“What’s your destination?” friends, asked me. “Is it Maui, Kauai or one of the other Hawaiian Islands?” I always replied that my primary destination was, “The Zaandam”, a Holland America ship. Why? Because I’ve been a ship’s surgeon and love ships and long sea voyages. The port-a-day routine does not appeal. So this 15-day return trip from San Diego to Hawaii provided 10 days of relaxation at sea and also a visit to all the major Hawaiian Islands.
San Diego, with its huge naval base, is a perfect port from which to embark. The night before boarding the Zaandam, we dined at The Fish Market along side the aircraft carrier Midway that played such a vital role in the Pacific during World War II. Arriving in San Diego a day early is good insurance that you won’t miss the ship’s departure due to airline delays and also allows more time to explore a beautiful and vital harbour.