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From Wildlife to Waterfalls — Durban, South Africa, Has it All

From Wildlife to Waterfalls — Durban, South Africa, Has it All

Guests cruising on the Grand World Voyage this year got to experience a southerly course, and this afforded the opportunity to explore South Africa. One of the many highlights of this region is its incredible wildlife.

Captain Mercer Explores the Seychelles & Mauritius

Captain Mercer Explores the Seychelles & Mauritius

There’s no grander voyage than the Grand World Voyage. Imagine circumnavigating the globe while visiting exotic and exceptional parts of the world that boast a variety of cultures, history and scenery.

Exotic South Pacific & Fine Dining with Captain Mercer

Exotic South Pacific & Fine Dining with Captain Mercer

Since departing Easter Island, ms Amsterdam has sailed a westerly course toward the South Pacific. Here is a recap of Captain Mercer’s blog posts. You can read them in their entirety on his blog, www.captainjonathan.com.

Amsterdam Sets Sail on the 2014 Grand World Voyage

Amsterdam Sets Sail on the 2014 Grand World Voyage

Holland America Line’s flagship ms Amsterdam cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, on the 55th Grand World Voyage for the company.

Amsterdam Crew Enjoy African Safari

Amsterdam Crew Enjoy African Safari

Here are pictures of the recent safari crew tour we went to Inverdoon Nature reserve. A two-hour drive from Cape Town, Inverdoon is well known for its Cheetah Reserve.

Captain’s Log: Fortaleza, Belem, Devil’s Island and Farewell … for Now

Captain’s Log: Fortaleza, Belem, Devil’s Island and Farewell … for Now

Dear readers, my apologies for not contributing for several days. Towards the end of one’s contract, there never seem to be enough hours in a day. What with social functions, endless paperwork, (reports in various guises) and the everyday responsibilities of commanding a cruise ship, time to sit and write to you seems to be…   read more of “Captain’s…”

A Unique Tender Ride in Belem

A Unique Tender Ride in Belem

Belem, Brazil, with quite a “unique” tender ride using shoreside tenders – wooden boats. It was an adventure yet ran smoothly under the circumstances.