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HAL History: Ryndam

Hallo HALblog readers. This is video 6 in a series of videos about the present HAL fleet and their predecessors. Part 6 of this series covers RYNDAM. Greetings from Rotterdam, Ben. Ben van Zeijl is a ship aficionado who lives in Rotterdam.

Zuiderdam’s Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise

Zuiderdam’s Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise

We received these great photos and note from a guest’s recent cruise aboard Zuiderdam. Dear Holland America Line: I was recently onboard the ms Zuiderdam for the 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise. I had a great time and can’t wait to cruise again. Kudos to the entire crew and staff, especially our amazing cruise director,…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

50 Years Ago on Rotterdam: Part 4

Here is Part 4 in Fred Claessen’s series of videos (actually 8 mm film, converted to digital format) he shot on his first Holland America Line world cruise as a crew member. To watch the video, click here.

Friday is Nieuw Amsterdam’s Float Out!

Friday is Nieuw Amsterdam’s Float Out!

The countdown for the coin ceremony and launch of the Nieuw Amsterdam has started. Friday at 3 p.m. Venice time the water will flow into the dock. The day after, October 31, the Nieuw Amsterdam will be towed out of the dock to the outfitting quay. Please note that the string of marine signal flags…   read more of “Friday is Nieuw…”

Postcard from Juneau, Alaska

Postcard from Juneau, Alaska

Cindy, a Holland America Line Facebook fan, sent us this photo featuring her favorite HAL port of call. — Thanks Cindy! This is Juneau, Alaska, September 2009. The reason this is my favorite picture is that several people told me it looked as though ms Amsterdam embarked in the middle of the city. It’s a…   read more of “Postcard from…”

VIP Visit On Board Volendam

VIP Visit On Board Volendam

This photo was recently taken on the bridge during the Volendam’s departure from Naha, Japan. Mr. Jan de Hoop (pictured in the middle) is one of the original news readers “anchormen” of RTL Holland. He sailed on the Volendam from Kobe to Hong Kong and is seen here with Captain Pieter Visser. Odir Rodriguez is…   read more of “VIP Visit On Board…”

Postcards from Santorini, Greece

Postcards from Santorini, Greece

Sue Appel sent us this note and photos from her recent Mediterranean cruise on Noordam. We’ll keep going back to Santorini to take more photos like these. We especially love it because that’s our cruise ship, the Noordam, in the photo. We had the best holiday ever on Holland America. Happy cruising, Sue