The Oosterdam is the second in Holland America Line’s series of Vista-class ships. Launched in 2003 with a capacity of 1900 passengers she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies and is the perfect, spacious, mid-sized ship. The centerpiece of Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in the three-story atrium. She features an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs. Throughout the ship there are restaurants to suit every mood, from authentic Italian cuisine to a legendary experience at Le Cirque to a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak. Savor the many diverse restaurants and delicious menus inspired by the latest trends. Evenings on board brim with choices. Take in a thrilling show in the lounge, try your luck in the Casino, or sing along in the piano bar. Explore the varied gathering places to suit every taste. A highlight is the BB King’ Blues Club. Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King All-Star band brings the best of Memphis music to sea.
About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, if requested – saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be there to guide and look after you. There will be group activities almost every day.
During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. The more formal gala nights attire is for men a jacket and tie and dresses, skirts or slacks for women. There will be two gala nights on the cruise. Other nights are classified as smart casual, which suggests a collared shirt and slacks for men and casual dresses or trousers and a blouse for women. Passengers not in the mood to get fancy on gala nights can opt for the buffet or room service.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Wednesday 8 December 2021 Fremantle
Depart this morning on your ﬂight to Perth. Please meet in the arrivals area at 12:30pm. We will be met by our private coach for a panoramic city tour of the sights of Perth, including the Governor’s Residence, Parliament House and Perth University. We will continue to the historic port city of Fremantle to check into our hotel.
Day 2 Thursday 9 December 2021 Fremantle
This morning we will learn about the pioneering history of Western Australia during a sightseeing tour of Fremantle. We visit the Fremantle Prison, built in the 1850s by convicts; it was used as a place of incarceration and punishment for nearly 140 years. We will then visit The Round House, the first permanent building in Western Australia.
Day 3 Friday 10 December 2021 Fremantle
A free day to explore Fremantle. You will have the opportunity of taking an optional day trip to Rottnest Island.
Day 4 Saturday 11 December 2021 Embark
The morning is free for last minute exploration of Fremantle. At midday, we are transferred to the cruise terminal to embark the Oosterdam for our cruise to Sydney.
Day 5 Sunday 12 December 2021 Albany
Today we arrive in Albany, on the shores of the Southern Ocean. Albany is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia and was a major whaling station. We enjoy a tour of Albany and surrounds, including the Mt Clarence Desert Corp Memorial and Padre White Lookout, for amazing views of Albany. We will also visit the National ANZAC Centre, which honours the ANZACS of the First World War. It overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the First World War. We will also visit the Albany Whaling museum to learn about the history of Whaling in the area. We will also see a number of spectacular rock formations in the nearby National Park.
Day 6 Monday 13 December 2021 At sea
The day is free to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship.
Day 7 Tuesday 14 December 2021 At sea
The day is free to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. This afternoon we have a session of Bingo for the group.
Day 8 Wednesday 15 December 2021 Port Lincoln
This morning we arrive in Port Lincoln, known as the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia. On our sightseeing tour today we travel around Port Lincoln and the beautiful, tranquil Coffin Bay featuring magnificent coastline, beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife and fresh seafood. We visit one of the best vantage points in South Australia, taste and learn about the humble oyster, experience magnificent Coffin Bay National Park and its wildlife, and we have a close encounter with koalas, and wildlife.
Day 9 Thursday 16 December 2021 Adelaide
This morning we visit Adelaide the “City of Churches”, so called due to its 529 exquisite, architecturally designed churches, with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church being the oldest, dating from 1838. Following our city tour, we visit Hahndorf “Australia’s Oldest German Town”, settled in 1839 by Lutherans ﬂeeing religious persecution in Prussia. Hahndorf was named after the ship’s captain Hahn, whilst dorf is German for village.
Day 10 Friday 17 December 2021 Kangaroo Island
After disembarking in the morning at Kangaroo Island, we travel by coach to the capital of the island Kingscote. This is South Australia’s oldest European settlement. We will have time to explore the main street. On our drive around the island we will be able to spot wallabies, koalas, kangaroos and fur seals. The afternoon brings us to the southern coast of the island, where we will have a tour of Seal Bay, viewing the Sea Lion colony and learning about their habitats before returning to the port late afternoon.
Day 11 Saturday 18 December 2021 At sea
The day is free to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. This afternoon we have a session of Trivial Pursuit for the group.
Day 12 Sunday 19 December 2021 Melbourne
This morning we arrive in Melbourne. We begin today with a tour of Melbourne, which was originally going to be named Batmania, after founding father John Batman. Our tour will include the famous Queen Victoria Market, officially opened in 1878 where the Batman memorial is also located, the Royal Botanical Gardens, developed in 1846 under instructions from Charles La Trobe and the CBD where we see some of the famed laneways that now contain art, modern bars and cafes. In addition, we see the exciting and controversial Docklands precinct. In the afternoon, we will visit the National Gallery of Victoria to view the Australian Impressionism exhibit. Focusing on the five major artists of the movement: Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Jane Sutherland the exhibit traces the development of the radical new landscape at Box Hill, Mentone and Heidelberg.
Day 13 Monday 20 December 2021 Burnie
Today we arrive in the North-Western city of Tasmania, Burnie. We see beautiful Dove Lake Today we travel across the Northwest to the town of Stanley. It is a pretty town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water’s edge. We will take the chairlift up the Nut, and enjoy its spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the town. There will be time to wander around the historic village of Stanley, where you will see the many historic buildings and have time to enjoy a light lunch. After lunch, we will visit Highfield House, an historic site, which offers an historically accurate vision of a gentleman’s home and farm from the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with view across to Stanley, the Nut and the Bass Strait beyond. The house has been restored and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden. We then return to Burnie and the ship.
Day 14 Tuesday 21 December 2021 At sea
The day is free to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. This afternoon we have a session of Scattergories for the group.
Day 15 Wednesday 22 December 2021 Disembark Sydney
After breakfast, we disembark the ship in Sydney and the tour concludes.
|CABIN||DESCRIPTION||DECK||TWIN SHARE FARE PP||SINGLE FARE||K||Inside||1,4,5,6,10||$4,265||$5,875|
|Included port and handling charges||$1,782|
|Included on-board gratuities||$403|
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.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 3/10/20. Travelrite 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 $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 91 days before departure. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card. A deposit of $900 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. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete an online Holland America Cruises reservation form and a Travelrite International booking form. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 91 days prior to the commencement of the cruise.
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|
|91 days or more||Loss of deposit|
|90 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.
MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 91 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.
Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.
All passengers qualify for the 20kg free baggage allowance.
All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.
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.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd 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 taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the MS Oosterdam fly/cruise passage contract with Holland America, detailed in the Holland America brochure or on the website. If you can’t find this form please contact Travelrite International and we will tell you where you can see it.
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 International 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 International 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 International any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite International 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 $750 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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.
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