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Beautiful Sights at Akaroa, New Zealand

Beautiful Sights at Akaroa, New Zealand

Special thanks to Oosterdam’s Security Officer Sajith Kumar S.V. for sending in these beautiful photos taken at Akaroa.

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:…”

Oosterdam Crew Tour to Hobbiton Movie Set

Oosterdam Crew Tour to Hobbiton Movie Set

Last month in Tauranga, New Zealand, 11 crew members from the Oosterdam went on a crew tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. Everyone had a great time. Joe Reina is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.

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…”