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Cruise Diary: Mystery Island

Cruise Diary: Mystery Island

Journalist Ruth Taber was on board Oosterdam and sent in blog posts during her cruise. Enjoy! Friday – February 1, 2013 – onboard the Oosterdam – tendered off Mystery Island, Vanuatu. Yesterday’s excursion to Ekasup Cultural Village (near Port Vila) was superb. 500 villagers here continuing a traditional lifestyle going back hundreds of years. Their…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Amsterdam Arrives at Auckland

Amsterdam Arrives at Auckland

Amsterdam arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday (an evening early), so guests will have the chance to spend extra time in this great city. Henk Mensink is Amsterdam’s hotel director.

It’s a Close Fit for Oosterdam at Sydney

It’s a Close Fit for Oosterdam at Sydney

Thanks to HAL guest Leighton for taking these impressive photos of Oosterdam going under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I have just returned from Oosterdam’s Jan. 26 cruise to the South Pacific (Pacific Treausures) and I wanted to share photos of Oosterdam clearing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with just under nine feet . Cheers! — Leighton…   read more of “It’s a Close…”

A Beautiful Day Aboard Zuiderdam

A Beautiful Day Aboard Zuiderdam

Thanks to HAL guest Regina for sending in this beautiful photo that was taken on board Zuiderdam. Here is a shot from Zuiderdam as we were departing Vancouver, northbound to Alaska. The Alaskan weather was “variable”, to say the least! — Regina

Holland America Line Announces Plans for New Ship!

Holland America Line Announces Plans for New Ship!

Exciting news, blog fans! It was announced today that Holland America Line will build another ship for delivery in fall 2015. The 99,000-ton vessel will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at their Marghera Yard, near Venice. Fincantieri has built fourteen Holland America Line ships. The new ship will accommodate 2,660 guests in lower berths…   read more of “Holland America…”