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‘Waytoofinedam’ on the Ryndam

‘Waytoofinedam’ on the Ryndam

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey is back at it. This is her most recent creation, “Waytoofinedam,” that she built while on her Ryndam Caribbean cruise. We featured three of her previous creations — Halraiserdam, Zippidydam and Spamdam — on the blog back in November 2009, January 2010 and April 2010, respectively.

Award-Winning Photography from Alaska

Award-Winning Photography from Alaska

This amazing photo was taken by Oosterdam’s IC Manager Zeljka Hajdarevic in Juneau, Alaska. She won the award for “Best Photograph” for the month of September as part of a fleet-wide contest for ship photographers. Each month, on-board photographers submit snapshots from port calls around the world with the hopes of being rewarded with this…   read more of “Award-Winning…”

Statendam Participates in A Global Day of Doing

Statendam Participates in A Global Day of Doing

A Global Day of Giving is what the Statendam guests and crew celebrated during their two week Panama Canal cruise. A variety of activities were held throughout those two weeks leading up to the big 10.10.10 Pool Party Celebration. Guests donated their spare change as they returned from port each day along with gently used…   read more of “Statendam…”

Ryndam Captain Helps Children In Need

Ryndam Captain Helps Children In Need

As a great birthday surprise, Captain Mark Rowden’s Ryndam Team organized to each buy him either a stuffed teddy bear, husky dog or orca whale. Forty-two crew members visited the captain to bring him a toy along with best of wishes for his birthday. Our Captain wanted to share the joy and love that he…   read more of “Ryndam Captain…”

History of the Halve Maen Logo

History of the Halve Maen Logo

Recently we were asked on the blog about the history of the Halve Maen and when Holland America started using it. Our trusty HAL Historian Ben van Zeil came through with an answer. Thanks, Ben! The Halve Maen came in use between 1936/1938. The new company logo was based on a pre-launch Nieuw Amsterdam poster…   read more of “History of the…”

How Times Have Changed

How Times Have Changed

I bumped into guest Andriaan Suijlen in the corridor. He explained that he worked as a purser for Holland America Line in 1956 on the Statendam after his time in the Dutch Navy. I explained that I work in Guest Relations/“The Pursers Office” and offered if he would like to see the office and how…   read more of “How Times Have…”