On board ms Ryndam at Long Beach, Calif. Wednesday and Thursday were sea days, which meant sipping a spicy Bloody Mary on deck, playing Skip-Bo with new friends, shopping for a long-sleeved sweatshirt (we’re headed north to Canada in few days) and generally just relaxing, having fun and letting the marvelous crew on Ryndam take… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
On board ms Ryndam Joan and Jan. Yesterday afternoon in San Diego we boarded ms Ryndam, our home for the next 14 days as we travel first to Mexico and then up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver, B.C. Spent the day settling in and reacquainting ourselves with the ship. It’s been nine years since we… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
During the past few days, Ryndam’s crew received valuable firefighting training. On board, all departments are involved in first-response and the on-board fire teams have received instructions in firefighting and search and rescue techniques. Below are some pictures of the training procedures.
Several of the crew of Ryndam went swimming with the sea lions when the ship called at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, recently. Crew Purser Ioana sent in these fun photos.
On April 2, 2009, our ship’s officers were invited to take turns dealing during a charity Black Jack tournament which raised over $400. The proceeds of the evening will be spent to provide food for the local orphanage in La Paz, Mexico. The evening was a great success and enjoyed by our guests. On behalf… read more of “Ryndam Holds Black…”
A new program to help those in need kicked off along the Embarcadero on March 6, 2009. The Port of San Diego is participating with Holland America Line’s Ship to Shelter program, a philanthropic endeavor which donates items from cruise ships to homeless shelters. Items include pots, pans, plates, books, televisions, individual-sized lotion and shampoo…. read more of “Holland America…”
Guest Roy W. Hogue sent us this message and photo after his recent cruise aboard Ryndam: One of the highlights of our cruise was the opportunity to talk with Captain Smit, master of the ms Ryndam and ask him to pose for a picture with my wife Catharine. Catharine was born in The Netherlands and… read more of “When a Captain Is a…”
Last spring on the ms Ryndam, I captured the magic of Glacier Bay National Park in another time-capture sequence. Of course, nothing can compare to actually being on board and enjoying this magnificent environment with all your senses, but this video will give you the experience in a nutshell (if you can crack one in… read more of “Glacier Bay — The…”