A Grand return to Hilo: Passengers, vendors excited to have cruise ships back; some on social media critical

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A Polynesian Adventures bus leaves the Port of Hilo on Tuesday with visitors after they disembarked from a cruise.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Grand Princess cruise ship Tuesday is docked at the Port of Hilo for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Grand Princess cruise ship is docked Tuesday at the Port of Hilo for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A state Department of Transportation inspector directs a Polynesian Adventure bus Tuesday before tourists disembark from a cruise in the Port of Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Alex Shin, right, talks about the cleanliness of the cruise ship Tuesday while Bill Brooks checks on their ride after disembarking from a cruise at the Port of Hilo.

The first cruise ship passengers have arrived in Hilo since March 2020.