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Volendam’s Real Life Hero

Volendam’s Real Life Hero

A big token of gratitude is in order for Volendam Salon Manager Cynthia Ferguson who was presented with the “Life Saver Award” for saving a passenger’s life! Two cruises ago, she saved a guest’s life in the dining room by performing the Heimlich maneuver to stop her from choking. The guest wrote a letter to…   read more of “Volendam’s…”

Cruise Diary: That’s Entertainment

Cruise Diary: That’s Entertainment

Dr. Deborah Wheeler is a travel writer who was on board Zaandam and sent in posts from her cruise. The music on board our 21-day Hawaii and Mexico Collector’s Voyage was both interesting and great fun. We enjoyed a string quartet, a guitarist, a piano man and his trio, a live band, and several musical…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Oosterdam Docks at Sydney Harbour

Oosterdam Docks at Sydney Harbour

Thanks to Mariner Eddie Bernard for sending in this great photo of Oosterdam in Sydney Harbour last month. Thanks, Eddie!

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

Captain’s Log: Pitcon

12th February, At sea, towards Sydney, Australia Yesterday, we docked in the small harbour at Picton on schedule. Our voyage from Wellington was a short one, it is only 44 miles from the pilot station off Wellington to the pilot station for Picton, consequently we steamed at a very slow speed of 8 knots to…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Cooking Demonstration Provides Guests with a Taste of Indonesia

Cooking Demonstration Provides Guests with a Taste of Indonesia

Rotterdam is currently on its way to Indonesia. But before we arrive at that wonderful country, Pinnacle Grill Stewards Ria and Lelik held a cooking demonstration for our guests. They made Nasi Goreng and Sambal, a traditional dish from their homeland Indonesia, in the Culinary Arts Center. Enjoy! Martijn van Winden Pinnacle Grill Manager ms…   read more of “Cooking…”

Prinsendam and Veendam Greet in the South Atlantic Ocean

Prinsendam and Veendam Greet in the South Atlantic Ocean

Special thanks to HAL’s Vice President of Nautical Operations Cees Deelstra for this post. On February 6, the Veendam and Prinsendam met each other in the South Atlantic Ocean. The Veendam was on her way from Port Stanley, Falkland islands, to Antarctica, and the Prinsendam was on her way north from Antarctica to the Falklands….   read more of “Prinsendam and…”

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

Captain’s Log: The Blessing of the Boats

The last time I wrote, Friso, my 2nd-in-command, was about to embark on a tender in Wellington harbour and participate in a ‘Blessing of the Boats’ ceremony. All went superbly on a sunny day, tender 11 was escorted to the ‘blessing site’ by members of the local Coast Guard with their boat. Approximately 40 boats…   read more of “Captain’s…”