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I am looking at AUS/NZ and was pleasantly surprised to find HAL's Oosterdam as an option rather than the tired Maasdam, (which we loved on a previous trip, so not knocking it at all) If you have done this itinerary on the Oosterdam, I would love to hear any tips for great cabin selection as well as not-to-be-missed excursions/points of interest. 


Between HAL and NCL, which cruise would you choose considering price, value, service and most importantly, itinerary? I have my heart set on Tasmania and it looks like NCL won't be doing that stop in 2021. 

Any other information for booking is greatly appreciated as well! 

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Hi, as locals we have cruised NZ/Aust several times and about to leave again on the 30th December.


We have booked the Oosterdam for 19th December 2020 for Christmas and New Year.    Our friends particularly wanted to go to Tasmania and this itinerary has the ship in port on 28th December for nearly 24 hrs in Hobart  followed by a full day at Port Arthur.   The Hobart will be very busy because of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race which start on 26th December (Boxing Day), so there will be alot of interesting yachts in port.  Our friends are keen sailors.



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oh, MargoK, sounds like so much fun! I hope you have a fabulous holiday and will report back about the Oosterdam. I am looking at cabins now before reserving. If you have any great cabin tips, I would love to hear.


Also, did you use a local TA or did you book directly with HAL? I am curious if there are any pricing differences.  Thanks in advance

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