Tag: Holland America

Milford Sound – New Zealand

Our first stop in New Zealand was to the enchanting area of the Milford Sound. The Fiordland National Park is on the southwestern side of the the South Island. We joined fifty others from our cruise ship, who decided to take an  overnight excursion. Our trip was from the Milford Sound with an overnight in ...

Our Journey to Mystery Island in Vanuatu

Vanuatu lies almost halfway between the island nations of New Caledonia and Fiji. This makes Vanuatu an obvious destination for cruises in this area of the South Pacific. Our port of call for the day was Mystery Island. No one lives on Mystery Island. There is no electricity and no running water. And, it is the southern most island of the ...

An Excursion to the Paradise of Beachcomber Island in Fiji

With our 29-day cruise with Holland America, Amanda and I were looking forward to completing another bucket list destination with our visit to Fiji. It seemed like the further east our ship continued to go from Australia, the islands became more beautiful. Some day, we will continue our bucket list to visit more islands of ...

Stepping into the Shire – a visit to New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set

It was a few days before Christmas, in 2001. Amanda and I, having been engaged for less than a year, lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. One evening, we went to the movies to see the first in the trilogy series of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." I remember watching that ...

The Iconic Sydney Opera House

  Not everyone in the world loves the performing arts, especially when it comes to opera (we love it). However, the Sydney Opera House has to be truly one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Not only are 8 million visitors attracted annually, but the Sydney Opera House has become 'the' symbol of the ...

How to See 6 Countries, 3 Continents, and 1 Boat for 16 Nights in April

For Amanda's birthday this year in April, we chose to do a back-to-back cruise with Holland America.  The first half of the cruise was  through the Greek Islands starting from Rome.  And, then once back to Rome, we started the 2nd half of the cruise through the Italian & French Riviera and to Tunisia and ...