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Culinary Arts Center: Meet New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal

Culinary Arts Center: Meet New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal

If you want to learn how to make authentic food from Australia and New Zealand, join us on Volendam’s Nov. 23, 2013, Great Barrier Reef voyage where television personality and New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal is scheduled to be onboard as part of the Culinary Arts Center program. This will be Kraal’s fifth cruise with…   read more of “Culinary Arts…”

On Location: G’Day from Australia and New Zealand

On Location: G’Day from Australia and New Zealand

With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. “On Location” means that Holland America Line guests can learn to tango on the way to Argentina, take a cooking class taught…   read more of “On Location:…”

Top 10 Shore Excursions in Australia & New Zealand

Top 10 Shore Excursions in Australia & New Zealand

With so much to see and do, a trip to Australia and New Zealand is made all the more exciting by taking part in one — or several — of our exciting shore excursions. Each tour is carefully crafted to offer the most fulfilling experience possible, and our reputable tour operators ensure that our guests…   read more of “Top 10 Shore…”

It’s Almost Time to Sail ‘Down Under’

It’s Almost Time to Sail ‘Down Under’

Yes, you guessed it! This week is Australia and New Zealand week. The season “Down Under” is quickly approaching, with ms Oosterdam and ms Volendam heading to the southern hemisphere next month. For their series of cruises that last through spring 2014, the ships will visit more than 50 ports of call during 10- to…   read more of “It’s Almost…”

Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

For guests wishing to extend their cruise vacation, the Hotel Procurement & Tour Inventory Team works tirelessly to create hotel and vacation packages that are designed to be enjoyed before or after the cruise. (Note: These packages differ from shore excursions, which are designed to be enjoyed during the cruise.) With pre- and post-cruise packages,…   read more of “Extending the…”

Cruise Diary: Sydney

Cruise Diary: Sydney

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Oosterdam and will be sending in posts from his voyage. The year is 1788. Eleven ships of the British First Fleet enter the vast, hospitable natural harbor and drop anchors. Slowly, methodically, sailors of the fleet off-load 736 passengers into life boats for the short paddle…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Melbourne

Cruise Diary: Melbourne

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Oosterdam and will be sending in posts from his voyage. Aboard Oosterdam, en route to Sydney, Austraia The modern rail-tram at the end of the Melbourne ship pier had hardly begun to move toward the center-city when the renowned friendliness of the Australian people touched us….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

So Long … Farewell … Goodbye

So Long … Farewell … Goodbye

Thanks to HAL and blog fan Noel Bell for sending in this final photo of Oosterdam at Melbourne. Here is Oosterdam in a overcast Melbourne yesterday at the end of her Australia cruise season. She heads for Sydney and Seattle on Saturday. — Noel Bell