An early wake-up call. The south side of the island was in complete darkness, except for the occasional light of a isolated house. We were passing 1 ½ miles off the rocky coastline, intending to round the south-west headland and turn to the north, arriving off our 1st-choice tendering spot off Hanga Roa, the main… read more of “Captain’s…”
Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. On Saturday, January 5th, both the ms Amsterdam and ms Prinsendam set sail on two spectacular Grand Voyages. Prinsendam will circumnavigate the continent of South America for 68 days, including three days in majestic Antarctica. Amsterdam embarked on her Grand World Voyage. This… read more of “Bon Voyage…”
16th January, Cusco, San Martin, Peru; 17th-18th, at sea: Cusco is a relatively small port on the coast of Peru. One dock long enough to accommodate our length. We are surrounded by sand, the desert of the Atacama. Guests return from ‘interior’ tours here, particularly Machu Picchu and fly to see the Nazca Lines, vast… read more of “Captain’s…”
These photos were taken during Amsterdam’s double call at Half Moon Cay with Eurodam on December 21 and with Prinsendam on December 23. The weather was nice and as you know the island is still 1st place for many good reasons including its sandy beaches and water sports. Enjoy the photos!
14th and 15th January. Callao, Peru: Thick fog as we approached the port and the approach was done solely on radar, as there was nothing ‘visually’ to be seen. The visibility improved as we came through the breakwaters and became sufficient enough to dock. Callao is a ‘hub’ port for the west-coast of South America… read more of “Captain’s…”
Enjoy these photos from Amsterdam’s recent ‘Black and Silver’ themed dinner.
11th January. Manta, Ecuador: We crept into the port at 0400, ‘crept’ because most, if not all of our guests were still sleeping and I needed to avoid waking them with the vibration of the bow thrust. Approximately 20 of our guests were leaving us here and flying to the Galapagos Islands, hence the need… read more of “Captain’s…”
Dear Readers, back again on the lovely m.s. Amsterdam and our World Cruise. Not an auspicious start for me, personally, for within 2 days of commencing our epic voyage, I have been struck with what appears to be, flu. I am fortunate enough to have a great Bridge team and my ‘lack of enthusiasm’ was… read more of “Captain’s…”