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Postcards from Dominica

Postcards from Dominica

Arky and Shirley are future cruise consultants aboard Eurodam. The ship called at Dominica last week and Maasdam is there today. We visited another port in the Caribbean that we have not visited before. We had never been to Dominica, (doh muh NEE kuh). Our daughter Carla had been diving in Dominica a couple of…   read more of “Postcards from…”

A Rousing Irish Sail Away

A Rousing Irish Sail Away

Arky and Shirley are future cruise consultants aboard Eurodam This week the Big E is an Irish charter. They bring on Irish entertainers and sell the cruise to those of Irish lineage from Ireland, the U.S. and other countries. It is a fun week. We know it is fun because we were on the Irish…   read more of “A Rousing Irish…”

How to Transit the Panama Canal in 31 Seconds

Zuiderdam’s Chief Officer Jochem Bakker just sent us the coolest video. It’s a time-lapse video of Zuiderdam transiting the Panama Canal. Note that this process usually takes the best part of a day to complete, but through the dizzying wonder of time-lapse technology, you can do it in less time than it takes to sing…   read more of “How to Transit the…”

Ship to Shelter Press Conference

Last week at a press conference at Fort Lauderdale, Holland America Line and Port Everglades debuted Ship to Shelter, an innovative community charitable program designed to donate valuable and reusable goods from the line’s cruise ships to local people in need. Holland America first launched Ship to Shelter in April 2008 in partnership with the…   read more of “Ship to Shelter…”

Rotterdam V Becoming a Hotel in Rotterdam

Rotterdam V Becoming a Hotel in Rotterdam

Our pal in Rotterdam, Ben van Zeijl, sent us these photos of the retired Rotterdam V, which is being converted to a quayside hotel in downtown Rotterdam. Here’s Ben’s update: She’s not open for the public, but hopefully she will open before summer. It’s like on ongoing saga. The ship’s restoration and rebuilding to her…   read more of “Rotterdam V…”