After eight sea days we arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores, May 9. It was great to see land again! In the late morning the tour operator took us on a site inspection of some of the main sites. After leaving Ponta Delgada, we drove up to the view point from where we had a stunning… read more of “Marco’s…”
Saturday, May 4, at 6:50 p.m. (UTC-2), Nieuw Amsterdam received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center at Norfolk, Va., regarding a mayday signal it had received from sailing yacht Embla, which was disabled and adrift. Nieuw Amsterdam immediately diverted from its course and arrived on the scene at 9 p.m. local… read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam…”
Every cruise Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem holds a presentation on photography onboard the ship called “The World Through a Camera Lens.” The presentation is held in the Queen’s Lounge and it’s a very popular activity. During the presentation Marco explains about the technical aspects of photography as well as shares his own images. An… read more of “Photography…”
Nieuw Amsterdam is currently in drydock in Freeport, Bahamas. This is the first drydock for the Nieuw Amsterdam since she came out. So far we are making very good progress with the works. We will come out as a sparkly new ship again. Last night I went out with my camera to take some gorgeous… read more of “Marco’s…”
Nieuw Amsterdam is at the Freeport shipyard for a routine week-long drydock, and our friends at the yard sent a few photos of the ship arriving earlier this week.
Thanks to Ryndam’s Culinary Arts Center Host Sydney Ellis for sharing with us this fun story about a young cruiser with great aspirations! Last summer on the Veendam, I met a lovely young lady by the name of Gabby. She approached me after a cooking demonstration and was curious about the “Party Planner” (now the… read more of “Culinary Arts…”
We held our 140th anniversary event in the showroom at sea. All guests were invited for a special presentation with a very special surprise. The event started off with Cruise Consultant Matt Caplinger introducing the event and showing a video about the history of HAL. Afterwards Matt turned over the microphone to our Captain Vincent… read more of “Nieuw…”
Thanks to Cesar Lizarraga, vice president of port operations at Costa Maya in Mexico, for this fun photo of Nieuw Amsterdam and Carnival Legend, taken from Deck 8 on Ryndam.