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Exploring Istanbul and Galata Tower

Exploring Istanbul and Galata Tower

We arrived in Istanbul via the world (it seemed) on May 16, boarded the Noordam on the 17 and finally got to see a little of the city the next day. The ship docked just down from the Galata Tower, a structure built in 528 A.D. It sits atop one of the hills of the…   read more of “Exploring Istanbul…”

Photo Diary: A Busy Day in Istanbul

Photo Diary: A Busy Day in Istanbul

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, was on Noordam for 21 days and is still sharing photos from his trip. Here is some snapshot taken during his call at Istanbul, Turkey. A busy Istanbul harbour and cruise terminal on a Saturday afternoon.

Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

During its South Pacific Crossing, the crew of the ms Oosterdam were treated to a tour of Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand, where traditional dances were performed for the group.

Cruise Diary: Athens, Greece

Cruise Diary: Athens, Greece

Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ve just received these wonderful posts. We’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! We had a very nice relaxing cruise down to Piraeus, the port for Athens, from Istanbul. We arrived in…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

A First Cruise on Eurodam

A First Cruise on Eurodam

Thanks to Susie and Glenn for sending in some photos from their recent trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey aboard Eurodam. We have recently returned from our first cruise taking in sites in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Absolutely loved it. The ms Eurodam was excellent and the staff very warm and professional. Highly recommend this…   read more of “A First Cruise on…”

Queen’s Day Aboard Rotterdam

Queen’s Day Aboard Rotterdam

April 30 was Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, and Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne after 33 years as the Dutch monarch. Thanks to Cruise Director Glen Coenen for sharing photos of Queen’s Day celebrations aboard Rotterdam. The Abdication was shown all day in the Crow’s Nest and the crew organized an afternoon party with the…   read more of “Queen’s Day…”

Photo Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Photo Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Noordam for 21 days and is sharing photos from his trip. Here are some snapshots taken during his call at Istanbul, Turkey.

Two HAL Captain’s Visit the Bridge on ss Rotterdam

Two HAL Captain’s Visit the Bridge on ss Rotterdam

During our Senior Management Conference taking place on ss Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Captains Peter Bos and Edward van Zanne visited the ship’s bridge. Captain van Zanne was captain on ss Rotterdam in 1994. Captain Bos was the last HAL Captain to sail on ss Rotterdam before the ship was sold in 1997. Both Captains enjoyed…   read more of “Two HAL…”