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Postcards from Vanuatu

Postcards from Vanuatu

Rotterdam called at Vanautu in the South Pacific last week on its Grand World Voyage. Once known as New Hebredies, Vanuatu is an island nation that lies east of Fiji, west of the island of New Guinea and north of Australia. Over the past two days we made two stops in Vanuatu. Though the stops…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Westerdam Goes Postal on Maltese Stamp

Westerdam Goes Postal on Maltese Stamp

Philatelists (stamp collectors) and ship aficionados (Holland America fans) will want to get their hands on a set of newly released stamps featuring Holland America Line’s own Westerdam. Issued in the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, the set of four stamps commemorates Malta’s cruise-based tourism industry, which saw a 14 percent increase in 2008, with…   read more of “Westerdam Goes…”

Stakes High at Crew Blackjack Tournament

Stakes High at Crew Blackjack Tournament

These photos and entry were sent to us by Oosterdam’s crew purser, Darryl Jones The crew of the Oosterdam recently held a Las Vegas–inspired blackjack tournament. And with lots of entries in the preliminary rounds, competition was tough for a spot at the final table where a three-way tie forced a three-hand playoff for the…   read more of “Stakes High at Crew…”

Captain’s Log: Feb. 4, St. Croix

Captain’s Log: Feb. 4, St. Croix

Aboard Eurodam As you may have read, Pam went diving last week in Dominica. Unfortunately, I could not join her as the ship was at anchor and I needed to stay on board. This week, however, the Eurodam is chartered and our itinerary brought us to an unusual destination with excellent dive opportunities! Yesterday we…   read more of “Captain’s…”

What’s the Dutch Word for Barbecue?

What’s the Dutch Word for Barbecue?

Yesterday Eurodam’s Hotel Manager Mark Pells, Culinary Operations Manager Mark Zeller and their staff organized a barbecue dinner for the officers and staff. For this event they recruited some top-shelf help to cook the hotdogs … Captain van Donselaar, foreground, and Chief Officer Bas seem to know their way around a grill. Chief Engineer Frank…   read more of “What’s the…”

Postcard from Half Moon Cay

Postcard from Half Moon Cay

This photo and note were sent to us by Eurodam guest Allan Tobacca. Sailing with Holland America is always special. My November 2008 sailing on the Eurodam was another wonderful holiday experience, such a beautiful ship. After a relaxing day on the beach at Half Moon Cay I looked forward to returning to the ship…   read more of “Postcard from Half…”