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HAL Shore Excursion Featured in ‘Juneau Empire’ Newspaper

HAL Shore Excursion Featured in ‘Juneau Empire’ Newspaper

Rotterdam’s shore excursions manager Eva Marti submitted this note from the crew’s recent Whales and Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure in Juneau, Alaska. During the shore excursion guests trek through Alaska’s famed Stephen’s Passage and the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area where they get hands-on experience collecting water samples, plankton and recording ocean temperature readings. The…   read more of “HAL Shore Excursion…”

Drive Slow … Cruisers at Play!

Drive Slow … Cruisers at Play!

HAL guest and frequent blog contributor Hans Janssen shared with us this note and photo from his recent South Pacific cruise aboard Volendam. Thanks, Hans! Hello HAL bloggers, Did you know that some ports go very far in protecting passengers from vehicles? I hadn’t seen this one before. This photo was taken in Port Vila,…   read more of “Drive Slow ……”

Rings Around the Funnels

Rings Around the Funnels

A while back we mentioned that the funnels on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam are different, but we didn’t tell you what the difference is. Some of you guessed the correct answer, and here’s the official explanation direct from Henry Veringa, Holland America Line’s project manager at the Fincantieri shipyard. Eurodam’s (left) and Nieuw Amsterdam’s funnels….   read more of “Rings Around the…”

Nieuw Amsterdams’ Smokestacks

Nieuw Amsterdams’ Smokestacks

Hi HAL blog readers, Today marks 25 days to the dedication ceremony of the ms Nieuw Amsterdam by HRH Princess Maxima of The Netherlands. I want to share this small but nice note about the smokestacks of the Nieuw Amsterdam vessels. As you know by now the upcoming Nieuw Amsterdam will be the 4th vessel…   read more of “Nieuw…”

All About Navigation Lights

All About Navigation Lights

Marine navigation lights are simply coloured electric lights fixed on ships and used to indicate the size of the ship, the direction in which the ship is travelling and the angle where they should be visible. They must be exhibited by law between sunset and sunrise and in poor visibility. The location (on the ship),…   read more of “All About…”

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Murals Coming Along

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Murals Coming Along

These are the pictures of Harald Vlugt working on the big murals in the Explorer’s Lounge on Deck 2. Mary Moore is a blog contributor based at the yard.

A Day in Todo Santos, Mexico

A Day in Todo Santos, Mexico

Todo Santos is a charming town, small and not close to Cabo San Lucas but worth the trip. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get there from the ship. The ride shows the true geography of the area — arid desert that runs straight to the sea. It is mostly undeveloped or…   read more of “A Day in Todo…”