Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse hosted a Neptune Evening for all suite guests including a cocktail party in the Piano Bar and dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. In addition to sharing the latest HAL news such as progress on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and 2011 deployment, Kruse also answered numerous guest questions, toasted… read more of “Suite Guests Enjoy…”
As the ms Amsterdam set sail from Montevideo, Uruguay, February 9, the cast of the vessel, composed of 10 singers and dancers, began to prepare for a very special performance in Walvis Bay, Namibia, off the southwest coast of Africa. Here, the M1 (lead male singer of the cast), Aaron Coulson, had been diligently corresponding… read more of “Production Cast…”
This Monday morning all of the Nieuw Amsterdam’s lifeboats and tenders arrived at the shipyard after a 3,400 nautical mile journey from Drochtersen, Germany.
Zaandam’s Housekeeping Team wanted to share these photos of lead stateroom attendant and towel folding champ Suparno in action. Jaime is Zaandam’s human resources manager.
Ship staff went all out in preparing the Appreciation Gala evening in honor of HAL Mariner cruisers. The Mariners appreciated the opportunity to meet HAL’s President and CEO Stein Kruse in person during the event. A presentation of employee service awards celebrated a cumulative 276 years of service by a distinguished and dedicated group of… read more of “Stein Kruse Hosts…”
The series of Grand World Voyage events kicked off in Walvis Bay, Namibia, February 18 with a very special activity for the Bernhard Nordkamp Center, a local charitable foundation that serves approximately 500 AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in the township of Katutura, Namibia. The Nordkamp Center and its mission were originally brought to… read more of “Namibian Children…”
Yesterday morning we found ourselves surrounded by pack ice. It took the Captain and the Ice pilot eight hours to find a way out of it. Check out our route below. We had enormous icebergs on our route 1,000m x 4,000m x 80m high (still 640m below the waterline!) and one meter is 1.1 yard… read more of “Stuck In the Pack…”
Mariners Antoni and Ine van Dam shared this note and photos. Enjoying our winter stay in sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Being Dutch (and HAL mariners) it is nice to see the Dutch flag on ms Zaandam in port today. Zaandam is making one of those great Sea of Cortez cruises, which we made just over… read more of “Postcards from…”