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Jerusalem and Other Unique Ports

Jerusalem and Other Unique Ports

On a recent Noordam cruise guests were treated to a call at Ashdod, Israel, one of the more unique places that Holland America Line visits. Among the hundreds of ports on the line’s roster are dozens of off-the-beaten-path destinations and rarely visited locales. If you’re looking to take a cruise this fall or winter to…   read more of “Jerusalem and Other…”

Exotic Shore Excursions: The Temple of Angkor Wat

Exotic Shore Excursions: The Temple of Angkor Wat

From Angkor Wat to the Amazon … we have some amazing shore excursions. Did you know you can go on a Jungle Eco Safari in Koh Samui, Thailand; visit the Great Wall of China from Hong Kong, and go on a rare nighttime safari in the Amazon? Holland America Line features an exciting array of…   read more of “Exotic Shore…”

Lifelong Friends Make Lifelong Memories in Vietnam

Lifelong Friends Make Lifelong Memories in Vietnam

Thanks to guest Jeanne Johnson for sending in a picture of herself and a friend enjoying their vacation. It was wonderful to explore Halong Bay, Vietnam with my lifelong friend while on our cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. We enjoyed the shopping at the city market and seeing the World Heritage sites aboard a…   read more of “Lifelong Friends…”

Something’s Fishy in Busan, South Korea

Something’s Fishy in Busan, South Korea

Bloggers David and Veronica of GypsyNester.com wrote this great post with cool photos from their stop at Busan, South Korea while traveling on Volendam. Enjoy the fun read! Anyone who has watched M*A*S*H has heard of Busan, South Korea, although on the show it was called Pusan. As we learned from Beijing formerly being called…   read more of “Something’s…”

New Cruise to Myanmar in 2014

New Cruise to Myanmar in 2014

We’re all about Asia this week, and if you’re thinking about visiting the region with us next year, here’s a new, exciting itinerary! Volendam will sail a 14-Day Asian Adventure Voyage departing Feb. 17, 2014, round-trip from Singapore. The cruise stretches up to Myanmar and explores Malaysia, Thailand and India with calls at Malacca, Penang,…   read more of “New Cruise to…”

Spice Route to Singapore in 2014

Spice Route to Singapore in 2014

It sounds far away, but in reality January 2014 is right around the corner. Well, it certainly is if you’re planning on booking our 51-day Spice Route to Singapore Collectors’ Voyage on ms Rotterdam! Imagine visiting ports in Portugal, Spain, Malta, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Not to mention…   read more of “Spice Route to…”

Video: Passage to the Far East, Part 2

Here is Part 2 of blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen’s video that shows all of the highlights from his “A Passage to the Far East” voyage on Rotterdam.

Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

During the 24-day South Pacific Crossing, the ms Oosterdam passed the Equator on April 23, 2013, where King Neptune, Majesty of the Seas, granted passage at his Venerable Court to all officers and crew that they’ve been found worthy to be granted membership in his domain, the Royal and Ancient Order of Shellbacks. Naturally, there were…   read more of “Oosterdam’s King…”