18th February 2013, Hobart, Tasmania Our passage from Sydney was uneventful. We were fortunate that the strong north-east winds were coming from astern and as a consequence we made good speed and little movement of the ‘Amsterdam’, sunny skies too. There is a weather front coming in and ahead of it, stronger winds and during… read more of “Captain’s…”
Blog fan and frequent contributor Noel Bell flew from Melbourne, Australia, to his old hometown of Hobart, Tasmania, today and was there when Amsterdam came to call. Thanks to Noel, for sharing his lovely photos.
On Maasdam’s 49-day Amazon cruise, we were fortunate enough to cross the equator on February 2. This naturally called for a King Neptune Ceremony. We found a number of lucky crew members, who had never crossed the equator before and invited them to the ceremony. We were also able to introduce our youngest “crew member,”… read more of “Newbie Crew Members…”
Sydney, Australia, 15th-16th February Once again, the weather has been kind to us and we enjoyed following winds and seas across the Tasman sea during our crossing from Picton to Sydney. The weather was changeable thoughout and our call in Sydney was no exception, bathed in sunshine one minute and then torrential downpours the next…. read more of “Captain’s…”
Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband are cruising again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon will chronicle their cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy!
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 our arrival at Singapore.
Project Linus continues on the 2013 Grand World Voyage. The project provides new, handmade blankets, afghans and hats to children who are seriously ill, traumatised or otherwise in need. David Coleman has continued the project, which was organised by Anna Lewis of Seattle during the 2012 GWV. I am seen here with David, receiving a… read more of “Captain’s…”
Here are photos from the ship’s Valentine’s Day celebration during the Grand World Voyage. Enjoy!