Just like all the other ships of Holland America Line you can find a lot of paintings on board. I have found this one of the old Maasdam. Bringing back the memories of me as a young boy watching the vessel passing my home city Maassluis bound for far away destinations. Who could believe that… read more of “Cruise Diary: Bound…”
Journalist Linda Coffman recently sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam and documented her impression of the ship’s captivating artwork. Every ship in the Holland America Line fleet is graced with a priceless art collection and Nieuw Amsterdam is no different, with artwork honoring the historic glamour of New York City, which was originally named Nieuw Amsterdam by… read more of “The Art of a Nieuw…”
On February 23, the Amsterdam held “A Taste of Australia” special themed event on the way to Cairns, Australia. The Lido deck, pool mid-ship and the Lido Restaurant were set for the Grand event with wine barrels, market stalls, wine displays, corks, Australian beer displays, and of course the food buffet that included lots of… read more of “‘A Taste of…”
Today we are anchored at Half Moon Cay. This is our second visit to the island, but in our opinion, you can never visit here enough. A private and secure island just for the guests of today’s visiting ships, ms Maasdam and ms Zuiderdam.
During the Oosterdam’s call to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico the Crew spent their afternoon swimming and kissing dolphins on the Dolphin Encounter excursion. Everyone had a great time and I think Brian, our safety, environmental and health officer, found a new playmate.
The Ryndam officers, staff and crew are all about fitness this year and to make things exciting, challenges are being made to encourage reaching our fitness goals. For example, there was a challenge made between our hotel manager and Life-Stylist Clare Stephenson that a certain goal could not be reached. When it was reached, Clare,… read more of “Cross-Training Fun…”
Cornelis “Cees” Kloppenburg and his wife Yvon are reprising their role as cruise diarists, this time on board Maasdam. They will be sending in cruise diaries throughout the duration of their time on board. Were glad to have them back! Hallo again, We are on ms Maasdam and will try to send in pictures of… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photo of the 155th class of sailor/wiper graduates. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Congratulations to the 155th Class of Sailors/Wipers attending ms Nieuw Jakarta. Students participated in an intensive English course and studied HAL’s policies and procedures,… read more of “Nieuw Jakarta…”