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Johan Groothuizen Celebrates 40 Years with HAL

Johan Groothuizen Celebrates 40 Years with HAL

Vice President of Marine Hotel Operations Johan Groothuizen recently celebrated 40 years of service with Holland America Line. Groothuizen oversees the award-winning on-board services, including food operations, hotel and entertainment services. He joined the company in 1971 as a controller various ships in the Holland America Line fleet. He later held the on-board positions of…   read more of “Johan Groothuizen…”

Living the Good Life on Oosterdam

Living the Good Life on Oosterdam

Lauraine Edir had such wonderful time with her family on Oosterdam that she took the time to write to us and send a few pictures of her experience. Thanks for sharing! Dear HAL! Our family took a week cruise to Mexico on the Oosterdam last October, and just had the BEST time! Istvan in the…   read more of “Living the Good…”

Prinsendam’s Village Adventure in Parintins

Prinsendam’s Village Adventure in Parintins

The Amazon Experience! Prinsendam recently called at Parintins in the Amazon. The small 200-year-old village has a population of about 100,000. A river boat trip to Parintins from Manaus, which is 350 miles away, takes 15 hours. But the trip in the opposite direction takes a full 27 hours due to the swift and powerful…   read more of “Prinsendam’s…”

Tug of War: Ryndam vs. Nieuw Amsterdam

Tug of War: Ryndam vs. Nieuw Amsterdam

It was a sunny day in Costa Maya when the Ryndam team came out to challenge the Nieuw Amsterdam team to a tug of war competition. Four teams in total tugged it out, each ship winning an even number of pulls to leave the event with smiles and a draw.

Contest Reminder: Today is the Last Day to Enter!

Just another reminder that today is the last day to enter our Superbowl contest to win a copy of Rudi Sodamin’s “A Taste of Celebration” cookbook. Send the photo of you with your eligible recipe to info@hollandamericablog.com to be registered to win. Good luck!

Look Who’s Cruising: Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Look Who’s Cruising: Robert Kennedy, Jr.

This cruise we have the Progressive Voices Group sailing with us and today we invited their speakers up to the bridge to meet Captain von Donselaar and see his domain. On the bridge, amongst others, we were honored to welcome Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his son Aidan, Alan Grayson and actor Michael Farrell, all…   read more of “Look Who’s…”

Birthday Celebration on Zuiderdam

Birthday Celebration on Zuiderdam

On Feb. 5, 2011, in Willemstad, Curacao, the engine department celebrated the 36th birthday of Senior Second Engineer Robert Kleinhof. Happy Birthday, Robert! Joe Reina is Zuiderdam’s human resources manager.