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HAL History Video: Nieuw Amsterdam

Hallo HALblog readers. This is part 8 of the video series, “The Fleet and Their Predecessors.” In this video, NIEUW AMSTERDAM. Greetings from the home port Rotterdam, Ben van Zeijl. Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America Line history buff from Rotterdam.

HAL Ships Unite to Help Haiti

HAL Ships Unite to Help Haiti

Noordam Hotel Manager Mark Pells shared this note and amazing photos of the HAL family uniting to help the earthquake survivors in Haiti. With the help of the Westerdam, Zuiderdam, Eurodam and Ryndam teams, the Noordam officers, the Seattle-based corporate staff and a host of others, we landed well over 17,000 pounds of food, clothing…   read more of “HAL Ships Unite to…”

Amsterdam’s Black and White Ball

Amsterdam’s Black and White Ball

Our first themed dinner for the Grand World Cruise 2010 was the “Black and White Ball.” As usual, we decorated the dining room with giant beach balls and plenty of black and white balloons at each table. We also decorated the atrium and Queen’s lounge for this event. Enjoy the pictures!

Meet Ryndam’s Deck Officers

Meet Ryndam’s Deck Officers

Many people call a cruise ship a “floating hotel,” but without the Deck and Technical departments, Ryndam would be on a cruise to nowhere, going nowhere! This month we take you onto the Bridge and introduce you to some of the people in the Deck Department who make it happen — whether it’s steering the…   read more of “Meet Ryndam’s…”

Veendam’s First Snowfall in Antarctica

Veendam’s First Snowfall in Antarctica

The Veendam was sailing through Antarctica when we had an early morning snow fall. (Jan. 21, 2010) As you can imagine, all the crew and guests took full advantage of this rare occasion to take photos and have fun.

Postcard from Oosterdam in Acapulco, Mexico

Postcard from Oosterdam in Acapulco, Mexico

Symen van der Veen, ms Oosterdam’s 3rd officer, sent in this snapshot of the Queen Victoria as Oosterdam sailed from the bay of Acapulco.