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Cruise Diary: Halloween on Amsterdam, Oct. 30

Cruise Diary: Halloween on Amsterdam, Oct. 30

October 30 a Boo Ball was held on Amsterdam in The Crow’s Nest. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes, and guests voted for the winner of the jack-o-lantern carving competition held by chefs and crew. It was very festive and a packed house of ghosts and goblins.

Cruise Diary: Brisbane, Australia, Oct. 29

Cruise Diary: Brisbane, Australia, Oct. 29

Amsterdam arrived in Brisbane, Australia, Oct. 29. The ship comes up river to Eagle Street Pier on the Brisbane River. A 10-15 minute cab or shuttle ride puts guests at the city center. Leaving, the ship sails under Story Bridge on the way to the ocean. At 47 meters, Amsterdam comfortably sails under the 57-meter…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Amsterdam Provides Earthquake Aid to American Samoa

Amsterdam Provides Earthquake Aid to American Samoa

Amsterdam’s Hotel Manager Henk J. Mensink sent this story and photos. On Saturday, Oct. 17, during a call to Pago Pago, America Samoa , Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam made a donation of household items including towels, blankets and clothing worth approximately $15,000 to benefit the local community. The donations assist ongoing relief efforts in…   read more of “Amsterdam Provides…”

Postcards from Sitka

Postcards from Sitka

While cruising aboard the Amsterdam, May 16 – 23, I enjoyed a port day in Sitka, Alaska. Following breakfast and a quiet morning, my mother and I went down to A deck and boarded a tender for a quiet, calm ride from the ship to shore. The bay was still, and so the ride was…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Cruise Diary: First-Timers on an Alaska Cruise

Cruise Diary: First-Timers on an Alaska Cruise

This was our fist cruise, so it might be of interest to the “newbies” out there. We had never taken a cruise before, so decided to celebrate our anniversary with a cruise to Alaska. Several of our cruising friends recommended Holland America. We were not disappointed, it was simply the best vacation we have ever…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Chilean Orphans Visit Amsterdam

Chilean Orphans Visit Amsterdam

Submitted by Crew Purser Julie Berndsen, aboard Amsterdam. On behalf of all the crew on the ms Amsterdam I would like to share with you the wonderful day we had on December 20th, in Punta Arenas, Chile. During the previous week we collected donations of gifts and also cash so we could afford to buy…   read more of “Chilean Orphans…”