For every avid traveler — and for this who just love adventure — a trip to Antarctica truly is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Antarctica is one of the most remote parts of the world, so it takes time and extensive planning to get there.
Callao, Peru, is the port city for Lima, enabling guests to take a variety of tours throughout the area or go exploring on their own. The capital of Peru and the country’s largest city, Lima is a bustling metropolis that is the gateway to the incredible Macchu Pichu, the mysterious Nazca Lines and so much more.
A cruise to the Far East can be full of exciting adventures and exotic flavors. The sights and sounds create a breathtaking photo album to impress even the most avid traveler. Volendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam explore the region in 2014, from a 14-day Far East Explorer cruise on Volendam and visits on Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage to the 51-day Spice Route to Singapore cruise on Rotterdam
Guests Louise and Brian just disembarked the 75-night Grand Voyage aboard Amsterdam and agree it’s the trip of a lifetime. They wrote from Hong Kong to share some of their photos.
My husband and I are currently on the Grand Asia on the Amsterdam. As usual, the food and service are great. This year, we are enjoying a few new ports as the cruise stops at many smaller Pacific islands which were part of the WWII history. We are currently in Hong Kong but have recently visited Shanghai where we also stayed overnight. We had time to get to the Watertown Zhujiajiao and see the Jade buddha temple one more time. Shanghai is vibrant, modern and exhilarating.
Around every corner, many of the Asian ports provide a feast for the eyes. The booming skylines, twinkling light, interesting and mysterious monuments … here are some more snapshots from the Far East.
This is Shanghai Nights, take on an overnight call. — Jonathan Bailey, Amsterdam’s safety, environmental and health officer.
Here are photos from Hong Kong, China, from Jonathan Bailey.
The 75-day “Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage” is underway aboard ms Amsterdam, and it’s going to feature a whole lot more than beautiful ports, tantalizing cuisine and award-winning service. Holland America Line has added guest chefs, guest speakers and local entertainment in several ports as part of the “On Location” program.
To enrich the mind, guests will be treated to an interesting series of guest lecturers who will speak on topics relevant to the sailing region, international affairs and travel in general.
Joseph Kess (Sept. 29-Oct. 14) is the retired Emeritus Chair in Japan and Asia-Pacific Relations of the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at Canada’s University of Victoria. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government.
Architectural historian Sandra Millikin (Sept. 29-Oct. 23) was assistant curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, which is now housed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. She also was a lecturer at Open University.
Professor Roberta Sloan (Oct. 28-Nov. 17) has produced, directed and acted in more than 200 productions. She has taught at Marymount College, Huntingdon College, University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma, and received a Kennedy Center Medal.