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Diving in Dominica

Diving in Dominica

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…”

HAL Recognized for Cruise Ship Weather Reporting

HAL Recognized for Cruise Ship Weather Reporting

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 Preps For World Cruise

Rotterdam Preps For World Cruise

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.

Of Well-Wishers and Ship Gazers

Of Well-Wishers and Ship Gazers

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…”

Happy Retirement Captain van den Berg

Happy Retirement Captain van den Berg

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 the New Holland America Blog

Welcome to the New Holland America Blog

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…”

Postcards from the Dominican Republic

Postcards from the Dominican Republic

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…”