Holland America Line is known for their fun and festive theme nights. Yesterday we posted a photo of Bartender John Villarosa wearing plaid shirt, not the usual HAL uniform. Why the change? Beverage Manager Kenneth Johnson informed us that Zuiderdam has a new event called the “County Fair” and this is the uniform that they… read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”
Jessica Au recently sailed aboard Zuiderdam in Alaska and blogged about it. In Juneau, we booked an excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter. The shuttle ride to the Juneau airport from the pier took about 15-20 minutes and after watching a 5-minute safety video, putting away our belongings and donning ice boots, we headed… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
HAL guests and sisters, Susanne Pinkley and Martha McGhee, sent us this note and wonderful photos from their recent cruise to Alaska. Thanks, Susanne and Martha! My sister and I just completed an Alaskan cruise on the Statendam. We loved every minute! But we wanted to give special kudos for cabin steward, Arif Wardoyo. He… read more of “Postcards from a…”
On September 1, the Eurodam arrived in the beautiful port of St. John’s, Newfoundland. In the morning we sailed past Cabot Tower on top of Signal Hill under clear blue skies. At 11:00 a.m., a presentation was held in the Ocean bar on board commemorating the Eurodam’s return to St. John’s. Participants in the presentation… read more of “Eurodam Returns to…”
On August 12 a crew excursion to the Blue Lagoon was organized. The Blue Lagoon offers visitors a chance to rekindle their relationship with nature while soaking up scenic beauty and breathing fresh Icelandic air. The crew members enjoyed a relaxing bath in the surreal milky waters of Iceland’s most famous of geothermal spas. The… read more of “Maasdam Crew Visit…”
On our last visit to Thira we had several tour groups going to the beautiful village of Oia. This picturesque village features blue-domed churches and narrow cobblestone streets. This is an ideal location to capture the beauty of this remarkable island. The pictures below were taken during The Essence of Santorini Tour and the Profitis… read more of “Touring Thira…”
On August 17, Maasdam’s Indonesian community celebrated the 65th Indonesian Independence Day. The festivities included the flag raising ceremony, various competitions and tournaments including everyone’s favorite tug of war, a sumptuous dinner and a crew party. These pictures are from the flag raising ceremony.
During the month of August, the Eurodam sailed through Prins Christian Sund in Greenland, a very remote area of the earth. As we entered the Sund around 8:30 a.m. the outside decks were full of guests trying to get the best glimpse of the scenery. Even though the weather throughout the day was mostly overcast… read more of “Postcards from…”