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A (Short) Day in Sydney, Australia

A (Short) Day in Sydney, Australia

Turnaround day in Sydney following a sad farewell to new-found friends last night, but with the spectre of new friends being made over our next sector, a 10-day jaunt to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, apparently with a tropical cyclone (Frieda) thrown in. No worries, our path to these South Pacific jewels has been altered to…   read more of “A (Short) Day in…”

Photo Diary: Sailing to Komodo Island

Photo Diary: Sailing to Komodo Island

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently on a Volendam voyage from Sydney to Singapore and is sharing photos of his trip with us.

New Caledonia Welcomes Oosterdam

New Caledonia Welcomes Oosterdam

Oosterdam called at Kuto, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia on November 17 and received a very warm welcome from the locals. A ceremony was held with traditional costumes and even handmade hats for us!

Volendam Makes Charitable Donation in Lombok, Indonesia

Volendam Makes Charitable Donation in Lombok, Indonesia

On Nov. 4, 2012, Volendam donated some 19 boxes of pillows to a Mataram (Lombok) orphanage. This donation was kindly received by three representatives from the orphanage who were extremely thankful for the donation and said that they would be much appreciated by the children. Volendam plans to make more donations in Komodo Island when…   read more of “Volendam Makes…”

Westerdam Receives Warm Welcome at Fanning Island

Westerdam Receives Warm Welcome at Fanning Island

Special thanks to Westerdam’s Manager of Onboard Marketing Astrid van de Ven for this post. During our current 35-day voyage from Seattle to San Diego, we made a stop at Fanning Island. Paradise on earth! Not because of the blue water and beautiful palm trees, but because of the people. Young and old welcomed the…   read more of “Westerdam Receives…”