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Happy Retirement, Supardi!

Happy Retirement, Supardi!

In Kralendijk, Bonaire, on December 7th, over 100 crew members joined in on the retirement celebration for our Boatswain Supardi, who has worked with Holland America Line for 35 years! An Indonesian buffet was served and Noordam crew members said a fond farewell in grand style. A happy life and safe travels to our friend…   read more of “Happy Retirement,…”

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! If I were wearing boots I would now be shaking in them. In my modest essays, I hope to bring you, dear readers, the tiniest knowledge…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Great Wall of China

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Great Wall of China

Normally the Great Wall of China brings to mind thoughts of great organization and engineering centuries ago. The fall brings out the wonder, beauty and majesty of it. Joanne Gardner Future Cruise Consultant ms Amsterdam

AdVEENtures in South America

AdVEENtures in South America

Big thanks to Veendam’s entertainer Mara Jill Herman for sending in this fun post from her recent stops in South America. Enjoy! On October 28th, I assisted on a tour of the Guayaquil National Park in Ecuador. The Parque Histórico Guayaquil is like a multi experience park and zoo packed full of fascinating animals, flora…   read more of “AdVEENtures in…”

Joyful Farewell for Captain Visser on Volendam

Joyful Farewell for Captain Visser on Volendam

Vikki Bacchioni, Volendam’s administration officer, shared some pictures of the on board festivities held for Captain Pieter Visser who is retiring. It looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks Vikki! On December 5, 2011, Captain Pieter Visser officially retired from Holland America Line. Spending many years on the Volendam, it was only right to…   read more of “Joyful Farewell for…”

HAL Employees Volunteer at Northwest Harvest to Feed the Hungry

HAL Employees Volunteer at Northwest Harvest to Feed the Hungry

Special thanks to Kelsey Differding, Holland America Line’s corporate giving coordinator, for submitting this post and photos of HAL employees volunteering at Northwest Harvest, a statewide hunger-relief agency that distributes food to a network of independent food banks around Washington State. As part of Holland America Line’s annual holiday activities, employees at the Seattle corporate…   read more of “HAL Employees…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Wish You Were Here

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Wish You Were Here

I think this photo says “wish you were here.” The couple sits and relaxes, surrounded by lush palm trees, with our beautiful ship off in the distance. Azhar Khamid Restaurant Steward ms Rotterdam