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Cruise Diary: At Dubrovnik, Croatia

Cruise Diary: At Dubrovnik, Croatia

Just when we thought we had seen it all on Holland America Line cruises, the Ryndam called at Dubrovnik, Croatia. What a beautiful, historic city surrounded by walls. Luckily for all of the guests on board, Ryndam docked at the port long enough for us to fully explore the town.

Striking Scene Arriving at Rotterdam

Striking Scene Arriving at Rotterdam

Here is a photo from the last time we arrived on the ms Rotterdam at Rotterdam. It was an early but beautiful morning. Martijn van Winden is Rotterdam’s Pinnacle Grill manager.

Rotterdam Crew Tour Jerez de la Frontera Winery

Rotterdam Crew Tour Jerez de la Frontera Winery

Knowing that the ship was scheduled to call in Cadiz, Spain on September 25, I organized an educational tour for the Beverage Department. Cadiz is the gateway to Jerez De La Frontera, where Sherry and Brandy come from. Bodegas Domecq and Fundador, makers of Sherry Terry, Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Brandy Terry and Brandy Fundador, opened…   read more of “Rotterdam Crew Tour…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Key West

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Key West

I’ve always loved Key West, Fla., and there are two reasons why: Conch Fritters and Key Lime Pie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great town all by itself, but these things just make it irresistible. Anthony Garofalo Human Resources Manager ms Zaandam

Cruise Diary: In the Captain’s Safe Hands

Cruise Diary: In the Captain’s Safe Hands

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 first entry in her series of cruise diaries. Enjoy! Captain Jonathan Mercer has been at sea for 40 years, ever since he didn’t make the cut to become a…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Statendam’s Paintball Challenge

Statendam’s Paintball Challenge

Earlier this month, 26 Statendam crew members independently went out for a paintball challenge. Orange paint was flying everywhere as teams of six to seven matched skills. Later, it was some one-on-one showdowns, and finally an all-out shoot till you are dry, rotating in and out, battle between the four teams. All but one was…   read more of “Statendam’s…”