Vincent Jansen puts finishing touches on one of his series of paintings depicting the history and the founding of New York by the Dutch. His paintings show the strong connection, even today, between New York and the Netherlands. The dollar bill, shown prominently here, is just one of many such connections interwoven into his paintings…. read more of “Finishing Touches…”
Reason to Sail #22: Book a suite and utilize the concierge in the Neptune Lounge.
Here’s a birthday cake strictly for adults, a luxurious liqueur-flavored mousse on a foundation of chocolate génoise — no candles necessary! Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has suggested Grand Marnier to flavor the mousse, but you could substitute cherry liqueur, framboise, Frangelico, or another of your favorites just as easily. Yield: one 9-inch… read more of “Rudi’s…”
Reason to Sail #23: Relish in the fact that during your cruise you don’t have to lift a finger.
I am visiting HAL’s office in Seattle today! Bert van Mackelenbergh is Statendam’s hotel manager.
HAL guest and frequent blog contributor Hans Janssen shared with us this note and photo from his recent South Pacific cruise aboard Volendam. Thanks, Hans! Hello HAL bloggers, Did you know that some ports go very far in protecting passengers from vehicles? I hadn’t seen this one before. This photo was taken in Port Vila,… read more of “Drive Slow ……”
A while back we mentioned that the funnels on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam are different, but we didn’t tell you what the difference is. Some of you guessed the correct answer, and here’s the official explanation direct from Henry Veringa, Holland America Line’s project manager at the Fincantieri shipyard. Eurodam’s (left) and Nieuw Amsterdam’s funnels…. read more of “Rings Around the…”
Hallo HALblog readers, Throughout its 137-year history, Holland America Line has been blessed with notable and legendary liners. During the earlier years, the HAL fleet was more famous than the DAM liners. Also at that time, HAL owned numerous freighters with names ending in DIJK and DYK. Tugs, barges and tenders were proud members of… read more of “HAL History: An Odd…”