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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

To all of our celebrating readers, the Holland America Blog team wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Taking my Mother-In-Law on her First Vacation

Taking my Mother-In-Law on her First Vacation

Thanks to Betsy Majma for sharing this touching story about cruising on Zuiderdam with her mother-in-law. My mother-in-law had never been on a vacation her whole life that did not include visiting relatives. We waited for years for her husband to exit his misery so that she would be free to travel without worrying about…   read more of “Taking my…”

Alaska Cruising with Mom and Dad

Alaska Cruising with Mom and Dad

Thanks to Facebook fan and Mariner Linda Bair for sending us this nice photo from her cruise with her parents to Alaska. What is the perfect HAL cruise for a little “older” mom (and dad) like mine? ALASKA! We arranged for my parents to have a suite with a large balcony and then everyone in…   read more of “Alaska Cruising…”

Rudi’s Mother’s Day Recipes: Strawberries Romanoff

Rudi’s Mother’s Day Recipes: Strawberries Romanoff

STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF Antonin Careme, the most important chef in post-Revolution France, created this dish when he traveled to Russia to work for Tsar Alexander. INGREDIENTS 3 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and halved 1/2 cup Grand Marnier, divided 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup heavy cream 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened 1/4 cup fresh lemon…   read more of “Rudi’s…”

Family Fun with HAL

Family Fun with HAL

We have been on several cruises as a family. After taking the grandkids on 2 cruises we took them to Disney World. On the flight home they said they liked Disney a lot but would rather do another cruise. They were and 5 and 6 at the time and are now 13 and 14 and…   read more of “Family Fun with…”

Cruising with Mom to Celebrate Special Birthdays

Cruising with Mom to Celebrate Special Birthdays

Thanks to HAL Facebook fan Lynn Neddo for sending us some great pictures with her mother during their Caribbean cruise. Mom (June Neddo) and I went cruising together in December 2009. Ten days in the Caribbean! We celebrated both our birthdays (Dec./Jan.) and had an absolute blast! So glad we got to spend that time…   read more of “Cruising with Mom…”

Rudi’s Mother’s Day Recipes: Berry Salad with Greens, Radicchio and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rudi’s Mother’s Day Recipes: Berry Salad with Greens, Radicchio and Balsamic Vinaigrette

These dishes for Mother’s Day are designed around the idea of total beauty. Naturally, I think all dishes should be as pleasing to the eye as to the palate, but I selected recipes and presentations that are particularly lovely to behold, because the special women in our lives invariably notice and appreciate the little beautiful…   read more of “Rudi’s…”