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Bert Talks About Running Ultra-Marathons

When Statendam Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh isn’t tramping around outdoors photographing Bert’s Beauty Shots, he’s probably off in some inhospitable place running some unimaginable distance under incredibly harsh conditions — and loving every minute of it. The Holland America Blog video crew caught up with Bert as he was preparing to go on vacation,…   read more of “Bert Talks About…”

Zeebenen in de Klas

Zeebenen in de Klas

While visiting my family in Amsterdam last week, I also participated in a project called “Zeebenen in de Klas” (“Sealegs in the Classroom”) This is a project to expose children in the age group 10-12 years old to a life/career at sea, since very few of them know about the many possibilities. Ultimately, the goal…   read more of “Zeebenen in de…”

Latest Edition to the HAL Fleet: ‘Woohoodam’

Latest Edition to the HAL Fleet: ‘Woohoodam’

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey is back at it. This is her most recent creation — “Woohoodam” — that she built during her recent cruise on Noordam. To date we have featured four of her previous creations — Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam and Waytoofinedam — on the blog. Keep em’ coming Lynn! I just got back from…   read more of “Latest Edition to…”

Bert On the Inspiration Behind ‘Bert’s Beauty Shots’

Bert van Mackelenbergh, hotel manager on Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, is well-known for his incredible nature photography showcased on HollandAmericaBlog.com. Published as “Bert’s Beauty Shots,” his photos from around the world garner more comments from readers than any other recurring column, and Bert uses his column as a way to share his knowledge and…   read more of “Bert On the…”

Amsterdam Officer’s Memories of Hong Kong

Amsterdam Officer’s Memories of Hong Kong

Thanks to Amsterdam’s safety, environment and health officer Jonathan Bailey for sending in this post. At the age of eighteen the British Royal Navy saw fit to send me half way around the world on my first tour of duty! Destination, Hong Kong. This was my starting point of a long a successful career at…   read more of “Amsterdam…”

Cruise Diary: More About Mama Lou

Cruise Diary: More About Mama Lou

Ruby Turner was sailing on board Ryndam and this cruise diary is from the end of her voyage. Mama Lou has been sailing on Holland America ships for nearly 16 years. Some might say she lives on the ships as she is cruising 10 months a year on ships that use Tampa as their home…   read more of “Cruise Diary: More…”

Rotterdam Cabin Steward Shares His Passion for Photography

Rotterdam Cabin Steward Shares His Passion for Photography

Matt Bahri has been working with Holland America Line for the past 8 years and in his spare time enjoys taking photos of the people, places, and objects around him. These are a selection of the images that he has captured on board.