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My Photo Safari – Juneau, Alaska

My Photo Safari – Juneau, Alaska

Two weeks after my first photo safari tour in Haines, I took the bus out to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau for my second go-round at the Photo Safari by Land & Sea and spent three hours walking the paths of the park and by the glacier, working on aperture and shutter speed. Photography is a…   read more of “My Photo Safari…”

iPad iBlog: Glacier Bay

iPad iBlog: Glacier Bay

This day was all about the beauty that is Alaska, the very reason people take this cruise. The scenic voyage through Glacier Bay included beautiful landscape, lots of different birds and a narration by a National Park Ranger of the glaciers within the John Hopkins inlet. The weather began with a misty drizzle but we…   read more of “iPad iBlog: Glacier…”

Nieuw Amsterdam at Kusadasi, Turkey

Nieuw Amsterdam at Kusadasi, Turkey

Here are some photos of Nieuw Amsterdam in Kusadasi, Turkey, on May 30 sent in by HAL guest and blog fan Rob from New Zealand. Thanks, Rob!

Explorer’s Scrapbook: La Sagrada Familia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: La Sagrada Familia

This picture was taken during a visit to The Sagrada Familia, which means in English “holy family.” The church was designed by Antonio Gaudi and has a very dominate place in the city of Barcelona. Despite the fact that the church is not yet finished, it attracts many tourists. The first stone was placed in…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Visiting the HAL Archives in Rotterdam

Visiting the HAL Archives in Rotterdam

Ben Lyons, a lifelong fan of Holland America Line who has worked both as a writer and a deck officer, recently visited Rotterdam and Rotterdam in Rotterdam. Enjoy part 2! My Rotterdam/Rotterdam/Rotterdam trip started, in fact, with Amsterdam… the city, and not the ship. Taking an overnight flight from NYC, I arrived at the Amsterdam…   read more of “Visiting the HAL…”

Happy Birthday Nieuw Amsterdam!

Happy Birthday Nieuw Amsterdam!

Time flies when you are having fun. It is hard to imagine that it is already one year ago that we proudly stood beside Princess Maxima of the Netherlands when she christened our beautiful ms Nieuw Amsterdam. To celebrate our newest ship’s birthday, we created an amazing dessert buffet with a spectacular birthday cake for…   read more of “Happy Birthday…”

Summer Solstice on Zaandam

Summer Solstice on Zaandam

I wanted to send in a few pictures of sunrise in Alaska. I took the photos from the Sports Deck of ms Zaandam on June 21. They were all taken between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on the ‘night’ of the longest day of the year. I finished work at midnight that evening (I was…   read more of “Summer Solstice on…”