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Postcards from a Panama Canal Cruise

Postcards from a Panama Canal Cruise

Special thanks to HAL guest Wayne Tippin for sharing these photos from his March 2012 Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego aboard Statendam.

HAL Ships at the Panama Canal

HAL Ships at the Panama Canal

Hello Dear HAL friends, After almost 25 years I still admire your crew and the HAL ships. [I like] the older ships the most yet I don’t want to become a nostalgic old nagger. I can’t stop returning aboard! They are working on the construction project of the

Statendam Dockside at Huatulco, Mexico

Statendam Dockside at Huatulco, Mexico

Here is a photo of the ms Statendam tied up to the dock at Huatulco, Mexico, on April 18, 2012. I took this photo during the 14-day Winter/Spring Panama Canal cruise my wife and I took the last two weeks of April. As usual, we had the most extraordinary, lovely trip. Thanks to all of…   read more of “Statendam Dockside…”

Spotted: Club HAL Cruiser on the Bridge

Spotted: Club HAL Cruiser on the Bridge

Special thanks to HAL guest Lauren Allen for sharing this photo of her daughter from a Statendam Mexican Riviera sailing in 2000. This photo is of our daughter Zaide when she participated in a tour of the bridge with Club HAL. She was 5 years old and this was such a memorable trip. We took…   read more of “Spotted: Club HAL…”

Recounting Family History Aboard Four HAL Ships

Recounting Family History Aboard Four HAL Ships

Special thanks to HAL guest James Ogden for sharing this touching story with our blog. My great grandparents were the first generation of my family to sail with Holland America Line, in the 1950’s. They sailed with HAL four times between 1954 and 1960, on transatlantic voyages, between various cities in Europe and New York….   read more of “Recounting Family…”

Statendam Crew Gives Back in a Major Way, Part 2

Statendam Crew Gives Back in a Major Way, Part 2

We introduced an extensive donation program among guests and crew over the last couple of weeks. Everyone on board became very much involved which resulted in a large amount of items the school needed. The ship’s staff and crew showed their caring spirit by pulling together to offload the donated items in a ceremony accompanied…   read more of “Statendam Crew…”

Postcards from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Postcards from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

It is again one of those nice sunny days in Puerto Vallarta. However the winter highseason has come to an end. Most “snowbirds” are returning home or are home again. It was busy today with much security since the World Forum 2012 started with visits by some head of states. Today also was the last…   read more of “Postcards from…”