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Photos from a Great Zaandam Cruise

Photos from a Great Zaandam Cruise

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…”

Cruise Diary: The Marvelous City

Cruise Diary: The Marvelous City

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…”

Oosterdam Captain Presented With Special Drawing

Oosterdam Captain Presented With Special Drawing

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…”

Cruise Diary: Ole Shipmates to Reunite

Cruise Diary: Ole Shipmates to Reunite

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…”

When in Thailand: Pattaya Elephant Village

When in Thailand: Pattaya Elephant Village

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:…”

Noordam’s Crew BBQ on the Bow

Noordam’s Crew BBQ on the Bow

Today was the most beautiful day in Samana, Dominican Republic, to have a gigantic barbecue on the bow! Bon appetite, Noordam!