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Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates Indonesia’s 66th Independence Day

Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates Indonesia’s 66th Independence Day

Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos from the center’s recent Indonesian Independence Day celebration. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Staff, students and management of ms Nieuw Jakarta celebrated Indonesia’s Independence day with a breaking the fast ceremony of special Indonesian holiday foods….   read more of “Nieuw Jakarta…”

Captain’s Log: Indonesian Independence Day on Oosterdam

Captain’s Log: Indonesian Independence Day on Oosterdam

As per a long standing tradition, the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations are surrounded with sporting activities. Many crew members and officers fully enjoy participating in those activities. The winners were honored with a prize and a nice certificate directly after the flag raising ceremony. A. C. van der Loo is Oosterdam’s master.

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

I took this picture atop a mountain in Ushuaia, Argentina, after a three-hour hike. When we reached the top of the mountain we got this amazing view of a big beautiful valley and snow-capped mountains as far as you can see. I love the dramatic landscape of the seemingly endless mountains, it almost looks like…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

A Unique View of the New York Skyline

A Unique View of the New York Skyline

Thanks to HAL guest Terry for sending in the following photos of New York taken during a sailing from the big city. Enjoy! We’ve sailed from New York six times on Noordam and once on Veendam. Nothing like sailing past the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazano Bridge. Wish you’d come back to a…   read more of “A Unique View of…”

Wedding Bells Ring on Oosterdam

Wedding Bells Ring on Oosterdam

Congratulations to Marius and Alyna who were married on July 6 in the Crow’s Nest! Both work in the Casino Department on board Oosterdam. Marius was born in Romania in a small town called Buzau on January 9, 1986. Alyna is from the capital Bucharest and she was born on September 16, 1978. They met…   read more of “Wedding Bells Ring…”

Ryndam’s Scenic Voyage Through Pulpit Rock

Ryndam’s Scenic Voyage Through Pulpit Rock

Here are photos of the Ryndam at Pulpit Rock. Pulpit Rock is part of the scenic cruising we do after leaving Stavanger, Norway. As you can see the weather was glorious! James Cook 2nd Officer Safety ms Ryndam

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Flora in Juneau

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Flora in Juneau

This photo was taken in Juneau, Alaska, and won first place in the ship’s crew photo contest for the month of July 2011. I took this beside the docking area, and I really enjoy photographing the flora in Alaska and the Pacific. I was amazed by the vibrant colors. Michael Macaraeg Wine Attendant ms Zaandam