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HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

Special thanks to Kirk Baruth, HAL’s Manager of Public Relations and Intranet, for this post. With the hoisting of the city’s flag, Lord Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb welcomed Holland America Line’s flagship ms Rotterdam and its crew to their new homeport in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 2. It’s been almost 40 years since Holland America…   read more of “HAL’s…”

Pastry Chefs Wow the Crowd

Pastry Chefs Wow the Crowd

The recent pastry chef class (batch 34) prepared a mini extravaganza, for our visitors from St. Jude’s College of Manila during a familiarization tour on March 29th. They were WOWED by the presentation and taste. These pastry delights have been shared with the fleet and there has been a lot of positive feedback. Congratulations to…   read more of “Pastry Chefs Wow…”

Prinsendam’s Grand Themed Dinners

Prinsendam’s Grand Themed Dinners

We’ve had quite a few special themed evenings aboard the Prinsendam during the ship’s Grand Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage. When we were in Italy we visited Venice, Sicily, Sorento and Civitavecchia (Rome), and held a special Italian themed evening in the Lido and the dining room. After that we visited Saint Raphael, France, and…   read more of “Prinsendam’s…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Akaroa

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Akaroa

Akaroa, New Claedonia Alexander “Dony” Suryonugroho Night Audit Officer ms Volendam

Veendam in the Big Apple

Veendam in the Big Apple

During our (my wife and I) recent journey to Florida, Bahamas and New York, I saw the Veendam coming in to New York on Sunday, April 29th, at 7:30 a.m. With the sun to my back I was able to take a series of wonderful photographs. With kind regards from a cold Rotterdam, Bert Lamers

Zuiderdam Postcards from the Panama Canal

Zuiderdam Postcards from the Panama Canal

Special thanks to Sara Morrison, HAL’s Coordinator of Onboard Sales, for sharing this post from her Zuiderdam cruise. Before going on vacation I studied up on the history of the Panama Canal and how it was made. As a result of my homework, I eagerly anticipated our partial transit of the Panama Canal all week….   read more of “Zuiderdam Postcards…”