At dinner time Captain Mark Rowden made his usual round among the tables in the main dining room. He knew about my maritime interest in shipping and navigation and told me that the next day the ship was entering and maneuvering through a narrow port that he thought I would be interesting in seeing. The… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Ryndam docked at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on a sunny day with clear blue skies. Captain Mark Rowden stood in the gangway wishing everyone a good morning and gave us a helping hand as we left the gangway. We heard several guests comment on how appreciative they were to the captain. One can often find… read more of “Cruise Diary: Palma…”
We have returned to Barcelona where the second part of this wonderful cruise will start. We said goodbye to the fellow guests we have met and are now meeting the new guests. Barcelona is one of our favorite cities. Although we have visited here many times we always discover new things when we return. The… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
From the ship, a shuttle will take you to the entrance of the port. After walking for just a few minutes, you will find yourself in the main shopping center and close to the historic spots. While walking we met some very nice youngsters offering us a guided walking tour through the Old City. Next,… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Aboard Holland America ships, guests have many dining choices. The Pinnacle Grill is our favorite dining spot. We were pleased to see the manager Ferdinand again. We met him on one of our previous cruises aboard ms Rotterdam. During our two cruises on ms Rottterdam out of Rotterdam, he was also the manager. We still… read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”
The cruise we are currently on is called Mediterranean Treasures and each day we find out why the Med is fantastic with all of its historic and beautiful sites. Napoli (Naples) is a very busy town crowded with traffic but in the middle of the city the beautiful buildings are very well maintained. Just ten… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
As a maritime lover on a Holland America line vessel, I know that there are always paintings hanging on board from the old vessels who carried the name Ryndam. I took several photos of the paintings and also of the current Ryndam.
We had a very exciting morning aboard Ryndam. On our port of call at Dubrovnik, Croatia on Sept. 25, we were greeted by a band of pirates who took one very special lady hostage! The reason was soon made clear — Denise Mitchell had the honor of being the 1 millionth visitor to Dubrovnik! Mrs…. read more of “Ryndam Guest…”