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Oosterdam Completes Maiden Australia and New Zealand Voyage

Oosterdam Completes Maiden Australia and New Zealand Voyage

Oosterdam’s maiden voyage to the Australia/New Zealand region ended today with the ship docking at Sydney, Australia, where the journey began. Since each port of call during the 14-night cruise was a first, Oosterdam held a customary plaque exchange ceremony at each visit. Here are photos from each exchange: Hobart, Tasmania

White Island’s Volcano Still Active

White Island’s Volcano Still Active

Thanks to Bryan Lomas for sending in this cool photo from his recent cruise on Volendam. An active volcano in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand gives off steam as Volendam cruises past it on Monday 3/26/12. — Bryan Lomas

Shore Excursion: A Visit to Hobbiton

Shore Excursion: A Visit to Hobbiton

Thanks to Dony, Volendam’s night audit officer, for sending in these fun photos from his visit to the “Lord of the Rings” set in New Zealand. Here are the Hobbiton photos I took when I went there with Candra (Night Audit Clerk) and Jaime (Asst Shorex Manager, not pictured). We went on tour as part…   read more of “Shore Excursion: A…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Bay of Islands

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque ports in all of New Zealand. Not only is it full of history (it’s the site at which the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers took place) but it’s got stunning scenery that shows off the natural beauty of the place. Alexander Dony…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

It’s National Umbrella Day

It’s National Umbrella Day

It’s National Umbrella Day, and we have the perfect post to celebrate! My friend took these photos of me with my Holland America Line umbrella in rainy Auckland, New Zealand. They are hilarious. She calls it the Jerrol Umbrella series. Jerrol Golden Manager of International Public Relations Holland America Line