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Postcard from Half Moon Cay

Postcard from Half Moon Cay

Here is the Westerdam anchored at Half Moon Cay. Captain Harris thought I photoshopped this pictured I shot of his baby, but it was really this pretty today. Blue sky, blue sea, blue hull. A perfect trifecta.

Postcards from Semarang

Postcards from Semarang

A few days ago the ms Volendam called at Semarang, Indonesia. As I’ve never been to Indonesia before this Asian cruise, I wanted to see as much as I could — trying to “soak up their culture” in the few days that we visited the home of so many of our beloved crew members. My…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Postcards from Sydney

Postcards from Sydney

I’ve been to many places in the world, but Sydney always takes my breath away. During an amazing overnight in Sydney last month guests and crew had the opportunity of enjoying the sunset by the Sydney Opera House. Even if you don’t like opera and think that the Opera House is just a “pretty building,”…   read more of “Postcards from…”

More Info On Veendam’s SOE2 Upgrades

More Info On Veendam’s SOE2 Upgrades

Longtime reader Ben van Zeijl of Rotterdam sent in a couple of questions regarding Veendam’s Signature of Excellence Phase 2 upgrades. I tracked down the answers and in the process came across a photo of the stern being refit in dry-dock. Ben’s comment: Hello, I have some questions about this rebuilding program. Question 1: I…   read more of “More Info On…”

Postcards from Bali

Postcards from Bali

Volendam called at Bali, Indonesia, this week, and a local troupe came on board to perform traditional Balinese dances for the guests. The ship’s stage manager, Aaron, sent us these photos, which really show the details of the elaborate costumes.

More Veendam Dry-Dock Photos

More Veendam Dry-Dock Photos

We received some great photos of the Veendam dry-dock from Philip Hilgersom, interior superintendent for Holland America Line, along with this report: These are from today (April2), exciting to be under the new section now. Very smooth move from the pier to Dry-Dock No. 3. Ship is now in position under the new section that…   read more of “More Veendam…”

Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

Helmet cameras are now available for rent at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas. The cameras are very lightweight, waterproof and can be mounted on any hat, visor, bike helmet or snorkel mask. It is a hands-free camera and records up to 90 minutes of “what you see” DVD-quality footage….   read more of “Do You See What I…”