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Bert’s Beauty Shots: Orcas in Alaska

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Orcas in Alaska

Amsterdam’s Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh was lucky enough to capture these beautiful orcas on film. A baby orca coming to the surface on it’s mommy’s back.

Zipping Through Juneau

Zipping Through Juneau

Myles Williams, Veendam’s crew purser, shared this group shot of some of the crew members before they set off on a zip line tour in Juneau, Alaska. The four-hour tour, set in the beautiful hills of Juneau, features nine different slides, including an amazing bridge.

Captain’s Log: Interesting Ships

Captain’s Log: Interesting Ships

Sailing around the world you come across some interesting ships. Ketchikan is no exception and so here are two. First is an old light vessel that currently goes by the name Marine Bio Researcher. She used to be the LV196 and marked Umatilla Reef of the Oregon Coast from 1961 to 1971. She was built…   read more of “Captain’s…”

A Cold One for Veendam’s Crew

A Cold One for Veendam’s Crew

Veendam’s cellar master, Sean Hart, sent in this note and photos from their visit to the Alaska Brewing Co. Cheers! As you may be aware, HAL ships on the Alaska run do very well with Alaskan beers. After a suggestion (and lots of help!) from Mrs. Erin Reid from Holland America Line, we approached Nancy…   read more of “A Cold One for…”

Lumberjack For a Day

Lumberjack For a Day

Eva Marti, Amsterdam’s shore excursions manager, sent us these great photos from a recent Lumberjack Competition held in Ketchikan, Alaska, between Holland America Line’s Amsterdam and Princess’ Golden Princess. The Amsterdam team, represented by Leandra Senekal, assistant shorex manager, and Jayne Colella, future cruise consultant, was the winner!

Kayaking in Sitka, Alaska

Kayaking in Sitka, Alaska

Zaandam called at Sitka, Alaska yesterday. This year is an anomaly economically and weather-wise. It is July in Alaska and the weather we had in May was both brighter and warmer. I am guessing mid to high 50’s today with gray skies and drizzle. The touring goes on regardless of weather and we are in…   read more of “Kayaking in Sitka,…”