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Cruise Diary: A Tale of Two Ports in Vietnam

Cruise Diary: A Tale of Two Ports in Vietnam

Days 68-69, March 14-15: Two Vietnamese ports, Nha Trang and Phu My, on our world cruise itinerary, introduced Humberto, Duffy (our bear that went around the world) and me to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Some passengers had been here during the Vietnam War and for them the stops were akin to a pilgrimage, oftentimes…   read more of “Cruise Diary: A…”

Cruise Diary: The Magic Of Hong Kong

Cruise Diary: The Magic Of Hong Kong

Cruise Diary, Days 65-66, March 11-12: It was an overcast and dreary morning when the Amsterdam made her way into Hong Kong Harbor. But the cold and foggy conditions could not detract from the magic of Hong Kong. Behind the veil of fog we could see breathtaking vistas of skyscrapers, mountains, and junks – the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

A Visit to the Great Wall of China

A Visit to the Great Wall of China

Hello All! I was really excited to share this one with you … the crew had a blast, even though it was -3 C!! HAL crew have unique opportunities to see parts of the world that are present on most people’s “bucket lists”. Over 200 Zaandam crew members got to check a few wish list…   read more of “A Visit to the…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Borobudur

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Borobudur

Visiting Borobudur, built in the 9th century, in Indonesia is an amazing opportunity. It is a very important, as well as the oldest, religious site that commands respect from all faiths. Joanne Gardner Future Cruise Consultant ms Amsterdam

Zaandam Says ‘Selamat Datang’ to Crew Members’ Families in Indonesia

Zaandam Says ‘Selamat Datang’ to Crew Members’ Families in Indonesia

Selamat datang means welcome in Bahasa, Indonesia. Recently Zaandam called in three Indonesian ports — Komodo Island; Tanah Ampo, Bali, and Semarang, Java. As nearly half of our crewmembers are from Indonesia it was a very busy and special day as we welcomed the friends and families of our hardworking crewmembers. In fact this entire…   read more of “Zaandam Says…”