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Stunning View of St. Mark’s Square

Stunning View of St. Mark’s Square

Thanks to HAL guest Mary Ann for sending in this beautiful shot of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) in Venice, Italy. What a gorgeous view of St. Mark’s Square we got on September 8, 2011 as we sailed into Venice on deck 10 of the Nieuw Amsterdam! – Mary Ann Tiffany

Cruise Diary: Brindisi, Italy

Cruise Diary: Brindisi, Italy

Looking out at the city of Brindisi from our stateroom window, we didn’t really know what to expect from this port. But we left the ship feeling great because we know that Holland America line always finds the best destinations for its guest.

Ryndam at Trapani, Italy

Ryndam at Trapani, Italy

Peter Tukker, Ryndam’s safety, environmental and health officer, sent in these great pictures from Ryndam’s recent call at Trapani, Italy. Enjoy!

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

At dinner time Captain Mark Rowden made his usual round among the tables in the main dining room. He knew about my maritime interest in shipping and navigation and told me that the next day the ship was entering and maneuvering through a narrow port that he thought I would be interesting in seeing. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Vatican City

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Vatican City

The Vatican is an amazing city despite it’s small size (.6 mile long and .5 mile wide). Nestled in Rome, you can spend a full day exploring the home of the Pope, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Be sure to bring a camera because there is so much beautiful art and architecture to capture…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Cruise Diary: Cagliari, Italy

Cruise Diary: Cagliari, Italy

From the ship, a shuttle will take you to the entrance of the port. After walking for just a few minutes, you will find yourself in the main shopping center and close to the historic spots. While walking we met some very nice youngsters offering us a guided walking tour through the Old City. Next,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

The cruise we are currently on is called Mediterranean Treasures and each day we find out why the Med is fantastic with all of its historic and beautiful sites. Napoli (Naples) is a very busy town crowded with traffic but in the middle of the city the beautiful buildings are very well maintained. Just ten…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

iPhone iBlog: Exploring Etruscan Tombs in Italy

iPhone iBlog: Exploring Etruscan Tombs in Italy

Special thanks to Jerrol Golden, Holland America Line’s public relations manager, for sharing these iPhone photos from her recent excursion in Livorno, Italy, during her Nieuw Amsterdam cruise. This is the first shore excursion I have participated on where the motor coach driver has an espresso machine conveniently located next to his seat. Only in…   read more of “iPhone iBlog:…”