The new Showroom at Sea space shown below is in the midst of a metamorphosis. Previously Ruben’s Lounge, the interactive theater concept will be home to HAL’s first repertory group comprised of seasoned and award-winning entertainers from the screen and stage. Director of Entertainment Bill Prince explains the red support grids seen below: “These grids… read more of “Veendam’s…”
A big thanks to all of you who took a guess at the name of the castle in my first a post. More on that in a moment. For now, another challenge: Who are the people in the photo above? There’s a hint in the headline of this post and in the video below. Thank… read more of “Thank You, And The…”
The Oosterdam will receive her original portside azipod back during this dry dock. The one in the below photo is still standing on shore and it will be a big job to take the spare azipod out from underneath the Oosterdam and place the original back again.
Chief Officer Jochem Bakker sent us another one of his wonderful and fun time-lapse videos. This one was taken recently during Veendam’s dry-dock. According to Bakker, the video shows the ship moving from the fingerpier to the dry dock and the subsequent raising of the dock.
On April 2, Volendam docked at Semarang where more than 1,000 friends and family of the crew came on board for a visit. People came from different cities in Java to see their loved ones, and a buffet was provided all afternoon offering a variety of local dishes. For many crew members it was the… read more of “Volendam Welcomes…”
On April 2, 2009, our ship’s officers were invited to take turns dealing during a charity Black Jack tournament which raised over $400. The proceeds of the evening will be spent to provide food for the local orphanage in La Paz, Mexico. The evening was a great success and enjoyed by our guests. On behalf… read more of “Ryndam Holds Black…”
Please note the attachment which shows my husband Carl Bagwell and myself (Nadine) on our first Holland America cruise. I don’t know where the years have gone, except we are still loving and living together and will take our 50th anniversary trip on Holland America. WHAT A WAY TO CELEBRATE!! 🙂 We are as excited… read more of “We Love Holland…”
Two of the bow thruster motors need to be taken out of the Oosterdam, inspected and repaired. They are bow thrusters 2 and 3. A hole needed to be cut in the side of the ship, as the motors cannot exit the ship any other way. After inspection and repairs, the motors will be installed… read more of “Captain’s…”