Volendam Event Manager Laura Apelt recently accompanied guests of the Volendam on an overland tour to the Great Wall of China. They were met with an out of the ordinary experience as you can see from this compelling shot she took of the Great Wall covered in snow. The guests certainly experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event…. read more of “A Snowy Scene at…”
I took these shots of a welcome ceremony to mark the occasion of the Volendam’s visit to Nagasaki, Japan. Gifts of flowers, kites and sake were presented to Captain Arno Juten, Hotel Director Rene Tuinman and Cruise Director Dan Bernback. A local dance group then presented a series of traditional dances, at one point getting… read more of “A Special Welcome…”
Volendam recently celebrated Captain Arno Jutten’s birthday and there was no hiding for the captain, as the celebrations followed him throughout the day. It was first kicked off during breakfast on a sea-day, when the lido staff sang happy birthday. Then, at coffee time on the bridge, he was further surprised when the cruise director… read more of “Happy Birthday,…”
Guest Chef Sarah Grueneberg sailed on Volendam this month and conducted cooking demonstrations in the ship’s state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center. Grueneberg is the executive chef at Spiaggia in Chicago, Ill., and was a finalist on “Top Chef: Texas.” Grueneberg shared her delicious recipes, and we’ll be featuring them in a few posts over the coming… read more of “Recipe: Sicilian…”
Thanks to Volendam’s Travel Guide Ian Page for sending in this note and photos from their arrival at Vietnam. Volendam visited Nha Trang, Vietnam on Feb. 12th and we were welcomed by local officials, as well as, dragon dancers, TV crews and leaders of the local tourist organization. The reason? We were their first ship… read more of “Welcoming Arrival…”
Here are some more photos of Volendam‘s Chinese New Year celebration. Thanks to Hotel Director René Tuinman for sharing these! February 10 was the Chinese Lunar New Year and Volendam rang in the year of the snake in style with a grand celebration in the Show Lounge and accompanying decorations throughout the ship. The Show… read more of “Volendam Welcomes…”
A big token of gratitude is in order for Volendam Salon Manager Cynthia Ferguson who was presented with the “Life Saver Award” for saving a passenger’s life! Two cruises ago, she saved a guest’s life in the dining room by performing the Heimlich maneuver to stop her from choking. The guest wrote a letter to… read more of “Volendam’s…”
Guests on board Volendam got a special treat organized by the ship’s entertainment department — a Chinese New Year celebration! This is the year of the snake so the props and decorations were fitting to this theme. Here are some photos of the festive night!