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Governor Paul LePage Visits Maasdam

Governor Paul LePage Visits Maasdam

The officers and crew of ms Maasdam welcomed Maine Governor Paul LePage aboard when the ship docked at Bar Harbor on July 19. Governor LePage was accompanied by officials from the port and the local tourist board. At a welcome ceremony in the Crow’s Nest lounge, Captain Arno Jutten thanked the governor and his entourage…   read more of “Governor Paul…”

Painting Landscapes at the Piano Bar

Painting Landscapes at the Piano Bar

Thanks to artist and guest Casey for sending us some of his work done aboard Veendam. I’m Casey Hoke. I’m 16 years old and from Louisville, Kentucky. I just came back from sailing aboard the MS Veendam with my grandparents (and very well traveled HAL Mariners) from Boston to Quebec. I am a student artist…   read more of “Painting Landscapes…”

A Great Canada/New England Cruise with Veendam

A Great Canada/New England Cruise with Veendam

Thanks to HAL guest Patricia for sending in this post and great photos from her Canada/New England cruise with Veendam. We had a wonderful cruise on Veendam. Thanks to Ibrahim, Teghu, Sambas, Yimi, Haki and Isman for making our cruise so special. They were all so friendly & helpful. We hope we meet again.

Full Moon Over Veendam

Full Moon Over Veendam

While crew and passengers were heading for the beautiful city of Quebec, I turned around and took this picture of the moon. Ronald de Bloeme is Veendam’s safety, environmental and health officer.

Colorful Journeys with HAL

Colorful Journeys with HAL

Thanks to HAL guest Mira for sending in beautiful photos that were taken on various cruises with Zaandam, Veendam and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Cruising on the Intercoastal with Dad

Cruising on the Intercoastal with Dad

Thanks to guest Clint Page for sending in this story in honor of Father’s Day this weekend. When I was a kid growing up in the country north of Raleigh, North Carolina, my dad and I would talk about taking a boat down the St. Lawrence River. Those conversations echoed in different ways at two times…   read more of “Cruising on the…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Port of Vancouver Plaque Exchange

Celebrating 140 Years: Port of Vancouver Plaque Exchange

The Port of Vancouver had a plaque exchange yesterday morning to acknowledge our 140th birthday. Thanks to our partners at Vancouver for celebrating with us this important milestone. We received this nice note from Carmen Ortega, manager, business development, for Port Metro Vancouver: Port Metro Vancouver and Holland America Line have a relationship that spans…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Highlights from Canada/New England

Highlights from Canada/New England

Big thanks to HAL guest Lisa Ann for sharing more photos from her Canada/New England cruise last year. I could not resist sending in more pictures. Every port of call had something wonderful to show you. From the old world charm of Quebec City and Boston to quaint seaports of Bar Harbor and Baie-Comeau. My…   read more of “Highlights from…”