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Love at First Sight on Noordam

Love at First Sight on Noordam

The happy couple before the engagement (left) and then after at Half Moon Cay. Once upon a time there was a fair maiden (that would be me) Teresa and I did nothing but work. To the point that my only friends were retired although I was just turning 40. My friend, DJ, asked me to…   read more of “Love at First Sight…”

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Nancy Moen and Chuck Velte exchanged vows on board the Oosterdam March 7. Nancy will continue to update us on their wedding at sea and festivities throughout their voyage. Even on a ship, emergencies happen. Chuck lost a temporary tooth cap Tuesday morning, so we were off to the Oosterdam medical center to see Dr….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Nancy Moen and Chuck Velte exchanged vows on board Oosterdam March 7. Nancy will continue to update us on their wedding at sea and festivities throughout their voyage. Chuck and I tied the knot March 7 at 5:24 p.m., while at sea, coordinates 22, 32.6 degrees north; 10, 25.9 degrees west, in the Crow’s Nest…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Nancy Moen and Chuck Velte will be exchanging vows on board the Oosterdam on March 7th. Nancy will be updating us on their wedding at sea throughout their voyage. Exchanging vows on a ship is like getting married in a friendly small town but with all the amenities of a big city. After watching two…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Nancy Moen and Chuck Velte will be exchanging vows on board Oosterdam’s March 5 cruise to Mexico. Nancy will be updating us on their wedding at sea throughout their voyage. Congratulations to the happy couple! Who could predict such a happy ending to a love story? It took decades, but my childhood sweetheart and I…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Bert On the Inspiration Behind ‘Bert’s Beauty Shots’

Bert van Mackelenbergh, hotel manager on Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, is well-known for his incredible nature photography showcased on HollandAmericaBlog.com. Published as “Bert’s Beauty Shots,” his photos from around the world garner more comments from readers than any other recurring column, and Bert uses his column as a way to share his knowledge and…   read more of “Bert On the…”

Dedicated HAL Guest Sails on Volendams I and III

Dedicated HAL Guest Sails on Volendams I and III

Caroline Sevilla, Volendam’s human resources manager, shared this wonderful story about Adrianus van Dam from Rotterdam, Netherlands, who sailed on the original Volendam. In 1929, when he was 5 years old, Mr. Adrianus van Dam sailed on the Volendam I with his mother from Rotterdam to Jakarta, Indonesia. Their voyage lasted about six weeks. Eighty…   read more of “Dedicated HAL Guest…”