The Nieuw Amsterdam moved from its port near Mestre, Italy, at 4:30 a.m. to just 700 meters south of San Marco Square. This is what I woke up to on Sept. 25 when I stepped out onto my Verandah. Talk about Holland America Line delivering Venezia to one’s doorstep!
Becoming a tender driver is not an easy task. You must complete a rigorous driving course and pass two examinations. On Aug. 21, 12 crew members (quartermaster, sailors, LBA’s, cadets) all began the course for their certificate. The entire course was under the excellent supervision of Jan J. Westerbeek, the well known and very experienced… read more of “Zaandam Welcomes 10…”
Travel writer Raisa Rivas is sailing aboard Nieuw Amsterdam’s current 12-day Mediterranean cruise and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout her voyage. We had a very smooth embarkation day! Although we were really tired because of the long flights, there were no delays (we even arrived one hour prior to scheduled) and no lost… read more of “Cruise Diary: Two…”
Good morning from Venice! We are here for our 3rd day and although the weather has ‘turned’ (our first rain in 2 weeks), Venice is as magnificent as ever, the hustle and bustle of the canals, with the Vaparettos, (water buses), water taxis and the many work boats, which move every conceivable goods, from cement… read more of “Captain’s…”
Having spent 36 hours in the Marittima, (the cruise terminal), disembarked our guests from the previous cruise and embarked our guests for our forthcoming “Mediterranean Empire” cruise, we were asked to leave! Not quite, but shift berths due to anticipated congestion in the Marittima with 5 cruise ships arriving. This was great news for our… read more of “Captain’s…”
Santorini, Greece, is a favorite destination for the Noordam crew. Here are three stunning pictures of our “home” anchored below Fira. Special thanks to Human Resources Clerk Felix Fanto for the photos.
Ruby Turner is sailing on board Ryndam and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout her voyage. What a lucky happenstance to have found the highlight of my cruise just two days into our 21-day voyage from Vancouver through the Panama Canal to Tampa, Fla. It was the sound of alluring music that drew my… read more of “Cruise Diary: On…”
This is our second cruise with Holland America this year. We love this cruise line! – Jan Conkrite