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Explorer’s Scrapbook: Amsterdam

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful city of canals. I enjoy spending the day there when our ship is in port because there is so much to see and do. The boats, bridges, green trees and beautiful weather made this a picture-perfect moment. Wendell Hermoso Printer me Eurodam

Captain’s Log: Santorini, Greece

Captain’s Log: Santorini, Greece

We arrived here at 7:15 a.m., having entered the crescent-shaped lagoon through the northern passage. There are 2, the northern and the western, created presumably, when the cataclysmic explosion in 1450 BC, blew the centre of the island. What was once the island of Thira sank to the bottom, (or evaporated) in the upheaval. What…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Rotterdam Celebrates Idul Fitri with a Feast

Rotterdam Celebrates Idul Fitri with a Feast

This is the time to celebrate! After fasting for a month Muslims on board ms Rotterdam had a festive dinner in the crew mess room. Everyone was invited to join them in the celebration. The menu varieties are very tasty and very Indonesian. There was a long line of crew members in queue to get…   read more of “Rotterdam…”

Shore Excursion: Titanic — The Halifax Connection

Shore Excursion: Titanic — The Halifax Connection

Halifax is well known for the Citadel, nearby Peggy’s Cove and the Keith’s Brewery. But it’s the history of the Titanic and it’s relation to Halifax that made me choose the Titanic: The Halifax Connection tour. A stop was made at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where you could see the tombs of 121 victims of…   read more of “Shore Excursion:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Jerusalem

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Jerusalem

The juxtaposition of ancient cultures and religions is nowhere more amazing than in Jerusalem, Israel. Really, the whole day is spent in awe of this most holy place. Anthony Garofalo Human Resources Manager ms Zaandam

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle

Earlier this month the Eurodam made her much anticipated call at Reykjavik, Iceland. Crew tours were arranged to a natural spa called The Blue Lagoon, and The Golden Circle, a six-hour highlights tour. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most popular attraction, and consists of a geothermal spa whose rich milky seawater is known for its…   read more of “Iceland’s…”

Postcards from a Rotterdam Cruise

Postcards from a Rotterdam Cruise

My family and I had a fantastic cruise on ms Rotterdam. My daughter especially enjoyed every minute aboard as well as in port. In the first photo she is enjoying the feel of having 3,000 roubles in her hand in Tallin, Estonia, with Rotterdam in the background. The second photo is one of my husband…   read more of “Postcards from a…”

Oosterdam’s Master of Caricature

Oosterdam’s Master of Caricature

On August 30, Bangkit Prbadi unveiled a beautiful collection of caricatures depicting various officers and crew of the Oosterdam. It only took him four days to complete 20 caricatures. Bangkit currently works as night steward aboard the Oosterdam and started working with HAL in 2008 aboard the Noordam. He is from Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia,…   read more of “Oosterdam’s…”