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Sailaway from New York City

Sailaway from New York City

Here’s the Rotterdam pulling away from the pier in New York City for the trans-Atlantic crossing to Holland! The cornerstone of the company was built on this same sailing 139 years ago. History repeating itself! – Gerald Bernhoft, HAL Director of Mariner Society

Glacier Bay Podcasts: For Kids

Glacier Bay Podcasts: For Kids

Creating creative kids programs that entertain while providing facts about Glacier Bay is a part of the job that really appeals to Glacier Bay Park Ranger Steve Schaller. Steve is in charge of kids programs that are presented in Club Hal during the day spent in Glacier Bay. Club HAL has a dynamic youth staff…   read more of “Glacier Bay…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Petra from Above

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Petra from Above

This is a photo I took before we get to Petra in Jordan. Our guide was very kind to stop at the top of the hills for us to take these beautiful photos. It’s a dream come true to visit Petra. I have read a lot about it and have seen it on TV (National…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Mendenhall Glacier Float Excursion

Mendenhall Glacier Float Excursion

During the month of June, 23 crew members from the Oosterdam went on a fun and exhilarating crew tour called the Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip. After meeting outside on the pier at noon, the crew were driven to the raft loading site where they received special water proof gear and life jackets before boarding the…   read more of “Mendenhall Glacier…”

Marco’s Moments: Stockholm, Sweden

Marco’s Moments: Stockholm, Sweden

Monday we were in Stockholm and the ship was located at Stadsgarden, close to the city center. Since I had not seen the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace before, I decided today was the day to do it. Stockholm is my favorite city in Scandinavia for both its beautiful architecture and beautiful…   read more of “Marco’s…”

An Unusual Tunisian Welcome

An Unusual Tunisian Welcome

The Nieuw Amsterdam had an unusual welcoming committee when we arrived in Tunisia last week. — Leslie Hockett, Nieuw Amsterdam’s future cruise consultant.

Veendam New Hire and Service Awards

Veendam New Hire and Service Awards

Last month, a New Hire and Service Awards gathering was conducted on board Veendam. This is a monthly event to welcome newly hired employees to HAL and to reward those who have been providing their excellent service to the guests on board Holland America Line ships for as many as 10 years! Thank to Photo…   read more of “Veendam New Hire…”