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Cruise Diary: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Cruise Diary: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

HAL guest blogger Sharon Wilhelm is currently sailing aboard Amsterdam’s 75-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage. She snapped this great photo of Costa Victoria, one of our sister ships, on Oct. 4, as Amsterdam approached Yokohama, Japan.

Cruise Diary: Hakodate, Japan

Cruise Diary: Hakodate, Japan

HAL guest Sharon Wilhelm is currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 75-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage. While aboard the ship she will chronicle her cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy! October 2, 2012 Day: 11 The Amsterdam arrived on schedule and the immigration process began at 6:30. In typical Japanese fashion, the process was…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Zaandam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Kobe, Japan

Zaandam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Kobe, Japan

On April 5, ms Zaandam made an inaugural call to the port of Kobe, Japan. Officers from various departments were present for a plaque exchange ceremony with port officials. These ceremonies are held as a token of goodwill between the port and the vessel and are viewed as a very special occasion for all. The…   read more of “Zaandam’s…”

Volendam Makes Donation to Japanese Red Cross

Volendam Makes Donation to Japanese Red Cross

When the Volendam visited Kobe, Japan, on May 2, Holland America Line made a generous contribution of $25,000 to the Japanese Red Cross to help with Japan’s recent earthquake/tsunami disaster. Volendam’s Captain Pieter Visser presented the $25,000 check to the Red Cross representative Mr. Yasufumi Yoshikawa, deputy secretary general of the Hyogo Prefectural Chapter Japanese…   read more of “Volendam Makes…”

Volendam’s Sail-Away from Kobe, Japan

Volendam’s Sail-Away from Kobe, Japan

Special thanks to Hans Becker, Volendam’s beverage manager, for sending us these photos of the ship’s sail-away from Kobe, Japan. On May 2 the Volendam sailed away from Kobe, Japan, in style. Hundreds of well wishers came to the port’s terminal to bid farewell to the Volendam as the night came. Traditional lanterns and signs…   read more of “Volendam’s…”

Volendam Receives Warm Welcome at Nagasaki, Japan

Volendam Receives Warm Welcome at Nagasaki, Japan

On April 30 the mayor of Nagasaki, Japan, Tomihisa Taue, came on board to welcome Volendam to the city with the touch of a beautifully hand-made kite, bottle of Japanese beer and a large bouquet of flowers for Captain Visser. With the assistance of a translator, communication between the mayor and captain was easily done….   read more of “Volendam Receives…”