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Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Our Facebook fans sent us photos of their on-board celebrations. We received some great images! Thanks for sharing your special moments with us. Jim and I celebrated our joint retirement on board the ms Statendam in November/December 2012 by cruising through the Panama Canal and then off to the Hawaiian and French Polynesian Islands. A…   read more of “Celebrating Special…”

Cruise Diary: Mystery Island

Cruise Diary: Mystery Island

Journalist Ruth Taber was on board Oosterdam and sent in blog posts during her cruise. Enjoy! Friday – February 1, 2013 – onboard the Oosterdam – tendered off Mystery Island, Vanuatu. Yesterday’s excursion to Ekasup Cultural Village (near Port Vila) was superb. 500 villagers here continuing a traditional lifestyle going back hundreds of years. Their…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

It’s a Close Fit for Oosterdam at Sydney

It’s a Close Fit for Oosterdam at Sydney

Thanks to HAL guest Leighton for taking these impressive photos of Oosterdam going under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I have just returned from Oosterdam’s Jan. 26 cruise to the South Pacific (Pacific Treausures) and I wanted to share photos of Oosterdam clearing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with just under nine feet . Cheers! — Leighton…   read more of “It’s a Close…”

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

After leaving Bora Bora we had a nice day at sea, the sun was shining and winds were fair. Unfortunately this was not going to last though, as ahead of us lay an area of low pressure, bringing with it wind and rain and the Wednesday saw a marked increase in wind and with it,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Cruise Diary: at Sea and Vanuatu

Cruise Diary: at Sea and Vanuatu

Journalist Ruth Taber is on board Oosterdam and sending in blog posts during her cruise. Enjoy! Monday morning – January 28, 2013 – on board the Oosterdam – more than half way on our voyage from Sydney to New Caledonia. We’ve “enjoyed” a tropical storm that worked its way down Australia – spreading rain and…   read more of “Cruise Diary: at…”

Captain’s Log: Moorea and Bora Bora

Captain’s Log: Moorea and Bora Bora

28th and 29th January 2013 Moorea. We enter the lagoon of this idyllic island through a gap in the reef which surrounds it. Before us is a scene out of prehistoric times and one almost expects to see pterodactyls soaring around the towering volcanic spires, or dinosaurs bellowing from the surrounding mass of greenery which…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

27th January 2013 Three days after putting Pitcairn island astern of us and 1,190 miles later, we are docked in Papeete, Tahiti. It is hot and humid, 29⁰C/89⁰F. We are fortunate, for the past 4 days the island has not seen sun, instead experiencing rain and thunderstorms, yet today, despite the occasional cooling shower, the…   read more of “Captain’s…”