The high point and the reason most guests choose this itinerary is the Panama Canal. Built in 1914, the original lock gates are still in use. The canal channel is 110 feet wide and the Zuiderdam has a clearance of 2.25 feet on either side. It takes several hours for each ship to transit once… read more of “Panama Canal is a…”
Here is the Westerdam anchored at Half Moon Cay. Captain Harris thought I photoshopped this pictured I shot of his baby, but it was really this pretty today. Blue sky, blue sea, blue hull. A perfect trifecta.
Bryan, a blog fan, sent us his pretty photos of Eurodam at Grand Turk and Eurodam and Zuiderdam at Half Moon Cay.
One of the ports of call on our itinerary is Costa Rica, one of my very favorite destinations. We called at Puerto Limon on the Caribbean side which allows us access to the Tortuguero Canals, Veragua Rainforest, Pineapple Farms, Banana Plantations, Aerial trams, sloth sanctuary, horseback riding in the rainforest and my favorite — zip… read more of “Postcards from…”
This cruise we are overhauling one of our five engines. Overhauls are scheduled based on the amount of running hours they accumulate. The engine is totally pulled apart. Cylinder heads, cylinder liners, valve lifters, pistons, bearings, vibration dampers, injectors, fuel pumps. Everything is inspected, cleaned or replaced and finally put together again. A small group… read more of “Captain’s…”
My wife and I will be traveling on the Zuiderdam March 29, 2009. We are veterans of 15 previous cruises. This will be our fourth Holland America cruise, which I mention, as we have taken cruises in other premium lines, and find that HAL is now our preferred cruise line. We appreciate the superior service,… read more of “Looking Forward to…”
Excellent blog, thanks so much for the information. Your time lapse of the entry to Curacao brought back memories of our recent Zuiderdam experience (left Fort Lauderdale on 2/27, so this may even have been our trip). I recall your description of the approach on your daily announcement: “it’s like entering a garage at 30… read more of “Leadership Makes…”
While sailing along the coasts of strange lands I always wonder what is out there. The unknown brings out the explorer in me, I guess. However, I was stumped by Haiti for a long time. We don’t stop there with the ship, but we sail by Haiti as we transit the Windward Passage between Haiti… read more of “Captain’s…”