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Cruise Diary: Mariner Medallions

Cruise Diary: Mariner Medallions

Guest Gary currently is onboard Oosterdam and will be sending in posts from his trip. Aboard the Oosterdam, En Route, Melbourne Australia, 4-10-13 “I know why you keep coming back. It is because we keep changing the menu,” so stated Captain Arjen Van Der Loo during his speech Monday at the brunch for Mariner Society…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

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: The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is not a single entity so much as a megalopolis of living systems. It’s…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

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: Sydney, Australia Beautiful Sydney is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. From the magnificent Sydney Opera House and…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Cruise Diary: En Route to Port Vila

Cruise Diary: En Route to Port Vila

Wendy R. London, HAL Mariner and corporate affairs manager/founder of CruiseBubble.com, sailed aboard Oosterdam throughout New Zealand and documented her experience with a series of cruise diaries. This particular post was inadvertently missed but too good not to use. Enjoy! Jan. 3, 2013 – At sea: Frieda’s come to visit. She’s made an appearance in…   read more of “Cruise Diary: En…”

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

20th February, Adelaide and 21st February, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island No photos of Adelaide, I’m afraid. The port lies on an outlying promontory and Adelaide itself is a 45-minute bus, (or train) ride from the Amsterdam. Having transited the shallow and winding channel and then swinging in the turning basin, we berthed port-side to at the…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Sydney

Captain’s Log: Sydney

Sydney, Australia, 15th-16th February Once again, the weather has been kind to us and we enjoyed following winds and seas across the Tasman sea during our crossing from Picton to Sydney. The weather was changeable thoughout and our call in Sydney was no exception, bathed in sunshine one minute and then torrential downpours the next….   read more of “Captain’s…”

Oosterdam Docks at Sydney Harbour

Oosterdam Docks at Sydney Harbour

Thanks to Mariner Eddie Bernard for sending in this great photo of Oosterdam in Sydney Harbour last month. Thanks, Eddie!