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Nieuw Amsterdam Update: Part 1

Nieuw Amsterdam Update: Part 1

Daniele Marchesan, head of exhibition and events at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, sent us these recent pictures of Nieuw Amsterdam under construction.

Captain’s Log: Interesting Ships

Captain’s Log: Interesting Ships

Sailing around the world you come across some interesting ships. Ketchikan is no exception and so here are two. First is an old light vessel that currently goes by the name Marine Bio Researcher. She used to be the LV196 and marked Umatilla Reef of the Oregon Coast from 1961 to 1971. She was built…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Postcard from Lysefjord

Postcard from Lysefjord

Jaap Wisse, Prinsendam’s chief engineer, sent us this nice photo of the ship at Lysefjord, Norway. The impressive mountains make the ship look like a toy boat!

A Cold One for Veendam’s Crew

A Cold One for Veendam’s Crew

Veendam’s cellar master, Sean Hart, sent in this note and photos from their visit to the Alaska Brewing Co. Cheers! As you may be aware, HAL ships on the Alaska run do very well with Alaskan beers. After a suggestion (and lots of help!) from Mrs. Erin Reid from Holland America Line, we approached Nancy…   read more of “A Cold One for…”

Volendam at Vancouver

Volendam at Vancouver

Hallo HALBlog readers. Two splendid webcam pictures of ms Volendam arriving at the Canada Place Cruise Terminal at Vancouver, Canada. She joined the legendary ss Oceanic at the splendid Vancouver cruise terminal. Greetings, Ben

Exploring Flam on a Fjord Safari

Exploring Flam on a Fjord Safari

This week at Flam, Norway, the crew went on a very special shore excursion. It’s called the Flam Fjord Safari. I had arranged this as a special crew-only experience. The tour consists of an hour-and-a-half journey in what’s called a RIB, or Rigid Inflatable Boat. The boat is large enough to fit 20, luckily we…   read more of “Exploring Flam on a…”