The Statendam team organized a special Black & Silver Officer’s Ball. The dining room, bars and Showroom at Sea were beautifully decorated in black and silver and all of the officers were wearing special silver bow ties while the HALCats provided great entertainment. Officers and guests danced the night away.
Special thanks to HAL guest Lee Wells for sharing this photo from his Grand Asia & Australia voyage aboard Amsterdam in October 2012. Here’s a photo of two of the amazing crew members strutting their stuff on Chinese day during our Grand Asia cruise in Oct. 2012. – Lee Wells
Dec. 3, 1993: Maasdam is christened at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by actress June Allyson before setting sail on her first Caribbean cruise. Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, Maasdam is the fifth HAL ship to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently on a Volendam voyage from Sydney to Singapore and is sharing photos of his trip with us. Here are some from the ship’s call at Cairns, Queensland.
Special thanks to HAL guest Frans Jonges for sharing these photos from his recent Hawaii cruise aboard Zaandam.
Big thanks to HAL guest George for sending in this great story of his most memorable HAL cruise. Thanks, George! After several first, last and important HAL voyages, including the first leg of Rotterdam V’s last around-the-world trip and Rotterdam VI’s first eastbound trans-Atlantic crossing, the greatest was the 40th anniversary cruise commemorating the change… read more of “Memorable HAL…”
Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.
Team Veendam is glad to welcome Johanna van Kempen on board. Actually we’d like to welcome her ‘back’ on board. Johanna was a shop attendant (a ‘shoppie’) on the previous Veendam III (1972-1984) and has never been back on board a ship. Her wish was to sail on the Veendam again and here she is,… read more of “Welcome Back,…”