Thanks to HAL guests Dennis and Judith Thompson for sending in these photos from their cruise on Zaandam in October 2011. 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. Looking forward to another cruise on… read more of “Photos from a Great…”
On Jan. 10, the Culinary Team invited all crew and officers to the Dining Room for a very special lunch. In order to showcase their talents, the Culinary Team presented an International Buffet from almost 30 different countries. Not only was this event a success, but the crew enjoyed themselves tremendously. Many Officers with culinary… read more of “International…”
Days 14-15 – Jan. 19-20 A series of green-clad mountains and hills seems to be doing a samba around beautiful Guanabara Bay in the port of Rio de Janeiro. We got up early to be up on deck by 7 a.m. and watch our entrance into this spectacular natural harbor. Along with the ports of… read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”
Harry Cotterill, a 17-year-old future naval architect, created a company called Dream Designs Colchester to share and showcase his drawings and passion for the cruise industry. A number of Harry’s drawings are currently displayed aboard several cruise ships including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Disney Magic, Celebrity Constellation, Thomson Spirit, Norwegian Pearl, Carnival Dream and most… read more of “Oosterdam Captain…”
Juneau is the only US capital not accessible by road. It’s either a boat or plane ride to get there. While traveling through the Westmark Hotel system on a special training assignment I had the fun experience of flying from Skagway to Juneau. I took over 180 pictures on the 30 minute flight. This was… read more of “Explorer’s…”
Dutch TV host and adventure seeker Charlotte Squarcy is getting ready to set sail on part of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage, and she sent in another pre-cruise post. Enjoy! We all enjoy the greeting of a friendly shopkeeper in the neighborhood. Now translate that into the good feeling I have to hear that the present… read more of “Cruise Diary: Ole…”
About two months before our scheduled call in Thailand several crew could only talk about one thing to do in Thailand — ride an elephant. So that’s what we did. Thirty-six crewmembers set out on a journey of massive proportions, literally. The Pattaya Elephant Village provides a unique transportation experience over the course of the… read more of “When in Thailand:…”
Today was the most beautiful day in Samana, Dominican Republic, to have a gigantic barbecue on the bow! Bon appetite, Noordam!