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Rotterdam Celebrates HAL’s 140th

Rotterdam Celebrates HAL’s 140th

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Holland America Line, we dedicated several events to this special occasion. First, a Dutch-themed dinner in the dining room, then a birthday party by the pool, and finally a special dessert extravaganza presented to our guests, showcasing the talent of our galley team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Hrgic and…   read more of “Rotterdam…”

Ode to The Beedam

Ode to The Beedam

Here are some pictures and a poem by guests Peter and Bruce about the ship building contest held recently on Veendam. Out of the four in competition they won. It floated, stayed up right, held cargo (12 cans of soda) and got a very big crowd response. “The Beedam” by Peter and Bruce This mighty…   read more of “Ode to The…”

Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

During the 24-day South Pacific Crossing, the ms Oosterdam passed the Equator on April 23, 2013, where King Neptune, Majesty of the Seas, granted passage at his Venerable Court to all officers and crew that they’ve been found worthy to be granted membership in his domain, the Royal and Ancient Order of Shellbacks. Naturally, there were…   read more of “Oosterdam’s King…”

Rotterdam Wows With Special Farewell

Rotterdam Wows With Special Farewell

On the last day of our Passage to the Far East voyage, we said goodbye to our guests with a beautiful display of authentic Indonesian art, a rickshaw we brought from Bali and an Indonesian buffet presented by the lido team.

Zuiderdam’s Ship Building Contest

Zuiderdam’s Ship Building Contest

In celebration of our 140th birthday, we organized a ship building contest among crew members aboard Zuiderdam. The ships were presented at the “History of Holland America-Then & Now” sales presentation for guests to vote on their favorite ships. Guests voted on “Favorite Ship,” “Most Creative Ship” and “Most Realistic Ship.” The ship voted as…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

Culinary Arts Center Host for a Day

Culinary Arts Center Host for a Day

Thanks to Ryndam’s Culinary Arts Center Host Sydney Ellis for sharing with us this fun story about a young cruiser with great aspirations! Last summer on the Veendam, I met a lovely young lady by the name of Gabby. She approached me after a cooking demonstration and was curious about the “Party Planner” (now the…   read more of “Culinary Arts…”

Rotterdam Culinary Team Delights Guests On Asian Voyage

Rotterdam Culinary Team Delights Guests On Asian Voyage

The ms Rotterdam culinary team would like to share some photos of the themed events in our La Fontaine dining room. Among others, the Arabian night, Indian night, and Black and Gold formal dinners took place during our 90-day voyage in Asia.