Special thanks to Noel Bell, a HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, for sharing this video of Volendam’s 17-day Japan to Canada crossing via South Korea, Russia and Alaska during the month of May. Thanks, Noel!
Steph Comrie, Volendam’s event manager, sent in these cast photos of the ship’s new entertainers. The cast is comprised of singers Kurt Robbins, Jessica Bernard, Keewa Nurullah, Jeremy Bernard and Justin Rodriguez, comedian Jason Weitkamp and dancers Kassie Brown and Erin Kurdie. They have finally finished their long and strenuous rehearsals and are perfecting their… read more of “Meet…”
Holland America Line guests and blog fans Noel and Pat Bell are on Volendam’s crossing from Japan to Alaska, and they took time out of their voyage to send in some more photos. Thanks! After some rough seas — but the ship handled it beautifully — on the Bering Sea between Petropavlosk and Kodiak …… read more of “iPhone iBlog:…”
When the Volendam visited Kobe, Japan, on May 2, Holland America Line made a generous contribution of $25,000 to the Japanese Red Cross to help with Japan’s recent earthquake/tsunami disaster. Volendam’s Captain Pieter Visser presented the $25,000 check to the Red Cross representative Mr. Yasufumi Yoshikawa, deputy secretary general of the Hyogo Prefectural Chapter Japanese… read more of “Volendam Makes…”
Special thanks to HAL guest François for sending in the following note and pictures from his recent cruise. I want to share with HAL fans some of my pictures from my last voyage on board the Volendam. I enjoy the cruise so much. A lot of picture opportunities! Very friendly people! They were always smiling… read more of “Navigating Through…”
Special thanks to Hans Becker, Volendam’s beverage manager, for sending us these photos of the ship’s Mother’s Day festivities. On May 8, the Volendam celebrated Mother’s Day. Many activities were planned for the day, however the two highlights were the Mother’s Day Sunday market by the pool that featured fresh fruits, smoothies, ice carvings, vegetable… read more of “Volendam Celebrates…”
Special thanks to Hans Becker, Volendam’s beverage manager, for sending us these photos of the ship’s sail-away from Kobe, Japan. On May 2 the Volendam sailed away from Kobe, Japan, in style. Hundreds of well wishers came to the port’s terminal to bid farewell to the Volendam as the night came. Traditional lanterns and signs… read more of “Volendam’s…”
On April 30 the mayor of Nagasaki, Japan, Tomihisa Taue, came on board to welcome Volendam to the city with the touch of a beautifully hand-made kite, bottle of Japanese beer and a large bouquet of flowers for Captain Visser. With the assistance of a translator, communication between the mayor and captain was easily done…. read more of “Volendam Receives…”