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Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest Winner

Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest Winner

We recently held a Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest among our Mariners and more than 700 entries were received! Congratulations to Star Mariner Aron Davidson, who captured a compelling image of Noordam while lunching in Santoríni, Greece. Framed by the restaurant’s Mediterranean colors, it was transporting and evocative. As the winner, Mr. Davidson won a…   read more of “Best…”

Cruise Diary: Holland America Ships and Stuff

Cruise Diary: Holland America Ships and Stuff

Travel blogger Leanne recently sailed on board Nieuw Amsterdam to the Caribbean and wrote about her experience as a cruise newbie on her blog Travel with Leanne. Here’s her first entry. Enjoy! I’ve never been on a cruise. Before this trip, I was a cruise virgin. I really didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Postcard from Santorini, Greece

Postcard from Santorini, Greece

This photo says it all. It was taken in Santorini the day we joined our Mediterranean cruise halfway through its journey due to the Iceland volcano canceling flights five days before. We had arrived the night before in Athens, after a long and arduous journey on three airlines from Calgary to Toronto to Rome to…   read more of “Postcard from…”

Facebook Fans: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Facebook Fans: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite rainbow photos, and we got some gorgeous shots. Enjoy! This shot was taken from the lido deck just as the roof was opening over the pool. I believe it was just outside St. Thomas. My childhood friend and I (BFF) were celebrating 41 years of friendship with…   read more of “Facebook Fans:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Mont St. Michel

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel at St. Malo in France is one of the top four pilgrimage sites in Christendom. The tiny island has a single street lined with shops and restaurants, much like it did in the Middle Ages. This attraction is not one that every traveler gets to see, and I was privileged to visit…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Beautiful Scenes in Juneau, Alaska

Beautiful Scenes in Juneau, Alaska

Thanks to HAL guest Nancy from Prescott, AZ, who recently cruised on Westerdam and sent in some beautiful pictures of the trip. Here are some photos from our Juneau port visit on August 22 aboard Westerdam. The food was divine, the service impeccable, and the trip exceeded our expectations. Can’t wait to do it all…   read more of “Beautiful Scenes in…”

Dessert Extravaganza on Nieuw Amsterdam

Dessert Extravaganza on Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam recently held a Dessert Extravaganza on board. The large assortment and variety of desserts were sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. Here are a couple pictures of the event, enjoy!