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Bert’s Beauty Shots: Vancouver

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Vancouver

The buzzing metropolis of Vancouver is getting ready to receive thousands of sporters and their supporters from all over the world. Everyone who ever sailed from Vancouver will most likely recognize the five-pointed rooftop from Canada Place, the terminal where the ships normally dock. For the Olympics, the tops are lighted up at night, and standing in…   read more of “Bert’s Beauty…”

‘Mariner’ Resdesigned as Glossy Lifestyle Mag

‘Mariner’ Resdesigned as Glossy Lifestyle Mag

Holland America Line recently launched the newly redesigned “Mariner” magazine for Mariner Society members. The premiere issue features “Writing the Book on Venice,” with articles by Erica Jong, Anne Rice, Francine Prose, Kenneth Turan and John Berendt on their favorite books and movies related to Venice. Other highlights include a feature on cliff divers in…   read more of “‘Mariner&#8217…”

‘Scalextric Racing’ on Ryndam

‘Scalextric Racing’ on Ryndam

Captain Rowden and crew members on the Ryndam recently had an evening of games called “Crew Game Night” in the crew mess room. The evening gave the crew members an opportunity to play a variety of games including table tennis, table football, darts, cards, pool, play station gaming, chess and more. The highlight of the…   read more of “‘Scalextric…”

Ryndam Crew Prepares for USCG Inspection

Ryndam Crew Prepares for USCG Inspection

In preparation for the quarterly U.S. Coast Guard inspection, Ryndam’s crew have been going through a series of drills and oral instructions ranging from fire and safety to security. During the recent instructions held on board in the ship’s marshaling area, crew members had the opportunity to embark an inflated life raft and learn the…   read more of “Ryndam Crew…”

Noordam’s HESS Crew Barbecue

Noordam’s HESS Crew Barbecue

On January 20, on a beautiful sunny day, the Noordam was docked in the port of Fort de France, Martinique. After a HESS presentation where our staff officers remind us how important Health, Environment, Safety and Security are for our smooth operation, our crew enjoyed a delicious barbecue on the bow.

Postcards from Maasdam at Puerto Caldera

Postcards from Maasdam at Puerto Caldera

Costa Rica (from Spanish for rich coast) is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. The flora and fauna here are abundant and one going on tour can see monkeys, crocodiles and different types of birds, like the ones below.

First Look at ss Rotterdam’s Interiors

Editor’s Note: The ss Rotterdam V is moored at the Port of Rotterdam and has been refurbished and renovated into a combination hotel and meetings facility. Regular contributor Aad Hoogesteger had a chance to go on board and he took a ton of photos. The ship looks great. Recently, we went aboard ss Rotterdam. It’s…   read more of “First Look at ss…”