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The Great Wall in Fall

The Great Wall in Fall

Here are some snapshots from The Great Wall of China and surroundings in Beijing.

Two Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

Two Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

While at Port Everglades, Fla., last week, photographer Len Kaufman was lucky to capture this rainbow over Noordam and Maasdam. To check out more of Len’s photos, click HERE.

Video: Rotterdam Cruise Highlights

Special thanks to Noel Bell, a HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, for sharing these videos taken while cruising on Rotterdam’s 12-day Ancient Discoveries cruise in October 2011 and Rotterdam’s Spanish Charms 15-day voyage in November 2011. As promised, here are the completed video highlights of the recent 27 day cruise featuring the back-to-back Ancient…   read more of “Video: Rotterdam…”

Ryndam and Rotterdam at Rotterdam

Ryndam and Rotterdam at Rotterdam

We just received these photos of Ryndam and Rotterdam at their homeport of Rotterdam from Patrick van der Vlies. These were taken July 3, 2011, and Patrick reminded us that Ryndam left to Bergen and Rotterdam to New York.

Veendam’s Festive Christmas Village

Veendam’s Festive Christmas Village

Our ship is beautifully decorated this year and the center piece is an impressive Christmas village made form gingerbread. Neil Veldgein Dsouza, our pastry chef, together with his team put their passion and talent into every detail of this tasty landscape. Enjoy the photos!

Cruise Diary: Otago Peninsula in Dunedin, New Zealand

Cruise Diary: Otago Peninsula in Dunedin, New Zealand

Patricia Stone, owner and founder of Global Adventures, sailed Australia and New Zealand on Volendam and updated us with posts throughout her cruise. Enjoy! When the ms Volendam docked at the Port Chalmers, I learned that nearby Dunedin was home to Baldwin Street-– the steepest street in the world according to the Guinness Book of…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Otago…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Normandy, France

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Normandy, France

To walk on the beaches of Normandy is to walk in the footsteps of real heroes. Anthony Garofalo Human Resources Manager ms Zaandam

Meet Prinsendam’s Party Planner Ashley Edinger

Meet Prinsendam’s Party Planner Ashley Edinger

This article about Ashley recently appeared in our Mariner Society “Cruise News” e-newsletter. You can check out the online version HERE. “Nothing brings people together like great food and wine,” says Ashley Edinger. “As on-board Party Planner, and part of the Explorations Team, my goal is to make sure our guests have a chance to…   read more of “Meet…”