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South America: A Continent of Wonders

South America: A Continent of Wonders

This week we’re celebrating South America, one of the most exciting, culturally rich and captivating continents. For travelers looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, bucket-list adventures and beauty that is beyond a photographer’s wildest dreams, South America has it all. Here are seven of South America’s natural wonders to hopefully entice you to join us on ms…   read more of “South America: A…”

Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

For guests wishing to extend their cruise vacation, the Hotel Procurement & Tour Inventory Team works tirelessly to create hotel and vacation packages that are designed to be enjoyed before or after the cruise. (Note: These packages differ from shore excursions, which are designed to be enjoyed during the cruise.) With pre- and post-cruise packages,…   read more of “Extending the…”

A Dream Trip to the Galapagos Islands

A Dream Trip to the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are composed of 120 volcanic islands. Their extreme isolation has led to some pretty interesting animal species, and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu dreamed of visiting the island for years. That dream became reality when she led the Galapagos Overland Adventure shore excursion during a 2012 South…   read more of “A Dream Trip to the…”

Looking Back: A Wild Ride in Rio de Janeiro

Looking Back:  A Wild Ride in Rio de Janeiro

Thanks to Bob New for sharing this story. He is preparing for January 2014 Grand Voyage around South America aboard the ms Prisendam. As he looks forward to the trip, he also looks back. In late 1968 Dolores and I and our daughter were on a British ship, on an around-the-world voyage. The ship was…   read more of “Looking Back: A…”

Sailing South to Antarctica

Sailing South to Antarctica

Thanks to guest Cheryl Kaufenberg for sending in these stunning photos from her South America and Antarctica cruise. We sailed on the last of the winter 2013 South America/Antarctica cruises out of Buenos Aires on HAL’s Veendam. Weather the entire time was absolutely fantastic allowing us first of all to spend a day in Stanley…   read more of “Sailing South to…”

Exploring Incredible Machu Picchu

Exploring Incredible Machu Picchu

I have just returned from a three-week cruise on the Veendam which included a wonderful excursion to Machu Picchu. As usual HAL had organised everything perfectly and it all went like clockwork. The guides were excellent, the Monesterio Hotel lived up to its 5-star rating, the Hiram Bingham rail journey was a great experience and…   read more of “Exploring…”

Together we Can Make a Difference: Manta, Part 2

Together we Can Make a Difference: Manta, Part 2

We posted Part 1 yesterday, and here are some more pictures from the day spent repairing a local school in Manta, Ecuador. Kudos to Veendam‘s amazing crew for doing such a terrific job!