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Zuiderdam Crew Members Complete HAL University’s Leadership Academy

Zuiderdam Crew Members Complete HAL University’s Leadership Academy

Last month, HAL University launched with the first of many learning opportunities for all sea-going personnel and classes have begun in earnest onboard the Zuiderdam. The Leadership Academy and Supervisory Excellence Program consists of 10 engaging courses which will be offered to all officers, petty officers, managers and supervisors onboard. These instructor lead classes, which…   read more of “Zuiderdam Crew…”

Marco’s Moments: Sunset at Eleven

Marco’s Moments: Sunset at Eleven

Last night at 11:00pm I came in my room and when I opened the door of the balcony I saw this amazing sunset. We were sailing from Tallinn, Estonia towards St. Petersburg, Russia. Please see here the images I took of the color wonderland. I call it “Sunset at Eleven.”

All About the Pilot’s Ladder

All About the Pilot’s Ladder

Statendam’s 2nd Officer Gordon Cree submitted this interesting post. Pilots are people with specialized knowledge of a certain river, port, coastal area or sea. They typically worked at sea and rose through the ranks to that of mate or master before moving ashore to be trained and given the knowledge required to work in a…   read more of “All About the…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Panama Canal

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Panama Canal

The Panama Canal never ceases to impress me, to be raised up by the lock system to 26m or 85ft above the mean height of sea level, cross the Gatun lake and then to be safely lowered on the other side. I have transited the Panama Canal many times, on the first occasion, as a…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Growing Up With Holland America Line

Growing Up With Holland America Line

Special thanks to HAL guest Andre Rouffaer for sharing this wonderful story with us. Thanks, Andre! I believe this is probably the strangest title of the stories by folks about their Holland America experiences, but while I was thinking back about my latest cruises, I realized I practically grew up on the Holland America Line….   read more of “Growing Up With…”