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How do Medivacs at Sea Work?

How do Medivacs at Sea Work?

A lot of guests are asking us how we disembark someone at sea. Sometimes it does happen that someone needs urgent medical attention, and immediate help is not always available. If a ship is close enough to land, and the facilities are available, then we might do a what we call a MEDIVAC, which stands…   read more of “How do Medivacs at…”

Letter from a Lonely Sailor

Letter from a Lonely Sailor

Dear Holland America: My great aunt has given me her lover’s letter (Bill – 1949). The transcript is attached, including a scanned copy of the letter. Would be great for your historical archives … to illustrate the life aboard ship during the 1940s. Connie is 88 now and still thinks of Bill, whose full name…   read more of “Letter from a…”

Test Your HAL IQ: Crew Uniforms

Test Your HAL IQ: Crew Uniforms

How well do you know Holland America Line? Below are five different crew uniforms from around the ship. Be the first person to post the correct answers as a comment and win a HAL jump drive! Photo A:

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Flowers in Juneau

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Flowers in Juneau

The flower photos are all taken on the pier in Juneau. This little flowerbed at the bottom of the gangway is the best shore excursion in Juneau … for me. This flowerbed has a large variety of brightly colored flowers where you see a lot of bees. Nothing better than a good macro lens, waterspray…   read more of “Bert’s Beauty…”

Bert’s Ode to the Harbor

Bert’s Ode to the Harbor

“Harbor” A poem and photo by Bert van Mackelenbergh From this liminal state we are reborn into a threshold between worlds. Through the fabric of fog a map for another way presents itself we see in a flash how life could be. Can we return to what is familiar and make it new finding mystery…   read more of “Bert’s Ode to…”

Dutch Treats for a Dutch Cruise

Dutch Treats for a Dutch Cruise

Although Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands and still maintains very close ties to its Dutch roots, rarely do we ever have quite so many Dutch passengers on board as we do now. Currently Rotterdam is sailing with more than 1,200 Dutch guests. In an effort to make our Dutch guests feel more…   read more of “Dutch Treats for a…”