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Cruise Diary: Mysterious, Mystical Easter Island

Cruise Diary: Mysterious, Mystical Easter Island

Day 37 – Feb. 11: Remote, exotic, mysterious, mystical, Easter Island is also known as Isla de Pascua – meaning Easter Island in Spanish, as it was annexed by Chile – and as Rapa Nui in its Polynesian culture. It is, well, a holy grail type of place among the world’s most experienced travelers. This…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Rano Raraku

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Rano Raraku

Seeing the moai sculptures on Easter Island was an incredible experience never to be forgotten. At the Rano Raraku crater there are still 397 sculptures. This photo was taken on the outer slopes where 20 moai remain, some buried up to their necks. Eerie, inspiring and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Jonathan Mercer Captain ms Amsterdam

Cruise Diary: Crew Courtesies Make The Voyage

Cruise Diary: Crew Courtesies Make The Voyage

Days 32-33-34, Feb. 6-7-8: If you have been reading this blog, you know about the Amsterdam’s gracious interiors with fine furnishings, hundreds of flower arrangements and numerous works of art. But you don’t know too much yet about the ship’s international staff and crew. At-sea days, like this stretch we are on now en route…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Crew…”

Cruise Diary: Welcome to ‘The End Of The World’

Cruise Diary: Welcome to ‘The End Of The World’

Editor’s note: Here is freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz’s Day-29 Cruise Dairy, which somehow got lost in cyberspace on the way to the Holland America Blog. Better late than never! Day 29, Feb. 3: We had been to Ushuaia, Argentina, a quaint town on the Beagle Channel and with a backdrop of mountains that give…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”