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Cruise Diary: Marvelous Funchal, Madeira

Cruise Diary: Marvelous Funchal, Madeira

Day 105, April 20: The Madeira Islands of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean always piqued my interest for various reasons, including the association to the Lost Continent of Atlantis from Plato’s writings. While not likely that this was Atlantis (Santorini in Greece is considered most probable) it is, as our travel guide Barbara said, “romantic…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage Themed Dinners

Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage Themed Dinners

Special thanks to Amsterdam’s Dining Room Manager Sanyoto for sharing this post! Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage is a long journey and a very exotic one. Guests will find exciting ports of call, delicious food and great crew members. The food features a variety of options including local cuisine from every place the ship visits. The…   read more of “Amsterdam’s…”

Joanne’s Postcards from Jakarta, Indonesia

Joanne’s Postcards from Jakarta, Indonesia

I cannot tell you how excited I was to visit Indonesia. We work with so many Indonesians and think so much of them, it was wonderful to finally see their homeland and on this trip to actually meet some of their family members. Holland America allows each crew member to invite a certain number of…   read more of “Joanne’s…”

Cruise Diary: Beautiful Barcelona

Cruise Diary: Beautiful Barcelona

Days 100-101, April 15-16: “Que bonita es Barcelona, tierra del Mediterraneo …” How beautiful Barcelona is, land of the Mediterranean… So goes an old Spanish song. And the truth is that Barcelona is a beauty – you may remember it from the panoramic views televised during the 1992 Olympics when it served as the host…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”