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Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

On a recent visit to Dublin, Ireland, Rotterdam’s bar team went to the Guinness Brewery and Jameson Distillery to learn more about the beverages they serve onboard. Passengers have the opportunity to visit these places, too, during a call at Dublin on the A Taste of Dublin: The Guinness Experience and the A Taste of…   read more of “Beer Tastings, Rum…”

Volendam calls at Kobe, Japan

Volendam calls at Kobe, Japan

The beautiful city of Kobe, Japan, welcomed the Volendam with gifts as well as a presentation for the guests by the award-winning Kobe Drummers. Here we see Captain Baijens and Cruise Director Dan Bernback accepting the gifts on behalf of the Volendam. A reciprocal presentation of a model of the ship was given to the…   read more of “Volendam calls at…”

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…”