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Captain’s Log: Pitcairn Island

Captain’s Log: Pitcairn Island

24 January 2013 In 1767, a young British Midshipman, Robert Pitcairn, on the British sloop HMS “Swallow” sighted land and thus the 15-year old had the distinction of having an island named after him. The island was uninhabited on that day. In 1790, the mutineers of HMS “Bounty”, along with some Tahitian companions (who may…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Easter Island

Captain’s Log: Easter Island

An early wake-up call. The south side of the island was in complete darkness, except for the occasional light of a isolated house. We were passing 1 ½ miles off the rocky coastline, intending to round the south-west headland and turn to the north, arriving off our 1st-choice tendering spot off Hanga Roa, the main…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Bon Voyage Amsterdam and Prinsendam!

Bon Voyage Amsterdam and Prinsendam!

Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. On Saturday, January 5th, both the ms Amsterdam and ms Prinsendam set sail on two spectacular Grand Voyages. Prinsendam will circumnavigate the continent of South America for 68 days, including three days in majestic Antarctica. Amsterdam embarked on her Grand World Voyage. This…   read more of “Bon Voyage…”

Captain’s Log: Cusco, Peru

Captain’s Log: Cusco, Peru

16th January, Cusco, San Martin, Peru; 17th-18th, at sea: Cusco is a relatively small port on the coast of Peru. One dock long enough to accommodate our length. We are surrounded by sand, the desert of the Atacama. Guests return from ‘interior’ tours here, particularly Machu Picchu and fly to see the Nazca Lines, vast…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Callao, Peru

Captain’s Log: Callao, Peru

14th and 15th January. Callao, Peru: Thick fog as we approached the port and the approach was done solely on radar, as there was nothing ‘visually’ to be seen. The visibility improved as we came through the breakwaters and became sufficient enough to dock. Callao is a ‘hub’ port for the west-coast of South America…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Manta and At Sea

Captain’s Log: Manta and At Sea

11th January. Manta, Ecuador: We crept into the port at 0400, ‘crept’ because most, if not all of our guests were still sleeping and I needed to avoid waking them with the vibration of the bow thrust. Approximately 20 of our guests were leaving us here and flying to the Galapagos Islands, hence the need…   read more of “Captain’s…”