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World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences

World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences

March 3 is designated World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. On any Holland America Line cruise, shore excursions showcase regional wildlife and flora in a variety of ways. From a natural encounter in the wild to visiting a sanctuary for rescued animals, guests seeking interactions can…   read more of “World Wildlife Day:…”

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Tasmania, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Albany

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Tasmania, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Albany

Over the holidays, our EXC In-Depth Voyage was exploring Tasmania and Australia. EXC In-Depth Onboard Naturalist/Zodiac Driver Kristy King and Polar Historian/Naturalist Andrew Atkin sent some Field Notes from Hobart, Port Arthur, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Albany. Enjoy this installment, and stay tuned as the ship continues this adventure. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia By Kristy King,…   read more of “EXC In-Depth Field…”

Wooden Boat Festival at Tasmania

Wooden Boat Festival at Tasmania

Thanks to HAL fan Peter McQueen for these fun photos of Oosterdam at Hobart, Tasmania, Feb. 10. The ship arrived during the Wooden Boat Festival, which was definitely a sight to behold. Thanks, Peter!

Captain’s Log: Hobart, Tasmania

Captain’s Log: Hobart, Tasmania

18th February 2013, Hobart, Tasmania Our passage from Sydney was uneventful. We were fortunate that the strong north-east winds were coming from astern and as a consequence we made good speed and little movement of the ‘Amsterdam’, sunny skies too. There is a weather front coming in and ahead of it, stronger winds and during…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Amsterdam at Hobart, Tasmania

Amsterdam at Hobart, Tasmania

Blog fan and frequent contributor Noel Bell flew from Melbourne, Australia, to his old hometown of Hobart, Tasmania, today and was there when Amsterdam came to call. Thanks to Noel, for sharing his lovely photos.

Video: Melbourne to Sydney

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, sailed on a 34-day Volendam voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong late last year and shared with us this video from his trip. Come along with us and cruise the Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, from Melbourne to Sydney, via Burnie and Hobart in Tasmania on this…   read more of “Video: Melbourne to…”

Cruise Diary: Hobart, Tasmania

Cruise Diary: Hobart, Tasmania

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy this post and photos from their call at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. We arrived in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, on the afternoon of November 21st. We planned to take a short…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Burnie, Tasmania

Cruise Diary: Burnie, Tasmania

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy this post and photos from their call at Burnie, Tasmania, Australia. Burnie is the gateway to Northern Tasmania and a commercial seaport that ships out the mineral wealth of the island….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”