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There’s never been a better time to head “down under” than with Atlantis when we return to Australia and New Zealand for a spectacular cruise kicking off with Auckland Pride and arrives just in time for Sydney’s legendary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand to stunning Sydney, you’ll experience unparalleled wonders through two fascinating countries. Onboard, we’ll thrill you with two continents of entertainment, spectacular outdoor parties, and expert guides throughout your journey. All at the lowest fareswe’ve ever offered in Australia!

There’s never been a better time to head “down under” than with Atlantis when we return to Australia and New Zealand for a spectacular cruise kicking off with Auckland Pride and arrives just in time for Sydney’s legendary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand to stunning Sydney, you’ll experience unparalleled wonders through two fascinating countries. Onboard, we’ll thrill you with two continents of entertainment, spectacular outdoor parties, and expert guides throughout your journey. All at the lowest fareswe’ve ever offered in Australia!

Staggering natural beauty meet Australian laid-back charm in the stunningly beautiful city of Hobart. From the bustling market to craggy mountain ranges it’s a city of brilliant contrasts, fabulous restaurants, and endless options for exploration.

Then it’s on to Eden, with a spectacular coastal town that is ideal for whale watching or simply enjoying the beautiful beach. Then we have one more day at sea as we head into glorious Sydney in time for the world’s largest gay and lesbian celebration.

Atlantis designed this cruise to arrive just in time for Sydney Mardi Gras, a month-long celebration of our community, culminating in a nighttime parade viewed by over 500,000 people. And that’s just the beginning, as the revelry continues to a sensational all-night party for 17,000 featuring superstar talent from around the world.

Its been able to perfectly coordinate our schedules with Sydney Mardi Gras. Our post-cruise program whisks you from the ship to Sydney’s top hotels with plenty of time to explore, tour, and truly make the most of this incredible city.

Holland America Noordam

No ship sailing today embodies the best of classical design with modern amenities and service than Holland America’s Noordam. Her magnificent panoramic ocean views, spacious outdoor decks, striking design, intimate dining options, unique entertainment venues, and spacious accommodations will impress you from the moment you step onboard.

You’ll love the beautiful outdoor decks, the dynamic three-story theater, intimate Queens Lounge, and inviting central pool (with a retractable cover just in case!).

Whether it’s an Atlantis day at sea or returning from a day of adventure, there’s so much to enjoy onboard Noordam. Relax by one of our two stunning pools, learn cooking in the culinary center, or pamper yourself in our expansive spa. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center packed with plenty of challenging classes. Join one of Malcolm’s zany pool games. Drag yourself out to Bingo with Miss Richfield. Or learn something new at one of our enrichment lectures. We’ll keep your days full of options, including the one to do absolutely nothing at all.

Whether you want to enjoy all your time outdoors or spend the week in the spa, Noordam offers a fantastic range of options.

The modern central pool features a retractable “magradome” roof that can be completely closed to create an indoor pool space. It looks fantastic both day and night and doubles as our secondary indoor party space. Noordam’s beautiful aft Sea View Pool is surrounded by a massive teak deck – perfect for basking in the Pacific sun and the ultimate setting for Atlantis’ signature parties.

And when you’re ready to pamper yourself, head to the Greenhouse Spa. Enjoy a facial, a hot stone massage, a steam in the thermal suite, or relax in the hydro pool. Take in a workout in Noordam’s state-of-the art fitness center, featuring a full set of weight equipment, modern cardio machines, and a variety of challenging classes.

The Pinnacle Grill offers an exceptional dining experience focused on the perfect steak, fresh seafood, and original grilled creations. All complimented by a selection of wines rated “Excellent” by Wine Spectator and a setting that’s perfect for any occasion.

If you’re in the mood for authentic rustic Italian, try the award winning Canaletto Restaurant, featuring an abundance of fresh made pastas and other fabulous specialties in a casual family-style setting.

Please note an extra charge applies for both The Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

Noordam offers a wide variety of entertainment and enrichment options, ideal for the Atlantis style of cruising and perfect for our incredible array of entertainers. Be a winner in the inviting casino, or stop by a sensational nightclub to enjoy a cabaret star or an after-hours dance party. No matter where you end up you’ll find comfortable places to meet friends old and new in a setting that makes you feel right at home.

When you do finally return to your stateroom, you’ll enjoy a quiet, elegant retreat, with rooms larger than the most in the industry. Most offer a private verandah and feature the most modern staterooms amenities including flat-screen televisions with DVD players, large bathrooms with tubs, Luxurious beds featuring Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, and 100% Egyptian cotton towels.

Our luxurious suites offer in-room whirlpools, spacious rooms with sitting areas, access to the private Neptune Lounge (suites SB and above), and much more.

And should you need anything, our pampering staff is just a phone call away. Let Holland America’s legendary service staff take care of your every need.

On board the ships of Holland America Line you’ll discover a cruise experience that is modern, fresh and appealing – in an ambiance that is timeless and refined.

New Zealand welcomes you in the vibrant harbor city of Auckland, a remarkable city boasting the country’s largest gay population. This stunning, cosmopolitan destination makes the perfect start for an all-gay cruise as we head south to explore.

