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Cruise Diary: Esperance, Australia

Cruise Diary: Esperance, Australia

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their call at Esperance, Australia. On November 12th, Al and I took the “Bay of Islands Wildlife Cruise” to Woody Island in the Recherché Archipelago with Esperance Island…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Merry Christmas from Nieuw Jakarta!

Merry Christmas from Nieuw Jakarta!

Special thanks to Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, for sending us the following note and photos from the center’s holiday festivities. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Happy Holidays from a blue ms Nieuw Jakarta! Santa made an early start this holiday season and we celebrated the holiday season…   read more of “Merry Christmas…”

Holiday Cocktail: Chocolate Raspberry Martini

Holiday Cocktail: Chocolate Raspberry Martini

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Vodka 0.5 oz Chambord 0.75 oz Crème de Cacao White Glass: Martini Garnish: Fresh raspberry on the rim Instructions: Mix vodka, Chambord and crème de cacao in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain. Garnish with a fresh raspberry on glass rim.

Akaroa, New Zealand — ‘A Place of Enchantment’

Akaroa, New Zealand — ‘A Place of Enchantment’

Akaroa is a place of enchantment. It is a beautiful settlement tucked away in an almost complete volcanic crater harbour at the end of the Banks Peninsula, about 1-1/2 hours from Christchurch. The settlement’s French heritage is evident as you disembark your tender at the town’s tender wharf — sometimes you will be met by…   read more of “Akaroa, New Zealand…”