From Angkor Wat to the Amazon … we have some amazing shore excursions. Did you know you can go on a Jungle Eco Safari in Koh Samui, Thailand; visit the Great Wall of China from Hong Kong, and go on a rare nighttime safari in the Amazon? Holland America Line features an exciting array of… read more of “Exotic Shore…”
Thanks to Volendam Human Resource Manager Sandra Tobón Franco for sending in these photos. Seeing as the shore excursions staff had organized a special ‘fam-flight’, they decided to invite our “Employee of the Month,” Arturo Ramirez, up with them. It was a great day weather-wise and he was treated to a flight that included a… read more of “Fun Flight for…”
Thanks to guest Jeanne Johnson for sending in a picture of herself and a friend enjoying their vacation. It was wonderful to explore Halong Bay, Vietnam with my lifelong friend while on our cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. We enjoyed the shopping at the city market and seeing the World Heritage sites aboard a… read more of “Lifelong Friends…”
Bloggers David and Veronica of GypsyNester.com wrote this great post with cool photos from their stop at Busan, South Korea while traveling on Volendam. Enjoy the fun read! Anyone who has watched M*A*S*H has heard of Busan, South Korea, although on the show it was called Pusan. As we learned from Beijing formerly being called… read more of “Something’s…”
We’re all about Asia this week, and if you’re thinking about visiting the region with us next year, here’s a new, exciting itinerary! Volendam will sail a 14-Day Asian Adventure Voyage departing Feb. 17, 2014, round-trip from Singapore. The cruise stretches up to Myanmar and explores Malaysia, Thailand and India with calls at Malacca, Penang,… read more of “New Cruise to…”
Thanks to Mariner Linda Bair for sharing with us this heartwarming story about her last cruise with her father-in-law. My husband’s father passed away one year ago at the age of 97. One of the happiest memories we have of him is the Alaska cruise on the Volendam that we shared together. We remember his… read more of “Remembering an…”
Congratulations to Ryndam’s Photo Manager Constantin Paduraru, the winner of the recent crew photo competition held in conjunction with HAL’s 140th anniversary. Paduraru’s photo (below) of Amsterdam was taken from Ryndam’s deck as the two ships crossed paths in Alaska in May 2010. The time was approximately 3:30 a.m. and the moon was starting to set. Paduraru managed to snap… read more of “Ryndam Crew Member…”
Special thanks to Volendam’s Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu for sending in this beautiful photo taken at Glacier Bay, Alaska. Volendam was the first HAL ship of the Alaska season to call at Glacier Bay.