Herminio Pagtalunan, the Filipino personnel cook. I thought I would take a moment to tell you all about the crew food service on board. We actually have two crew messrooms and our officers dine in the Lido Restaurant with the guests. Our personnel cooks are responsible for providing good, homemade food for our crew messroom… read more of “Behind the Scenes:…”
Nicoline and I were on board of the wonderful ms Rotterdam from New York City to Rotterdam. Here are a few pictures I took of the dessert extravaganza on May 27. Aad Hoogesteger
There are many traditions associated with going out to sea. Not least among them is the tradition of presenting a plaque to a ship to commemorate the first call at a port. If you’ve ever traveled on our beautiful vessels you may well have encountered a wall filled with various commemorative plaques, trophies and knick-knacks…. read more of “Rotterdam’s…”
Hallo HALblog readers. This is my first video of a new series of videos about the present HAL fleet and their predecessors. Starting this series is ROTTERDAM. The ROTTERDAM name is legend in the history of Holland America Line. The first liner of the line was named Rotterdam in honor of the founding and home… read more of “HAL History Video…”
Hello from the Baltic! It’s Philippines Independence Day! Obviously, this is a big deal around here since the Filipino population on board is the second largest group by nationality, second only to the Indonesians. Though there are 28 different countries represented on board, 32 percent of our crew population is Filipino. Any time we celebrate… read more of “Mabuhay! It’s…”
Thursday, June 11, both Rotterdam and Eurodam made their first call at the German port of Kiel. Read about the key and plaque exchanges here.
From the first time I saw that I’d be visiting Sweden I knew the one thing that I wanted to do. No, it’s not visiting the Pipi Longstocking Museum or one of the palaces or even enjoying a plate of those darling little meatballs. It was what many of you out there would also want… read more of “Anthony’s…”
Editor’s note: Ben van Zeijl was the first guest on the old Eurodam News Blog and he was first to comment when we started up Holland America Blog in January. He’s been a regular contributor since the early days, and we asked him to tell us a little about who he is and why he’s… read more of “Meet Ben van…”