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HAL’s Very Own Tulip at World-Famous Keukenhof Spring Gardens

HAL’s Very Own Tulip at World-Famous Keukenhof Spring Gardens

On Nov. 16 2012, Captain Edward van Zaane and Martin Schröder, Loyal Mariner and member of HAL’s Dutch advisory board, took part in the planting of HAL’s exclusive tulip at Keukenhof Spring gardens in the Netherlands. HAL partnered with the world-famous garden to develop the exclusive tulip for HAL’s 140th anniversary celebration next year. Master…   read more of “HAL’s Very…”

Rudi’s Recipes: Pumpkin Soup Bowls

Rudi’s Recipes: Pumpkin Soup Bowls

Here’s a delightful way to kick off the Thanksgiving meal. The pumpkin “bowls” can roast while the turkey is resting. Though the traditional jack-o’-lantern variety of pumpkin is fine for the bowls, use any other variety, even butternut squash, for the soup. Mini Pumpkin Soup Bowls

Veendam Crew Member Promoted to Controller

Veendam Crew Member Promoted to Controller

Team Veendam would like to congratulate Komang Wibawa with his promotion to Controller. Komang Wibawa has been senior clerk for a while and received the great news during a meeting with the hotel officers. Komang will officially take over as controller when the current controller goes on vacation.

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

Nov. 18, 2011: Porthole Cruise Magazine names Half Moon Cay the Best Private Island in the cruise industry for the 11th consecutive year. Later, Editor-In-Chief Bill Panoff gives HAL the Best On-Board Art Collection Award in Porthole’s Editor’s Awards. Half Moon Cay features 15 private beachfront, air-conditioned cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon, a Captain Morgan…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

Striking Sunrise in Palermo, Italy

Striking Sunrise in Palermo, Italy

Thanks to Mariners Mike and Stephanie Greensberg for sending in this picture of the beautiful sunrise they encountered while sailing to Palermo, Italy. The sunrise as we were approaching Palermo on Oct. 4, 2012. We were on Noordam for a 10-day Mediterranean cruise. – Mike and Stephanie Greenberg

Oosterdam Witnesses Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Oosterdam Witnesses Rare Total Solar Eclipse

On November 14, 2012, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Oosterdam was an honored witness of a total solar eclipse while cruising the Coral Sea. The solar eclipse started at approximately 6:49 a.m. and ended at approximately 8:58 a.m. Special ‘solar eclipse glasses’ were given to all guests and crew members. The guests and crew members of…   read more of “Oosterdam Witnesses…”

Ryndam Enters Dry Dock at Freeport

Ryndam Enters Dry Dock at Freeport

Here’s a picture of the beautiful Ryndam high and dry in Grand Bahamas dry-dock number 3 during her bi-annual maintenance period. Andrew Barker, Safety Officer ms Ryndam