A cruise to the Far East is an incredible awakening of the senses. Spices linger in the air, markets bustle with an eclectic array of sounds, and the eyes dance looking at the abundance of golden Buddhas and colorful temples. Holland America Line knows that the Orient is on the bucket list of many travelers,… read more of “Make 2016 the Year…”
More and more travelers have their eye on a trip to Asia for its unique culture, welcoming people, exotic cuisine and coastal beauty, but planning a trip to a region so vast can be difficult to do alone. That’s where Holland America comes in! Here are five reasons why your trip to Asia should be… read more of “Five Reasons to…”
President’s Club member and “World Adventure” blogger Jeff set sail on the 2014 Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage in September aboard ms Amsterdam. Jeff has more than 1,600 cruise day with Holland America Line and calls the ship his home away from home. Directly following this grand adventure, Jeff will stay onboard for the… read more of “What’s it…”
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.
On a recent visit to Dublin, Ireland, Rotterdam’s bar team went to the Guinness Brewery and Jameson Distillery to learn more about the beverages they serve onboard. Passengers have the opportunity to visit these places, too, during a call at Dublin on the A Taste of Dublin: The Guinness Experience and the A Taste of… read more of “Beer Tastings, Rum…”
The beautiful city of Kobe, Japan, welcomed the Volendam with gifts as well as a presentation for the guests by the award-winning Kobe Drummers. Here we see Captain Baijens and Cruise Director Dan Bernback accepting the gifts on behalf of the Volendam. A reciprocal presentation of a model of the ship was given to the… read more of “Volendam calls at…”
I took these shots of a welcome ceremony to mark the occasion of the Volendam’s visit to Nagasaki, Japan. Gifts of flowers, kites and sake were presented to Captain Arno Juten, Hotel Director Rene Tuinman and Cruise Director Dan Bernback. A local dance group then presented a series of traditional dances, at one point getting… read more of “A Special Welcome…”
HAL guest blogger Sharon Wilhelm is currently sailing aboard Amsterdam’s 75-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage. While aboard the ship she will chronicle her cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy! Days 12 – 18: October 3 – 9, 2012 Day 12 – At Sea It was Kimono Night/Formal Night. Since we were in… read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”