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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…”

Photo Diary: India

Photo Diary: India

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage.

Photo Diary: Maiden call at Abu Dhabi

Photo Diary: Maiden call at Abu Dhabi

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. Here is a photo from Rotterdam’s maiden call at Abu Dhabi.

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…”

Photo Diary: Good Morning, Dubai

Photo Diary: Good Morning, Dubai

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. Eight O’Clock in Dubai.

‘Flower Power’ Night on Amsterdam

‘Flower Power’ Night on Amsterdam

Amsterdam‘s Flower Power night provided a fun flashback to the lovin’ hippie days. Here are some photos of the staff and dining room ready for the night’s festivities.

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

Captain’s Log: Papeete, Tahiti

27th January 2013 Three days after putting Pitcairn island astern of us and 1,190 miles later, we are docked in Papeete, Tahiti. It is hot and humid, 29⁰C/89⁰F. We are fortunate, for the past 4 days the island has not seen sun, instead experiencing rain and thunderstorms, yet today, despite the occasional cooling shower, the…   read more of “Captain’s…”