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HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

Special thanks to Kirk Baruth, HAL’s Manager of Public Relations and Intranet, for this post. With the hoisting of the city’s flag, Lord Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb welcomed Holland America Line’s flagship ms Rotterdam and its crew to their new homeport in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 2. It’s been almost 40 years since Holland America…   read more of “HAL’s…”

A Live Statue in Lisbon, Portugal

A Live Statue in Lisbon, Portugal

Here are some photos from Lisbon, Portugal. On the main street there are some live statues, just like on Las Ramblas in Barcelona but this guy is special – he is hanging in the air! Also, he is in the Guinness Book of record for standing motionless for 15 hours, two minutes and 55 seconds.

Wall Paintings in Funchal

Wall Paintings in Funchal

I received the attached two photos from Jan Yetke. The Amsterdam was in Funchal and there is a wall next to the pier where various ships will do a painting. She took these two photos of the Prinsendam (2006) and Amsterdam (2008) when they called at Funchal. Various cruise members do these paintings and you…   read more of “Wall Paintings in…”

Spotted: HAL Ships in Funchal, Madeira

Spotted: HAL Ships in Funchal, Madeira

Last week we stayed in Funchal, Madeira. We saw three HAL ships – Amsterdam, Eurodam and Ryndam. I’ll start with Amsterdam, April 20, 2012. — Aad Hoogesteger

Le Mont Saint Michel St. Malo, Brittany

Le Mont Saint Michel St. Malo, Brittany

The pictures below were taken when we had the opportunity to visit Le Mont St. Michel in St. Malo, France during our stay there. It’s Brittany’s most famous landmark and a masterpiece of nature and art. We traveled one hour each way and the scenery was breathtaking. When we got there, we walked through the…   read more of “Le Mont Saint…”