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Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

HAL guest George Labecki and his family sailed aboard Nieuw Amsterdam’s Mediterranean Tapestry cruise throughout Europe this past July and documented his experience in a journal. Below is the entry from his visit to Messina, Italy. Enjoy! July 11th Finishing the Beginning: Messina, Sicily, Italy It seems that when you book a cruise, there is…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Liverpool

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Liverpool

Prinsendam was docked in Liverpool, England, for Indonesia’s Independence Day. The flag raising ceremony took place pier-side, with the Indonesian community on hand to commemorate the day, along with officers and staff. After the ceremony, the traditional tug of war and sack races were held as well.

Cruise Diary: Debarkation and Back to Reality

Cruise Diary: Debarkation and Back to Reality

Day 12: July 30, 2012 At 6:30 a.m. it was already sunny in Venice. We had hoped to see the sailing into the Venice lagoon from our balcony, but we arrived well before the scheduled time. Actually the azipods, used to berth the ship, woke us up. It was a busy day in Venice’s Stazione…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Split, Croatia

Cruise Diary: Split, Croatia

Day 11: July 29, 2012 Tonight we have to put our luggage in the hallway, so this morning we selected the clothes we are going to wear today and tomorrow. The rest is to be packed in our suitcases. Only 23 kilo’s per bag, so that took some weighing and repacking. Strange how your luggage…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Kusadasi, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Kusadasi, Turkey

July 26, 2012 Today we docked in Kusadasi, Turkey. Our first stop on the Asian continent on this cruise. Most guests left the ship early to see the excavations at Ephesus. So did we, last year on ms Noordam. This year we stayed in Kusadasi.

Prinsendam Postcard from Cornwall, England

Prinsendam Postcard from Cornwall, England

Here is a view of the village of Fowey in Cornwall, England, from the deck of the Prinsendam on July 7, 2012 during the ship’s Bordeaux Explorer cruise. It’s a fabulous close-in river mooring! Joyce and Doug Hartman Montrose, Colo. HAL Mariners

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

July 23, 2012 After eating a solid breakfast we took the tram to the city again. We first went to the Gülhane Parki to walk around the Topkapi Palace, which was closed on Tuesdays. Unfortunately, the Topkapi Palace could not really be seen from the park because of the old wall surrounding the palace. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”