Hilo welcomes first cruise ship since March 2020

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

  • A Hoppa-On Hoppa-Off bus leaves the Port of Hilo with tourists after they disembarked from the first cruise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Joe and Annette Bliudzius walk together as other visitors go their separate ways after disembarking from the first cruise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at the Port of Hilo on Tuesday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

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

The first cruise ship passengers have arrived on the Big Island since March 2020.