Two Holland America Line ships, Eurodam and Amsterdam, will say “Aloha” to the sun-drenched islands of Hawaii from autumn 2018 through to spring 2019. Guests interested in exploring Hawaii can choose from nine cruises with itineraries ranging from 16 to 20 days.
The Hawaii sailings will depart from Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; and San Diego and Los Angeles, California.
Most itineraries feature an overnight call in Honolulu, where guests have extra time to visit Pearl Harbor, relax on Waikiki Beach, take in views from Diamond Head State Monument or spend the evening enjoying traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment at an authentic luau. The cruises also call at Hilo, Nawiliwili and Lahaina, with most adding a call at Kona.
“Hawaii is synonymous with paradise — from the stunning scenery to the laid-back, friendly culture — and these islands beckon cruisers to come explore, relax and become enchanted with their idyllic ambiance,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We are committed to providing guests with an immersive and memorable vacation, so our Hawaii itineraries are further enriched with unique onboard offerings that bring Hawaiian cultural activities and cuisine on board throughout the voyage.”
Explorations Central Brings Hawaiian Culture on board
Hawaii’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences will be brought to life onboard through Explorations Central programming. Guided by locals, guests can immerse in Polynesian culture through lei making, ukulele lessons, hula dancing classes and Hawaiian language classes.
The Dining Room and Lido Market will showcase the flavors of Hawaii, while a poolside Hawaiian Luau and Hawaiian beer tastings add to guests’ experience of regional fare.
When journeying ashore, the Explorations Central Team’s insider knowledge of each port helps guests to tailor their experiences, whether exploring independently or on an EXC Tour.