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Captain’s Log: Maputo, Mozambique

Captain’s Log: Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique Maputo lies on the East African coast and I last visited there during my ‘general cargo ship’ days of the 1970’s; then it was called Lourenco Marques and was under Portuguese administration. As a cadet, one could use bars of soap as currency, this came in handy because I only earned $15 or…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Double Trouble Times Three

Double Trouble Times Three

Look at this great photo of some families sailing on board the Amsterdam. What makes it so unique? Well, three officers had their families sailing with them for a few weeks: Provision Master Antonio “Bong” Cruz, Jr., Controller Jusuf Nouvy and Night Audit Officer Didiet Ardananto. Each one of these officers has a set of…   read more of “Double Trouble…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Auckland

Celebrating 140 Years: Auckland

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: Auckland, New Zealand There is a point on the North Island of New Zealand where the land narrows to a thin strip…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Captain’s Log: Madagascar

Captain’s Log: Madagascar

30th March, Madagascar Landfall, after leaving the Seychelles and crossing 10⁰South latitude, the demarcation line for ‘pirate’ country we sight the northern tip of Madagascar in the early morning light. Our destination, Adoanay, formerly known by its French name Hell Ville, lies on the island of Nosy Be, on the north-west coast of Madagascar. It’s…   read more of “Captain’s…”