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A Couple of Snapshots from Alaska

A Couple of Snapshots from Alaska

Thanks to HAL guest Lisa for sending in these great photos and congratulations on the 4-Star Mariner status! Here are a couple of pictures from our recent Alaska Westerdam cruise in May 2011. The first is a rare picture of a HAL ship tendering in Juneau and the second is a picture perfect day in…   read more of “A Couple of…”

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Plants from the Deck

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Plants from the Deck

For visitors coming to Glacier Bay, the flora and fauna of the region can easily take a back seat to the dramatic calving of the glacier or the stunning tail flukes of Humpbacks feeding in the Bay’s current. But there’s a lot more to the region that keeps a naturalist like Ranger Fay Schaller excited….   read more of “Glacier Bay…”

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

On June 13 we took the Paleokastritsa & Corfu tour. In Paleokastrista there is a monastery of the Virgin Mary with only six monks living there and an Ionian style basilica. This resort town has beautiful beaches and views of the surrounding mountains. All over the area is a profusion of trees and bushes with…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Vatican City

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Vatican City

My trip to Vatican City was nothing short of spectacular and it left a lasting impression with me. St. Peter’s Basilica was, without a doubt, the most impressive piece of architecture I’ve ever seen. Pictures and words could not describe how magnificent the basilica was. It’s easy to forget that within the heart of Rome…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Rotterdam Hosts Cadets from World Maritime University in Sweden

Rotterdam Hosts Cadets from World Maritime University in Sweden

Special thanks to USCG Lieutenant Commander Mark Sawyer, supervisor of the group from World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, for this great post. On June 16 while docked in Copenhagen, Denmark, the ms Rotterdam proudly hosted 40 students from the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. The students represented two postgraduate specialties: the Marine Safety…   read more of “Rotterdam Hosts…”

Veendam’s Filipino Independence Day Celebration

Veendam’s Filipino Independence Day Celebration

To commemorate the 113th Independence Day of the Philippines, a flag raising ceremony and singing of the national anthem kicked off the events onboard. The eagerly anticipated tug of war event had all the departments onboard competing for the bragging rights and title of Tug of War Champ. The eventual winners were the nautical department…   read more of “Veendam’s…”

Cruise Diary: Katakolon, Greece

Cruise Diary: Katakolon, Greece

While in Katakolon, Greece, we went on the Ancient Olympia & Museum excursion. We had a very nice drive to the Olympic site where we got a good view of the countryside and passed through the old and quaint village. The ruins at the Olympic site were much more impressive than we thought they would…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

A Beautiful Bald Eagle

A Beautiful Bald Eagle

We received this striking photo from Hans Berkhout, who took it at Tofino on Vancouver Island.