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Photo Diary: Nice Weather

Photo Diary: Nice Weather

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam‘s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. While we were passing the Rock of Gibraltar, we had very nice weather.

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

We were on Zaandam most of December. My husband Ray took this picture of me with Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem at a Mariners lunch. A friend made this skirt and vest for me out of my many Holland America Line bags. I don’t take the skirt with me often due to the weigh it adds…   read more of “Getting Creative…”

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:…”

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

We would like to welcome the first 5-star mariner on board ms Veendam, Mrs. Susana Bockmann from Buenos Aires. Captain Peter Bos presented Mrs. Bockmann with a new key card which reflects her new status while on her Antarctica Holiday Cruise. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Veendam’s hotel director.

Boi Bumba Festival Celebrates Brazilian Folklore

Boi Bumba Festival Celebrates Brazilian Folklore

Mariner Victoria Morgan sent in these fun pictures from the Boi Bumba Festival aboard Prinsendam‘s recent Amazon Explorer Cruise. Thanks Victoria! Here are a couple of photos from the Boi Bumba Festival Show. The entertainers showed so much energy and the costumes were fantastic. — Victoria Morgan, Mariner

A (Short) Day in Sydney, Australia

A (Short) Day in Sydney, Australia

Turnaround day in Sydney following a sad farewell to new-found friends last night, but with the spectre of new friends being made over our next sector, a 10-day jaunt to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, apparently with a tropical cyclone (Frieda) thrown in. No worries, our path to these South Pacific jewels has been altered to…   read more of “A (Short) Day in…”

Reflections – After All, It’s the Last Day of the Year

Reflections – After All, It’s the Last Day of the Year

See ya, New Zealand … we’re off towards Sydney. Seas relatively flat, almost cloudless sunshine, and an auspicious start to our two much sought-after relaxing days at sea. Phew! What a busy New Zealand cruise sector it’s been! Racing here, racing there, meeting up with friends, seeing new places (even for an 18-year Kiwi veteran),…   read more of “Reflections –…”

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…”