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HAL Deck Scenes from 1890

HAL Deck Scenes from 1890

Imagine a trans-Atlantic voyage from Rotterdam to New York in 1890. A small 4,539 ton liner with 880 passengers in two classes — 80 first and 800 third class passengers. It must have felt cramped on board Holland America Line’s ss Spaarndam. The following collage shows the ss Spaarndam deck scene and gives a glimpse…   read more of “HAL Deck Scenes…”

Noordam’s Crew Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Noordam’s Crew Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa

During the Noordam’s call at Livorno, 50 members of the crew set off on an adventure to explore the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was an absolutely amazing day full of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Everyone was ready for a fun day in Italy. Amy Kreft is Noordam’s human resources manager.

Praise for Prinsendam

Praise for Prinsendam

We received this review of Prinsendam from Neil Page, online manager of the UK based-travel agency Cruise Nation, who recently visited the ship while docked in Bristol. Driving through the industrial units at Portbury docks in Bristol, we all peered out of the window, eager to catch a glimpse of the ms Prinsendam, which was…   read more of “Praise for…”

Swimming with the Dolphins in Honolulu, Hawaii

Swimming with the Dolphins in Honolulu, Hawaii

While in Honolulu, I went swimming with wild dolphins. – Lynn Hardey, HAL Mariner — Holland America Line offers more than 4,000 shore excursions in destinations throughout the world. Recently been on a Holland America Line tour? Give other guests the benefit of your experience by reviewing your tours online. Simply log on to your…   read more of “Swimming with the…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Just Hanging Around

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Just Hanging Around

This is the first time I’ve seen a monkey on a sky scraper since the movie King Kong! I am told this is a common site when traveling in Asia! Sydney Ellis Party Planner ms Eurodam

iPhone iDiary: Rhodes, Greece

iPhone iDiary: Rhodes, Greece

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.

Halloween Ends with a Monsters Ball

Halloween Ends with a Monsters Ball

Several events throughout the day were held to celebrate Halloween. From a pumpkin carving competition by guests to Scary-eye Ping Pong and from Scary-oke (the real scary version of karaoke) to the highlight of the day … the Monsters Ball. Attached is the winning photo of the carving. The judges had a difficult time choosing…   read more of “Halloween Ends with…”

Cruise Diary: At Grand Turk

Cruise Diary: At Grand Turk

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 final entry. Enjoy! Did someone say swim-up bar? Welcome to the second stop on our Western Caribbean tour: Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos Islands!…   read more of “Cruise Diary: At…”