I am sure everyone is wondering why its so hard to get help into Haiti. Here are a couple pictures of the coastline of Haiti that tell the story. Most of Haiti is mountainous terrain. There are very few roads and so its not so easy to get around. Apart from Port au Prince there… read more of “Captain’s…”
Further to my earlier post regarding the Kruzenstern I contacted her master Captain Mikhael Novikov, so that I could share my pictures with him. He has answered me with a very nice e-mail and told me that it was the very first transit of his ship through the canal in the 83 years it has… read more of “Captain’s…”
Yesterday we were in the Panama Canal and we were side by side with a somewhat legendary ship. Almost as old as the canal itself the Kruzenstern was built in 1926 as the Padua and sailed around the world at the end of the era of the great clipper ships. Nowadays she is a Russian… read more of “Captain’s…”
Yesterday we were docked in chilly Fort Lauderdale when I spotted three manatees next to the ship in the intracoastal waterway. They like to hang out a little further south where there is a small channel that is used as a discharge for the local power plant and the water there is nice and warm… read more of “Captain’s…”
Aboard Zuiderdam. Today we are in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and we are here together with our little sister the Amsterdam. This photo was taken on her approach with the Pilot Boat in the foreground. Puerto Limon is the place in Costa Rica where Columbus first set foot during his 4th voyage to the new… read more of “Captain’s…”
Mariner Lynn Hardey sent us this note and photo of her most recent creation, “Zippidydam,” that she built while cruising on Zuiderdam. We featured her previous creation — “Halraiserdam” — on the blog back in November. The “Zippidydam” won the Whatever Floats Your Boat contest and floated beautifully, as usual. There were four boats and… read more of “‘Zippidydam…”
Shane Einsphar, Zuiderdam’s cruise director, sent us this interview and photo with guest entertainers Island Magic. According to Shane, the band has been on Zuiderdam all season and has been “blowing audiences away.” They play classical music on steel drums, and some popular and Broadway music as well. Shane Einsphar: How did the group get… read more of “Steel Drum Band…”
Here’s the last batch of photos from the holiday festivities aboard Zuiderdam.