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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…”

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…”

Akaroa, New Zealand — ‘A Place of Enchantment’

Akaroa, New Zealand — ‘A Place of Enchantment’

Akaroa is a place of enchantment. It is a beautiful settlement tucked away in an almost complete volcanic crater harbour at the end of the Banks Peninsula, about 1-1/2 hours from Christchurch. The settlement’s French heritage is evident as you disembark your tender at the town’s tender wharf — sometimes you will be met by…   read more of “Akaroa, New Zealand…”