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Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Our speed from Vancouver to the ‘Great Land’ and our first port, Juneau, is governed by the time of slack water at Seymour Narrows. The parameter for the transit of this narrow passage is dependent on the speed of the current. We have compulsory pilots with us, from the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and they have…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: A Return to Alaska

Captain’s Log: A Return to Alaska

It has been a week since I walked up the gangway, on a glorious Vancouver morning and, once again, was greeted by familiar faces and beaming smiles, it’s always nice to come back to my 2nd ‘home’. Making the transition from man of leisure to Captain of a cruise ship is always something of a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Recipe: Chef Karen Nicolas’ Baked Mushroom Bureka with Summer Bean Salad and Feta Cheese

Recipe: Chef Karen Nicolas’ Baked Mushroom Bureka with Summer Bean Salad and Feta Cheese

Karen Nicolas, executive chef at Todd Gray’s Equinox, is one of only a handful of lucky toques to be named among Food & Wine magazine’s 2012 Best New Chefs in America. Chef Nicolas recently sailed on Amsterdam as part of the Culinary Arts Center program and gave a couple of exciting and mouth-watering demonstrations. BUREKA:…   read more of “Recipe: Chef Karen…”

Recipe: Chef Karen Nicolas’ Beet Cured Salmon Gravlax with Goat Cheese Panna Cotta

Recipe: Chef Karen Nicolas’ Beet Cured Salmon Gravlax with Goat Cheese Panna Cotta

Karen Nicolas, executive chef at Todd Gray’s Equinox, is one of only a handful of lucky toques to be named among Food & Wine magazine’s 2012 Best New Chefs in America. Chef Nicolas recently sailed on Amsterdam as part of the Culinary Arts Centers program and gave a couple of exciting and mouth-watering demonstrations. GRAVLAX:…   read more of “Recipe: Chef Karen…”

Cruise Diary: Visiting Amsterdam 31 Years Later

Cruise Diary: Visiting Amsterdam 31 Years Later

Wendy R. London, HAL Mariner and corporate affairs manager/founder of CruiseBubble.com, is aboard Prinsendam and is letting us join in on her vacation. Dam ships. Dam dam ships! Taking me away from my favourite city, taking me away from a city that stole my heart, 31 years ago. In fact, we sailed from the canal…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Fishing, Fishing, Fishing

Fishing, Fishing, Fishing

Thanks to 2-star Mariner Robert New for sending in these photo. Last July-August, I and wife Dolores were passengers aboard HAL MV Amsterdam to Alaska. It seemed the whole town of Kodiak was into FISHING, FISHING, FISHING. I took this photo near the ship. Along the road near the ship were several fish processing plants….   read more of “Fishing, Fishing,…”

Video: Time-Lapse of Amsterdam at Glacier Bay

Thanks to Robert Matthew, Amsterdam’s 2nd engineer, for sending in this cool time lapse video of the ship at Glacier Bay, Alaska! If you look close enough, you’ll catch a glimpse of ms Volendam.

Ryndam Crew Member Wins 140th Anniversary Photo Competition

Ryndam Crew Member Wins 140th Anniversary Photo Competition

Congratulations to Ryndam’s Photo Manager Constantin Paduraru, the winner of the recent crew photo competition held in conjunction with HAL’s 140th anniversary. Paduraru’s photo (below) of Amsterdam was taken from Ryndam’s deck as the two ships crossed paths in Alaska in May 2010. The time was approximately 3:30 a.m. and the moon was starting to set. Paduraru managed to snap…   read more of “Ryndam Crew Member…”