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Snapshot from Icy Strait Point Adventure in Alaska

Snapshot from Icy Strait Point Adventure in Alaska

Here is a picture of a Humpback Whale bubble net fishing during the Icy Strait Point Kayak Adventure shore excursion while on the ms Amsterdam on July 29, 2011. – Jeff Bieder

Zuiderdam’s Celebrity Cookoff

Zuiderdam’s Celebrity Cookoff

Recently on board Zuiderdam, Guest Chef Paul Carter, executive chef of The Phoenician in Phoenix, Ariz., and Hotel Manager Kees van Santen battled it out in a fun culinary showdown in the ship’s Culinary Arts Center. In the end there could only be one winner. Congrats to Hotel Manager van Santen for his winning dish…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

HAL guest George Labecki and his family sailed aboard Nieuw Amsterdam’s Mediterranean Tapestry cruise throughout Europe this past July and documented his experience in a journal. Below is the entry from his visit to Messina, Italy. Enjoy! July 11th Finishing the Beginning: Messina, Sicily, Italy It seems that when you book a cruise, there is…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Liverpool

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Liverpool

Prinsendam was docked in Liverpool, England, for Indonesia’s Independence Day. The flag raising ceremony took place pier-side, with the Indonesian community on hand to commemorate the day, along with officers and staff. After the ceremony, the traditional tug of war and sack races were held as well.

Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking Tour in Ketchikan, Alaska

Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking Tour in Ketchikan, Alaska

Special thanks to Rachel Moodie, HAL Internal Communications & Public Relations Manager, for sending in this post and great photos. Another excellent and adventurous excursion was the Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking Tour in Ketchikan. Tatoosh means “protected”, so appropriately, the waters were very calm. Again, the tour description was accurate. We took an exhilarating ride…   read more of “Tatoosh Islands Sea…”

Prinsendam’s Indonesian Suite Lunch

Prinsendam’s Indonesian Suite Lunch

Thanks to Martijn van Winden, Prinsendam’s Pinnacle Grill manager, for sending in photos of a special Indonesian lunch prepared in the dining room galley. Prinsendam’s culinary team prepared nasi goring, sambal buncis, sate ayam, gado gado soto ayam and many more traditional Indonesian plates to enjoy.

Today is Labor Day

Today is Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the United States, and all the banks, government offices and most businesses are closed for the national holiday. Your blog team is taking a well-deserved break today as well, but we’ll be back tomorrow with more Holland America Line-related content!