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Catch the Spirit of Aloha on a Hawaiian Cruise

Catch the Spirit of Aloha on a Hawaiian Cruise

A cruise to Hawaii has it all … beautiful ports of call, tropical weather, powdery beaches, lush scenery, exciting volcanoes overflowing with lava, culture, history and more. Not to mention those delicious fruity drinks! There truly is something for everyone on a cruise to this island chain-paradise. Guests can choose a Circle Hawaii itinerary beginning…   read more of “Catch the Spirit of…”

Farewell Alaska: Bert’s Beauty Shots and San Francisco

Farewell Alaska: Bert’s Beauty Shots and San Francisco

As colder weather approaches, it’s time for some of the ships to start repositioning to their winter homes. Recently Zuiderdam, Westerdam and Statendam said good-bye to Alaska before heading to the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii/South Pacific, respectively. Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh sent in photos of Westerdam at Vancouver, B.C., taken from his ship, Statendam….   read more of “Farewell Alaska:…”

Exciting Lecturers & Guest Chefs on 2013 Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage

Exciting Lecturers & Guest Chefs on 2013 Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage

The 75-day “Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage” is underway aboard ms Amsterdam, and it’s going to feature a whole lot more than beautiful ports, tantalizing cuisine and award-winning service. Holland America Line has added guest chefs, guest speakers and local entertainment in several ports as part of the “On Location” program. To enrich the…   read more of “Exciting Lecturers…”

Join HAL’s Book Club on Longer Voyages

Join HAL’s Book Club on Longer Voyages

Holland America Line recently asked guests what they considered essential when cruising, and it comes as no surprise that a good book was on the list for many. Whether sipping a cocktail at Half Moon Cay or a latte at Explorations Cafe, a book makes an excellent travel companion. For that reason, HAL hosts a…   read more of “Join HAL’s…”

On Location’s Hula Guru: A Mariner Magazine Exclusive

On Location’s Hula Guru: A Mariner Magazine Exclusive

By Jordan Burchette, a Los Angeles-based writer and presenter who has done work for CNN.com and Popular Science. Photos courtesy of guest Sharon Johnson. With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around…   read more of “On Location’s…”

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.

Thirteen Cruises and Counting

Thirteen Cruises and Counting

Thanks to Mariner William Cowart for sending int his sweet photo taken aboard one of his many voyages! This is among my wonderful memories of our cruise to Antarctica. We have had 13 cruises with Holland America from Norway to Hawaii twice and Alaska twice.

Cruise Diary: Hawaii

Cruise Diary: Hawaii

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! From sailing away from San Diego on April 6 we were on the sea for 6 days before docking in Honolulu. We enjoyed the sea days, for the most part….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”