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Maasdam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Ilhabela

Maasdam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Ilhabela

During Maasdam’s call at Ilhabela, Brazil, Mr. Antonio Colluci, the mayor of the island, came aboard for an official plaque exchange ceremony. Jaime de Castro-van der Loo is Maasdam’s human resources manager.

Photo Diary: India

Photo Diary: India

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam’s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage.

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

Captain’s Log: Tauranga and Napier

8th February, Tauranga, New Zealand We have been blessed with beautiful weather ever since we made landfall in New Zealand, the sun has been shining and the winds have been light; our guests and crew have made the most of it, thoroughly enjoying this beautiful country. The people are wonderfully friendly and everywhere is spotless,…   read more of “Captain’s…”

HAL Voted Most Romantic Cruise Line

HAL Voted Most Romantic Cruise Line

The Twitter community has spoken. The fans of #CruiseChat voted Holland America Line the “Most Romantic Cruise Line” in their recent Birdie Awards! What do you think is the most romantic aspect of a HAL cruise? Take our Romance-at-Sea survey on Facebook and let us know!

Half Moon Cay Gets New Two-Story Beach Villas

Half Moon Cay Gets New Two-Story Beach Villas

Award-winning Half Moon Cay, our private Bahamian island, celebrated its 15th anniversary this Caribbean cruise season, and to commemorate the milestone we enhanced island offerings and features. Guests to the island will notice five new, colorful, two-story Beach Villas available for rent during each call. The luxury hideaways boast exclusive hot tubs on the second…   read more of “Half Moon Cay Gets…”

Sailors Get Certified On Board Nieuw Amsterdam

Sailors Get Certified On Board Nieuw Amsterdam

On January 18th several of Nieuw Amsterdam‘s crew completed a 12-day Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) course. The course is 35 hours of on board theoretical and practical training and assessments in lifeboats and life rafts operations, as well as sea survival techniques and first aid. All the participants are now certified…   read more of “Sailors Get…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Postcards from Curaçao

Nieuw Amsterdam Postcards from Curaçao

Thanks to Jaap van Drongelen for sending in these great photos of Nieuw Amsterdam arriving at Willemstad, Curacao, on Jan. 30. Thanks, Jaap!