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North of the Bombays

North of the Bombays

We New Zealanders often think of New Zealand as two separate countries, divided by the Bombay Hills which are located just south of Auckland: “North of the Bombays” and “South of the Bombays.” Quite frankly, Auckland is a different place for us who live South of the Bombays — in the “rest” of New Zealand….   read more of “North of the…”

Christmas on Amsterdam

Christmas on Amsterdam

Enjoy these photos from Amsterdam’s Christmas Eve and Christmas day celebrations.

Joanne’s Postcards from Verona

Joanne’s Postcards from Verona

Verona is a charming city west of Venice and is easily reachable by train, although it is a good 90 minutes to two and a half hours. Four of us decided to spend the day there and we all came back with the same opinion. Verona is definitely a city we would all love to…   read more of “Joanne’s…”

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!

Here is a great photo of the certificate-awarding ceremony for the graduates of the Proficiency in Survival Craft Rescue Boats course recently conducted aboard Volendam. Anne Marie is Volendam’s human resources manager.

A Trip to Tolkien’s Shire from Tauranga, New Zealand

A Trip to Tolkien’s Shire from Tauranga, New Zealand

Do you dream in Hobbit? Often when we do the New Zealand cruise (which for us as Kiwis, is a great way to visit friends and family), people would naturally ask where we were from. I would respond, “here!” “Here??” would be my fellow passenger’s inquisitive, disbelieving reply. “Yes, here.” At which point, the passenger…   read more of “A Trip to…”

Serving Christmas Dinner for Amsterdam’s Crew

Serving Christmas Dinner for Amsterdam’s Crew

Here are some great pictures taken during Amsterdam’s crew Christmas dinner. The captain, officers and several family members all chipped in to help serve the crew a special holiday dinner.

Cruise Diary: The Finale to a Spectacular Grand Voyage

Cruise Diary: The Finale to a Spectacular Grand Voyage

HAL guest blogger Sharon Wilhelm recently sailed aboard Amsterdam’s 75-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage. While aboard the ship she chronicled her cruising experience for us on the blog. Below is her final post. Enjoy! November 3 – Darwin, Australia We took the tour “Jumping Crocodile Cruise” that began with a drive into the countryside…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”