Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 Up on the Bridge at 4 a.m., the fog has come in again. Elephant Island lies some 50 miles to our south and we are at reduced speed, the chances of ice have increased as of now. The baleful moan of the whistle continues, it must be getting tired by now…. read more of “Captain’s…”
These were just two of the many icebergs we witnessed during the four days spent cruising Antarctica. The iridescent color of the icebergs set against the pink sky made for a beautiful view. Sue Sakai Direct Mail Specialist Holland America Line
Here are photos from Amsterdam’s “Viva Las Vegas” Casino themed dinner. The dining room looked like Casino Royale as countless gold dollar balloons filled the room and the dining room stewards wore vests with the dollar sign. The guests and crew members all had a great time. Enjoy the photos!
From Los Angeles, our special 23-day cruise across the Pacific aboard the Volendam was a life-changing adventure for a couple of oldies who thought they had done it all. Celebrating my 80th birthday aboard the ship in Honolulu was an indelible event that revitalized the soul, giving what was a tired body new life. After… read more of “An 80th Birthday…”
Dutch TV host and adventure seeker Charlotte Squarcy is on board for part of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage, and she sent in another post. Enjoy! Courtesy of the West Fries Museum in Hoorn, Holland, I share with you an enlargement of an ancient Dutch map of our journey. I had presented a full world’s reproduction… read more of “Cruise Diary: On…”
In Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jan. 25, we had the honor of having high St. Croix officials visit us and present Captain van Zaane with a plaque from the island. We normally don’t have St. Croix in our itinerary, however, since our charterer Legendary Rhythm & Blues had selected the island for their… read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam…”
Moorea Island is the jewel of the South Pacific among the French Polynesian Islands. The climate, although very hot, was dry with a clear blue sky reflecting the multi colors of the crystal clear sea water surrounding the island. I walked for 15 minutes from Cook’s Bay to the Moorea Pearl Resort along the coast… read more of “Moorea Island:…”
Days 21-22 – Jan. 26-27 A gorgeous sunrise over the South Atlantic Ocean, en route to Stanley in the Falklands, was a glorious start to two relaxing days at sea. We continue to have sunny skies and calm to moderate seas – providing opportunities for fine pastimes. Humberto paid a visit to the giant chessboard… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”