On our last call to Ketchikan this season, a donation was made to the local animal shelter. Safety, Environmental and Health Officer Martijn, 1st Officer Harry Hobma and I visited the shelter to deliver the donation. In total, the crew donated $150 to the shelter to help with the cost of taking care of the… read more of “Volendam Crew…”
The m.s Volendam cruised so close to this Alaska glacier that it looks like a passenger could almost reach out and touch the ice. Of course, it’s an optical illusion. Also, the weather was delightfully warm on this day, August 15, 2010. Note the fellow who had doffed his shirt! — Bert & Juanita Ollivier,… read more of “So Close You Can…”
Bert & Juanita Ollivier, three-star mariners, sent in this post from their recent cruise. We wish them “Bon Voyage” on their upcoming adventure! This is a photo of Glenn, the piano man, on board the m.s. Volendam cruise to Alaska which left Vancouver, BC, on August 11, 2010. Glenn provided a great deal of entertainment,… read more of “Tickling the…”
Two majors from the Salvation Army in Ketchikan, Alaska, recently visited Volendam to receive a donation from the ship’s crew members. In total, the crew collected $170 to help feed the poor and homeless residents of Ketchikan. Great job to all who participated on board Volendam!
Volendam’s cruise director Drew Smith submitted this note and photo from a recent book signing held on board the ship. Thanks, Drew! I caught this snapshot of Captain Peter Bos hard at work during a book signing for the “Alaska Cruise Handbook” by Joe Upton. The Captain does two signings each week and well over… read more of “Volendam’s…”
Although the Netherlands’ team didn’t prevail, crew members and guests enjoyed the final match of the World Cup on board Veendam and Voledam. Here are a few pictures of the event. Unfortunate outcome today even though we had the spirit and flew the below stern/country flag in New York on the Veendam! Spain – NL:… read more of “World Cup Fever On…”
Vikki Bacchioni, Volendam’s administration officer, shared with us this note and photos from the ship’s tug of war competition between the engineering department and deck officers. Thanks, Vikki! Following a beautiful ceremony in the show lounge for Filipino Independence Day, deck officers and staff members from the ship’s engineering department battled it out during our… read more of “Volendam’s…”
HAL guest and frequent blog contributor Hans Janssen shared with us this note and photo from his recent South Pacific cruise aboard Volendam. Thanks, Hans! Hello HAL bloggers, Did you know that some ports go very far in protecting passengers from vehicles? I hadn’t seen this one before. This photo was taken in Port Vila,… read more of “Drive Slow ……”