South America is full of contrasts. From the piercing blue ice of Antarctica to the lush jungles of the Amazon, it’s a continent that truly has something for everyone.
On Maasdam’s 49-day Amazon cruise, we were fortunate enough to cross the equator on February 2. This naturally called for a King Neptune Ceremony. We found a number of lucky crew members, who had never crossed the equator before and invited them to the ceremony. We were also able to introduce our youngest “crew member,”… read more of “Newbie Crew Members…”
Day 8 — Jan. 13 The day got off to a spectacular start with a splendid sunrise over the Amazon River Delta in Brazil – the soft kiss of the sun making the yellowish river waters blush. We enjoyed it through our cabin’s picture window. In the morning we took a tender to Icoaracy Village,… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! “Now you’ll see the real Brazil,” said one of the Holland America officers I had previously met, standing on the wooden near-makeshift dock near the minuscule… read more of “Cruise Diary: Boca…”
HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! The three Iles de Salut (ironically, islands of health or salvation, depending on your interpretation) were part of the French Guiana prison system France maintained for… read more of “Cruise Diary: First…”
“Hal ship under Indian Admiration.” My guests went ashore and mingled with the local Indian tribe when we were in the Amazon. And my crew sponsored the local school BOCA with writing materials and other gifts. It was a good day. Captain Albert Schoonderbeek Master ms Prinsendam (ms Ryndam above)
Prinsendam crossed the equator for the second time – the first time was on the way into the Amazon. We left the Amazon region the same way we entered it, but stopped at different ports along the way, we had two crossings. The sun’s heat near the equator easily evaporates water from the oceans resulting… read more of “Amazon Experience:…”