15th-17th March – Nha Trang, Vietnam and Singapore, Malaysia Having departed Hong Kong, we set sail across the South China Sea towards Nha Trang. The haze/fog had cleared from the Chinese mainland, however the preponderance of fishing boats had to be negotiated again, not only off Hong Kong but Vietnam also, their coastal waters are… read more of “Captain’s…”
Category: Asia & Pacific
Thanks to Volendam’s Chief Engineer Joop Holtzer for sending in this great group photo of a crew tour to the Forbidden City at Beijing, China.
Hong Kong 11th-13th March We were scheduled to arrive at the pilot station at 0630 and when we departed Manila, I made allowance for the expected heavy shipping traffic in the vicinity of this busy harbour. As a consequence, we made good a speed of 20 kts, faster than needed, however this would give us… read more of “Captain’s…”
The beautiful city of Kobe, Japan, welcomed the Volendam with gifts as well as a presentation for the guests by the award-winning Kobe Drummers. Here we see Captain Baijens and Cruise Director Dan Bernback accepting the gifts on behalf of the Volendam. A reciprocal presentation of a model of the ship was given to the… read more of “Volendam calls at…”
We entered Manila Bay at 0230 in the morning, passing dark and looming Corregidor on our starboard side and Bataan on our port. Both names resurrecting painful memories for many. Three-and-a-half hours later, having weaved our way through innumerable fishing boats, and anchored ships, we arrive at the pilot station, which is a short distance… read more of “Captain’s…”
Volendam Event Manager Laura Apelt recently accompanied guests of the Volendam on an overland tour to the Great Wall of China. They were met with an out of the ordinary experience as you can see from this compelling shot she took of the Great Wall covered in snow. The guests certainly experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event…. read more of “A Snowy Scene at…”
I took these shots of a welcome ceremony to mark the occasion of the Volendam’s visit to Nagasaki, Japan. Gifts of flowers, kites and sake were presented to Captain Arno Juten, Hotel Director Rene Tuinman and Cruise Director Dan Bernback. A local dance group then presented a series of traditional dances, at one point getting… read more of “A Special Welcome…”
Here are photos from yesterday’s tour to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park that I mentioned.