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Westerdam Goes Postal on Maltese Stamp

Westerdam Goes Postal on Maltese Stamp

Philatelists (stamp collectors) and ship aficionados (Holland America fans) will want to get their hands on a set of newly released stamps featuring Holland America Line’s own Westerdam. Issued in the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, the set of four stamps commemorates Malta’s cruise-based tourism industry, which saw a 14 percent increase in 2008, with…   read more of “Westerdam Goes…”

How to Transit the Panama Canal in 31 Seconds

Zuiderdam’s Chief Officer Jochem Bakker just sent us the coolest video. It’s a time-lapse video of Zuiderdam transiting the Panama Canal. Note that this process usually takes the best part of a day to complete, but through the dizzying wonder of time-lapse technology, you can do it in less time than it takes to sing…   read more of “How to Transit the…”

Next Signature-Class Ship to Be Named ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Next Signature-Class Ship to Be Named ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line will name its next Signature-Class ship and the 15th vessel in its fleet ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Scheduled for delivery in 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. The ship’s interior design and art collection will reflect the glamor and history of New York City —…   read more of “Next…”

Postcards from Hawaii

Postcards from Hawaii

Future Cruise Consultants Denise and Mike Feeney report from ms Rotterdam The Grand World Voyage started out with a tranquil and relaxing crossing to Hawaii. The journey took four days and was characterized by pleasantly cool temperatures ranging from the 50s to the high 60s and long-frequency swells that gave us a constant reminder that…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Happy Retirement Captain van den Berg

Happy Retirement Captain van den Berg

Aboard Zuiderdam How do you celebrate a career that spans more than four decades? That was the question the officers and crew of Zuiderdam had to ponder when they realized that Captain Dirk van den Berg would be stepping off the gangway for a final time after 43 years of dedicated service to Holland America…   read more of “Happy Retirement…”

This Captain Plays Well with Others

This Captain Plays Well with Others

During Eurodam’s inaugural season, Jeroen and I would sneak up to the Club HAL area to have some healthy competition playing air hockey and foosball. While playing, we thought, wouldn’t it be a great idea to make this into a Club HAL event called, “Playing Air Hockey with the Captain.” So this morning, 20 very…   read more of “This Captain Plays…”

Chilean Orphans Visit Amsterdam

Chilean Orphans Visit Amsterdam

Submitted by Crew Purser Julie Berndsen, aboard Amsterdam. On behalf of all the crew on the ms Amsterdam I would like to share with you the wonderful day we had on December 20th, in Punta Arenas, Chile. During the previous week we collected donations of gifts and also cash so we could afford to buy…   read more of “Chilean Orphans…”