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Amsterdam Crew Explores Easter Island

Special thanks to Amsterdam’s Casino Slot Manager Ian Molyneux and Casino Host Kiwi Grace for sending us this blog post and more photos from Easter Island.

These photos are from the Mystical Moai Statues and Highlights excursion in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile. During the Grand World Voyage, the Amsterdam took four sea days to get to Easter Island and has another five sea days following to reach another port. When we first arrived we could not safely tender near the town Hanga Roa as the swells were too high. Captain Olav Van Der Waard was determined to find a safer place to tender to give the guests the opportunity to experience this unique port of call.

We repositioned to the Northern part of the island. There was a beautiful beach Anakena, famous for its pink sand and its two restored platforms Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huke.  It was the perfect place for the guests to arrive on the island.  There was no pier at the beach so we took our own pontoon platform to act as a pier. Special thanks to Captain Van Der Waard from all the guests and crew for successfully negotiating a safe tender service at this once in a lifetime port of call.

Casino Manager Ian Molyneux
Casino Host Kiwi Grace
ms Amsterdam

Kiwi Grace and Ian Molyneux at Rano Raraku.

The restored platform of Tongariki, with fifteen (plus one) re-erected statues.

A local souvenir market.

Rano Raraku at the south coast, the quarry that yielded stone for all the Moai carved on Easter Island. There are still 397 statues in different states of completion on the slopes of the extinct volcano.

The ceremonial site of Tahai in the village of Hanga Roa.

The only Moai with its eyes re-inserted.

Tongariki.

The pontoon.

Amsterdam in Anakena Bay.

2 Comments
  • Sharon

    Fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing. This island is definitely on my bucket list. I’m so glad that you all were able to have a fun day on the island thanks to the Captain of the Amsterdam.

  • Rida

    Wat een pik van de rots!!

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