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Postcards from the Mediterranean

Postcards from the Mediterranean

Special thanks to HAL guest John Fischer for sharing these photos from his recent Nieuw Amsterdam cruise to the Mediterranean in August 2011.

Kudos to Leo the Bartender

Kudos to Leo the Bartender

We went to see Leo almost everyday of our cruise for happy hour. He was so good to us on our ms Noordam cruise in the Mediterranean this past July. Here he is mixing my friend Peg and me a chocolate martini for our birthdays. Thank you, Leo, for making our trip so enjoyable! —…   read more of “Kudos to Leo the…”

Cruise Diary: First Day On Board Ryndam

Cruise Diary: First Day On Board Ryndam

Cornelis “Cees” Kloppenburg and his wife Yvon are reprising their role as cruise diarists, this time on board Ryndam. They will be sending in cruise diaries throughout the duration of their time on board. We’re glad to have them back! Late Monday morning we boarded Ryndam for a 21-day cruise. In this new series of…   read more of “Cruise Diary: First…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Acapulco Free Divers

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Acapulco Free Divers

The free divers in Acapulco, Mexico, put on quite a show. The plunge to the ocean from incredible cliffs. It’s certainly not something for those afraid of heights! Csaba Desvari Culinary Operations Manager ms Volendam

A Wonderful Statendam Vacation

A Wonderful Statendam Vacation

Thanks to HAL Reservation Agent Adrian for sending in some pictures of his recent Statendam cruise. I am a reservations agent for HAL. I took a coastal cruise with my brother and another friend last May from San Diego to Vancouver. It was my first cruise and I was pretty excited about it. I just…   read more of “A Wonderful…”

Amsterdam Congratulates HAL University Graduates

Amsterdam Congratulates HAL University Graduates

Here are a few photos of our summer class 2011 graduates from HAL University’s Leadership Academy and Supervisory Excellence course. We had a total of 71 petty officers and officers go through the two programs this summer with the majority graduating within the last two weeks. Congrats!

Bird’s-Eye View of Zuiderdam at Vancouver

Bird’s-Eye View of Zuiderdam at Vancouver

Thanks to Steve J. Garrod, HAL employee and webmaster for shipcafe.net, for sending in these great pictures of Zuiderdam from a unique point of view. I went to “great heights” to photograph Zuiderdam sailing from Vancouver, BC. I scaled the heights of Stanley Park up to the Lions Gate Bridge and photographed Zuiderdam setting sail….   read more of “Bird’s-Eye…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Dogsledding in Juneau

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Dogsledding in Juneau

When I was in Juneau I knew there was one tour I had to do, the “Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter” tour. It’s one of those experiences where you know you will remember it forever, and I know I certainly will. Not only did I get to take a helicopter ride over…   read more of “Explorer’s…”