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Friendly Football In the Falklands

Friendly Football In the Falklands

This play-by-play recap was written by casino dealer Victor Jose Lobo and submitted by Amsterdam crew purser Miriam Bor. The Amsterdam soccer team. Prinsendam managed to hold the mighty Amsterdam to a 3-3 draw in the much-awaited first soccer friendly match played at Falkland Islands High School grounds on 5th of February, 2009. As the…   read more of “Friendly Football…”

Postcard from Freeport

Postcard from Freeport

This entry was submitted by Maasdam 2nd Engineer Harm-Jan Bruil. From left: Andrei Rusu, 4th engineer; Dennis Wanders, cadet; Wouter Levij, marof-A* and Harm-Jan Bruil, 2nd engineer — all showing that after a lot of work there is some time to enjoy the view. Maasdam’s engine department recently had an interesting and busy drydock in…   read more of “Postcard from…”

Postcards from Adelaide, Australia

Postcards from Adelaide, Australia

Rotterdam called at Adelaide, Australia, last Sunday on it’s Grand World Voyage. One of the more underrated aspects of travel, and perhaps more so on longer journeys, is the opportunity to meet interesting people and make new friends. On a recent trip to the Amazon we had one such encounter with a very nice couple….   read more of “Postcards from…”

Zuiderdam’s Crew Makes Couple HAL Converts

We recently received the following note: In January 2007 Nicoline and I sailed on the jazz cruise on ms Zuiderdam. We instantly fell in love with her. It’s a wonderful ship, but especially it’s a wonderful crew. They made our cruise wonderful. Because of the Zuiderdam crew we now already sailed with Holland America Line…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

How to Cool a Cute Koala

How to Cool a Cute Koala

While these photos aren’t ship-related, since Rotterdam currently is sailing around Australia on its Grand World Voyage, we thought they were appropriate — and very cute! Blog reader and contributor Noel Bell sent us these amazing photos of human–koala bear interactions taken around his home town of Melbourne. Southeastern Australia has been experiencing a record…   read more of “How to Cool a Cute…”

Postcards from Melbourne, Australia

Postcards from Melbourne, Australia

Rotterdam called at Melbourne, Australia, last week on it’s Grand World Voyage. If Sydney was our time for urban renewal, Melbourne was a day for our ride in the country. It’s a pity that we only had one day there. Going and returning from the Dandenong Hills through this spectacular city whetted our appetite for…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Postcard from Sydney

Postcard from Sydney

Rotterdam called at Sydney last week during its Grand World Voyage. Chief officer Robert-Jan Kan snapped this picture of the deck department with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop.

Rotterdam Redux at Sydney

Rotterdam Redux at Sydney

We received these photos from a reader, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect: Rotterdam VI called at Sydney last week and is working its way around Australia on the Grand World Voyage. Dear Sir/Madam: As I read about the Rotterdam visiting Sydney, Australia, this past week, I remembered seeing the Old Rotterdam in Sydney…   read more of “Rotterdam Redux at…”