After a relaxing day at sea, spend a day in the heart of wine country from the stunning port city of Napier. Explore New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, famous for its breathtaking countryside and inviting harbor as well as magical scenery from a dozen famous movies.

The dramatic mountain vistas of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island, bring you in touch with the most “English” city outside of England. From there head to Dunedin, one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

After all that exploring, two sea days will be a welcome break to recharge and refresh as we head to Australia.

Excite your palate in our dramatic two-story ocean view restaurant featuring Holland America’s award-winning cuisine. As on all Atlantis cruises, you’ll enjoy open seating and a casual atmosphere with no dress code. There’s never an assigned table or dining time, allowing you to dine at your leisure with friends old and new.

For a special occasion, make a date at Pinnacle Grill for one of the most elegant meals at sea, featuring premium beef and fresh seafood. Or relax over an authentic Italian dinner in Canaletto. Casual fare abounds at the Lido Market with a wide variety of culinary delights virtually 24 hours a day.

Stellar entertainers from the USA and Australia star throughout your cruise, including comics, singers, drag performers, variety acts, and more. Our 1000 seat theater hosts sophisticated production shows, Atlantis signature entertainers, and more. We even produce our own gay acrobatic show, designed just for you.

Two intimate lounges feature up-and-coming entertainers and unique specialty acts up close and personal. You’ll always find friends in Atlantis’ signature piano bar, or one of the other inviting places for a drink. And there’s always action in the world-class casino.

Nothing compares to the dazzling nights as the pool deck transforms into a spectacular party space, starring top DJs from around the world. We’ll fill the night sky with lights, lasers, and music to thrill you well into the morning. Our themed afternoon T-Dances are legendary fun, and the perfect end to an afternoon. No matter what your taste in music or experience with a party, we’ll keep you dancing until Mardi Gras!

Auckland’s blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. The City of Sails literally stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasma Sea, from wild surf beaches to a beautiful gulf tranquil islands. And with a vibrant gay scene ready to welcome Atlantis guests, it’s the perfect welcoming introduction to the wonder of New Zealand.

The highlight of our adventurous day at sea is a cruise by the amazing active volcanic Whte Island, New Zealand’s only live marine volcano. We’ll bring you up close as the volcano breathes, roars and hisses in a truly spectacular manner.

The historic art deco city of Napier is located in the heart of New Zealand’s oldest wine-making region, Hawke’s Bay. Dazzling Art Deco and Spanish Mission architectural styles dominate the distinctive towns of Napier and Hastings. The region is renowned for its award winning red wines, its fresh local produce and artisan food producers.

Arts, Culture, fine dining and breathtaking natural scenery – that’s what distinguishes New Zealand’s capital city. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbor, Wellington boasts a vibrant downtown that’s easily explored on foot. The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits.

More recent the lush natural scenery around Wellington has been used in a host of feature films, giving the region the nickname “Wellywood”. We’ll offer tours to some of the local highlights.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the of the Centerbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Stunning natural beauty defines this lush and remarkable part of the world. We’ll dock in gorgeous Akaroa, a lively port town with inviting cafes and shops right off the pier.

Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere with gorgeous heritage buildings everywhere you look. Explore the quirky cafes, boutiques or Dunedin’s spectacular coastline and many beaches.

After all this touring, a day at sea gives you time to unwind and enjoy the wonders of being out on the open ocean. Start with a friendly brunch, drop by the theater for the world’s craziest bingo session, pamper yourself in the spa, and save soe energy for a signature outdoor T-dance as the sun sets over the Pacific.

Your vacation continues with a marvelous day of pure delight as we sail towards Australia. Options abound, including the best idea – doing nothing at all!

Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart welcomes you to Australia with an extraordinary setting of natural beauty nestled amongst the foothills of Mt. Wellington yet bursting with modern style. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. Australia’s second oldest capital offers excellent shopping, stunning modern art, outdoor markets, and a world-class food scene along with Tasmania’s fascinating adventure options. You’ll discover quickly why this is one of the world’s top-ranked tourist cities.

Enjoy the endless possibilities of an Atlantis day at sea. T-dance? Atlantis brunch? Or the silliest bingo in the world?

Eden is one of Australia’s best destination to watch whales, with spectacular vantage points on coastal headlands. The fishing village on the NSW South Coast has plenty of things to do, include whale-watching cruises that will take you close to the majestic mammals in the sparkling blue waters.

Our last day onboard creates a welcome chance to relax with friends, sleep in a bit, and get ready for a few days in Sydney. We’ll keep you entertained with endless pool games, a signature finale T-dance, and a few more surprises. There’s nothing standard about an Atlantis day at sea.

One of the most visually stunning and welcoming cities in the world fans out from the focal point of Circular Quay, boasting Sydney’s star attractions – Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Spend a few days here to explore Sydney’s wide-ranging cultural life, amazing restaurants, and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

Enhance the Experience We have been booking with Concierge Travel for many years. They provide access to all of the Gay Travel products available and are able to provide advice on which type of travel or specific trips will meet our needs. Concierge team members often join us on the trip and provide a few little extras to enhance the experience. We would never consider using anyone else.

Joe and Keith Houston, TX

Joe and Keith