The 2016 Grand World Voyage was an epic 115-day cruise to far-off lands and gorgeous locales. It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago it came to an end, and those who called Amsterdam home for four months returned to their regular lives. During the journey, Amsterdam hosted some of our regular cruisers who documented… read more of “A Pictorial Wrapup…”
On a recent Noordam cruise guests were treated to a call at Ashdod, Israel, one of the more unique places that Holland America Line visits. Among the hundreds of ports on the line’s roster are dozens of off-the-beaten-path destinations and rarely visited locales. If you’re looking to take a cruise this fall or winter to… read more of “Jerusalem and Other…”
Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! Here we are at our first stop in Israel. We have been here before, but chose a different tour this time. We did: “Jaffa on… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
During our recent visit to Egypt and Israel some in our crew were fortunate enough to visit the pyramids and also Jerusalem. The highlights of the Egypt tour were the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and also the Egyptian Museum. This photo shows the 41 crew members in front of the Great Sphinx and the… read more of “Prinsendam Crew…”
Here are some photos taken during our port of call at Ashdod, Israel. Prinsendam’s crew took different tours to explore the city. Some went on the Best of Jerusalem & the Old City tour and visited Mount Zion, the Old City and the Western (Wailing) Walls. Others took the Bethlehem, View of Jerusalem & the… read more of “Exploring Jerusalem…”
The flagship ms Rotterdam recently stayed overnight in Israel. What a perfect opportunity to create a once in a lifetime experience for many of the officers and crew. This experience arrived with an amazing crew tour organized by our human resources manager of the Holy Land. Our day started with a great surprise as there… read more of “Rotterdam…”
Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently sailing on Rotterdam from Piraeus, Greece, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All photos were taken with his iPhone 4s.
The juxtaposition of ancient cultures and religions is nowhere more amazing than in Jerusalem, Israel. Really, the whole day is spent in awe of this most holy place. Anthony Garofalo Human Resources Manager ms Zaandam