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Cruise Diary: En Route to Port Vila

Cruise Diary: En Route to Port Vila

Wendy R. London, HAL Mariner and corporate affairs manager/founder of CruiseBubble.com, sailed aboard Oosterdam throughout New Zealand and documented her experience with a series of cruise diaries. This particular post was inadvertently missed but too good not to use. Enjoy! Jan. 3, 2013 – At sea: Frieda’s come to visit. She’s made an appearance in…   read more of “Cruise Diary: En…”

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

12th February, At sea, towards Sydney, Australia Yesterday, we docked in the small harbour at Picton on schedule. Our voyage from Wellington was a short one, it is only 44 miles from the pilot station off Wellington to the pilot station for Picton, consequently we steamed at a very slow speed of 8 knots to…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

The last time I wrote, Friso, my 2nd-in-command, was about to embark on a tender in Wellington harbour and participate in a ‘Blessing of the Boats’ ceremony. All went superbly on a sunny day, tender 11 was escorted to the ‘blessing site’ by members of the local Coast Guard with their boat. Approximately 40 boats…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

8th February, Tauranga, New Zealand We have been blessed with beautiful weather ever since we made landfall in New Zealand, the sun has been shining and the winds have been light; our guests and crew have made the most of it, thoroughly enjoying this beautiful country. The people are wonderfully friendly and everywhere is spotless,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

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.

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Captain’s Log: Auckland, New Zealand

Berthed Auckland, 7th February I realised, after sending my last post, that I inserted a ‘typo’, we arrived here on Tuesday evening and not Wednesday, apologies for that. Our continuing voyage south-west towards Auckland, from Raratonga, was reasonably comfortable. Initially, the wind was from the east, however it slowly swung around, first to the north…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Wine Tasting at Auckland’s Villa Maria

Wine Tasting at Auckland’s Villa Maria

On December 1, Oosterdam called at Auckland, New Zealand. Close to Auckland is the winery of Villa Maria. As Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc is featured on the wine list on board, Cellar Master Phillipe Reigh took this opportunity to visit the winery with his team of wine attendants as an educational experience. After having seen…   read more of “Wine Tasting at…”

Oosterdam’s First Visit to Akaroa, New Zealand

Oosterdam’s First Visit to Akaroa, New Zealand

Oosterdam maiden’s voyage to Australia and New Zealand was a grand success. The seas and the weather were the most agreeable as seen in this photo taken in Akaroa, New Zealand. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the voyage and the crew was terrific. Jerrol Golden Manager of International Public Relations Holland America Line