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Birthday Greetings for Eurodam!

Birthday Greetings for Eurodam!

Hallo HALBlog readers. Today, July 1, 2009, it marks the birthday of the dedication of MS EURODAM a year ago by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Look back to that Glorious moment at the start of MS EURODAM commercial life. Greetings from the home port Rotterdam. Ben van Zeijl.

Amsterdam Gets Perfect Score on Public Health Inspection

Amsterdam Gets Perfect Score on Public Health Inspection

Amsterdam’s Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh sent us this post about the ship’s recent perfect score during a public health inspection. Congratulations! The Amsterdam team is proud to announce a perfect score for their semiannual unannounced United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection, which was held on June 24 and was rewarded with 100 points. It…   read more of “Amsterdam Gets…”

HAL History Video Series: Maasdam

Hallo HALblog readers. This is my second video of of the series of videos about the present HAL fleet and their predecessors. Part 2 of this series is MAASDAM. Enjoy greetings from the home port Rotterdam, Ben

Statendam Celebrates 600th Voyage

Statendam Celebrates 600th Voyage

The ms Statendam celebrated her 600th voyage during the Glacier Bay Discovery cruise June 7-14, 2009. To commemorate this significant milestone in the ship’s history, the proud staff and crew of the ms Statendam gathered for a team photo during a port day in Haines, Alaska. Holding the banner are the ship’s senior officers, from…   read more of “Statendam…”

Fancy Footwork at B&W Ball Boot Camp

Fancy Footwork at B&W Ball Boot Camp

As you know, Holland America Line has many long-standing traditions. No tradition strikes fear in the heart of a ship’s officers as much as the Black and White Ball. The Black and White Ball is always a featured on our longer voyages (usually 14 days or more). Basically, the ball is a chance for all…   read more of “Fancy Footwork at…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Update: June 26

Nieuw Amsterdam Update: June 26

Here are the latest pictures of the Nieuw Amsterdam under construction at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera-Venezia, Italy. The steel work for the Hull is just over 65 percent completed and the float out from the dock is scheduled mid-October 2009. The sea-trial for the Nieuw Amsterdam will take place in March 2010. Henry Veringa is…   read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam…”