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Gridlock, Venetian Style

Gridlock, Venetian Style

Thanks to Hal guest Mike Littman for sending in this fun photo from his 2010 cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam during its first trans-Atlantic voyage.

iPhone iDiary: In Italy and France

iPhone iDiary: In Italy and France

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently sailing on Rotterdam from Piraeus, Greece, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All photos were taken with his iPhone 4s.

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Torres del Paine

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile is melting pot of seasons. It boasts snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, lush landscapes … the vegetation is beautiful and the park also has an abundance of animals. It was a breathtaking day. Martin Jaxa-Rozen Shore Excursion Office ms Rotterdam

Crew Experience Enhancement on Zaandam

Crew Experience Enhancement on Zaandam

As part of my normal duties I am responsible for what I call the Crew Experience. Basically everything I do interfaces with the Crew Experience in some way. Just as our Guest Relations Manager takes care of our guests, I take care of our other guests … the crew. Being that many of our crew…   read more of “Crew Experience…”

Veendam Donates to Orphanage in Callao, Peru

Veendam Donates to Orphanage in Callao, Peru

Recently during our call at Callao, Peru, the Veendam crew were able to make a donation to a local children’s orphanage called Aldeas Infintiles. Four large boxes full of clothing, blankets, shoes, and games along with $800 USD were collected among the crew to try and help and offer a little relief to the orphanage….   read more of “Veendam Donates to…”

Ryndam Anchored at Kotor, Montenegro

Ryndam Anchored at Kotor, Montenegro

Special thanks to HAL guest Larry S. for sending in this breathtaking photo from his recent cruise on Ryndam. I recently returned from a very enjoyable cruise on the Ryndam. My favorite port was Kotor, Montenegro for its magnificent scenery. This is a picture of the Ryndam anchored in the Bay of Kotor, as seen…   read more of “Ryndam Anchored at…”

Video: Ryndam Crew Members Perform With Love

HAL Mariners and frequent blog contributors Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg submitted this video they created while on board Ryndam to an Indonesian media outlet. Enjoy! We love the Indonesian and Filipino crew members we meet during our cruises with Holland America Line. It’s great how they serve us and in my opinion they have a…   read more of “Video: Ryndam Crew…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Dublin

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Dublin

Dublin is a beautiful city with wonderful architecture, especially this clock tower on Dame Street. Most people think of shamrocks, pubs and Waterford Crystal when they think of Dublin, but there’s another side to this amazing port or call! Thomas Setiawan Human Resources Clerk ms Eurodam