Tom and Veronica Steer at the Giza pyramids in Egypt. Meet another Eurodam “Love Boat” couple: cruise consultant team Veronica and Tom Steer. Tom is from the United Kingdom and Veronica is from Canada, and they are Eurodam’s resident connoisseurs on the world of cruising with Holland America Line. They have sailed on every class… read more of “The Love…”
Crewmembers thawed out at a recent barbecue in Cartagena, Colombia, following a long cold season in Alaska.
Volendam continued its streak of maiden calls across Australia and New Zealand, with first calls at Melbourne and Burnie (Tasmania), Australia; and Dunedin, Christchurch and Lyttelton, New Zealand. At each port a traditional plaque exchange ceremony was held with local officials. Captain Peter Bos exchange plaques with the Harbour Master (center) from the Port of… read more of “More Maiden Calls…”
Eurodam called at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, yesterday for the first time, and port officials came on board for the traditional plaque exchange. Captain Mercer accepts a port plaque from Theo Forbes, marine operations manager for the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Captain Mercer presents Theo Forbes with a Holland America Line Delft plate.
Erik Elvejord, director of public relations for Holland America Line, is on board Eurodam, and he sent us these photos from Grand Turk. It looks like a picture-perfect day!
I wanted to be up early for our arrival at the Grand Turk Cruise Center pier. I had heard all about it, however, not only was this an inaugural visit for the ‘E’, it was also an inaugural visit for me! I had heard all sorts of stories about the docking procedure at the pier… read more of “Captain’s…”
Veendam has returned to its regular Caribbean cruises, which feature a weekly call at Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. On the first call the Deck Department donated a number of lifejackets to the tugboat crews that always are on hand during dockings. The gift was greatly appreciated by the port manager and the harbormaster, and… read more of “Deck Department…”
Captain Jonathan Mercer Whilst writing my log about Half Moon Cay, an amusing experience, which occurred several years ago, came to mind. I was captain of one of our other ships at the time, and all of the staff officers were certified for scuba diving. We had a ship newsletter, distributed to all our crew;… read more of “Captain’s…”