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Celebrating 140 Years: Rio de Janeiro

Celebrating 140 Years: Rio de Janeiro

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro resists all adjectives. Even if you get that absolute vista from the top of Corcovado…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Donations for Manta: Toys for the Kids

Donations for Manta: Toys for the Kids

Veendam’s project to renovate a school on April 21 in Manta, Ecuador, is in full swing and the first donations are in! With an overwhelming response from the Veendam crew, we started the project of with a big bang. The plan to go to the school and to renovate it together was received so well,…   read more of “Donations for…”

Cruise Diary: Parintins & Alter do Chao

Cruise Diary: Parintins & Alter do Chao

Guest Mary O’Donnell was on board Maasdam and sent in this great Cruise Diary from her voyage. Stay tuned for more posts from Mary! Day 20 or so – 2/27/13 – Parintins & Alter do Chao I believe Holland America saved the best for last! Two delightful, small cities, with clean, well kept little homes,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Statendam Crew Helps a School in Nicaragua

Statendam Crew Helps a School in Nicaragua

Last year on Statendam, we went to Nicaragua where we renovated a school. About 100 crew members and officers helped renovate the entire school in just one day. From painting to plumbing to roof work and electricity, all was taken care of by the Statendam team. The appreciation we received from the students and teachers…   read more of “Statendam Crew…”

Donation to Local School in Parintins, Brazil

Donation to Local School in Parintins, Brazil

During our call to Parintins, Brazil, on March 4, Prinsendam under the direction of the Grand Voyage Hostess Annette Gonzalez had Father Benito, teachers and the children from Casa de Acholhida (a local art school) on-board. Annette had arranged fund-raising activities during the Grand South America Voyage with guests and crew. The Prinsendam was successful…   read more of “Donation to Local…”

Cruise Diary: Santarem, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Santarem, Brazil

Guest Mary O’Donnell was on board Maasdam and sent in this great Cruise Diary from her voyage. Stay tuned for more posts from Mary! Santarem, Brazil About 86°F, Humidity? Nobody talks about it, but must be at least over 90%, day and night! We have crossed the equator twice now and plan to do it…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Maasdam at St. Maarten

Maasdam at St. Maarten

I recently took these photos of Maasdam at St. Maarten in her final stretch of the 49-day Amazon & Carnaval Explorer voyage. — Steve J. Garrod of www.shipcafe.net.