Mariners Nancy and Doug Crosbie cruised with HAL three times this year, each time on a different ship. They were kind enough to share a photo from each voyage. Thanks Nancy and Doug!
My wife and I took our very first cruise on the ms Westerdam back in September. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary aboard the ship’s Alaska Explorer voyage. We would like to thank Holland America Line and the Westerdam crew for such a wonderful experience. The staff and crew were amazing and the Alaska ports… read more of “Celebrating a 30th…”
Veendam got her first polar plunge yesterday which was a perfect way to prepare the ship for the upcoming Antarctica cruises. During the first visit to the glaciers this season while floating at Brujo Glacier, located in the Chilean fjords, we were able to take some great shots from one of the tenders. While enjoying… read more of “Bert’s Beauty…”
On Nov. 7, the Maasdam crew and officers said goodbye to Chief Engineer Juul Gehrmann after nearly 35 years of hard work, dedication and service. We rolled out the red carpet, had a lineup of hotel, deck and engine officers and with thanks from our corporate office, we even had a limousine take Juul and… read more of “Maasdam Crew Bids…”
Here are a couple great snapshots of Rotterdam leaving the Port of Rotterdam Nov. 2. Aad Hoogesteger is a cruise ship aficionado and regular contributor to the Holland America Blog.
On Nov. 4, 2012, Volendam donated some 19 boxes of pillows to a Mataram (Lombok) orphanage. This donation was kindly received by three representatives from the orphanage who were extremely thankful for the donation and said that they would be much appreciated by the children. Volendam plans to make more donations in Komodo Island when… read more of “Volendam Makes…”
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was a beautiful place to spend our leisure time. The day was a perfect mix of ecological discovery, natural beauty and spirited entertainment. We were greeted by Jaime, our tour leader for the Sea Lion Encounter tour, at the pier. Then a private catamaran sailed us to a private resort where sea… read more of “Statendam Crew…”
We have a guest on board Veendam who was a cook on the ss Nieuw Amsterdam in 1956. He even kept his I-95 and his seaman book. When we found out, we organized a chef’s jacket, had it signed by the captain, staff captain, myself, the chef and the culinary operations manager. Than we took… read more of “Once a Cook, Always…”