One of the great pleasures of travel is the opportunity to sample local food and drink. While you may find language barriers along the way, an appreciation for good food is a universal language and can be a fantastic way to immerse yourself in local cultures.
Hawaii is the world’s most isolated archipelago, further from other inhabited places than any other. The state is made up of eight major islands and 124 minor islands — many of which have a mass of less than 3 sq. miles! Holland America Line destination Hilo is located on The Big Island. The natural beauty… read more of “Port Spotlight:…”
Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband are cruising again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon will chronicle their cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy! Feb. 20, 2013: This morning around 11 a.m., the Zaandam made its way to Hilo, Hawaii, which is our first stop… read more of “Cruise Diary: Aloha…”
Dr. Deborah Wheeler is a travel writer who was on board Zaandam and sent in posts from her cruise. We rented a car in Hilo and headed for The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is unique not only for the volcanoes but also the surrounding lush greenery and island appeal.
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 this post and photos from their call at Hilo, Hawaii. Al and I took a tour called “Waterfall Spectacular” to see the waterfalls in Hilo during our port call there. It… read more of “Cruise Diary: Hilo,…”
During our recent call at Hilo, Hawaii, a few of Zaandam’s crew members were able to enjoy a beautiful day ashore and take part in a friendly soccer match. It was an afternoon filled with a lot of adrenaline, exercise and overall fun. The crew members were very excited and are looking forward to participating… read more of “Zaandam’s…”
Thanks to blog fan Jutta for sending in this photo of Volendam and Oosterdam at Hilo, Hawaii, April 26.
Rotterdam’s Junior Human Resources Clerk Mochamad Ardiansyah Aloetsyah was one of the crew members to take part in the Waterfall, Cave & Black Sand Cove crew tour while the ship called at Hilo, Hawaii, earlier this month. The crew visited some of Hilo’s top attractions including Rainbow Falls State Park, the Kaumana Caves and Black… read more of “Crew Tour…”