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‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Sails on Zaandam

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Sails on Zaandam

In the culinary world of crab shelling, there’s no substitute for expertise as the crew and guests of Zaandam learned to their delight. Keith Colburn, celebrated captain of the Wizard crabbing vessel from the television show “Deadliest Catch,” recently visited the ship’s Culinary Arts Center to demonstrate his favorite techniques for shelling and preparing king…   read more of “‘Deadliest…”

An Interview with Captain van Zaane: Part 1

An Interview with Captain van Zaane: Part 1

Our correspondent Rose Abello sat down with Captain Edward van Zaane, master of Nieuw Amsterdam, to ask him his thoughts about the new ship, the upcoming royal dedication and more. Do you have a question for Captain van Zaane? Send it to info@hollandamericablog.com and we’ll forward them along to our on-site reporter to see if…   read more of “An Interview with…”

Countdown Quiz: 5 Days to Go!

Countdown Quiz: 5 Days to Go!

Here is today’s quiz! Up for grabs is a fabulous package that includes a Nieuw Amsterdam Delft tile, Nieuw Amsterdam Delft commemorative plate and a luggage tag. The first person to answer the question correctly wins! Please submit your answers in the comments area below the post (do not e-mail them to the blog). We…   read more of “Countdown Quiz: 5…”

HAL Shore Excursion Featured in ‘Juneau Empire’ Newspaper

HAL Shore Excursion Featured in ‘Juneau Empire’ Newspaper

Rotterdam’s shore excursions manager Eva Marti submitted this note from the crew’s recent Whales and Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure in Juneau, Alaska. During the shore excursion guests trek through Alaska’s famed Stephen’s Passage and the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area where they get hands-on experience collecting water samples, plankton and recording ocean temperature readings. The…   read more of “HAL Shore Excursion…”

Countdown Quiz #6: We Have a Winner!

Countdown Quiz #6: We Have a Winner!

In honor of the final days leading up to the launch of Nieuw Amsterdam, we’re having a fun quiz everyday for the last 10 days. Yesterday — Day 6 — we asked: QUESTION: How far did Nieuw Amsterdam’s lifeboats and tenders travel to get to the yard? The answer is 3,400 nautical miles. The winner…   read more of “Countdown Quiz #6:…”

Safety is Always First Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

Safety is Always First Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

This picture was taken during a crew lifeboat training on a nice sunny Sunday. Exactly one week before the Nieuw Amsterdam’s inauguration, the crew on board started to get ready to receive passengers. A part of getting ready is the ‘know before we go project,’ where all crew members get training in operating all safety…   read more of “Safety is Always…”

Flowers Add a Final Touch to Nieuw Amsterdam

Flowers Add a Final Touch to Nieuw Amsterdam

Under the glass atrium stairs there’s a delicate touch!!! Tulips are my favorite flowers! All the plants are in the warehouse, waiting to be move on board too. Fruit and vegetables are ready to embark.