July 23, 2012. Joost and the kids slept through the “scenic cruising” of the Dardanelles. Jolanda was up early en went on our balcony filming. Fortunately for the sleeping most of us, the Dardanelles were not as spectacular as other scenic cruising moments like the Bay of Kotor. We were not due to arrive in… read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”
Mary Schimmelman, HAL’s public relations manager, recently sailed on Eurodam to Europe. She shared these fun photos from her time in Barcelona, Spain. Enjoy! Barcelona’s Rambla de Mar In Barcelona where the bustling city meets the boisterous sea, there is a lesser known Rambla – Rambla de Mar gated by a truly unique draw bridge… read more of “Visiting…”
Hotel Manager Bert and Shore Ex Manager Jenn are enjoying a short stay in France. Undercover with a French moustache, they visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
July 20, 2012: We started our day with scenic cruising. The Bay of Kotor is so beautiful. They sometimes call it Europe’s southernmost fjord but in actuality it is a river canyon that is flooded. We were on deck 5 again on the forward bow. Around 9 or 10 a.m. it was already 25-30 degrees… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
July 19, 2012: Our first night on board Nieuw Amsterdam we slept like a rose. We had a very comfortable (and huge) bed. For the kids, the stewards transformed the couch into a bed and they lowered the ceiling above us, where another bed became available. Of course with four people in the room and… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
This photo of Prinsendam was taken on March 31, 2012, when we were berthed at the Port of Valletta, Malta, during her last Grand Mediterranean Voyage. I thought the number of mooring lines on the bow were quite unique. – Jack W. Cummings
July 17, 2012 (day before the start of our cruise): After breakfast in the hotel, we continued our walking tour in Venice. Amazing how many squares and churches fit in a relatively small city like Venice. Finding your way is not always easy since the streets are quite twisting and there are a lot of… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
During our call at Foynes on July 15th, Prinsendam’s senior staff officers were honored with a visit from the Foynes authority representatives, where a plaque exchange took place in order to mark Prinsendam’s return to their beautiful port after a lengthy absence. The authorities were received with champagne, mimosas and deluxe cold canapés.