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Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After a “catch-up day at sea” luckily we tendered into Rarotonga (one of the Cook Islands), a New Zealand protectorate. We were told that on the last cruise, the water…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Sea Days

Cruise Diary: Sea Days

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! Somehow we skipped a day and added a day between crossing the Equator and the International Date Line again. This gave us two 4/19/2013 — Don’s 70th birthday. The first…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Sea…”

Cruise Diary: Fanning Island

Cruise Diary: Fanning Island

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After crossing the International Date Line we stopped at Tabuaeran, Fanning Island. This Island is the land that time forgot. No running water, no electricity, no cars, no gas stations,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Suva, Fiji

Cruise Diary: Suva, Fiji

Although HAL blogger Gary Frink is home from his Oosterdam cruise, he still had a few wonderful posts to share. Enjoy! Suva, Fiji provides exotica in multiple layers: a history of cannibalism through the early 20th Century — “A cannibal fork is the one thing I’ll buy here,” Jeanne announced; military coups; beggars and shoe…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Suva,…”

Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

During its South Pacific Crossing, the crew of the ms Oosterdam were treated to a tour of Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand, where traditional dances were performed for the group.

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

During its 24-day South Pacific Crossing voyage, the ms Oosterdam experienced April 21 twice, as it passed the international date line through the islands of Western and American Samoa. For the first April 21, 2013, the Oosterdam invited a local Christian youth group on board during its call at Apia, Western Samoa. Hosted by our…   read more of “Time Travel Aboard…”

Cruise Diary: Dravuni Island

Cruise Diary: Dravuni Island

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Oosterdam and will be sending in posts from his voyage. “I’m on this island for one reason and one reason only: to walk the beach,” Jeanne certainly informed me. With sandals in hand, she walked down to the wave-hardened sand and was off, stage right, on…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”