Spectacles of the Orient

6 May

     Hi there folks, Kristin here reporting from the Zaandam that’s making her way to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  I am near the end of my contract here on this lovely ship and boy what a time it has been.  The Zaandam has been making its way around Asia since December and we have seen some of the most spectacular sights and cities along it’s route. We have recently just transitioned over to Alaska from Kobe, Japan and were able to experience the amazing cherry blossoming all along the itinerary.  I wanted to take this time to share with you some of my pictures that I have taken while aboard the Zaandam, all of which have been edited using the program Windows Live Photo that we teach here aboard all HAL ships.  For those of you who are thinking about taking a cruise with HAL to the orient I cannot think of a better experience and be sure to stop by the Digital Workshop when you do. 

Cheers from the Zaandam,



The giant reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, Bangkok


The Grand Palace, Bangkok


Getting a Tuk Tuk in Sihanoukville


Taking a traditional Kymer Cambodian cooking class


Vistas of Halong Bay, Vietnam

The lovely village of Hoi An, Vietnam

Hotel de Masion in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam

The lush countryside of Nha Trang, Vietnam


The Great Wall of China, near Tianjin, China

Nightime shot of the Zaandam in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong


Colorful Chinatown District

The also colorful district of Little India


The Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, Japan

Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful cheery blossoms, Kyoto, Japan

Osako-Jo Castle amoungst the cherry blossoms

The vibrant Dontonburi District of Osaka, Japan

The hypocenter of Nagasaki where the A-bomb dropped in 1945.





2 Responses to “Spectacles of the Orient”

  1. Joan Driscoll May 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Enjoyed this newsletter and the photos particularly as i sailed with you on the Feb5 Singapore departure of the Zaandam. However, I only went as far as Hongkong this time.Thanks also for your digital workshop lessons, Kristen!

  2. kim July 19, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    can I using this picture(about vietnam)for our magazine? FYI this magazine is non-commercial name is (Yes, korean magazine also I am korean too.). That name mean some culture and art make to someone moving his mind. And someone doing good thing motivate by culture and art. If I using your picture, I will write your information for credit. 🙂

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