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Photo Diary: Nice Weather

Photo Diary: Nice Weather

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. While we were passing the Rock of Gibraltar, we had very nice weather.

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

We were on Zaandam most of December. My husband Ray took this picture of me with Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem at a Mariners lunch. A friend made this skirt and vest for me out of my many Holland America Line bags. I don’t take the skirt with me often due to the weigh it adds…   read more of “Getting Creative…”

Vantage: Vanuatu

Vantage: Vanuatu

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that we had a bit of a diversion and a change in the order of our ports en route to our first port of call, Port Vila on the island of Efate which is one of Vanuatu’s 83 islands. Three days after sailing from Sydney, we…   read more of “Vantage:…”

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

We would like to welcome the first 5-star mariner on board ms Veendam, Mrs. Susana Bockmann from Buenos Aires. Captain Peter Bos presented Mrs. Bockmann with a new key card which reflects her new status while on her Antarctica Holiday Cruise. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Veendam’s hotel director.

Boi Bumba Festival Celebrates Brazilian Folklore

Boi Bumba Festival Celebrates Brazilian Folklore

Mariner Victoria Morgan sent in these fun pictures from the Boi Bumba Festival aboard Prinsendam‘s recent Amazon Explorer Cruise. Thanks Victoria! Here are a couple of photos from the Boi Bumba Festival Show. The entertainers showed so much energy and the costumes were fantastic. — Victoria Morgan, Mariner

North of the Bombays

North of the Bombays

We New Zealanders often think of New Zealand as two separate countries, divided by the Bombay Hills which are located just south of Auckland: “North of the Bombays” and “South of the Bombays.” Quite frankly, Auckland is a different place for us who live South of the Bombays — in the “rest” of New Zealand….   read more of “North of the…”

A Trip to Tolkien’s Shire from Tauranga, New Zealand

A Trip to Tolkien’s Shire from Tauranga, New Zealand

Do you dream in Hobbit? Often when we do the New Zealand cruise (which for us as Kiwis, is a great way to visit friends and family), people would naturally ask where we were from. I would respond, “here!” “Here??” would be my fellow passenger’s inquisitive, disbelieving reply. “Yes, here.” At which point, the passenger…   read more of “A Trip to…”

Cruise Diary: Komodo Island

Cruise Diary: Komodo Island

Al and I spent the morning on Komodo Island. We took a HAL shore excursion called “Komodo Island Trek” to see the Komodo Dragons. Everyone that exited the ship that day had to be on a tour with a Komodo Island National Park Ranger. It is too dangerous to wander around on your own. Surprisingly…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”