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Cruise Diary: Almeira and Granada, Spain

Cruise Diary: Almeira and Granada, Spain

Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! We finally made it into the Mediterranean Sea. Almeria, Spain is along the southern coast of Spain. At the eastern edge of Andalusia lies the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

140th Celebration Photo on Ryndam

140th Celebration Photo on Ryndam

Thanks to Ryndam‘s Safety Officer Andrew Barker for sending in this 140th Anniversary celebration photo. The MS Ryndam deck department celebrated the 140th anniversary of Holland America Line with a gift from the people of Portimao, Portugal. — Andrew Barker

Marco’s Moments: Evening Lights in Freeport

Marco’s Moments: Evening Lights in Freeport

Nieuw Amsterdam is currently in drydock in Freeport, Bahamas. This is the first drydock for the Nieuw Amsterdam since she came out. So far we are making very good progress with the works. We will come out as a sparkly new ship again. Last night I went out with my camera to take some gorgeous…   read more of “Marco’s…”

Happy Queen’s Day!

Happy Queen’s Day!

Happy Queen’s Day! Today marks the day that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix is ending her reign after 33 years and passing the crown to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. He will be the Netherlands’ first king since Willem III died in 1890. Holland America Line is proud of its roots in the Netherlands, from its founding…   read more of “Happy Queen’s…”

Captain’s Log: Fortaleza, Belem, Devil’s Island and Farewell … for Now

Captain’s Log: Fortaleza, Belem, Devil’s Island and Farewell … for Now

Dear readers, my apologies for not contributing for several days. Towards the end of one’s contract, there never seem to be enough hours in a day. What with social functions, endless paperwork, (reports in various guises) and the everyday responsibilities of commanding a cruise ship, time to sit and write to you seems to be…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Spring is Coming to Seattle

Spring is Coming to Seattle

Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. Spring in Seattle brings with it two Dutch treats: Beautiful tulips of every color of the rainbow and soon the return of Holland America Line ships to our fair city. A sight that rarely graces Seattle’s Elliott Bay was the arrival of the…   read more of “Spring is Coming to…”

Photo Diary: Greece and Croatia

Photo Diary: Greece and Croatia

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Noordam for 21 days and is sharing with us photos from his trip. Here are beautiful photos taken during his calls at Corfu, Greece, and Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia. Arrived on such a fab day as we continue to travel the Med Sea, we now…   read more of “Photo Diary: Greece…”