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Welcome Back, Pam!

Our favorite blog correspondent is back on board after a month-long vacation. Look for her continuing coverage of Eurodam’s inaugural events now that the ship is making its maiden calls in the States.

The Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester

The Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester

Tuesday was a big day for Captain van Donselaar and some of Eurodam’s officers. When the ship called at Sydney, Nova Scotia, select officers were inducted into the Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester during the first-call plaque-exchange ceremony. Captain van Donselaar said it was the funniest plaque ceremony to date. According to Pam,…   read more of “The Order of the…”

Meet Employee #121

Meet Employee #121

Aries Tabrani Each employee with Holland America Line receives a unique employee number when they go to work for the company. The lower the number, the more years of service an employee has with the company. Employee #121 is Sailor Aries Tabrani, Eurodam’s longest-serving employee of 30 years. He comes from the beautiful city of…   read more of “Meet Employee…”

Postcards from Newfoundland

Postcards from Newfoundland

Yesterday, Aug. 24, Eurodam made it’s maiden call at St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and the folks there held a Freedom of the Seaport Ceremony to mark the occasion. The Freedom of the Seaport Ceremony originated more than 500 years ago when St. John’s welcomed sailors, pirates and fishing admirals to its seaport. During the ceremony,…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Postcards from Greenland

Postcards from Greenland

Eurodam did some scenic cruising today off the coast of Greenland, and Captain van Donselaar sent us some beautiful shots. These were taken early in the morning near the eastern entrance to the Prince Christian Sund. Port Lecturer Frank Buckingham (left) gave running commentary about the region and scenery, while Tim Lodder, 3rd officer (and…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Where Do All the Calls Go?

Where Do All the Calls Go?

Telephone concierges for superior suite guests Rechilda Orca (left) and Sara Ann Leutner. Have you ever wondered when you dial from your stateroom phone or from any public venue on the ship where the calls go and who is on the other end? The service professionals of the guest relations team at the Front Office…   read more of “Where Do All the…”

Eurodam’s Fun Food Facts

Eurodam’s Fun Food Facts

With approximately 2,104 guests on board each sailing, a lot of food and beverages are consumed. Here’s a selection of items, including everything from eggs to beer, that tickle the palates of Eurodam guests every week. When you actually see the numbers, it truly is amazing that there’s even enough space on board to store…   read more of “Eurodam’s Fun…”

Meet Second Officer Aafke Bergsma

Meet Second Officer Aafke Bergsma

Second Officer Aafke Bergsma Do you ever wonder who drives the ship while the captain is not on the bridge? One of the “watch keepers,” formally known on board as a “deck officer,” is Second Officer Aafke Bergsma from Rotterdam. She is one of only 17 female deck officers in the 14-ship Holland America Line…   read more of “Meet Second Officer…”