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Captain’s Log: 3, 2, 1 … Blastoff!

Captain’s Log: 3, 2, 1 … Blastoff!

I have just returned from the Kennedy Space Center, having been fortunate enough to be the recipient of a VIP pass and consequently situated as close as any ‘commoner’ ūüôā is allowed, so, hot off the press are two of my photographs. Unfortunately we had low cloud cover, so the shuttle was only visible for…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Congratulations to Nieuw Jakarta Graduating Classes

Congratulations to Nieuw Jakarta Graduating Classes

Robert ‚ÄúNick‚ÄĚ Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta‚Äôs academic director, sent us the following note and photos of the most recent stateroom attendants skills and clerk graduating classes. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL‚Äôs crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Congratulations to the 100th graduating class of the Stateroom Attendants Skills and 30th graduating Clerk class held at ms Nieuw…   read more of “Congratulations to…”

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Humpback Whales

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Humpback Whales

While the Humpback Whale is an endangered species, in Glacier Bay it is doing well. And while on occasion visitors may catch a stray Minke or Killer Whale (orca), it’s the Humpback that gets a lot of attention. Ranger Janet Neilson spends a lot of time studying the humpback in Glacier Bay. Neilson says that…   read more of “Glacier Bay…”

HAL Donates Laptops to Schools in Florida

HAL Donates Laptops to Schools in Florida

HAL recently donated laptops to some schools in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area. Betsy Russo is our Community Relations Contractor there and she sent in this note and pictures of the donation. Thanks, Betsy! Here are two pictures of myself and the staff of the South Area Student Services Department of the School Board of…   read more of “HAL Donates Laptops…”

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Early Exploration

Glacier Bay Podcasts: Early Exploration

Most people are captivated by the beauty and drama of Glacier Bay. Ranger Kevin Richards looks out and he sees the history of it. And for Richards, that history comes alive, as he walks in the steps of everyone from George Vancouver who discovered the Bay, or the Tlingit natives who have made the Bay…   read more of “Glacier Bay…”

Holland America Line Celebrates Earth Day with Roll Out of Sustainable Seafood Program

Holland America Line Celebrates Earth Day with Roll Out of Sustainable Seafood Program

In honor of Earth Day, Holland America Line has rolled out its new sustainable seafood program that adopts environmentally responsible purchasing practices and features menus that showcase sustainable seafood. HAL worked with the Marine Conservation Institute ‚ÄĒ a Washington State partner in promoting sustainable and compatible use of the oceans ‚ÄĒ¬†on the new program. To…   read more of “Holland America…”

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Meet the Dragonfly

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Meet the Dragonfly

Meet the dragonfly, one of nature‚Äôs most intriguing and fascinating insects, and the subject of mankind‚Äôs most sublime and ridiculous myths and mythologies. The dragonfly darts around going about its business as usual, blissfully unaware and oblivious to the interest it has generated in us. The dragonfly, owing to its position in the food chain,…   read more of “Bert’s Beauty…”

Largest Yellow Emerald Gemstone Sails on Noordam

Largest Yellow Emerald Gemstone Sails on Noordam

Special thanks to Patrick Coughlin of Coughlin Jewelers for sending us this post and Marc Thompson, Noordam’s manager of on-board marketing, for the photos. The largest Yellow Emerald gemstone ever discovered just made a huge splash in the Caribbean. Its maiden voyage was on the ms Noordam on April 7, 2011. The oval gemstone weighed…   read more of “Largest Yellow…”