On Board the ms Volendam in the Pacific Ocean

Having traveled on cruise ships only twice, we have limited knowledge of the experience.  Around 20 years ago, we completed a Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas, St. Croix and Puerto Rico.  Twelve years ago, we traveled by plane to Vancouver and then boarded a ship that became our introduction to Alaska via an inside passage cruise.  Several months ago, Alan found a “repositioning” cruise to Australia online offered by the Holland American Cruise Line that departed from the Los Angeles area.  Since he has wanted to travel to this country for literally decades, the price was right and we knew we would be in the general neighborhood around the appropriate time, we decided to book the cruise.  

We are now onboard a three-week cruise which makes stops in Hilo, Honolulu, Pago Pago, Fuji,
New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Lifou.  It’s easy to see why millions of folks become addicted to the cruise ship choice for vacations.  Stopping at beautiful ports of call, eating fabulous food, being waited on and pampered, entertained or educated (if desired), or just relaxing and doing nothing, the cruise ship offers a wonderful diversity for the guest.  The Volendam has 1400 guest and 600 employees on board, so there are a lot of people looking out for you, to make certain the trip is enjoyable. 

Towel animals and chocolates at bedtime,
Food choices ranging from burgers and fries to lobster and escargot are all expertly prepared.  With five restaurants on board, there are several options on the daily changing menus of each venue, so it’s hard to get bored with the selections.  Bridge lessons, bingo, lectures on astronomy or Ernest Hemingway or Paul Gaugin, a fully equipped gym, 2 pools, a casino, multiple lounges with a variety of entertainment, daily movies, nightly shows, etc., etc.  The days are full of multiple offerings.

Stopping first in Hilo, Hawaii, we’ll keep you posted as we are able.  Internet in the middle of the ocean is not easily found!  

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