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Cruise Diary: Settling In

Cruise Diary: Settling In

Yvon and Cees Kloppenburg are currently on a seven-day western Mediterranean cruise on board Ryndam. They will be staying on for a second HAL cruise right after they complete this one and will be chronicling their back-to-back cruising experience for us on the blog. Here is their first entry, enjoy! As usual the boarding procedures…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Shark!

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Shark!

In honor of #SharkWeek! just had to share this beauty, one of a number that live at the impressive l’Aguarium in Barcelona, Spain. Say hello for me, if you have a chance to visit them, as I did on my cruise! Mary Schimmelman Senior Manager, Social Media Holland America Line

Eurodam’s Crew in Barcelona, Part 2

Eurodam’s Crew in Barcelona, Part 2

Thomas Setiawan, Eurodam’s human resources clerk, sent in these pictures from a recent crew tour. On May 7, a crew tour was held to Camp Nou Stadium and a visit to Sagrada Familia and Catalunya Square. In total, 126 crew members participated in the four hour tour. It was an incredible event for all who…   read more of “Eurodam’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:…”

iPhone iDiary: Visiting Corsica and Barcelona

iPhone iDiary: Visiting Corsica and Barcelona

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently sailing on Rotterdam from Piraeus, Greece, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All photos were taken with his iPhone 4s.

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

We have returned to Barcelona where the second part of this wonderful cruise will start. We said goodbye to the fellow guests we have met and are now meeting the new guests. Barcelona is one of our favorite cities. Although we have visited here many times we always discover new things when we return. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”