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140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

Dec. 15, 1997: Rotterdam VI sets sail on its seven-day maiden voyage to the Caribbean. The 62,000-ton, 1,316-passenger ship serves as the fleet’s flagship for the 21st century, maintaining the elegance of previous ships bearing the name, combined with state-of-art features and an unmatched art collection valued at $11.5 million.

A Beautiful Day Aboard Zuiderdam

A Beautiful Day Aboard Zuiderdam

Thanks to HAL guest Regina for sending in this beautiful photo that was taken on board Zuiderdam. Here is a shot from Zuiderdam as we were departing Vancouver, northbound to Alaska. The Alaskan weather was “variable”, to say the least! — Regina

Cruise Diary: Day 2 at Cairns, Australia

Cruise Diary: Day 2 at Cairns, Australia

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their second day at port in Cairns, Australia. On our second day in Cairns, Al and I took a tour called “The Kuranda Experience” to Kuranda, a funky…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day 2…”

Video: Shore Excursions Montage

Here is a montage of five Panama Canal Sunfarer Voyage shore excursions. The footage was recorded in 2012 on Zuiderdam on the shore excursions offered at the ports Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Panama. — Bryan Ringos Half Moon Cay: Stingray Adventure Bonaire: Two-Site Snorkeling Gatun Lake Panama: Monkey Watch Aruba: Sailing &…   read more of “Video: Shore…”

Happy 100th Birthday!

Happy 100th Birthday!

Here are the Green House Spa and Salon girls helping guest Madeline celebrate her 100th birthday on board the ms Amsterdam. When Madeline came in for her hair appointment the team presented Madeline with a cake and birthday card from all the crew, signed by Captain Fred Eversen. Madeline Machetta is traveling with her family…   read more of “Happy 100th…”

Photo Diary: Semarang, Java

Photo Diary: Semarang, Java

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Volendam’s voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong and is sharing with us photos from his trip. Here are beautiful photos taken during his visit to Semarang, Java. What a wonderful experience to see many families, in fact 900 come on board to see many of…   read more of “Photo Diary:…”

Rotterdam Gets a Makeover in Time for the Holidays

Rotterdam Gets a Makeover in Time for the Holidays

Thanks to Martijn van Winden, Rotterdam‘s Pinnacle Grill manager, for sending in photos of Rotterdam undergoing some renovations. At the moment the ship is dry-docked at Hamburg, Germany. On December 22 Rotterdam will welcome guests embarking in Rotterdam on the freshly updated ship and set sail on a Christmas cruise. Here are some photos of…   read more of “Rotterdam Gets a…”

Prinsendam Postcards from Manaus, Brazil

Prinsendam Postcards from Manaus, Brazil

**Note: We’re happy to report that Chief Engineer Jaap Wisse has briefly come out of retirement to go back on board Prinsendam for a little while. During Prinsendam’s call at Manaus, Brazil, we decided to do some bike exploring on our own. Here are some scenes from our trip.