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Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey

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! Istanbul is a wonderful city to visit! We have been here several times in the past, including staying here for a few nights prior to…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

ms Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates New Graduates

ms Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates New Graduates

Robert “Nick” Nichols, ms Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos of the center’s recent classes of graduates. ms Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Congratulations to the 175th class and graduates of the Housekeeping/Laundry class and the 40th Clerk class held at ms Nieuw Jakarta. Participants…   read more of “ms Nieuw Jakarta…”

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

During its 24-day South Pacific Crossing voyage, the ms Oosterdam experienced April 21 twice, as it passed the international date line through the islands of Western and American Samoa. For the first April 21, 2013, the Oosterdam invited a local Christian youth group on board during its call at Apia, Western Samoa. Hosted by our…   read more of “Time Travel Aboard…”

Photo Diary: Mykonos, Greece

Photo Diary: Mykonos, Greece

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 Mykonos, Greece. A very lovely island here in Greece just off the Turkish coast. As you can see, it has the famous Greek style windmills…   read more of “Photo Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Kusadasi, Turkey

Cruise Diary: Kusadasi, Turkey

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 have been to Kusadasi many times before and we really like it there. It is a big tourist destination, with one of the main…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruising with Mom and Remembering Dad

Cruising with Mom and Remembering Dad

Thanks to Sharri Scott for sending in this beautiful picture with her mother aboard Veendam. I have cruised with HAL 3 times with my mom, but the very first was in September 2004. It was 8 months after my Dad passed away. He and my mom had loved cruising with HAL and had been on…   read more of “Cruising with Mom…”