Aboard Zuiderdam Today as we rounded the west point of Cuba we were inspected by the local air patrol unit. After a thorough inspection of the portside bridge wing console we were escorted in the direction of Fort Lauderdale. I do believe Castro is getting a little hawkish. I shot the picture above. The two… read more of “Captain’s…”
Stage Manager Aaron Stone’s wife, Veronica, went on tour to Ho Chi Minh City when Volendam called at Phu My, Vietnam. She sent us these photos of her trip.
Aboard Eurodam. Saturday April 18th marks the end of my second term in command of the Eurodam, and the time has come once again for me to pass on the baton, so to speak. Compared to my first term, with all the excitement of the delivery and start-up of the ship and inaugurals, this term… read more of “Captain’s…”
Several of the crew of Ryndam went swimming with the sea lions when the ship called at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, recently. Crew Purser Ioana sent in these fun photos.
Oosterdam in dry-dock. After the Easter weekend another big operation took place on the Oosterdam in dry-dock, which is the exchange of the port-side (left) Azipod. An Azipod is the electric propulsion motor with the propeller in front, and the entire unit acts as a rudder at the same time. In the maneuvering mode the… read more of “Captain’s…”
Tomorrow marks the 136th anniversary of the founding of the company that would eventually become today’s Holland America Line. Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij, or N.A.S.M., was founded April 18, 1873, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Happy 136th, Holland America Line! The line’s first ship was 1,694-ton, 296-passenger Rotterdam I, that was built in 1872 and entered… read more of “HAPPY BIRTHDAY…”
Karen Wiles sent us this photo of Maasdam anchored off Half Moon Cay on a recent Caribbean cruise.
On Grand World Voyages, the dining team does theme nights. Monday night we had a “Casino Royale” theme for dinner and decorated the dining room and atrium with playing cards and giant dice. The entrance to the dining room.