Days 12-13 – Jan. 17-18 It’s January, so you may have snow on the ground where you live, but in the Southern Hemisphere, sailing in the waters off Brazil, we have balmy breezes and 80-degree temperatures. To take advantage of the perfect weather, our blue world of indigo waters and cloudless skies, we are enjoying… read more of “Cruise Diary: At…”
Jan. 19, 2012, Rio de Janeiro Early morning and arrival Rio de Janeiro. After making a cup of coffee in the pantry near my cabin, I walk to the Bridge. The first item I noted was that it was so humid that window wipers were going! The condensation on the glass, caused by the cool… read more of “Around the World…”
Visiting Borobudur, built in the 9th century, in Indonesia is an amazing opportunity. It is a very important, as well as the oldest, religious site that commands respect from all faiths. Joanne Gardner Future Cruise Consultant ms Amsterdam
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 15* 00’S 37* 10’W Speed 18.4 knots, Course 202*T I always go to the Bridge first thing in the morning, talk to the watch keeping officers and discuss any events of the night, Diesel configuration and any forthcoming navigational items that may be pertinent for the day. After reading the morning… read more of “Around the World…”
Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos from the center’s recent graduate ceremonies. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Congratulations to Nieuw Jakarta’s 110th class and graduates of the stateroom attendants skills class held at Nieuw Jakarta. Participants of the stateroom class received training… read more of “Congrats to Nieuw…”
Day 11 — Jan. 16 — Recife, Brazil If you are like me and love beaches with warm waters — not ones that after sticking your toe in to test the waters, you pull it back out quickly, shivering — Recife, Brazil is the place for you! The Amsterdam arrived in Recife, on Brazil’s Atlantic… read more of “Cruise Diary: Warm…”
These photos are from Amsterdam’s “Black and Silver” themed evening a few days ago on the way to Brazil. Guests and crew wore those colors to match the theme. The Dining Room and Queen’s Lounge were decorated with lots of black and silver chandeliers, cascades and lamé fabric for the event. Enjoy the photos!
During my South America and Antarctica cruise we stopped at a penguin colony and got up close and personal with these guys. As everyone says, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Seeing them in the wild, going about their business as if we weren’t there … This is definitely one of those things to put… read more of “Explorer’s…”