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Cruisin’ with Zuiderdam

Cruisin’ with Zuiderdam

Thanks to HAL Mariner Karsten for sending in these photos of his last HAL cruise. We look forward to having you on board again in January! Some photos from our recent trip this January with Zuiderdam. We are close to embarking Rotterdam on a 37-day Asia cruise. We found out that a 10-day cruise is…   read more of “Cruisin’ with…”

140 Years Young: Prinsendam Remodeled

140 Years Young: Prinsendam Remodeled

Dec. 17, 2007: HAL completes a significant $20 million upgrade to its “Elegant Explorer,” ms Prinsendam. The enhancements include new luxury bathrooms in all staterooms, the addition of the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, expanded and refurbished shopping promenade, and new carpets and stone flooring.

Cruise Diary: Day 1 at Cairns, Australia

Cruise Diary: Day 1 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 visit to Cairns, Australia. Cairns is pronounced like “Kaenz”. Al and I decided to have a leisurely morning on the Volendam taking photos from the ship today…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day 1…”

Volendam Crew Trek Komodo Island

Volendam Crew Trek Komodo Island

Here is a photo of some of Volendam’s crew during the Komodo Dragon Adventure tour on December 5th. Anne Marie is Volendam’s human resources manager.

Volendam Makes a Generous Donation in Indonesia

Volendam Makes a Generous Donation in Indonesia

The Volendam made a donation of clothing, shoes and other items, including a guitar to the Komodo Village in Indonesia on December 5th. It was quite an adventure to get the items there. We first loaded them onto our tender and then transferred them to local boats on the pier. The local boats then took…   read more of “Volendam Makes a…”

Photo Diary: Pattaya, Thailand

Photo Diary: Pattaya, Thailand

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Volendam’s voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong and shared with us photos from his trip. Here’s a beautiful photo taken during his visit to Thailand. Arrived here from Ko Samui. Overnight here then to Saigon. — Noel and Pat

Rotterdam’s Colorful Sailaway from the Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Colorful Sailaway from the Port of Rotterdam

Special thanks to HAL guest and regular blog contributor Hans Janssen for these photos from his Rotterdam cruise. Here are some pictures taken during our wonderful cruise aboard ms Rotterdam as it sailed to the Caribbean. They were taken during the departure from the Port of Rotterdam. – Hans Janssen

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Joins Fleet

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Joins Fleet

Dec. 14, 2002: HAL’s first Vista-class ship Zuiderdam, departs from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage. The 1,848-guest, 81,769-ton ship is the first of five Vista-class vessels. At the heart of Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, is a Waterford Crystal Seahorse which sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”