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Ryndam’s Maiden Call at Tenerife, Spain

Ryndam’s Maiden Call at Tenerife, Spain

It was a pleasure for us to welcome Ryndam last week during her crossing. For her first call, we arranged a folkloric group show. They performed a selection of our traditional songs and dances for the ship’s guests. Around 46 percent took a shore excursion and we think they enjoyed their stay in Tenerife. Here…   read more of “Ryndam’s…”

‘Sheepledam’ Readies for Maiden Voyage

‘Sheepledam’ Readies for Maiden Voyage

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey sent us this note and photo of her latest creation — “Sheepledam” — that she built during her recent HAL cruise. To date we have featured six of her previous creations — Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam, Waytoofinedam, Woohoodam and Rhymedam — on the blog. Great job, Lynn! This latest creation is made…   read more of “‘Sheepledam&#8…”

Holland America Line Donates Computers to Students

Holland America Line Donates Computers to Students

Special thanks to Patricia Sinay from Holland America Line’s Community Relations department for sending us this note and photos. HAL donated 50 computers from Oosterdam, Rotterdam and Zaandam which will be used by Barrio Logan College Institute students for homework, college applications, and research. Barrio Logan College Institute helps prepare students in San Diego for…   read more of “Holland America…”

Amsterdam Postcards from Funchal, Madeira

Amsterdam Postcards from Funchal, Madeira

Thanks to HAL guest Sergio for sending in these beautiful photos of Amsterdam docked at Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. I hope you enjoy the photos, I love the HAL ships. -Sergio

Ryndam’s Crew Enjoy a Wine Tasting

Ryndam’s Crew Enjoy a Wine Tasting

Our Cellar Master Tony chose a rich and well-balanced wine selection for a special crew event. The crisp, delicate and fruity aromas from Venetian and Tuscan wines were perfect for an enjoyable evening on the high seas.

Maasdam Dry Dock in Freeport: Part III

Maasdam Dry Dock in Freeport: Part III

Enjoy the recap of Maasdam’s recent dry dock. The ship left Freeport last weekend, and we’ll continue to post all of the images we have leading up to the sailaway. April 15: The carpet layers are literally everywhere in the ship – they are laying new carpets in every stateroom and of course many of…   read more of “Maasdam Dry Dock in…”

Easter Celebration on Zaandam

Easter Celebration on Zaandam

Here are pictures from the Easter festivities held on board the Zaandam. Special thanks to Zaandam’s Culinary Operations Manager Jan ten Have and Hotel Manager Kees B. Streuding for the photos.