This morning when I woke up we were just passing the Quita Sueno bank, which lies just outside the Miskito banks of the Nicaraguan coast. It has some nice wrecks out there to mark its location. We passed at a safe distance of about 9 miles but I did manage to get some pictures.
Rotterdam called at Sydney last week on its Grand World Voyage. We arrived at Sydney in the very early hours of Tuesday, Feb. 10. We’ve been hearing for days much news about intense heat and dry conditions, but we found cool and misty conditions. We, of course, found much more to this city. Our ship… read more of “Postcards from…”
On Feb. 14 the Zuiderdam was at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Limon is the major cargo port for Costa Rica on the east coast. Everything in and out of the country goes through this port and Puerto Moin, just a bit to the north. The major export is bananas. The ships used to be loaded… read more of “Captain’s…”
Aboard Zuiderdam, Feb. 13. Feb. 13 we did our bit in the Panama Canal again. For those of you that want to see us go through live take a look here: http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html?cam=Gatun The next time will be on Feb 23. Usually around 7 a.m. EST (that is 1 in the afternoon in Europe) we will… read more of “Captain’s…”
Aboard Zuiderdam Valentine’s Day can be a tough time on board a cruise ship, so recently Crew Purser Anthony and his PEP Team on Zuiderdam decided to help out those star-crossed lovers. Anthony and his team set up The Love Bug, a one-stop shop for everything Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts can send each other hand-made Valentines,… read more of “Love is in the Air…”
Aboard Prinsendam On January 27, all suite guests were invited to a special night prepared just for them. The Crow’s Nest was completely transformed into a classy dining room with a super view of Rio de Janeiro. Local Brazilian performers — dancers and a band — were brought on board for the evening entertainment. A… read more of “A Suite Soiree in…”
Rotterdam was in New Caledonia last week on its Grand World Voyage. Rotterdam docked at Noumea. Over the past week or so, we seem to be traveling in decades rather than days. If Luganville in Vanuatu felt like the 1940s with all of remnants of World War II construction, and Port Villa was a reminder… read more of “Postcards from New…”
During the winter cruise season, several representatives from Veendam go on a weekly car or boat trip in Guatemala to visit distant villages to distribute donations. Clothes, shoes, toys, books and electronics are donated by crew members and given to the children and their parents living in the small communities. Some of the families can… read more of “Veendam Helps…”