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A Bucket List Achievement

A Bucket List Achievement

Thanks to HAL guests Ken and Noreen for sending in a note and photo from their Grand World Voyage. My wife’s Bucket List included a visit to Easter Island. We visited there on ms Amsterdam during the 2011 Grand World Voyage. The Captain made extraordinary effort to allow us to go ashore and we’ll always…   read more of “A Bucket List…”

Heartfelt Thanks to HAL and Volendam

Heartfelt Thanks to HAL and Volendam

Special thanks to HAL guest Mark Solley for this wonderful story about his recent Alaska cruise on board Volendam. Thanks, Mark! Dear staff of ms Volendam, I just wanted to let Holland America and its staff know about our journey to Alaska on Holland America’s ms Volendam. The story began in 2003 when my in-laws…   read more of “Heartfelt Thanks to…”

Captain’s Log: A VIP Tour of the SS Great Britain

Captain’s Log: A VIP Tour of the SS Great Britain

While docked in Bristol, we had the opportunity to visit the famous ss Great Britain. Special thanks to Destination Bristol for their excellent offer of the VIP tour for my officers. Hardly any of them find the time to go ashore due to their work duties. It was a real break for them and a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Blessing of the Bell

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Blessing of the Bell

Thanks to HAL guest Andre for sending in this beautiful photo taken during the ‘Blessing of the Bell’ ceremony before Nieuw Amsterdam’s inaugural cruise last year.

Rotterdam Crew Tour London

Rotterdam Crew Tour London

Earlier this month, a crew tour to London was organized for Rotterdam crew members and 110 employees were able to attend. Even though we had only three and a half hours in London, we were able to feel the spirit of this great city and see the most important sightseeing spots such as Buckingham Palace,…   read more of “Rotterdam Crew Tour…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Monte Carlo

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Monte Carlo

I am an avid photographer, and I took these photos of Monte Carlo at night. I was very impressed by the beauty of the yachts and proud of how I captured the lights of Monte Carlo. Yusdi Widodo Florist ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Pam’s Perspective: In Copenhagen

Pam’s Perspective: In Copenhagen

Here are photos from our time in Copenhagen. I am currently working on a new article called “Lost & Found – A Day in the Life of a Guest Relations Manager.” Pam Kern van Donselaar, MSW, is Eurodam’s guest relations manager.

Amsterdam Crew in Alaska

Amsterdam Crew in Alaska

Here are photos from our 14-day cruise to Alaska. We visited Hubbard Glacier, Anchorage, Homer and several other nice places in the area. The weather was perfect and we had an amazing view of Hubbard Glacier. Everyone really enjoyed themselves during this cruise.