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Postcard from Ephesus, Turkey

Postcard from Ephesus, Turkey

On July 10, 2013, while the ship was docked at Kusadasi, Turkey, the crew members of the Nieuw Amsterdam visited the ancient city of Ephesus. The ancient city of Ephesus, located near the Aegean Sea in modern day Turkey, was one of the great cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor and home to the…   read more of “Postcard from…”

Cruise Diary: Cruising with Kids

Cruise Diary: Cruising with Kids

Award-winning author and writer Jeanette Hurt was cruising the Baltic on Prinsendam with her entire family to watch her parents renew their vows. Enjoy her farewell words and her husband (and professional photographer) Kyle Edwards’ photos. You can also follow her on Twitter @JHurtAuthor or www.jeanettehurt.com. A lot of people told us we were crazy…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Recipe: Chef Jeremy Langlois’ Chopped Salad

Recipe: Chef Jeremy Langlois’ Chopped Salad

Jeremy Langlois leads the culinary team at the Houmas House Plantation as executive chef of the award-winning Latil’s Landing Restaurant, named by Esquire magazine as one of the top 20 best new restaurants in America. Chef Langlois recently sailed on Zuiderdam as part of the Culinary Arts Center program and gave some tasty demonstrations. Chopped…   read more of “Recipe: Chef Jeremy…”

Veendam Sails into Amsterdam

Veendam Sails into Amsterdam

Thanks to blog fan Aad Hoogesteger for sending in these beautiful pictures of Veendam sailing into Amsterdam yesterday.

A Family Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

A Family Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Thanks to HAL guest Wil Leemans for sending in these great family photos that were taken while cruising with Nieuw Amsterdam last year.

Cruise Diary: Long Day’s Journey Into Day – Almost the North Pole

Cruise Diary: Long Day’s Journey Into Day – Almost the North Pole

Wendy R. London, HAL Mariner and corporate affairs manager/founder of CruiseBubble.com, is aboard Prinsendam and is letting us join in on her vacation. Land of the Midnight Sun For the last few days, we’ve had no sunrises nor any sunsets – that line in our daily weather information is blank. Daylight is our constant companion….   read more of “Cruise Diary: Long…”

Packing in Purple for Next HAL Cruise

Packing in Purple for Next HAL Cruise

Nancy Goforth is a cruise enthusiast — on her next trip with Holland America she will become a 5 star mariner! Congrats, Nancy, and thanks for sharing. I’m getting ready for my cruise the end of September with new luggage. My husband noticed the colors of my huge hydrangea bush and suitcases and suggested a…   read more of “Packing in Purple…”

Digital Workshop: Convert Any File

Digital Workshop: Convert Any File

Special thanks to Maasdam’s techspert John who posted this on post from HAL’s Digital Workshop blog. Have you ever found that now and then there’s a computer file—such as an audio file, a video or a document—which is in a format that you can’t open? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to easily convert…   read more of “Digital Workshop:…”