A welcome aboard luncheon took place on the Maasdam on August 23. While the weather was pretty cold in the port of Qaqortoq in Greenland, the atmosphere was very relaxed, warm and friendly in the lower-level dining room. Thirty-five newly hired employees were warmly welcomed on board by the ship staff and they graciously set… read more of “Warm Welcome for…”
Hallo HALblog readers. As you’ll notice, Maasdam made a one-day call at her home port of Rotterdam The Netherlands yesterday, August 11. Bringing home a good friend of mine — Roland Borsje he’s Maasdam provisioning master. Roland invited his family and me to visit him on the Maasdam. Happy to see a good friend after… read more of “Maasdam Called at…”
It never fails — whenever a Holland America Line ship leaves the line’s home port of Rotterdam, Dutch shutterbugs start snapping photos and sending them to us. These are really fresh, as the ship sailed today.
Today we were docked at Husavik, Iceland. It’s a very quaint fishing village on the Skjalfandi Bay on the north Icelandic coast. Aside from the traditional fishing industry, ecotourism is the thing here, especially due to the abundance and variety of whale sightings offshore. Last night we crossed the Arctic Circle, and during the night,… read more of “Captain’s…”
Here are some photos of the Maasdam in Prince Christian Sound, Greenland. They were taken and sent to us by the officers on a small French cruise ship, Le Diamant. It started as a beautiful sunny day, unfortunately later it became overcast and drizzly. Very nice transit though, not too much ice left. Kind regards,… read more of “Captain’s…”
Here are some pictures from Nanortalik, Greenland, taken today. Ice conditions were mild so it was quite easy to enter the bay this morning. There are quite a few icebergs still around. Though due to the fact that it was low tide they were all aground on the shallow parts and not floating around, which… read more of “Captain’s…”
Maasdam is calling at Boone Bay (Woody Point), Newfoundland, today. Captain van Schoonhoven sent us this photo of the ship at anchor taken by Chief Officer Jan.
Yesterday Maasdam called at Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de Madeline, in Quebec, Canada. Please find below two photos. The first one is the view from the bridge — you can barely make out the foremast. The second one is a picture of the Bridge radar screen, which we used to run a Vessel Traffic Management Service to… read more of “Captain’s…”