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Close Encounters of the Bear Kind!

Close Encounters of the Bear Kind!

When Mary Schimmelman, HAL’s public relations manager, recently sailed on Westerdam in Alaska, she sent us this amazing photo taken at Fortress of the Bear in Sitka during the Fortress of the Bear and Sea Otter Quest shore excursion.

Sailing to Bermuda on Veendam

Sailing to Bermuda on Veendam

Thanks to HAL guest Carol for sending in some fun pictures of her recent Veendam voyage. The Veendam looked beautiful in Hamilton. Some of our party of 15 loved Bermuda more than the rest of us. – Carol

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Portofino, Italy

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Portofino, Italy

We spent an overnight in the small Italian village of Portofino. In the evening I decided to walk up the hill to the church, from where you have a gorgeous view over the village. I saw the yacht in the foreground and thought it would make for a beautiful image. I took several shots and…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Veendam vs. Celebrity Summit Soccer Match

Veendam vs. Celebrity Summit Soccer Match

Recently while the ship was docked in Hamilton, Bermuda, the Veendam soccer team invited the Celebrity Summit team, who were also docked nearby, to a friendly soccer match at a local park. Both teams played a great game and enjoyed the challenge. There are more games scheduled in the future so that this can become…   read more of “Veendam vs….”

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

In observance of the U.S. Independence Day, we will not be posting today. We will return tomorrow with more great Holland America Blog content.

Amsterdam Postcards from Anchorage, Alaska

Amsterdam Postcards from Anchorage, Alaska

Special thanks to Chad Mewmaw, a personal cruise consultant with Holland America Line, for sending us these photos of Amsterdam departing Anchorage, Alaska. Thanks, Chad!