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 in the Hawaiian Islands. We wanted to be on deck for our sail into Hilo as Kainoa, the Zaandam Location Guide, was going to narrate from the bridge. During his narration, Kainoa mentioned that the best view of the Big Island and Hilo would be from the bow. So Al and I headed for the bow area which is opened for guests during the sail-ins. Paki and Malia were out on the bow area dressed in welcoming regalia. Paki performed the Hawaiian welcoming chant or “Kahea” which would be given to all visitors to the islands. I felt we were very fortunate to have this traditional welcoming chant performed on the Zaandam for our arrival.
On Location team members Malia and Paki and myself on the bow of Zaandam as we approached Hilo.
Topics: Cruise Diary, Food & Beverage, Hawaii, Mariner Voices, ms Zaandam, Shore Excursions
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