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First HAL Guests of the Season Arrive at Denali

First HAL Guests of the Season Arrive at Denali

Monday, May 14, the first guests arrived into Denali from Anchorage. I loved seeing the engine followed by two of our train cars only. The smallest train I have ever seen! Looked like our own private train move.

Csaba’s Aperture: Tracy Arm

Csaba’s Aperture: Tracy Arm

Oosterdam cruised throughout Tracy Arm yesterday for the ship’s first Alaska exploration of the season.

Prinsendam Crew Participate in Silent Auction for Charity

Prinsendam Crew Participate in Silent Auction for Charity

Hostess Annette Gonzalez, Cruise Director Gene Young, International Concierge Carolane Jupsin and Dorie De Jong visited the Instituto de Surdos-Mudos da Imaculada Conceição in Lisbon, Portugal, during a recent port call. They were met by Sister Ana, the director, and given an extensive tour of the daily operations, classrooms and were introduced to the students…   read more of “Prinsendam Crew…”

Bert’s Beauty Shots: San Diego

Bert’s Beauty Shots: San Diego

It is the end of the season – our last time in San Diego. I can’t wait to confront the Alaskan wildlife with my camera. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Statendam’s hotel manager.

Aloha, Hawaii

Aloha, Hawaii

Special thanks to HAL guest Margalo Willard for sending in these beautiful photos from her recent 19-day cruise with Oosterdam to Hawaii.

Charming Sights of Newport, Rhode Island

Charming Sights of Newport, Rhode Island

Due to the poor weather I was not able to go out on my cliff walk and mansions tours, so I wandered around town. It’s a nice town where the uber wealthy built their summer cottages along the waterfront. The town itself has some lovely old wooden homes and buildings and typical New England style…   read more of “Charming Sights of…”

Cruise Diary: Giving to Caring Passengers

Cruise Diary: Giving to Caring Passengers

We just got word about this fabulous online cruise diary from HAL Mariner Bradley Elliott who recently sailed on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage. He blogged about his experience at World Traveler. We thought they were just too cool to pass up. Enjoy! Once before during this cruise, I posted about the knitters on board….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”