoon is free as we sail our of Istanbul.
DAY 17 Friday 4 October 2024 Mykonos, Greece
Today we arrive in the scenic Greek island of Mykonos. Mykonos is one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, but is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with plenty of local colour. Chora, the islands capital is spectacular with its narrow, whitewashed streets and white cubicle houses with their tiny balconies, coloured windows lined by bougainvillea. Numerous little churches and chapels, hidden minuscule piazza’s and water wells, as well as the multitude of colourful shops makes this a fabulous place to explore at leisure. We will have a free day to explore the quaint streets of this beautiful island.
DAY 18 Saturday 5 October 2024 Athens, Greece
Today we arrive in to the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. Athens is home of the Acropolis and, the ultimate in ancient Greek architectural perfection, the Parthenon. Our sightseeing tour today delves into the glorious history of Athens. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Acropolis, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens. We visit the amazing Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena, and one of the wonders of the ancient world. We check into our hotel late afternoon.
DAY 19 Sunday 6 October 2024 Athens, Greece
We continue our sightseeing tour of Athens including a visit to the first modern Olympic stadium. We will have time in the Plaka district, a maze of winding streets with shops, cafés and restaurants. There will be free time this afternoon for last minute shopping or sightseeing. This evening we have an included farewell dinner to celebrate a wonderful tour.
DAY 20 Monday 7 October 2024 Depart
This morning we depart the hotel and are transferred to the airport for our flight to Australia.
Day 21 Tuesday 8 October 2024 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.
|Cabin||Cabin Category||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port and handling charges||$368||$1,546|
|Included ship gratuities||$288||$288|
|Included air taxes as at 1/6/2023||$290||$290|
All cabins are subject to 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 additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.
The Travelrite escorted MS Nieuw Statendam cruise represents amazing value. There are no hidden extras; everything is included in the one great price!
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 need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Nieuw Statendam is operated by Holland America Line and the fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America Line brochure 2024. All passengers must complete and sign the Travelrite International booking form and complete the Holland America Line on line check in.
Tour Costs: The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 June 2023. Travelrite International reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $1200 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 a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the Holland America Line on line check in. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the Oosterdam fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
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||loss of deposit|
|90 - 61 days||50% of full fare|
|60 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 23kg 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 reserves 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 A10538) is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, 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, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism 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/cruises 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 with 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 Nieuw Statendam cruise passage contract with Holland America, detailed on their web site https://www.hollandamerica.com/ If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Travelrite International and we will send one to you.
Delays And Unforeseen Events:
You engage Travelrite to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite 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 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 $1200 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 35 years and operating in Victoria for more than 40 years. It has a fully licensed (ATAS No. 10538) office at Balwyn, which is accredited with IATA. As such it directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour, and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
“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.”