In August 2014, the Holland America Blog asked fans to choose their top “Bucket List” ports around the world. Number one on the list? Sydney, Australia! Travelers around the globe are attracted to Australia and New Zealand for the region’s unique beauty, interesting culture and vast array of things to see and do. From cosmopolitan… read more of “Cruising Down…”
Cruises to Australia and New Zealand are increasingly popular. The region is extraordinary in its blend of rugged terrain, unique wildlife and urban beach communities. As you cruise into Sydney Harbor you’re immediately met with iconic sights like Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. However, other major landmarks require a bit of travel inland…. read more of “Pre- and…”
With fall and winter approaching, there’s no need to put away the swimsuits and shorts. On a cruise to Australia and New Zealand, the summer season is gearing up to be in full swing by the time snow blankets the northern hemisphere. For the most comprehensive exploration of the continent, Volendam’s 34-day Australia Circumnavigation sails… read more of “Take a Cruise Down…”
Since departing the South Pacific, ms Amsterdam has sailed a westerly course toward Australia. Here is a recap of Captain Mercer’s blog posts. You can read them in their entirety on his blog, www.captainjonathan.com.
In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is not a single entity so much as a megalopolis of living systems. It’s… read more of “Celebrating 140…”
Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their visit to Cairns, Australia. Cairns is pronounced like “Kaenz”. Al and I decided to have a leisurely morning on the Volendam taking photos from the ship today… read more of “Cruise Diary: Day 1…”
Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently on a Volendam voyage from Sydney to Singapore and is sharing photos of his trip with us. Here are some from the ship’s call at Cairns, Queensland.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012: We arrived in Cairns at 8 a.m. at the cruise terminal. The long entrance channel is tide restricted, vessels such as ours can only enter at certain states of tide and we were fortunate that an 0600 pilot, a reasonably civilised hour, was suitable for us. Even so, we have to… read more of “Around the World…”