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Prinsendam Sails Way Up North – Svalbard, Norway

Prinsendam Sails Way Up North – Svalbard, Norway

Special thanks to Damaris Fens, Prinsendam’s guest relations supervisor, for submitting this post and great photos! Ny-Ålesund is one of four permanent settlements on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. It is also one of the world’s northernmost settlements at 78°55′N 11°56′E. These pictures were taken during Prinsendam’s scenic cruising from Ny-Ålesund via…   read more of “Prinsendam Sails…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Mendenhall Glacier

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Mendenhall Glacier

There is nothing better than cruising out of Seattle on ms Westerdam to Alaska. This trip started out with sunshine and a few broken clouds and has continued as we move toward Hubbard Glacier today. The highlight of the trip thus far was the helicopter tour to the Mendenhall Glacier and drinking from the pristine…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Cruise Diary: Tuscan Towns

Cruise Diary: Tuscan Towns

Australian travel writer Kaye Fallick sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam for a press trip and wrote about her experience on the website Your Life Choices. Here’s the third entry in her series of cruise diaries. Enjoy! Maria Pia was our guide for Sienna and San Gimigiano, the two Tuscan towns we visited by coach after docking…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Volendam Welcomes Special Guests in Samoa

Volendam Welcomes Special Guests in Samoa

Special thanks to Deborah C. Meador, Volendam’s event manager, for submitting this post and photos. Volendam recently hosted local children from Samoa. The children chosen to come on board attend government schools, participate in an after-school program and were chosen for the fun because they are “good citizens” and top performers in their classes. Highlights…   read more of “Volendam Welcomes…”

Cruise Diary: The Good Life on Ryndam, Part I

Cruise Diary: The Good Life on Ryndam, Part I

As a maritime lover on a Holland America line vessel, I know that there are always paintings hanging on board from the old vessels who carried the name Ryndam. I took several photos of the paintings and also of the current Ryndam.

Cruise Diary: Affordable Monte Carlo and Nice

Cruise Diary: Affordable Monte Carlo and Nice

Australian travel writer Kaye Fallick sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam for a press trip and wrote about her experience on the website Your Life Choices. Here’s the second entry in her series of cruise diaries. Enjoy! Now this may sound like a contradiction of terms. Since when have Nice and Monte Carlo been anything but super…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Lonely Alley

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Lonely Alley

This photo was entered into the Baltic theme photo contest on board and won second. There are so many interesting scenes in Europe, and there’s a perfect photo opportunity around every corner. These wooden buildings have an Old World charm that is found at a lot of the ports in this part of the world….   read more of “Explorer’s…”