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Three Times with HAL in 2012

Three Times with HAL in 2012

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!

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Polar Plunge

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Polar Plunge

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…”

Rotterdam Sails Away

Rotterdam Sails Away

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.

Volendam Makes Charitable Donation in Lombok, Indonesia

Volendam Makes Charitable Donation in Lombok, Indonesia

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…”

Once a Cook, Always a Cook

Once a Cook, Always a Cook

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…”