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Join HAL’s Book Club on Longer Voyages

Join HAL’s Book Club on Longer Voyages

Holland America Line recently asked guests what they considered essential when cruising, and it comes as no surprise that a good book was on the list for many. Whether sipping a cocktail at Half Moon Cay or a latte at Explorations Cafe, a book makes an excellent travel companion. For that reason, HAL hosts a…   read more of “Join HAL’s…”

A Unique Call at Heimaey, Iceland

A Unique Call at Heimaey, Iceland

Veendam‘s Safety, Environmental & Health Officer Ronald de Bloeme sent in these pretty photos of the ship at Heimaey, Westman Islands, Iceland. Did you know at Heimaey you can see millions of wild puffins or go on a cruise looking for orcas, dolphins and porpoises? Heimaey is just one of the unique ports we call…   read more of “A Unique Call at…”

On Location’s Hula Guru: A Mariner Magazine Exclusive

On Location’s Hula Guru: A Mariner Magazine Exclusive

By Jordan Burchette, a Los Angeles-based writer and presenter who has done work for CNN.com and Popular Science. Photos courtesy of guest Sharon Johnson. With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around…   read more of “On Location’s…”

Colorful Journeys with HAL

Colorful Journeys with HAL

Thanks to HAL guest Mira for sending in beautiful photos that were taken on various cruises with Zaandam, Veendam and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Cruise Diary: Hawaii

Cruise Diary: Hawaii

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! From sailing away from San Diego on April 6 we were on the sea for 6 days before docking in Honolulu. We enjoyed the sea days, for the most part….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

More Aloha Spirit on Zaandam with New Uniform Shirts

More Aloha Spirit on Zaandam with New Uniform Shirts

In order to enhance the Hawaiian experience for our guests, Hotel Director Cees Tesselaar chose and purchased material in Hawaii and the tailors on board the Zaandam made shirts for all the various departments. This pictures shows each department with their “own style” shirt.

Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Celebrating Special Moments with HAL, Part 1

Our Facebook fans sent us photos of their on-board celebrations. We received some great images! Thanks for sharing your special moments with us. Jim and I celebrated our joint retirement on board the ms Statendam in November/December 2012 by cruising through the Panama Canal and then off to the Hawaiian and French Polynesian Islands. A…   read more of “Celebrating Special…”