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Praise for Zaandam

Praise for Zaandam

We want to give praise when we feel someone has done an excellent job. We just returned from our Alaskan cruise on the Zaandam. We left Seattle on September 3 and returned on September 10. This was our first cruise experience. We had our older son accompany us. We stayed on the Verandah Deck and…   read more of “Praise for…”

Rudi’s Recipe: Seasoned Beef and Chicken Skewers

Rudi’s Recipe: Seasoned Beef and Chicken Skewers

Seasoned Beef and Chicken Skewer Yield: 8 skewers 1 pound tender beef (preferable strip loin) 1 pound chicken breast 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 sweet onion 12 pieces mushrooms Cut beef and chicken into 1-inch cubes and each bell pepper and onion into 16 pieces.

So Close You Can Almost Touch It

So Close You Can Almost Touch It

The m.s Volendam cruised so close to this Alaska glacier that it looks like a passenger could almost reach out and touch the ice. Of course, it’s an optical illusion. Also, the weather was delightfully warm on this day, August 15, 2010. Note the fellow who had doffed his shirt! — Bert & Juanita Ollivier,…   read more of “So Close You Can…”

Knitters and Quilters Unite on Eurodam

Knitters and Quilters Unite on Eurodam

HAL guests Jan and Chris McNeill shared with us this note and photo from their recent Eurodam cruise: We were on the Eurodam from August 19 to September 6 for the scenic cruising of the Cape Cod Bay, which was fabulous. The terrific Cruise Director Jason Venner and Event Manager Julie Seidel organized a “Knitters…   read more of “Knitters and…”

Video: Westerdam Departs Rotterdam

On September 7, the ms Westerdam made her last call to its home port of Rotterdam. You can view my pictures in an earlier HALblog post here. I made this video during her departure and turn around. The turn around before the pier is new this year. Before that, large ships such as ms Westerdam…   read more of “Video: Westerdam…”

Traveling in Style

Traveling in Style

Here is Juanita, waiting in our driveway for a ride to Nanaimo Harbor to catch a Harbour Air seaplane. Our “splashdown” in Vancouver Harbor was adjacent to the m.s. Volendam waiting on August 11, 2010, to take us to Alaska. Check out the hat! Juanita made it herself for a special neighborhood amateur fashion show….   read more of “Traveling in…”

10.10.10 is Around the Corner!

10.10.10 is Around the Corner!

In anticipation of the upcoming 10.10.10 event, which is a day recognized globally for those who wish to make positive action to help others, the Statendam staff are busy planning what we as a ship can do to help the local communities we visit on a daily basis. So far, I have purchased over 400…   read more of “10.10.10 is Around…”

Idul Fitri Celebration Aboard Zaandam

Idul Fitri Celebration Aboard Zaandam

Several crew members recently participated in the Idul Fitri dinner celebration, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadam. Ioana Cheregi is Zaandam’s human resources manager.