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A Day-Trip to Albania

A Day-Trip to Albania

“Albania? Are We Allowed to Go there?” The answer is yes. A few years ago Albania was taken off the restricted countries list that was on our U.S. passports for so long. The Albanian Adventure shore excursion departs from Corfu by hydrofoil and the ride is about 45 minutes to the port of Sarana. The…   read more of “A Day-Trip to…”

Sailing South to Antarctica

Sailing South to Antarctica

Thanks to guest Cheryl Kaufenberg for sending in these stunning photos from her South America and Antarctica cruise. We sailed on the last of the winter 2013 South America/Antarctica cruises out of Buenos Aires on HAL’s Veendam. Weather the entire time was absolutely fantastic allowing us first of all to spend a day in Stanley…   read more of “Sailing South to…”

Cruise Diary: Papeete, Tahiti

Cruise Diary: Papeete, Tahiti

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! We arrived in Papeete, Tahiti, at 9:00 p.m. We sat on the top deck and watched the “sail-in.” We over-nighted on the dock, but didn’t go into town until the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Rotterdam Celebrates Filipino Independence Day

Rotterdam Celebrates Filipino Independence Day

Here are photos of the Filipino Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony held on June 12 as well as the tug-of-war competition held June 14. All photos were taken by our Assistant Culinary Operations Manager Yvonne den Haan.

Rudi’s Father’s Day Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Mango Whipped Cream and Lime-Butter Sauce

Rudi’s Father’s Day Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Mango Whipped Cream and Lime-Butter Sauce

This light and refreshing dessert is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Instead of firing up the grill, you can cook the pineapple in an oiled grill pan over medium-high heat. Grilled Pineapple with Mango Whipped Cream and Lime-Butter Sauce YIELD: 6 servings INGREDIENTS: Grilled Pineapple 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons light brown sugar…   read more of “Rudi’s…”

Celebrating Filipino Independence Day aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

Celebrating Filipino Independence Day aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

This week, staff aboard Nieuw Amsterdam celebrated Filipino Independence Day. The holiday fell on June 12 and commemorates the Filipino Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1898. Thanks to the ship’s Human Resources Clerk Roi Napitupulu for sending in these photos.

A Creative Tile Table

A Creative Tile Table

Thanks to Holland America Line Personal Cruise Consultant Valerie Vanyo for sharing with us a note from one of her travel agents. Our guests certainly get creative with their Delft tiles! This is the way we have used the HAL tiles. My husband and son assembled this table, and we get SO many comments on…   read more of “A Creative Tile…”

Cruise Diary: Sailing to Alaska on Zaandam

Cruise Diary: Sailing to Alaska on Zaandam

Adventure traveler and Dutch TV personality Charlotte Van Hoorn was on board Zaandam for an Alaska cruise and will be sharing her adventure with us. With help from Christine B. of Group Special Services Dept., my chums and I enjoyed the personal touches given by the friendliest staff and officers I have met in all…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”