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Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

For guests wishing to extend their cruise vacation, the Hotel Procurement & Tour Inventory Team works tirelessly to create hotel and vacation packages that are designed to be enjoyed before or after the cruise. (Note: These packages differ from shore excursions, which are designed to be enjoyed during the cruise.) With pre- and post-cruise packages,…   read more of “Extending the…”

Canaletto Adds ‘Small Plate’ Dishes

Canaletto Adds ‘Small Plate’ Dishes

Canaletto‘s one of our most popular alternative dining options. Its classic Italian fare is served in a casual setting adjacent to the Lido. Named for the famous 18th-century Venetian artist, Canaletto’s dinner-only menu includes traditional seafood, pasta, and meat and veal dishes. Spartire is the Italian word for sharing. It is a concept that is…   read more of “Canaletto Adds…”

A Unique Call at Heimaey, Iceland

A Unique Call at Heimaey, Iceland

Veendam‘s Safety, Environmental & Health Officer Ronald de Bloeme sent in these pretty photos of the ship at Heimaey, Westman Islands, Iceland. Did you know at Heimaey you can see millions of wild puffins or go on a cruise looking for orcas, dolphins and porpoises? Heimaey is just one of the unique ports we call…   read more of “A Unique Call at…”

Cruise Diary: Akureyri, Iceland

Cruise Diary: Akureyri, Iceland

Wendy R. London, HAL Mariner and corporate affairs manager/founder of CruiseBubble.com, recently was aboard Prinsendam and let us join in on her vacation. This wonderful town of 18,000 – a metropolis compared with our last port where it was a challenge to peg the population at even 3,000 – is the capital of the north…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Port Spotlight: St. Maarten

Port Spotlight: St. Maarten

It’s one of the only places in the world that is spelled two ways and it provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures. Sixty percent of the island of Saint Martin is French, 40 percent of St. Maarten is Dutch and the whole island enjoys a Caribbean flavor. When we call there on…   read more of “Port Spotlight: St….”

Captain’s Log: Glaciers Galore

Captain’s Log: Glaciers Galore

Once again, Seymour Narrows was transited, this time at the more civilised hour of 10:30 p.m. Seymour was described by Captain George Vancouver, on his voyage of discovery, as ‘one of the vilest stretches of water in the world”. It is easy to imagine why, on a ship under sail, trying to navigate the treacherous…   read more of “Captain’s…”