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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…”

Amsterdam Postcards from Auckland

Amsterdam Postcards from Auckland

These photos were taken during Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage when the ship made its maiden call at Auckland on Feb. 6, 2013. I wish I was a guest on board. Perhaps next time. Cheers! – Bryan Lomas

Amsterdam Arrives at Auckland

Amsterdam Arrives at Auckland

Amsterdam arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday (an evening early), so guests will have the chance to spend extra time in this great city. Henk Mensink is Amsterdam’s hotel director.

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Berthed Auckland, 7th February I realised, after sending my last post, that I inserted a ‘typo’, we arrived here on Tuesday evening and not Wednesday, apologies for that. Our continuing voyage south-west towards Auckland, from Raratonga, was reasonably comfortable. Initially, the wind was from the east, however it slowly swung around, first to the north…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

Captain’s Log: On to Auckland

After leaving Bora Bora we had a nice day at sea, the sun was shining and winds were fair. Unfortunately this was not going to last though, as ahead of us lay an area of low pressure, bringing with it wind and rain and the Wednesday saw a marked increase in wind and with it,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Wine Tasting at Auckland’s Villa Maria

Wine Tasting at Auckland’s Villa Maria

On December 1, Oosterdam called at Auckland, New Zealand. Close to Auckland is the winery of Villa Maria. As Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc is featured on the wine list on board, Cellar Master Phillipe Reigh took this opportunity to visit the winery with his team of wine attendants as an educational experience. After having seen…   read more of “Wine Tasting at…”

Oosterdam’s Maiden Visit at Auckland

Oosterdam’s Maiden Visit at Auckland

Thanks to HAL guest Bryan Lomas for sending in this photo and post of Oosterdam in Auckland. Here is a photo of Oosterdam’s maiden visit to Auckland on Nov. 3, 2012. It was a patchy day for guests, with very little sun, clouds and light rain. — Bryan Lomas