Dutch travel trade magazine “Reisrevue” has a virtual travel café with a weekly video. Recently reporter Astrid van der Ziel visited HAL’s Rotterdam office and did a video on the reservations department that you can watch here. Alexander Bakker is a public relations representative for Holland America in Rotterdam.
Hallo HALblog readers, Here are some web cam shots from the departing Costa Deliziosa. Clearly in view is the Niew Amsterdam at her fitting-out berth in Marghera, Italy. Costa Crossiere’s ms Costa Deliziosia was delivered Saturday, January 30, 2010. Nieuw Amsterdam will enter service on July 4, 2010. Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America… read more of “Costa Deliziosa…”
Cecil and Stella Renfield shared this note with us regarding their time on board the old “New Amsterdam” back in 1943, when the ship served as a troop ship during World War II. Thanks Cecil and Stella! As a WWII sailor, “way back when,” I was a passenger on the old New Amsterdam when she… read more of “WWII Veterans…”
Dear Bloggers: Here’s a picture of our sail-away from San Diego. Regards, Cees and Yvon kloppenburg
Dear Bloggers: We are happy to be back on board of a Holland America Line ship. This time Zaandam for a cruise from san Diego to Mexican Riviera. Before we boarded Zaandam we visited the San Diego Maritime Museum, which is situated only two minutes from the cruise terminal. It’s a total floating museum, which… read more of “Cruise Diary: Feb….”
The ship’s CO2 firefighting system is a very important safety system and it has to be checked thoroughly every year to make sure it is ready for use in case of a fire in the engine spaces. This service has been performed on all HAL vessels by one man, Joop Peitsman. Working for subcontractor Ajax,… read more of “Captain’s…”
Ed van Weijen is Nieuw Amsterdam’s electrical project manager at the yard.
It was a long flight, starting with a flight cancellation in Amsterdam (would we be in time for our cruise?), but we finally reached our San Diego Hotel late Thursday night. Thanks to Mr. Jose Briseno of Holiday Inn On the Bay for providing us with a room on the 17th floor, giving us a… read more of “Cruise Diary: Cees…”