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Volendam’s Maiden Call at Kagoshima, Japan

Volendam’s Maiden Call at Kagoshima, Japan

Volendam’s first call at Kagoshima, Japan, was April 30, 2009. A plaque ceremony was held with several ship officers and port officials. Ship officers from left: Captain Pieter Visser (middle, back), Hotel Manager Robert Versteeg, Chief Officer Wouter van Hoogdalem and Cruise Director Michelle Worthley.

Amsterdam Arrives at New Seattle Terminal

Amsterdam Arrives at New Seattle Terminal

Amsterdam arrived at the new Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91 in Seattle today. It’s the first ship of the season! Photographer Steve Schimmelman of Sun Photography snapped these photos of the ship’s arrival. Because the weather was a little hazy, they are going to try to take more photos during sailaway this afternoon, so…   read more of “Amsterdam Arrives…”

Doing Good in Guatemala

Doing Good in Guatemala

We received this heartwarming post from a guest, and we’re thrilled that the blog sparked her idea to make donations to locals in Guatemala. My family and I just returned from an excellent cruise on the Veendam! I would like to share a little about one of the highlights: In February, I read a blog…   read more of “Doing Good in…”

A Fun Poetic Note From a Guest

We received this creative and thoughtful poem from guest Mimi Mullin, who recently sailed aboard Eurodam. Heavenly … sitting out on our balcony, so peaceful and beautiful, both at night and during the day. Outstanding … Lorraine in the Explorer’s Lounge, who returned 21 minutes of Internet time to me during a particularly “rough seas”…   read more of “A Fun Poetic Note…”

A Cat On the Quay Keeps the Rodents Away

A Cat On the Quay Keeps the Rodents Away

Submitted by crew purser Andrea Cosentino on behalf of post author Chief Officer Paulus Spaas. In an effort to prevent crawling critters from entering Prinsendam via the mooring lines and endangering the vessel’s health and sanitation status, rat guards are employed to protect the mooring lines. This vigilant creature managed to scare away all local…   read more of “A Cat On the Quay…”

Crew Hones Lifeboat Skills

Crew Hones Lifeboat Skills

Statendam and Ryndam crew members were among the first in Holland America to receive certificates in a new lifeboat assistant training course. The Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft (CPSC) course includes practical lessons in lifeboat rowing, raft turning, lifeboat maneuvering and man-overboard rescues, not to mention theory lessons and exams.