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Cruise Diary: Raiatea, French Polynesia

Cruise Diary: Raiatea, French Polynesia

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After another day at sea, we docked at Raiatea, Society Island — a French speaking port of French Polynesia that uses francs for currency. We skipped exercise in order to…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Our Facebook fans sent us photos of their on-board celebrations. We received some great images! Thanks for sharing your special moments with us. Jim and I celebrated our joint retirement on board the ms Statendam in November/December 2012 by cruising through the Panama Canal and then off to the Hawaiian and French Polynesian Islands. A…   read more of “Celebrating Special…”

Rotterdam’s Warm Welcome at Papeete, Tahiti

Rotterdam’s Warm Welcome at Papeete, Tahiti

In Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, a warm welcome of “Tahitian Drums and Tattoos” awaited our guests as they left the ship to explore this beautiful island paradise.

Cruise Diary: Livin’ Large

Cruise Diary: Livin’ Large

Dutch TV host and adventure seeker Charlotte Squarcy is on board for segment of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage, and she is chronicling her journey. Enjoy! Only a Brit would call a Tahitian Luau a BBQ, but “baby,” this was honest-to-goodness a dance frenzy last night. Out on the Lido deck about a dozen Tahitians performed…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Moorea Island: Jewel of the South Pacific

Moorea Island: Jewel of the South Pacific

Moorea Island is the jewel of the South Pacific among the French Polynesian Islands. The climate, although very hot, was dry with a clear blue sky reflecting the multi colors of the crystal clear sea water surrounding the island. I walked for 15 minutes from Cook’s Bay to the Moorea Pearl Resort along the coast…   read more of “Moorea Island:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Moorea Island

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Moorea Island

Moorea is a paradise in the South Pacific. The water is clear and an incredible shade of blue. The skies are bright and sunny with fluffy clouds. Every view of this island makes a beautiful postcard. Dedi Suhendra Bellboy ms Rotterdam