Dominica is a real jewel of the Caribbean. It has been said that if Christopher Columbus had the opportunity to return to all the places he discovered, he would recognize only Dominica. Why? Because Dominica has kept its primeval environment. Although cruise ships do call to Dominica, it is left untouched by mass tourist consumerism… read more of “Diving in…”
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration recently announced that Holland America Line took first place in the 2008 Cruise Ship Company Weather Championship with the 2008 overall statistics listed below. NOAA has a national Voluntary Observing Ship program that is coordinated with other entities to consolidate weather information worldwide. On any given day, volunteer crew… read more of “HAL Recognized for…”
Rotterdam’s crew purser, Mike Wilock, sent in these great pictures from Los Angeles, Calif. of the deck department painting and making sure everything is ship-shape before the upcoming 117-day Grand World Voyage.
Gerald S. Bernhoft, director, national accounts for Holland America Line, shared this fun photo taken of Oosterdam and Carnival Pride together in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December.
Aboard Eurodam, departing Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From the very beginning when I started sailing in 1996, I would always watch those who live along the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Everglades wave with fervor to guests on board as the cruise ships sailed by them. It is a time-honored ritual at 5 p.m. on weekends for… read more of “Of Well-Wishers and…”
Aboard Zuiderdam How do you celebrate a career that spans more than four decades? That was the question the officers and crew of Zuiderdam had to ponder when they realized that Captain Dirk van den Berg would be stepping off the gangway for a final time after 43 years of dedicated service to Holland America… read more of “Happy Retirement…”
Welcome to Holland America Line’s new blog. The Holland America Blog Web site will serve as the portal for news and information, images and video, gossip and discussion about Holland America Line and its fleet of 14 ships. Some of you may have migrated over here from the Eurodam News Blog, and others may be… read more of “Welcome to the New…”
Aboard Eurodam We are on a “Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise” charter this week that offers some new and exciting ports. This morning we are approaching Samana, Dominican Republic. As Jeroen and I are homeowners who use solar energy, I always like to see others who also use renewable resources. I noticed this windmill from… read more of “Postcards from the…”