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Photos from Westerdam’s Halloween Festivities

Photos from Westerdam’s Halloween Festivities

Special thanks to Westerdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Rico Wessels for this post. The Westerdam just completed a very successful 35-day South Pacific voyage. Throughout the cruise we held several themed events to match the various ports of calls visited. We ended the cruise with a Halloween themed event. Guests participated in choosing the best pumpkin…   read more of “Photos from…”

Cruising the Med with Eurodam

Cruising the Med with Eurodam

Thanks to HAL guests Darlene and Larry Entringer for sending in this post and great photos from their Mediterranean cruise on Eurodam. On our 2010 Mediterranean cruise, we started and ended in Venice, Italy. We were fortunate to spend a whole day docked near St. Mark’s Square before embarking. It was fun to come and…   read more of “Cruising the Med…”

140 Years Young: An Evening at Le Cirque

140 Years Young: An Evening at Le Cirque

Oct. 26, 2010: Holland America Line partners with the illustrious Le Cirque restaurant to offer “An Evening at Le Cirque” in the Pinnacle Grill. HAL’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin worked with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson to re-create the legendary eatery’s whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on board — from serving the amuse…   read more of “140 Years Young: An…”

Captain and Hotel Director Serve up Delicious Breakfast for Guests

Captain and Hotel Director Serve up Delicious Breakfast for Guests

Oosterdam guests got a real treat one morning when they found Captain Arjen van der Loo and Hotel Director Robert Versteeg alongside Sous Chef Reynaldo Sambile preparing pancakes for breakfast in the Lido. It was an exceptional experience for the officers and the guests seemed to really enjoy it as well.

Cruise Diary: Barbecue on Pool Deck

Cruise Diary: Barbecue on Pool Deck

Yvon and Cees Kloppenburg were on a back-to-back western Mediterranean cruises on board Ryndam. They chronicled their cruising experience for us on the blog. On a late afternoon, while moored at Civitavecchia, HAL organized a barbecue on the pool deck. Both guest and crew enjoyed the gathering that included special drinks and desserts!

HAL’s Culinary Council Presents Special Menu at Event in NYC

HAL’s Culinary Council Presents Special Menu at Event in NYC

During HAL’s Culinary Council second annual meeting aboard Eurodam on Oct. 4, Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin, along with council members Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter, presented travel industry and media guests a menu that showcased their talents. Sodamin featured Grilled Lime Marinated Scallops, Burke presented a Parfait…   read more of “HAL’s…”

Prinsendam’s Celebration Recap

Prinsendam’s Celebration Recap

Since I got here on the beautiful Prinsendam we have held so many events involving almost everyone here on board. There was a Mediterranean barbecue in the Lido Restaurant, an Indonesian Lunch Buffet for our Collector Voyage guests on every cruise with a white monkey dancer, a nice buffet and decorations, a Shawarma Barbecue, an…   read more of “Prinsendam’s…”

HAL’s Culinary Council Holds Second Annual Meeting Aboard Eurodam

HAL’s Culinary Council Holds Second Annual Meeting Aboard Eurodam

HAL’s Culinary Council held its second annual two-day meeting aboard Eurodam during a port call at New York on Oct. 4. Council members consult with the line throughout the year and gather annually for face-to-face meetings where they discuss current culinary trends, share information about what they are doing in their own businesses and brainstorm…   read more of “HAL’s…”