Moments That Make A Grand Voyage Grand: Overnight Stays in Port
Submitted by: HAL Guest and Travel Writer Georgina Cruz
An overnight at Honolulu allows extra time for a more in-depth experience.
Guest Georgina Cruz currently is onboard her fourth Grand World Voyage and is sharing her experiences with the Holland America Blog. World Cruises feature a multitude of moments that make them grand: experiencing the thrill of circumnavigating the planet, delighting in gourmet fare in the ship’s dining room and alternative restaurants, being pampered by a friendly and attentive hand-picked staff, and entertained by wonderful artists including headliners and distinguished lecturers. In the three World Cruises that we have been privileged to complete, and the fourth one we are presently sailing on (all four on Holland America’s Amsterdam) my husband Humberto and I have enjoyed all those fabulous moments, but we have yet another favorite aspect of these grand voyages: their wealth of overnight stays in some of the world’s most desirable and exciting destinations – a whopping 10 overnight stays are scheduled during our 2017 World Cruise. These overnights are to us like big exclamation points along the journey – real marquee (call them, grand) moments of the voyage! Guests, including us, make very good use of this extra time in port to explore beyond its primary highlights. For example, on our previous World Cruises, in addition to touring the points of interest of French Polynesian islands, we booked overwater bungalows for overnights in the idyllic isles of Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti to enjoy the islands to the fullest (all yielded some of the most memorable moments of the Grand World Voyages, including gorgeous island sunsets). We also booked a Holland America Line overland excursion while in India to visit the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur with a stay at the Rambaugh Palace Hotel, a former royal residence (another amazing exclamation point of the voyage that we will never forget: from the welcome by uniformed guards on horseback, to the shower of rose petals cascading over our heads as we ascended the stairs to check in, to the local flute player in the courtyard, and to the local gourmet specialties!). On the 2017 Grand World Voyage we are embarked upon now, we also took advantage of […]