Patricia Stone, Owner and Founder of Global Adventures, is currently sailing Australia and New Zealand on Volendam and will be updating us with posts throughout her cruise. Here is her first entry, enjoy!
It’s been two days at sea since we boarded ms Volendam in Sydney with Captain Peter Bos at the helm. Stormy skies sent us off as we cruised under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, passed the Opera House and headed out to the Tasman Sea towards our destination– New Zealand. I didn’t realize how much you could do on a cruise ship, and for an active passenger like me, Holland America has provided a myriad of activities. In the past 48 hours, we’ve learned some cha-cha and swing dancing, strengthened our cores in a pilates class, walked the promenade deck for fresh air, and learned new recipes like “Mint-Pistachio Pesto Crusted Australian Lamb Chops over White Bean and Wild Mushroom Cassoulet.” Some of us participated in trivia contest games, an art auction, and we even heard there was a $25,000 jackpot bingo game! In the evenings, we’ve had the choice of seeing Broadway musical shows, comedy shows or kick back in the ship’s theatre and watch a movie with popcorn. With over 60 events a day, everyone’s interests are catered to and there’s always something to do.
The five restaurants on the ship offer a range of meals that are delicious and impressive. Each of our dietary requests has been attended to whether it is gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian. The chefs and their kitchen staff are there to please and ensure we enjoy the culinary pleasures of Australia and New Zealand. We are looking forward to our excursions in New Zealand, but it’s good to know we have a couple days at Sea after our New Zealand ports of call so we can enjoy more events and activities on the ship before returning back to Sydney!
To see this post on her website, click HERE.