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Fun Moments on Rotterdam

Fun Moments on Rotterdam

Thanks to HAL guests Hank and Joanna for sending in some photos of their recent cruise on Rotterdam. Enjoy!

A Trip to Leeds Castle

A Trip to Leeds Castle

On a beautiful, sunny day in England, my husband and I decided to take a trip to Leeds Castle, also known as the “Loveliest Castle in the World.” The castle is located on 500 acres of beautiful parkland and it is one of the most romantic places in all of England. It was great to…   read more of “A Trip to Leeds…”

Ben Finally Sails on Rotterdam

Ben Finally Sails on 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 the last installment in his series of posts. If my trip to Rotterdam had so far been about discovering Holland America Line’s past association with the city…   read more of “Ben Finally Sails…”

Sailing into New York City

Sailing into New York City

Thanks to HAL guest Russell for sending in these beautiful photos of Manhattan taken July 12 when Rotterdam sailed into the city. Sailing into NYC, USA was beautiful. My family and I have sailed out of NYC but never in, so this was a great opportunity. — Russell

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Haines, Alaska

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Haines, Alaska

Statendam called at Haines, Alaska, and it’s a beautiful, quaint town with very nice people. It’s the coolest dock I’ve seen in Alaska to date. It’s a real wharf! And the boats in the harbor make for a picture-perfect postcard. Joanne Gardner Future Cruise Consultant ms Statendam

‘Dam’ Ship Shirt

‘Dam’ Ship Shirt

The only regret vis-a-vis my March 2011 cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam was learning that the famous ‘dam ship shirts’ were no longer being produced. My dear niece Mary, understanding my disappointment that I couldn’t add another ‘star’ to my annotated tee, made me one from scratch. I’m now up to ‘four’ and still counting!-…   read more of “‘Dam’…”

It’s Christmas at Westmark Inn in Tok

It’s Christmas at Westmark Inn in Tok

July 25, 2011. Our tour arrived in Tok this evening to find large blow-up snowmen in the parking lot and general manager Dave Merrill wearing a Santa hat. He informed us that we arrived on Christmas Day at the hotel. Each summer the staff celebrates theme weeks and this was Christmas in July week. The…   read more of “It’s Christmas at…”