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’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…”
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
Mike sent us these great shots taken aboard Veendam in Glacier Bay June 19, 2009.
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…”
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…”
[Prinsedam is in Copenhagen today. The Avid Cruiser advises arriving a few days before or staying a few days after your Holland America Line cruise so that you can enjoy the Danish capital.] If you truly want to experience Copenhagen, skip the Danish and go for the hot dog. After all, every Dane loves a… read more of “Two Perfect Days:…”
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…”