A Pictorial Wrapup of the 2016 Grand World Voyage from our Blogging Cruisers
Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Jeff and his group once again took to the skies in a hot air balloon over Bagan.
The 2016 Grand World Voyage was an epic 115-day cruise to far-off lands and gorgeous locales. It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago it came to an end, and those who called Amsterdam home for four months returned to their regular lives. During the journey, Amsterdam hosted some of our regular cruisers who documented their time in both photos and words. Jeff Farschman, President’s Club member and World Adventure blogger, came back for his 10th Grand World Voyage, and he was joined by familiar names like Jan and Dick Yetke, Gary and Jeanne Frink, and Gerogina and Humberto Cruz. Captain Mercer also charted his way around the world on his own blog! Enjoy some of the most beautiful ports from the Grand World Voyage. See where the ship visited since the last blog post and enjoy the grand adventures that our guests had ashore. BALI, INDONESIA: We went over to the southwest coast to visit Tanah Lot temple, a magnificent house of worship perched precariously on a huge rock resting just off of the coastline. There was another temple at the same area that we visited also. The rice fields are beautiful. We had a wonderful day on Bali, even though we cut it short due to the torrential rains. — Jan and Dick SEMARANG, JAVA: At Semarang, the ship was greeted with some fanfare! Captain Mercer’s wife Karen snapped photos of the festivities. The Honour Guard of Merchant Navy cadets and Officers who I had the pleasure of inspecting; they carried swords and raised them in salute as I and the Port captain walked between them. — Captain Mercer After the festivities, the captain was off on a brief adventure ashore to the Sam Po Kong Chinese temple, built in honor of a Chinese emissary who landed in Semarang in 1401. HONG KONG, CHINA: In this, one of the world’s top three scenic ports, we were up early to watch our entrance. We had a big bonus on our Grand World Voyage: an extended visit of three days in this spectacular city! We explored via the convenient hop-on/hop-off […]