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Photo Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Photo Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Noordam for 21 days and is sharing photos from his trip. Here are some snapshots taken during his call at Istanbul, Turkey.

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! Istanbul is a wonderful city to visit! We have been here several times in the past, including staying here for a few nights prior to…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Prinsendam’s Poolside Barbecue at Istanbul

Prinsendam’s Poolside Barbecue at Istanbul

The beautiful Prinsendam is currently on a Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage, sailing from Barcelona to Athens. During our visit to Istanbul, Turkey, we held a Shawarma barbecue in the Lido Pool area with special Turkish decorations. The tent was filled with Turkish carpet, tea, traditional foods and other delicacies from Turkey. There also was…   read more of “Prinsendam’s…”

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

July 23, 2012 After eating a solid breakfast we took the tram to the city again. We first went to the Gülhane Parki to walk around the Topkapi Palace, which was closed on Tuesdays. Unfortunately, the Topkapi Palace could not really be seen from the park because of the old wall surrounding the palace. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Prinsendam Crew Tours Throughout Europe

Prinsendam Crew Tours Throughout Europe

The Prinsendam crew got a chance to explore some great ports while participating on some fun crew tours. Enjoy these ports from various ports of call throughout Europe. These two photos are from the Ancient Ephesus & Virgin Mary House tour in Kusadasi, Turkey. This tour visited the Virgin Mary House and also the ancient…   read more of “Prinsendam Crew…”

Mariner Appreciation Week Aboard Prinsendam

Mariner Appreciation Week Aboard Prinsendam

Special thanks to Gerald Bernhoft, HAL’s Director of the Mariner Society, for submitting this post. HAL’s “Elegant Explorer” the ms Prinsendam is on her second 2012 Grand Voyage. During this adventure through the Mediterranean and Black Sea, one week was elevated even further as I hosted Mariner Appreciation week. Starting off in famed Istanbul, our…   read more of “Mariner…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Istanbul

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful city that presents a very unique skyline. The skyline has many impressive feats of architecture that stand tall and proud above the many other buildings in the area. No visit to Istanbul would be complete without a visit historic landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Jonathan Bailey Safety, Environmental…   read more of “Explorer’s…”