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Cruising Down Under: Why Australia & New Zealand Should be on Your Bucket List

Cruising Down Under: Why Australia & New Zealand Should be on Your Bucket List

In August 2014, the Holland America Blog asked fans to choose their top “Bucket List” ports around the world. Number one on the list? Sydney, Australia! Travelers around the globe are attracted to Australia and New Zealand for the region’s unique beauty, interesting culture and vast array of things to see and do. From cosmopolitan…   read more of “Cruising Down…”

Special Cruise Memories with HAL

Special Cruise Memories with HAL

Guest Marijane Carlos has sailed with us many times, and she shared some of her special memories. Passing Great Piton Mountain as we sail away from St. Lucia on the Noordam.

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

Captain’s Log: Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

20th February, Adelaide and 21st February, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island No photos of Adelaide, I’m afraid. The port lies on an outlying promontory and Adelaide itself is a 45-minute bus, (or train) ride from the Amsterdam. Having transited the shallow and winding channel and then swinging in the turning basin, we berthed port-side to at the…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Volendam Becomes First HAL Ship to Call at Kangaroo Island

Volendam Becomes First HAL Ship to Call at Kangaroo Island

Special thanks to HAL’s Chris Martin for this photo of Volendam’s first-ever call at Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, Australia. HAL’s interest in the island led to them build a new tender-landing facility to accommodate large cruise ships.