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Cruise Diary: Day at Sea

Cruise Diary: Day at Sea

Yvon and Cees Kloppenburg are currently on a back-to-back western Mediterranean cruise on board Ryndam. They will be chronicling their cruising experience for us on the blog. The cruise we’re currently on is named “Spanish Serenade.” Beside the call at Casablanca, we will only visit Spanish ports. Some people still think that a cruise is…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day…”

First Cruise Leaves Lasting Impression

First Cruise Leaves Lasting Impression

Thanks to HAL guests Ken and Janiece Spencer for sending in this note and photos from their Alaska cruise on Volendam. We had an incredible time both on board Volendam and on the land tour of Alaska. Our first cruise was a lifetime memory maker! The deluxe Veranda suite was wonderful and the personnel were…   read more of “First Cruise Leaves…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Lisbon, Portugal

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Lisbon, Portugal

The Statue of Christ in Lisbon is a smaller replica of the Christ the Redeemer monument on Corcovado in Rio de Janiero. It’s quite impressive when we pass it as we sail along the Tagus River. Jonathan Bailey SEH Officer ms Amsterdam

Video: Noordam’s Sail Away from Palermo, Sicily

Special thanks to HAL guests Keith and Christine Brandt for sharing this video of Nordam’s sail away from Palermo, Sicily, which they took from decks aboard Ryndam during their cruise.

Michelin Star Chef Paul Virant Hosts Cooking Class on Westerdam

Michelin Star Chef Paul Virant Hosts Cooking Class on Westerdam

Michelin star Chef Paul Virant recently sailed aboard Westerdam to Alaska. During his time on board, Chef Virant held classes, performed cooking demonstrations, showcased his culinary expertise and shared tips with guest in Westerdam’s Culinary Arts Center, the line’s state-of-the-art show kitchen aboard each ship. The interactive sessions allow guests to participate in making a…   read more of “Michelin Star Chef…”

Amsterdam’s Grand Asia & Australia Voyage Departs Seattle

Amsterdam’s Grand Asia & Australia Voyage Departs Seattle

Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. Holland America Line’s flagship the ms Amsterdam set sail from Seattle Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, for her 75-day Grand Asia and Australia Voyage. This circle navigation of the Pacific Rim will showcase the people and cultures of Russia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore,…   read more of “Amsterdam’s…”