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Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl
Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl

Holland America Line’s Jocelyn Wu, special events coordinator – public relations, just disembarked ms Noordam with a group of journalists. She and many of the writers chronicled their cruise through the Mediterranean on Facebook and Twitter through fabulous photos and fun captions.

Journalist Gail Jennsen was onboard writing a story for Avid Cruiser and she’s tweeting photos of her adventure at @fourthirtyam. Anita Dunham Potter sailed to cover the Noordam cruise for her website, Expert Cruiser. She’s tweeting with @ExpertCruiser. Photos and tweets from Dutch journalist Lisanne Kerstens, who is writing for Around the Globe, can be found at @atg_nl.

Come along on their amazing photo journey and witness the culture, charm and beauty found on a cruise through the Mediterranean.

First stop, Rome, Italy. The ship departs from the port of Civitavecchia, and arriving a few days early enables plenty of time to see all that Rome to offer.

The Pantheon.

Jocelyn admires Rome’s Pantheon.

Welcome aboard!

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica - Lisanne

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica – Lisanne

At Naples, Italy, the sun rose over Mt. Vesuvius, and Anita captured the moment beautifully.

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it's a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! - Anita

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it’s a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! – Anita

The group took a tour that visited the Ruins of Pompeii, perfectly preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. - Lisanne

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. – Lisanne

From Naples, the group took a shore excursion that visited the stunning isle of Capri.

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. - Anita

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. – Anita

The next call was at Palermo, Sicily, and some of the group learned how to prepare an authentic Sicilian dish on the A Taste of Sicily: A Cooking Lesson tour.

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. - Anita

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. – Anita

Lisanne took a different tour and visited the Teatro Politeama.

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. - Lisanne

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. – Lisanne

Another incredible stop on the cruise was a call at Livorno. From here, guests can take the “Tuscan Landmarks: Florence & Pisa” tour and visit two incredible places. In Florence, a half-day walking tour includes many of the city’s masterpieces. At Pisa, the group explored the Piazza dei Miracoli — site of the Leaning Tower, the cathedral and the baptistery.

After visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and went to the Piazza del Duomo.

Before visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and explored the Piazza del Duomo.

The ship continued to make its way through the Med with a call at Calvi, Corsica, where Anita captured a gorgeous sunrise and Gail discovered that it’s one of her favorite ports.

Calvi, Corsica, was a favorite call on the cruise. Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

I've fallen deeply in love w Calvi, Corsica. I've only traveled in northern France and I must say, I've missed out. - Gail

I’ve fallen deeply in love with Calvi, Corsica. I’ve only traveled in northern France and I must say, I’ve missed out. – Gail

At Monte Carlo, Gail made her way to out of the city on a tour to Nice and Eze.

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D'Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I'm hooked. - Gail

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D’Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I’m hooked. – Gail

Anita admired the yachts in the harbor and went to the palace to see the changing of the guard.

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace no Prince or princess sightings. - Anita

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace. No prince or princess sightings. – Anita

Marseille, France, was the next port of call, and Gail and Lisanne enjoyed shopping in the markets and seeing the beautiful architecture. Gail called the region:

“A storybook dreamscape.”

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. - Gail

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. – Gail

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille on @atg_nl.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille at @atg_nl.

Barcelona, Spain, was the last call of the cruise and the port of disembarkation. Barcelona is another city where a spending a few days after (or before) a cruise would provide time to explore all that the city has to offer, and perhaps attend a futbol game!

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia is a "must see" when visiting Barcelona. Three shots from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter ... #bucketlist!

Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia is a “must see” when visiting Barcelona. Three perspectives, from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter … #bucketlist!

The group went to a Futbol game - one of the most popular activities in the city.

The group went to a Futbol game – one of the most popular activities in the city.

While making their way through the Mediterranean, the group also took every opportunity to indulge in local cuisine!

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

And sweet treats are a must on any cruise to Italy!

"Yum, gelato!" said Anita.

“Yum, gelato!” said Anita.

To read upcoming stories about their cruise, check their websites. Anita can be found at www.expertcruiser.com; Gail is writing for www.avidcruiser.com; and Lisanne’s story will be at www.aroundtheglobe.nl.

When you travel, do you take time to post photos to social media, or do you prefer to wait until you get home to show your friends and family where you’ve been?

Be sure to follow Holland America Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see even more fabulous photos that show the true cruise experience.

26
Mar 2013

Here are some photos of Nordam with my new wide-angle lens.

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Prinsendam’s fun loving and always a barrel of good times Explorations Team celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in royal style!

From left: Lance (Lifestylist), Lisa (Travel Guide), Queen Elizabeth (aka Anne Kristine, Librarian), Marcel (Asst. Cruise Director),  Beth (Party Planner), Missy (Event Manager), Jessica (Techspert) and Elizabeth (Youth Program Coordinator).

