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Colorful Journeys with HAL

Colorful Journeys with HAL

Thanks to HAL guest Mira for sending in beautiful photos that were taken on various cruises with Zaandam, Veendam and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Cruising on the Intercoastal with Dad

Cruising on the Intercoastal with Dad

Thanks to guest Clint Page for sending in this story in honor of Father’s Day this weekend. When I was a kid growing up in the country north of Raleigh, North Carolina, my dad and I would talk about taking a boat down the St. Lawrence River. Those conversations echoed in different ways at two times…   read more of “Cruising on the…”

Csaba’s Aperture: Vancouver

Csaba’s Aperture: Vancouver

Here is our sail away from Vancouver a few days ago. Csaba Desvari is Oosterdam’s culinary operations manager.

Celebrating 140 Years: Port of Vancouver Plaque Exchange

Celebrating 140 Years: Port of Vancouver Plaque Exchange

The Port of Vancouver had a plaque exchange yesterday morning to acknowledge our 140th birthday. Thanks to our partners at Vancouver for celebrating with us this important milestone. We received this nice note from Carmen Ortega, manager, business development, for Port Metro Vancouver: Port Metro Vancouver and Holland America Line have a relationship that spans…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Oh, Canada!

Oh, Canada!

On March 4, 2013, while on the Mexican Riviera cruise on board the beautiful ms Zaandam, 120 Canadians got together to celebrate the warm weather of Mexico. I organized the event to the delight of my fellow Canadians who were enchanted with the “On Location” program and enjoyed a variety of Mexican cocktails while meeting…   read more of “Oh,…”

Csaba’s Aperture: Flyin’ High

Csaba’s Aperture: Flyin’ High

The side of the gorgeous Oosterdam … I believe I can fly … or not! At least I can sail with HAL! This was taken in Victoria, British Columbia. Csaba Desvari is ms Oosterdam’s culinary operations manager.

Captain’s Log: Volendam Makes Donation to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

Captain’s Log: Volendam Makes Donation to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

On August 29, Volendam donated approximately $200 in Canadian coins to British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Below is a picture of myself handing over the jar to Krishna, a YVR agent. The coins were accrued in a collection box where crew members contribute their change when they return from shopping. Peter Bos is Volendam’s…   read more of “Captain’s…”