Amsterdam’s 140th Anniversary cake was more than 3 meters tall and about 4-5 meters wide! It took more than a week to create and was made out of plywood and sponge cake covered in chocolate. It was made in separate sections and put together within one hour on the stage with help of the carpenters,… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
Belem, Brazil, with quite a “unique” tender ride using shoreside tenders – wooden boats. It was an adventure yet ran smoothly under the circumstances.
Theme nights are our favorite aboard Holland America Line! Check out our celebration photos of ‘Carnival Night’ on Amsterdam!
Enjoy these colorful photos from our ‘Celebration’ themed night aboard Amsterdam.
I know this island well, one might say ‘intimately’, for not only did I call here on the ‘Mail’ run, but I also spent over a week here, after abandoning my ship, along with 83 others, we were brought back here by the tanker which sighted our lifeboats and rescued us. Having nothing but a… read more of “Captain’s…”
Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. It is well known that one of the signatures of Holland America Line is the amazing artwork collections aboard each ship. The collections average an astonishing $2 million per vessel. Antiques and commissioned artwork are strategically placed in various foyers and lounges from… read more of “Special Artwork: ss…”
St. Helena An island that I once called at regularly on the ‘Mail’ run, little seemed to have changed since my days of calling. Once again, an anchorage port and as we rounded the headlands on our approach, a ship was already there: the R.M.S. “St. Helena”, (the RMS being Royal Mail Ship). She replaced… read more of “Captain’s…”
Another port I had visited during my early years, in those days on cargo ships and loading bags of fishmeal, now I was here on a magnificent cruise ship; I wonder what thoughts would have been passing through my mind, had I seen the Amsterdam arriving during my days as a cadet…… A gale was… read more of “Captain’s…”