Maritime Artist Stephen Card recently sailed aboard Westerdam to Alaska. He took some time to pose with the ship’s Hotel Manager Ron Bontenbal and Captain Pieter van Maurik in front of one of his paintings titled “Princess Margriet.” Stephen, a native of Bermuda, has created more than 90 paintings for Holland America Line. He also… read more of “Maritime Artist…”
Special thanks to HAL guest Lauren Allen for sharing this photo of her daughter from a Statendam Mexican Riviera sailing in 2000. This photo is of our daughter Zaide when she participated in a tour of the bridge with Club HAL. She was 5 years old and this was such a memorable trip. We took… read more of “Spotted: Club HAL…”
Special thanks to Christopher McMullin for sharing these photos from his recent Alaska cruise aboard Westerdam. During this Westerdam cruise we visited Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. The food was phenomenal, you can eat as much as you want. The crew is so kind and accommodating to all of your needs. It was… read more of “Westerdam Postcards…”
Special thanks to Photographer Steve Schimmelman for sharing this cool photo of Westerdam at port in Seattle Saturday, May 19.
Special thanks to HAL guest James Ogden for sharing this touching story with our blog. My great grandparents were the first generation of my family to sail with Holland America Line, in the 1950’s. They sailed with HAL four times between 1954 and 1960, on transatlantic voyages, between various cities in Europe and New York…. read more of “Recounting Family…”
Special thanks to Melanie Snedeker, HAL’s Product Manager – Exotic & Grand Voyages, for submitting these photos of the Chocolate Seduction area on Westerdam that features chocolate confections by Culinary Council Member Jacques Torres.
Carla Thomas, Westerdam’s human resources manager, sent in some pictures of ms Westerdam in drydock last week. Westerdam completed its drydock on April 25th. Below you can see all the hard work that went into the overhaul and a picture of the new pool lido deck.
April 25, 2004: The Vista-class ms Westerdam embarks on her maiden voyage from Venice. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name.