From left: Lance (Lifestylist), Lisa (Travel Guide), Queen Elizabeth (aka Anne Kristine, Librarian), Marcel (Asst. Cruise Director), Beth (Party Planner), Missy (Event Manager), Jessica (Techspert) and Elizabeth (Youth Program Coordinator).

Odir Rodriguez is Prinsendam’s human resources manager.

Day 99, April 14:

We had been to Ajaccio, Corsica, a lovely island that is a part of France, a few years ago during a Mediterranean cruise, so at a call there during our 112-day Grand World Voyage on the Amsterdam, Humberto, Duffy (our bear that went around the world) and I decided to do something we sometimes do when we have already visited a port: enjoy having the ship practically all to ourselves! We got off the ship briefly to walk around and get to a great outdoor market a few blocks from the cruise terminal, and to buy some souvenirs, including the wonderful Corsican olive oil that has a controlled appellation like fine wines do.

Humberto and Duffy at one of the stalls of the local Saturday outdoor market with cheeses, sausages, olive oil, wine and other products in Ajaccio, near the cruise terminal.

Humberto and Duffy at one of the stalls of the local Saturday outdoor market with cheeses, sausages, olive oil, wine and other products in Ajaccio, near the cruise terminal.

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During the past weeks, I have been approached by numerous guests, all asking the same question, ‘will we get into the Falklands’? It seems that previously, on every occasion they have tried, the call has been canceled, usually due to weather. Even some of our guests who are regular Grand World voyagers have missed it, so the pressure is on for me to make amends and make it :-)

The morning brings thick fog, not an auspicious start and we can’t see my hand in front of my face, let alone any land. We navigate on radar, at reduced speed and hope that the visibility will improve, although after an hour, there’s no sign of that. Our agent ashore eventually hails us on the VHF radio and asks of our whereabouts and we in turn ask him of the visibility. He replies that he can see across the harbour, which is good news and so we proceed inwards, avoiding fishing boats and cargo ships which are anchored in the Sound. We still don’t see any of the headlands we are passing until we are approaching our anchorage position; a ‘reefer’ ship, (which carries chilled cargo) looms out of the fog. He is loading fish, there is a fishing boat alongside, discharging his catch into the cavernous holds of the cargo ship.

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17
Jan 2012

Days 9-10 – Jan. 14-15 – At Sea.

On the morning of January 14, the words of novelist John Steinbeck “A journey is like a marriage – the only way to go wrong is to think you can control it” rang through my mind. So many things can interfere with a journey including, but not limited to, weather and local infrastructure. To seasoned travelers this is precisely the excitement of a trip or cruise: the adventure of letting go – of not being able to control all aspects of the journey. Yesterday, for example, a strong current in the Amazon Delta made it difficult for our tender to come alongside the Amsterdam and disembark passengers safely, so a tendering operation that normally takes minutes took more than an hour.

Instead of being exasperated I let the occurrence take over to see what I could experience. I looked around and instead of obsessing about the tender operations, I concentrated on the river and several fishing boats and other craft anchored in it and passing by. It was a very picturesque scene that I might have missed if the tendering had gone faster. Whenever the journey “takes over” I go with the flow. I’m happy to relinquish Georgina “Cruz control” to “cruise control” and my experience is so much more rewarding – perhaps the same thing has happened to you?

Boats in the Amazon Delta make for a picturesque scene.

Boats in the Amazon Delta make for a picturesque scene.

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Freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz and her husband Humberto are currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout their time on board. She has logged 174 voyages to all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries. Enjoy!


Day 7 – Jan. 12, 2012

So we have been here a week already – only 15 more weeks to go! Part of the process of “settling in” on the ship as a home involves a routine. We have started one, not etched in stone, but as a guide. It includes, for example, having breakfast at the same table every morning in the Lido and then lunch at another table (but the same one each time in the Lido) every day during this cruise. But even if we did not have a routine, it is easy to feel at home on the Amsterdam because the Indonesian/Filipino crew is so friendly, always greeting you warmly in hallways and public rooms and often doing so by name.

Members of the staff and entertainers do so too, including pianist Debby Bacon, who uncannily seems to know everyone by name and waves at them in between piano notes as they enter, exit or cross the Piano Bar. We went for a walk around the public rooms today to take in the wonderful art collection of the Amsterdam. Some of our favorite pieces are in the Explorer’s Lounge including a large oil called “Ships in Front of 17th Century Amsterdam” by Peter J. Sterkenburg, and sculpted pieces in the style of the Yuang, Ming and Qing dynasties of China. Being surrounded by great art at sea is a pleasure.

The oil painting in the Explorer's Lounge.

Chinese-style sculptures in the Explorer's Lounge.

Chinese-style sculptures in the Explorer's Lounge.

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In Argostoli, Greece, we were blessed with a visit from the town’s Vice Mayor who brought several Argostoli dignitaries with him. The Captain gave them a warm Nieuw Amsterdam welcome in the Crow’s Nest with some beverages and canapés, followed by a tour of the ship including a visit to the Navigation Bridge and ended with lunch. The visitors thoroughly enjoyed their time on board.

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