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Europe Receives Rotterdam with a Warm Welcome

Europe Receives Rotterdam with a Warm Welcome

Rotterdam’s repositioning cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale took place last week. The crossing of the Atlantic ocean was a dream, flat calm waters and warm sunny days. These photos were taken as we sailed through The English Channel on a beautiful spring evening. The next adventure will see us sail the Mediterranean Sea…   read more of “Europe Receives…”

140 Years Young: Beginning of a Tradition

140 Years Young: Beginning of a Tradition

1883: Ten years after Holland America Line was founded, the “dam” suffix was officially adopted for the names of HAL passenger ships. It is a tradition that is still being honored today. Most of the HAL ships are named after cities in Holland or the dams that cross many of The Netherlands’ rivers and allow…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

Searching for a Piece of Family History

Searching for a Piece of Family History

Erik Elvejord, director of public relations for Holland America Line, currently is on Ryndam and went in search of some family history while in Norway. A Day in Kristiansand: Wednesday, May 9th With my conversational Norwegian, an old picture, a general idea of where to go and a few other details, I set out today…   read more of “Searching for a…”

Eurodam’s Crew in Barcelona, Part 2

Eurodam’s Crew in Barcelona, Part 2

Thomas Setiawan, Eurodam’s human resources clerk, sent in these pictures from a recent crew tour. On May 7, a crew tour was held to Camp Nou Stadium and a visit to Sagrada Familia and Catalunya Square. In total, 126 crew members participated in the four hour tour. It was an incredible event for all who…   read more of “Eurodam’s…”

Recounting Family History Aboard Four HAL Ships

Recounting Family History Aboard Four HAL Ships

Special thanks to HAL guest James Ogden for sharing this touching story with our blog. My great grandparents were the first generation of my family to sail with Holland America Line, in the 1950’s. They sailed with HAL four times between 1954 and 1960, on transatlantic voyages, between various cities in Europe and New York….   read more of “Recounting Family…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Moorea’s Stunning Waters

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Moorea’s Stunning Waters

As you can see, Moorea has some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Crystal-clear turquoise and royal blue hues … stunning. Yono Sudarto Controller ms Rotterdam

Ryndam Crew Take a Break for Some R&R

Ryndam Crew Take a Break for Some R&R

A spa promotion was offered in Ryndam’s crew area and some officers and crew members decided to indulge in a relaxing massage. Ryndam’s Chief Engineer Marco sent in a picture of two lucky guys.