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Cruise Diary: Valentine’s Day on Zaandam

Cruise Diary: Valentine’s Day on Zaandam

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband are cruising again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon will chronicle their cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy!

Photo Diary: Arrival at Singapore

Photo Diary: Arrival at Singapore

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. Here is our arrival at Singapore.

Captain’s Log: Project Linus

Captain’s Log: Project Linus

Project Linus continues on the 2013 Grand World Voyage. The project provides new, handmade blankets, afghans and hats to children who are seriously ill, traumatised or otherwise in need. David Coleman has continued the project, which was organised by Anna Lewis of Seattle during the 2012 GWV. I am seen here with David, receiving a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

The ABC’s of Rio’s Culinary Scene

The ABC’s of Rio’s Culinary Scene

Maasdam was at the exciting port of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for three days this week. Guests got to experience some of the city’s Carnaval flavor. Read about the “ABC’s” of Rio’s culinary scene from an article that appeared in Mariner Magazine. Rio de Janeiro By Scott Mitchem, published in Holland America Line’s award-winning Mariner…   read more of “The ABC’s of…”

More Facebook Fans Canada/New England Photos

More Facebook Fans Canada/New England Photos

We invited our Facebook fans to share with us their HAL photos from Canada/New England to be in the running for the line’s “Fans’ First” Facebook Page Cover Photo on March 1st. Here are more photos from guest Lisa Ann Lapp. Enjoy! These photos are from Sydney! What a great time we had aboard Holland…   read more of “More Facebook Fans…”

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Sweetheart Sugar Cookies

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Sweetheart Sugar Cookies

Enjoy another one of Rudi’s Recipes for Valentine’s Day. SWEETHEART SUGAR COOKIES To decorate these cookies, sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar or drizzle them with chocolate sauce. YIELD: Two to three dozen INGREDIENTS: 14 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 drops vanilla extract 2…   read more of “Rudi’s…”