My Panama Canal cruise is winding down when Volendam docks at one of our last ports: Cartagena, Colombia. I’m with my unflappable photographer, Joe Schmelzer, because we’re covering the cruise for Mariner magazine. We’ve both heard about the colonial city of Cartagena for years, and are jumping out of our skin to compare the praise… read more of “Cartagena: A Gem of…”
Lori A. May is a Seattle-based travel writer who recently cruised on Westerdam. This piece was originally published in Jrrny Travel and Seattle Post. If you’re serious about coffee, perhaps you’ve considered visiting the source. On a Panama Canal cruise with Holland America, your cruise itinerary will take you to several places known for producing… read more of “Holland America’s…”
The holiday season is among the most joyous, but can also be one of the most stressful times of year. Between cooking, cleaning, decorating, and hosting family and friends, the holidays can easily become complicated. This year, why not simply relax your way through the holidays? That’s all possible with one of Holland America Line’s… read more of “Celebrate the…”
As arguably the greatest engineering project ever, it’s no wonder a Panama Canal cruise tops the “must-see” list of many world travelers. Dubbed “one of the seven wonders of the modern world” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, most find this marvel reason enough to select one of these cruises. However, a Panama Canal… read more of “Going Beyond the…”
Captain Mercer is back onboard the Grand World Voyage and he’s blogging about his cruising adventures. The ship set sail from Fort Lauderdale in early January and made its way through the Panama Canal. After a call at Ecuador this week, it’s eight days at sea before landfall in the South Pacific. Catch up with… read more of “Captain’s…”
When ms Amsterdam departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 5, 2015, the cruise will span 114 days and call at 45 ports in 25 countries on six continents.
Cartagena, Colombia, is a big, bustling modern city. Within this metropolis of more than a million people is the walled Old Town that dates back hundreds of years. On a Panama Canal cruise on ms Veendam from Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego, Cartagena was the last port of call before we entered the Canal, and… read more of “Port Spotlight:…”
Statendam met with our CARE TEAM members Dan and Berit and delivered six boxes of slightly used clothing and shoes to the community center, one of the Columbian non-profits that is supported by the US nonprofit foundation, Friends of Colombia. We were blessed to have these delightful people show us their musical talents and open… read more of “Statendam’s…”