Thanks to Dony, Volendam’s night audit officer, for sending in these fun photos from his visit to the “Lord of the Rings” set in New Zealand. Here are the Hobbiton photos I took when I went there with Candra (Night Audit Clerk) and Jaime (Asst Shorex Manager, not pictured). We went on tour as part… read more of “Shore Excursion: A…”
Thanks to Bryan Lomas, who sent in this cool photo at the Port of Napier in New Zealand. Vintage cars and a band line on the pier for the departure of Volendam March 24.
Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque ports in all of New Zealand. Not only is it full of history (it’s the site at which the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers took place) but it’s got stunning scenery that shows off the natural beauty of the place. Alexander Dony… read more of “Explorer’s…”
Pastry trainee Ernesto Solomon Jr., a new hire of batch 33, created a delicious cake version of the ms Volendam. The cake was displayed as one of the center pieces at our recent pastry buffet. Many hours of tender care were taken in creating this master piece. We wish Ernesto and all the grades from… read more of “Volendam Honored…”
When the Volendam was last in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 14th, the ship donated 200 blankets to the Auckland City Mission. Our laundry team, led by Laundry Master Rudi Abdullah, dry-cleaned all of the blankets and then bagged them up ready for offloading. The staff at the City Mission were very grateful for the… read more of “Volendam Makes a…”
Here is a photo of the Volendam soccer team lining up before playing a game in Lautoka, Fiji, last month. The extreme heat and humidity did not hamper their love of the “beautiful game.” Our culinary team headed by Culinary Operations Manager Marc Spijkerboer and Assistant Culinary Operations Manager Joko Prasetiyo sourced new soccer uniforms… read more of “Volendam Crew Sport…”
From Los Angeles, our special 23-day cruise across the Pacific aboard the Volendam was a life-changing adventure for a couple of oldies who thought they had done it all. Celebrating my 80th birthday aboard the ship in Honolulu was an indelible event that revitalized the soul, giving what was a tired body new life. After… read more of “An 80th Birthday…”
Volendam off-loaded donations in Port Vila, Vanuatu, during our last call there in January. Seven boxes of clothes donated by crew and books from the crew library went to a local school and a number of cambros used for storing food and drinks were donated to the local Red Cross with the hope that they… read more of “Volendam Makes…”