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Explorer’s Scrapbook: The Veragua Rainforest

Explorer’s Scrapbook: The Veragua Rainforest

The Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica is one of the most incredible places I’ve been. Imagine traveling through the rainforest in an open-air gondola, getting to take in the sights and sounds from within the heart of the lush canopy of trees. It’s not something most people get to witness. Rebecca White Shore Excursions Manager…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Shore Excursion: Longboat Ride & Waterfall Swim

Shore Excursion: Longboat Ride & Waterfall Swim

After traveling through beautiful Fijian countryside for an hour we arrived at the river and longboat pier ready for our Longboat Ride & Waterfall Swim. We boarded the longboats with eight people per boat and set off down the river. The banks of the river were unspoiled lush vegetation. We passed many beautiful waterfalls and…   read more of “Shore Excursion:…”

Alaska Sunsets and Wildlife

Alaska Sunsets and Wildlife

Thanks to HAL guest Gordon for sending us these amazing photos from his summer Alaska cruise. Took a great trip to Alaska aboard the ms Amsterdam. The trip was filled with some great ports of call and the normal excellent service from all aboard the Amsterdam. It was specially great to see so much wildlife…   read more of “Alaska Sunsets and…”

Happy Birthday to Rey Omilla

Happy Birthday to Rey Omilla

Statendam’s Second Chef Rey Omilla celebrated his birthday last week. When Rey arrived in the Lido this morning, he was welcomed by officers and guests singing ‘Happy Birthday’. What a warm welcome; granted, Rey has been working for the company for 33 years. That deserved something extra! Rey promised to wear his birthday hat for…   read more of “Happy Birthday to…”

Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! AMAZON ADVENTURE Aboard the Prinsendam, in route to Oranjestad, Aruba, December 16, 2011 There was confusion in cabin 126 for sometime about St. Vincent and the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

While in Argentina I went on a trekking tour through Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There is no other place that can compare to this. Nothing can really grow with the cold harsh weather experienced in this part of Ushuaia. I think the photo looks scary but also beautiful with a chance of…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Cruise Diary: Sounds of New Zealand — Milford, Doubtful and Dusky

Cruise Diary: Sounds of New Zealand — Milford, Doubtful and Dusky

Patricia Stone, Owner and Founder of Global Adventures, is currently sailing Australia and New Zealand on Volendam and will be updating us with posts throughout her cruise. Enjoy! For years, we’ve heard about the famous Milford Sound and finally we are here! In fact, we are on HAL’s ms Volendam cruising through the southwest fjordlands…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”