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Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! AMAZON ADVENTURE Aboard the Prinsendam, in route to Oranjestad, Aruba, December 16, 2011 There was confusion in cabin 126 for sometime about St. Vincent and the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Good-Bye Amazon and Crossing the Line

Cruise Diary: Good-Bye Amazon and Crossing the Line

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! The last astounding Amazon River statistic I shall thrust upon you during this marvelous Holland America adventure: The flow of the muddy Amazon into the emerald-to-blue-Topaz…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! If I were wearing boots I would now be shaking in them. In my modest essays, I hope to bring you, dear readers, the tiniest knowledge…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

Bert Lamers, frequent HAL-blog contributor and maritime historian, recently wrote a book (in Dutch) titled Cruise-praet, Ervaringen van een cruiseliefhebber’ (Cruise-talk: Experiences of a Cruise-Lover). The book is 176 pages long and includes nearly 200 colored photographs and recounts of personal experiences from his many voyages at sea. The book can be ordered through the…   read more of “HAL Mariner Writes…”

Cruise Diary: In Route to Santarem, Brazil

Cruise Diary: In Route to Santarem, Brazil

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! It was pulse-pounding exciting to awaken this morning on the Prinsendam, as it floated at dock on the Amazon River near the mouth of the fabled,…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thanks to HAL guest (and three-star mariner!) Berta for sending in the following pictures of her visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Berta took part in the San Juan Old & New shore excursion and called it a “must-see.” Enjoy the photos!

Cruise Diary: Off to the Amazon River We Shall Go!

HAL blogger Gary Frink is currently sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Here is his first entry! “Watch out for the piranhas.” “Don’t drag your hand in the water.” “Be careful of the alligators,” are the range of comments…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Off…”

Misty Morning in Alaska

Misty Morning in Alaska

Special thanks to Mariners Mike and Di Weeks for sharing these photos from their August sailing aboard Westerdam. Here are a few photos from our cruise aboard Westerdam showing the sunrise in Ketchikan and at anchor in Sitka. The Ketchikan sunrise was just after 5:00 a.m., and ten minutes later a “pea soup” fog rolled…   read more of “Misty Morning in…”