On board Rotterdam. More than a week after leaving the mainland of Africa, we touched our first port in the Western Hemisphere. The destination was the infamous and storied island penal colony of Alfred Dreyfus and Papillion — Devil’s Island. The Island is actually a very close group of three islands that sits just off… read more of “Postcards from…”
Caroline and Darryl, Oosterdam’s crew pursers, sent us this post about another charitable donation on behalf of Holland America Line. During drydock at Palermo, Sicily, the Oosterdam donated clothes and old uniforms to the local charity “Istituto per la Famiglia.” This is a Christian organization that supports the local families that are struggling in Palermo… read more of “Oosterdam Crew…”
On May 2 ms Statendam made its inaugural call at Avalon, Catalina Island. To celebrate this occasion, a plaque exchange took place on board. Statendam’s Captain Frans Consen and Hotel Manager Theo Haanen met with Sue Rikalo, Mayor Pro Tem of Avalon; David Creigh, director of cruise development for Avalon, and Donna Harris, marketing director… read more of “Statendam Makes…”
Holland America Line’s Maasdam begins cruising to and from Quebec on May 8 (from Fort Lauderdale to Quebec City). She’ll do a series of Canada/New England cruises through the early summer before being joined by Eurodam in August and September. Quebec City, Montreal and Saguenay are extremely charming destinations that you’ll appreciate no matter if… read more of “France Without The…”
On board Rotterdam. The first thing that we learned about this mysterious far-off place is that the name Helena is not pronounced like the town in Montana, but instead puts the accent on the middle syllable, as in he-LEN-a. Second thing we learned was that Napoleon Bonaparte was once buried here. This was one of… read more of “Postcards from…”
The shops on board Veendam feature a number of jewelry collections, but perhaps none so popular as the Jackie Kennedy Collection. As shop manager Matt Gibson explains, the former first lady’s taste in jewelry still holds an allure.
The new shopping area on Veendam is expansive and has just about anything you could possibly want while on a cruise, from logowear to name-brand clothing, jewelry, watches and accessories.
This was our very first cruise and we cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed ourselves. This was on the last voyage of the Veendam before it was dry-docked … March 22-27 The food was excellent, the entertainment delightful, but most of all was the service and the comfort of our stateroom. We have… read more of “Kudos for…”