Category Archives: Ports of Call

Exploring Hakodate

Holland America Westerdam slowly glided into port in Hakodate, Japan escorted not only by the usual tugs, but also by a boat with Welcome to Hakodate painted in large bold letters easily readable from neighboring ships on its side. This … Continue reading

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Hakodate, Japan Cruise Ship Port

HAKODATE One of our dining room tablemates on Holland America Westerdam was born in Japan so I’ll trust her on the pronunciation of this Japanese city. She said it’s Ha (as in ha ha ha) ko (rhymes with no) da … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Belize

It’s a long tender ride from ship to shore in Belize. Tenders are used when there is no cruise ship dock and the ship waits offshore while smaller boats bring passengers to land. These are sometimes the taller lifeboats off … Continue reading

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Exploring Kodiak

We stepped outside the Holland America Westerdam into the strong aroma of dead fish. All explained by a glance at the nearest building, labeled Kodiak Fishermens Terminal. We’ve had port stops at container docks before, but this was the first … Continue reading

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Kodiak Cruise Ship Port

Kodiak is one of Alaska’s lesser visited cruise ports with just a few mostly smaller cruise ships visiting each summer. Because of this the port currently remains as it was before cruise ships came to town rather than having the … Continue reading

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Victoria Cruise Ship Port

Victoria, British Columbia Canada’s southernmost city and British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, sits at the south end of Vancouver Island on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Cruise ships sailing out of Seattle pass through the straight on their way in … Continue reading

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Juneau

Juneau, Alaska Alaska’s capital, Juneau, located along the Gastineau Channel of Alaska’s panhandle, is accessible only by boat or plane. Although there are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of the state, cars can come and go by ferry … Continue reading

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Bermuda

A Bit About Bermuda Bermuda sits by itself in the Atlantic Ocean, the closest land mass being Hatteras Island North Carolina, 653 miles away. The first known sighting of Bermuda by Europeans was Captain Juan de Bermudez whom the island … Continue reading

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Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Due to unexplained technological difficulties, Holland America Veendam arrived in Costa Maya 2 hours late. Norwegian Pearl and Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas were already at the dock. The Pearl appeared significantly plainer than when we cruised on it … Continue reading

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Suva, Fiji Island Tour

Although Suva sits on the other side of the same Fijian island as Lautoka, Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas left port in the early evening to spend time out on the open sea between port stops so they could … Continue reading

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