A little later today I will be leaving my hotel in Vancouver and heading down to Canada Place. Canada Place is the cruise terminal in Vancouver and where I will be joining the MS Volendam. From here I will be cruising for the next 26-days from Vancouver to Sydney. Below is an image of Canada Place from last night.
The ship I will be travelling on is Holland America Line’s Ms Volendam. The ship is slightly larger than the MS Statendam which I cruised on earlier this year.
Recently I have been reading a little about other cruisers who have recently been on the MS Volendam. Well, all that I have read is very favourable, so I am looking forward to getting on board and exploring the ship.
There are some great ports included in the itinerary for this cruise. Of course, I am looking forward to the final destination which is Sydney. Not so much as being the end of the cruise, but it will mean the Transpacific is complete.
The ship leaves Vancouver today, and there is one stop in Long Beach before the Pacific Crossing Begins. After Long Beach, the ship has four days at sea before arriving in Hawaii. There are three ports in Hawaii including Hilo, Honolulu and Kona.
There will be a further five days at sea after departing Hawaii, to reach American Samoa. The following day there will be a visit to Western Samoa, before heading south to Fiji. The final stop before heading towards Australia will be in Noumea. With the last two ports being Eden and Sydney in Australia.
Although today I will be saying goodbye to Vancouver, I am certain this will not be my last visit. Yesterday I did get to visit Granville Island and explore a little. It was one of the things that I missed last time, but I had a walk around and tried one of the restaurants.
I also saw a couple of other ships in port in Vancouver that I managed to get some photos of. The first is the Island Princess; you may remember this one from my Panama Canal post earlier in the year. The second is Disney Wonder which was in Vancouver yesterday. The Disney ship does have quite a distinct look to it.
With time running short it is time to head down to the ship now. I do hope that I will be able to update along the way, but will depend upon the internet access. If not you can be sure I will be sharing updates as soon as possible once I make it home.