Hotel Manager Stan Kuppens hangs Queen Beatrix’ portrait in Eurodam’s Explorer’s Lounge. We are all honored that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands christened the Eurodam. With that, she is the third Dutch Queen in a row to christen a Holland America Line ship. Both Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Juliana christened previous Holland America Line vessels…. read more of “Portrait of Queen…”
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Today we are in Port Everglades and the blog is not about the ‘E’, but another ship in our fleet, in particular the “Statendam” and her Captain, Jack van Coevorden. After 45 years of service with HAL, Jack docked his ship for the last time today. Jack was the second captain I sailed with during… read more of “Eurodam…”
On December 4th, Rotterdam celebrated her maiden call at Loreto, Mexico and after a traditional plaque ceremony with the Mayor of Loreto and Rotterdam’s captain, Cadet Marco Arnout (center) took local VIPs and dignitaries on a tour of the ship.
Eurodam Hotel Manager Stan Kuppens and his son, Thijs. You might remember and saw the picture on the Eurodam News Blog that my son Thijs was born in Venice Feb. 29, 2008, while we were building the Eurodam. When we left Italy on June 20, I had to say goodbye to Thijs because it would… read more of “Thijs is…”
Our voyage north from St. Thomas has been much more pleasant, compared with our voyage south. The northeasterly winds have abated and the swell eased, so our guests are enjoying the sun and relatively smooth seas. Today we are at our private island, Half Moon Cay, so named after its gorgeous half moon–shaped beach. It… read more of “Eurodam…”
On November 27th Rotterdam crewmembers enjoyed a zip line and ATV extravaganza, arranged by Second Officer Andrew Barker. A great time was had by all 26 crew who took part, as pictured below.
On a recent call in Curaçao hotel staff from Zuiderdam visited a local orphanage. The team was on a reconnaissance mission to gather more information to plan for a big event in conjunction with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). The orphans were very happy to meet the team and thanked them for visiting by… read more of “Zuiderdam Visits…”
Captain Mercer sent us this picture from Grand Turk of Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn’s space capsule from the Mercury Space Program. Glenn, the first American to orbit earth, splashed down in Grand Turk waters Feb. 20, 1962 — back in the days when spacecraft returned to earth via parachute. In those days Grand Turk… read more of “Symbol of…”