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HAL’s President’s Leadership Award Winners

HAL’s President’s Leadership Award Winners

Congratulations are in order! Heather van der Wal, manager of family assistance in the Family Assistance department, and Donatus P. H. Habets, manager of culinary operations aboard Eurodam, are the 2011 President’s Leadership Award winners. All winners received a diamond lapel pin, a plaque commemorating the award and $5,000. At a ceremony in Seattle Dec….   read more of “HAL’s…”

Veendam Officers Serve Crew Festive Christmas Dinner

Veendam Officers Serve Crew Festive Christmas Dinner

Over the year our crew members work hard to serve our officers and the guests. Therefore, on December 25, the officers showed their appreciation for the work well done by returning the favor serving the crew Christmas Dinner. The Culinary Operations Manager Santhosh Chandrasekher and Executive Chef Ajith Menon put together a delicious menu very…   read more of “Veendam Officers…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Angkor Wat

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Angkor Wat

Imagine being a devout believer 1000 years ago who comes to the temple of Angkor Wat to pray and seeing it for the first time. Magical then, still magical today. Joanne Gardner Future Cruise Consultant ms Amsterdam

Postcards from a Zuiderdam Cruise

Postcards from a Zuiderdam Cruise

Here are a few pictures from my most recent 11-day cruise on the Zuiderdam. This cruise visited the Panama Canal and Bonaire. I really had a blast and enjoyed all the technical/maritime operations in and around the Canal! – François Thivierge, HAL guest

Exploring the Paestum Temples

Exploring the Paestum Temples

Thank you to HAL guest Carmen for sending in the following note and pictures from her shore excursion while sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam. I am sharing these pictures because I feel grateful and lucky that I was able to see such a beautiful place. Thank you to the Nieuw Amsterdam Captain, officers or whoever it…   read more of “Exploring the…”

Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Kwanzaa!

To all of our readers and fans who celebrate, Happy Kwanzaa!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

All of us at the Holland America Blog would like to wish our contributors and readers a happy and healthy holiday season. We’ll be back with fresh content Tuesday, Dec. 27. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!