[Rotterdam docks in Warnemunde, Germany, today, a 2.5-hour train journey away from Berlin, a popular excursion for Holland America Line passengers.] Over lunch at Berlin’s trendy Restaurant Diekmann at Weinhaus Huth, Nicole Röbel tells a story that grandparents might tell their grandchildren. “We had no phone when I was a child,” she says, after finishing… read more of “Berlin: Life Before…”
People in Rotterdam still feel a strong relationship with Holland America Line. When one of the ships of HAL has visited the Port of Rotterdam you can find numerous photo’s on many Web sites, in blogs, newspapers and magazines. In the latest edition of the “Rotterdam MainPort” magazine the ms Rotterdam was the centerfold. The… read more of “ms Rotterdam as…”
As I mentioned in my last post about Canada Day, on July Fourth the crew of the Rotterdam had a very special celebration for American Independence Day. A few weeks back the American Community (myself included) held a meeting to plan out our special celebration. We outlined a beautiful program for the flag-raising and a… read more of “Celebrating the…”
[Holland America Line’s Rotterdam is in Copenhagen today.] The so-called pedestrian street known as Strøget is your destination on the first of your two perfect days in Copenhagen. Remember, your quest is to find that perfect hot dog that I wrote about earlier. Of course, if you’re in the Danish capital for a day, you’ll… read more of “Two Perfect Days…”
As some of you out there may know … today is Canada Day! Canadians make up the fifth-largest group by nationality on board Rotterdam. We currently have 10 sailing with us. Very much like with Philippines Independence day and the upcoming Indonesian Independence Day, we wanted to celebrate this important holiday. So we held a… read more of “It’s Canada Day,…”
As you know, Holland America Line has many long-standing traditions. No tradition strikes fear in the heart of a ship’s officers as much as the Black and White Ball. The Black and White Ball is always a featured on our longer voyages (usually 14 days or more). Basically, the ball is a chance for all… read more of “Fancy Footwork at…”
We just never seem to get tired of photos of Rotterdam V (a hotel in the making) and Rotterdam VI in HAL’s true home port of Rotterdam. Aad Hoogesteger sent us this one that takes a novel angle on both ships.
ms Rotterdam visited her home port Rotterdam today (June 24) to start her 12-day Viking & Czars cruise. Shortly after the Rotterdam docked at the Rotterdam cruise terminal a local bunker ship came alongside to provide the ship fuel.