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Postcards from the Seychelles

Postcards from the Seychelles

Whenever we — and we suspect others as well — set out to a warm-water, previously unknown island destination, in our mind’s eye we envision designer sand and smiling, beautiful local faces greeting us in a perfectly clean yet interestingly lived-in town. We’ve been setting out on these kinds of journeys for many years, and…   read more of “Postcards from the…”

Meet Crew Purser Anthony Garofalo

Meet Crew Purser Anthony Garofalo

Anthony Garofalo is a crew purser for Holland America Line. The crew purser is the on-board representative of the Seagoing Human Resources Department. Among other things, the crew purser is ultimately responsible for the general welfare and on-board life of the crew on each Holland America ship. At the age of 9 Anthony went on…   read more of “Meet Crew Purser…”

Postcards from Thailand

Postcards from Thailand

Last month the guests and crew of the ms Volendam had the pleasure of an overnight in Thailand. After hearing so much about the country, I was confused about what to expect, but I have to say that what I found was truly enchanting. Day 1: I woke up early and went on an all-day…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Veendam Dry-Dock: Testing the Davits

During the dry-dock of the Veendam we are not only building new cabins and upgrading facilities, we also do a lot of maintenance on the already existing machinery. One of the essential systems is the lifeboat davits. Every dry-dock a selection of davits is taken apart completely and inspected. After inspection the davit is put…   read more of “Veendam Dry-Dock:…”

Postcards from Mozambique

Postcards from Mozambique

Yesterday we were at Maputo, Mozambique. It’s our maiden call there, and most of the crew and guests were at the downtown area. We enjoyed the city and surprisingly it was a nice call. The city was better than we were expected. Nice people and also a beautiful city. Komang, right, with Yan Yan, a…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Special Stockholm Guide

Special Stockholm Guide

For planning your trip to Stockholm, read The Avid Cruiser’s Special Stockholm Guide for insider advice on how to spend Two Perfect Days in the Swedish capital or just a few hours while in port. Clicking on the link above or here will launch a new window featuring the special guide in digital format. Once…   read more of “Special Stockholm…”