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Veendam Postcards from Antarctica

Veendam Postcards from Antarctica

We’re in the middle of Antarctica right now and it’s incredible. It’s really hard to imagine before you get here. The scale of things is just huge, the mountains are very tall and essentially you are looking at huge amounts of snow and ice. It’s almost like looking at one continuous Glacier all along the…   read more of “Veendam Postcards…”

Oosterdam Postcards from Greece

Oosterdam Postcards from Greece

HAL guests Bob and Aggie Hertel sent us this note and amazing photo of ms Oosterdam in Greece during their recent Mediterranean cruise. Thanks Bob and Aggie! We sailed on the Oosterdam Mediterranean Tapestry Cruise from Sept. 23 to Oct. 5, 2009. This was our third Holland American cruise and each cruise has been great….   read more of “Oosterdam Postcards…”

Captain Albert’s Back!

Captain Albert’s Back!

Captain Albert Schoonderbeek returns from leave today to take the helm of Prinsendam at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During his time off, Captain Albert was not posting to his blog regularly, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t still doing historical research on Holland America Line. Indeed, he posted some new historical content Dec….   read more of “Captain…”

A Page From Volendam’s History

A Page From Volendam’s History

After reading our recent post of Adrianus van Dam, sailing on both Volendam I and III, Arie Groeneweg sent in these photos of his father who served as assistant engineer on Volendam I in 1925.

Amsterdam Gives Back in a Major Way

Amsterdam Gives Back in a Major Way

During Amsterdam’s holiday cruise the crew was able to make more donations to the less fortunate. Money was collected from each department to purchase a brand new television and two bicycles. A collection of clothing, teddy bears from the florist on board and 200 old-style bath robes were donated during our last call at Puerto…   read more of “Amsterdam Gives…”