Thanks to Amsterdam’s Hotel Director Henk Mensink and Dining Room Manager Pras for these photos from the ship’s Mardi Gras celebration during the Grand World Voyage. Enjoy!
Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband are cruising again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon will chronicle their cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy! Al and I took the tour “Colonial San Sebastian” while in Puerto Vallarta. Our tour was to meet on the pier… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
During Maasdam’s three-day stay in Rio de Janeiro, 88 crewmembers had the opportunity to join a crew tour to Corcovado to see the amazing statue of Christ the Redeemer. Due to the amount of people, the crewmembers were split up in two groups and unfortunately only one group was able to accomplish a group photo…. read more of “Maasdam Crew Tours…”
18th February 2013, Hobart, Tasmania Our passage from Sydney was uneventful. We were fortunate that the strong north-east winds were coming from astern and as a consequence we made good speed and little movement of the ‘Amsterdam’, sunny skies too. There is a weather front coming in and ahead of it, stronger winds and during… read more of “Captain’s…”
Blog fan and frequent contributor Noel Bell flew from Melbourne, Australia, to his old hometown of Hobart, Tasmania, today and was there when Amsterdam came to call. Thanks to Noel, for sharing his lovely photos.
Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. We had a nice welcome at Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Indonesia.
On Maasdam’s 49-day Amazon cruise, we were fortunate enough to cross the equator on February 2. This naturally called for a King Neptune Ceremony. We found a number of lucky crew members, who had never crossed the equator before and invited them to the ceremony. We were also able to introduce our youngest “crew member,”… read more of “Newbie Crew Members…”
Sydney, Australia, 15th-16th February Once again, the weather has been kind to us and we enjoyed following winds and seas across the Tasman sea during our crossing from Picton to Sydney. The weather was changeable thoughout and our call in Sydney was no exception, bathed in sunshine one minute and then torrential downpours the next…. read more of “Captain’s…”