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Explorer’s Scrapbook: Pisa

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Did you know that the tower is just one of four buildings that make up the Campo dei Miracoli cathedral complex. If you’re even in Livorno, you must make the trip to see the historic leaning tower. Brandi Johnson Human…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Casino Night Aboard Amsterdam

Casino Night Aboard Amsterdam

These photos were taken during our 2011 Grand Voyage Cruise. This dinner was themed “Five Ocean Casino Night.” Enjoy the photos!

iPhone iDiary: Rotterdam Mid-Atlantic

iPhone iDiary: Rotterdam Mid-Atlantic

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, recently sailed aboard Rotterdam from Piraeus, Greece, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All photos were taken with his iPhone 4s. This is a photo of the life-saving mid-Atlantic crossing exercise. We had a very smooth sailing. – Noel Bell

Snapshots from a Zaandam Cruise

Snapshots from a Zaandam Cruise

My wife and I wanted to thank your fantastic crew for making our first cruise a memory of a lifetime. The seven-day cruise went by way too fast. We are looking forward to another cruise on your wonderful cruise line. Hopefully an inner passage to Alaska or somewhere in Europe. – Dennis and Judith Thompson

Rudi’s Recipes: Roasted Shallot and Butternut Squash Soup

Rudi’s Recipes: Roasted Shallot and Butternut Squash Soup

Enjoy this next Thanksgiving recipe for our Thanksgiving Dish Contest! Roasted Shallot and Butternut Squash Soup Topped with Red Beet Crisps Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS: Beet Crisps 1 large beet, peeled 1 cup vegetable oil Flaked sea salt Butternut Squash Soup 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups shallots, peeled and halved 4 cloves garlic, peeled…   read more of “Rudi’s Recipes:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Carriage Ride

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Carriage Ride

Is there anything more romantic than a carriage ride on a beach at sunset? I don’t think so! Andreas Hendriek Effendy Attendant ms Eurodam

HAL Press Trip Down Under

HAL Press Trip Down Under

Jerrol Golden, Holland America Line’s manager of International public relations, recently sailed on board Amsterdam from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, for a mini press trip November 13-15. The press trip participants were Lin Kuang, Neena Ghose and Natalie Aroyan — etravelblackboard foreign correspondent writers to China, India and the Middle East. Philip Engelberts from the…   read more of “HAL Press Trip Down…”

Crew Lunch on Rotterdam

Crew Lunch on Rotterdam

Thanks to Rotterdam’s human resources clerk Franciskus Manalu for this post. On October 31, we had a special lunch for crew members in the lower-level dining room on board the Rotterdam. The variety menu was served by several of the ship’s officers and crew. The kitchen was decorated with many carved pumpkins because we were…   read more of “Crew Lunch on…”