On Jan. 9, 2011, the ms Ryndam was fortunate enough to host youths from the Boy Scouts Explorer Troop. The event included a meal at the Pinnacle Grill, galley tour, backstage tour, ship tour and bridge tour. We were lucky enough to have the assistance of Cadet Daniel King as a guide with Executive Chef… read more of “Boy Scouts Explorer…”
Special thanks to Veendam’s Hotel Manager David Wood for sending us these gorgeous shots from Antarctica.
Santa’s helpers from the Pacific joined us during our 30-day Thanksgiving cruise to Hawaii and Tahiti on the Rotterdam. I heard they decided to stay on the ship when we all had to disembark in San Diego two days before Christmas! Word also has it that they stayed on during the rest of the voyage… read more of “Santa’s…”
Yesterday ms Zaandam was again in Puerto Vallarta. While sailing into the bay to make a whale-watch we made a nice daylight photo of the ship. At night the ship was in a beautiful sunset, a reason for more photos. Sorry to hear HAL will not sail that lovely Sea of Cortez itinerary next winter…. read more of “Zaandam in Puerto…”
HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey sent us this note and photo of her most recent creation — “Rhymedam” — that she built during her recent cruise on Ryndam. To date we have featured five of her previous creations — Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam, Waytoofinedam and Woohoodam — on the blog. Here is my latest successful creation, the… read more of “‘Rhymedam̵…”
The HAL Blog video crew recently caught up with Noordam’s Hotel Manager James Deering. The 30-year veteran of the cruise business offered some insights into what it takes to be a successful cruise ship hotel manager.
Last month, the Veendam family was treated to a delicious ‘Crew Appreciation Lunch’ in their honor as a reward for their commendable performance and a job well done. Below are pictures of the crew, as well as, the individuals who organized the event.
I want to write about Antarctica but I am having trouble finding the right words. I am just finishing a 17-day trip from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires via Antarctica on the Veendam. We have had the best weather we have seen all season. Captain Ric broke two Holland America records by going the furthest south… read more of “Sailing Antarctica…”