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Looking Over the New Lanai Staterooms

Looking Over the New Lanai Staterooms

The new Lanai Staterooms recently installed on Veendam feature a sliding glass door that opens onto the wrap-around exterior promenade deck. The doors automatically close when the doorway is clear — much like an elevator. For those concerned about privacy, the doors are mirrored. The lanai door has its own key that is separate from…   read more of “Looking Over the…”

Cruise Diary: Monday, May 4

Cruise Diary: Monday, May 4

On board ms Ryndam in San Diego Yesterday was a busy day. We anchored offshore of Catalina Island during the night, and tenders started running into port promptly in the morning.

Pins and Needles on Rotterdam

Pins and Needles on Rotterdam

Rotterdam crew purser Mike Willock shared these photos from the current world cruise. The crew was treated to an acupuncture night to help deal with aches, stress and relaxation. Rotterdam’s acupuncturist Lisa Forsythe organized the event in the guest gym, and many crew and officers took advantage of the unique treatment opportunity.

Tropicana Night On Board Statendam

Tropicana Night On Board Statendam

Statendam’s newest event — Miami Tropicana Night — was a big success. The event was featured on the evening of Puerto Caldera, to keep the party going for those guests that did not want the pool party event to end. At the conclusion of the Lido pool party, guests were ushered upstairs to the Crow’s…   read more of “Tropicana Night On…”

Volendam’s Maiden Call at Kagoshima, Japan

Volendam’s Maiden Call at Kagoshima, Japan

Volendam’s first call at Kagoshima, Japan, was April 30, 2009. A plaque ceremony was held with several ship officers and port officials. Ship officers from left: Captain Pieter Visser (middle, back), Hotel Manager Robert Versteeg, Chief Officer Wouter van Hoogdalem and Cruise Director Michelle Worthley.

Cruise Diary: Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cruise Diary: Saturday, May 2, 2009

On board ms Ryndam at Long Beach, Calif. Wednesday and Thursday were sea days, which meant sipping a spicy Bloody Mary on deck, playing Skip-Bo with new friends, shopping for a long-sleeved sweatshirt (we’re headed north to Canada in few days) and generally just relaxing, having fun and letting the marvelous crew on Ryndam take…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Merabella: Fine Jewelry, Fine Service

Merabella: Fine Jewelry, Fine Service

Merabella is a new fine jewelry shop just installed on Veendam during the Signature of Excellence Phase 2 dry-dock. Shop manager Matt Gibson explained that the Merabella experience is about finding a unique piece of jewelry and that the intimate space can be used for private showings and guests can join him over champagne and…   read more of “Merabella: Fine…”

Recruiting Crew in Holland

Recruiting Crew in Holland

Miranda van Heusden, recruitment assistant, sent this photo of the recruitment team at the Maritime and Offshore Career Event — one of the Netherlands”s biggest events for maritime employment. Holland America Line was the only employer representing the cruise industry and the team focused on recruiting deck and engine officers with hopes of welcoming a…   read more of “Recruiting Crew in…”