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Orlando Ashford Joins the Grand World Voyage for Annual ‘President’s Event’

Orlando Ashford Joins the Grand World Voyage for Annual ‘President’s Event’

Gerald Bernhoft, Holland America Line’s director Mariner Society, recently traveled to Asia to join Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage for the annual President’s Event. He sent in this recap of the event and the surrounding days, including the surprise snow in South Korea! —– The elegant ms Amsterdam was the scene for Holland America Line’s annual…   read more of “Orlando Ashford…”

Where’s ms Amsterdam? The Grand Adventure Continues for a HAL Cruiser

Where’s ms Amsterdam? The Grand Adventure Continues for a HAL Cruiser

Each year, Holland America Line carefully crafts Grand Voyages that offer extended journeys to some of the most incredible places in the world. The longer itineraries allow for in-depth explorations and immersive experiences that very few cruise lines offer. Holland America Line has been sailing Grand Voyages for years, and no other cruise line offers…   read more of “Where’s ms…”

Touring the Forbidden City

Touring the Forbidden City

Thanks to Volendam’s Chief Engineer Joop Holtzer for sending in this great group photo of a crew tour to the Forbidden City at Beijing, China.

Touring the Summer Palace and Great Wall of China

Touring the Summer Palace and Great Wall of China

There is no way to describe China briefly. We visited Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen, all of which are now unbelievably modern cities. China has changed dramatically since I was first here in the mid 80s. While the tourist attractions are still a high point, the new parts of China are becoming equally as interesting….   read more of “Touring the Summer…”

The Great Wall in Fall

The Great Wall in Fall

Here are some snapshots from The Great Wall of China and surroundings in Beijing.