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Amsterdam Crew Hosts Private ‘Speakeasy’ Dinner

Amsterdam Crew Hosts Private ‘Speakeasy’ Dinner

In order to further duly recognize the on board group hosts and escorts sailing during the 2010 Grand Asia & Australia Voyage for their key liaising roles between their guests and Amsterdam’s officers, staff and crew, Captain Fred Eversen and myself invited this well-known group for a private “Speakeasy” Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. The…   read more of “Amsterdam Crew…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Guests Explore Coba Mayan Ruins

Nieuw Amsterdam Guests Explore Coba Mayan Ruins

On November 19, Nieuw Amsterdam guests explored the Coba Mayan Ruins — the largest site of Maya ruins ever discovered that features 3,500 sacred structures surrounded by four natural lakes — during our recent call at Cozumel, Mexico. Enjoy the photos! Lara Korn is Nieuw Amsterdam’s assistant shore excursions manager.

Rudi’s Recipes: Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse Cake

Rudi’s Recipes: Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse Cake

With the holiday’s coming up, here is a delicious Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe from Holland America Line’s new cookbook, “A Taste of Celebration.” It’s a cake strictly for adults — a luxurious liqueur-flavored mousse on a foundation of chocolate génoise. Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has suggested Grand Marnier to flavor the mousse, but…   read more of “Rudi’s…”

Latest Edition to the HAL Fleet: ‘Woohoodam’

Latest Edition to the HAL Fleet: ‘Woohoodam’

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey is back at it. This is her most recent creation — “Woohoodam” — that she built during her recent cruise on Noordam. To date we have featured four of her previous creations — Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam and Waytoofinedam — on the blog. Keep em’ coming Lynn! I just got back from…   read more of “Latest Edition to…”

Accolades from HAL Cruisers

Accolades from HAL Cruisers

In March 2011 we will be joining friends we met aboard the Westerdam in 2001 to sail the Eastern Caribbean on the ms Eurodam. It is a highly anticipated cruise for all of us. My husband and I sailed on the ms Ryndam in April 2010, a 21-day Panama Canal Cruise to celebrate our 50th…   read more of “Accolades from HAL…”

Bert On the Inspiration Behind ‘Bert’s Beauty Shots’

Bert van Mackelenbergh, hotel manager on Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, is well-known for his incredible nature photography showcased on HollandAmericaBlog.com. Published as “Bert’s Beauty Shots,” his photos from around the world garner more comments from readers than any other recurring column, and Bert uses his column as a way to share his knowledge and…   read more of “Bert On the…”