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Fresh Bread Anyone?

Fresh Bread Anyone?

Chief Head Baker, Alex Dedios, right, and his Assistant Baker John Servelo make French bread, rolls and other breads for dinner aboard ms Veendam. Everything is made fresh daily aboard the ship. The machine Alex is using quickly cuts the kneeded dough into the correct portions and shapes of the rolls. On a daily basis,…   read more of “Fresh Bread…”

The Purgatory to Heaven of Shipboard Life

The Purgatory to Heaven of Shipboard Life

This story was written by Leigh Maloney of Maloney Communications, Holland America Line’s PR agency in Australia. It was 26th January, 1950, Australia Day. A nervous 19-year-old walked down the gangplank of the former troop ship, Volendam, at Fremantle, Western Australia, putting his foot on Australian soil for the very first time. After buying a…   read more of “The Purgatory to…”

A Glimpse at the Old Maasdam

A Glimpse at the Old Maasdam

Here is the Maasdam that sailed for the line from 1952 to 1968. She was sold to Poland and sailed under the name of Stefan Batoury for many years. The ship also went to the breakers, as you can see. Johan Onnink is Holland America Line’s manager of nautical operations in the headquarter office.

Cruise Diary: A Eurodam Photo/Video Shoot

Cruise Diary: A Eurodam Photo/Video Shoot

Ann Kennedy, Holland America Line’s manager of marketing services, is aboard Eurodam this week for a video and photo shoot. Greetings from the ms Eurodam, my office for a week. The water is a beautiful Kool-Aid blue today and we are docked along a beautiful beach in Grand Turk. While the video crew is disembarking…   read more of “Cruise Diary: A…”

Noordam’s Got Talent

Noordam’s Got Talent

It is very refreshing to see the number of talented people we have on board ms Noordam. We see them on a daily basis performing their job duties they were hired for, but many of them have special talents that most of us know nothing about. Andy Chandra Kosim is one of the laundry attendants…   read more of “Noordam’s Got…”

Former HAL Employee Wins Silver at Paralympics

Former HAL Employee Wins Silver at Paralympics

World sit ski champion Josh Dueck — former HAL employee in Dawson City — represented Canada in the recent Paralympics where he took a silver medal in the men’s sitting slalom. Since a skiing accident left him paralyzed six years ago, Dueck has ascended to the top of the sit skiing world, including world champion…   read more of “Former HAL Employee…”