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40 Years of Service

40 Years of Service

On the May 26, 2013, a special party was held in honor of Chief Engineer Peter Pals who is celebrating his 40 Year Anniversary with Holland America Line. All departments — Nautical, Technical and Hotel staff members — were in attendance to assist in celebrating this momentous occasion. In his speech Chief Engineer Pals shared…   read more of “40 Years of…”

Cruise Diary: Alghero, Sardinia

Cruise Diary: Alghero, Sardinia

Five-Star Mariners 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! Today we were supposed to visit Alghero, Sardinia, but when we got there, the sea conditions were not great for anchoring and tendering, so the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

An Anniversary to Remember

An Anniversary to Remember

This was taken on our Holland America Alaska cruise for our 45th wedding anniversary. — Karl and Karen Schorno

Postcards from a Trans-Atlantic Crossing

Postcards from a Trans-Atlantic Crossing

Special thanks to HAL guest and regular blog contributor Hans Janssen for these photos from his recent cruise aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Here are some pictures of our transatlantic cruise with the Nieuw Amsterdam 04-30-2013 up to 05-15-2013 from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona.

A Poem from Germany

A Poem from Germany

Thanks to Niño L. Lagare, Eurodam‘s second electrician, for sending in this great photo from Warnemunde, Germany. From photography to poetry, Niño is a man of many talents! A Poem from Germany By Niño L. Lagare Lay down in the sand Ice cold beer in the hand A Tower at the back As I watch…   read more of “A Poem from…”

Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After a “catch-up day at sea” luckily we tendered into Rarotonga (one of the Cook Islands), a New Zealand protectorate. We were told that on the last cruise, the water…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”