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A Festive Embarkation for Grand Asia Voyage Mariners

A Festive Embarkation for Grand Asia Voyage Mariners

Although Seattle’s “liquid sunshine” was out in full force on Monday September 26th, Seattle’s pier #91 was decorated beautifully for the m.s. Amsterdam’s embarkation of the 2011 Grand Asia Voyage. Guests arrived at the Smith Cove pier to the sight of dozens of Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling, a nine-foot statue of Neptune flanked…   read more of “A Festive…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Tallinn, Estonia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Tallinn, Estonia

Tallin is a beautiful city that offers a lot of cultural experiences. The medieval Old Town has a lot of charm with its red-tiled roofs and turrets. This year Tallin is the European Capital of Culture, so there are even more events and activities. Even the city’s famous Kadriorg Palace was built on the order…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

The cruise we are currently on is called Mediterranean Treasures and each day we find out why the Med is fantastic with all of its historic and beautiful sites. Napoli (Naples) is a very busy town crowded with traffic but in the middle of the city the beautiful buildings are very well maintained. Just ten…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Snapshots from Taku Glacier Lodge

Snapshots from Taku Glacier Lodge

Thanks to HAL guests Dave and Nancy for sending in these great photos taken in Juneau, Alaska during their recent Westerdam cruise. Here are some photos from our trip this August aboard the Westerdam. These were taken at Taku Lodge outside of Juneau, one of the excursions we selected aboard ship. — Dave & Nancy

Cruise Diary: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Cruise Diary: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Travel blogger Leanne recently sailed on board Nieuw Amsterdam to the Caribbean and wrote about her experience as a cruise newbie on her blog Travel with Leanne. Here’s her second entry. Enjoy! Piña Coladas at 10 a.m.? Yes, I’m guilty. In a commemorative super-sized sippy thermos no less. Welcome to Half Moon Cay (pronounced ‘key’)….   read more of “Cruise Diary: Half…”

Csaba’s Aperture: American Samoa

Csaba’s Aperture: American Samoa

On our way to Australia we stopped at American Samoa. Here are a couple of photos from our visit. Csaba Desvari is Volendam’s assistant culinary operations manager.

And Away We Go…

And Away We Go…

Special thanks to HAL guests Sharon and Joe Bergholm for sharing this beautiful snapshot from their Veendam cruise as they were tendered into St. George’s, Bermuda.