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HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

HAL’s Rotterdam Welcomed to New Homeport in Namesake City

Special thanks to Kirk Baruth, HAL’s Manager of Public Relations and Intranet, for this post. With the hoisting of the city’s flag, Lord Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb welcomed Holland America Line’s flagship ms Rotterdam and its crew to their new homeport in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 2. It’s been almost 40 years since Holland America…   read more of “HAL’s…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Hanging on a Wire

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Hanging on a Wire

This picture was taken miles out to sea while we were heading south of the Mexican coast. There was a whole flock resting on board the Rotterdam. Jonathan Bailey Safety, Environmental and Health Officer ms Rotterdam’s

Natural Beauty Found Along the Panama Canal

Natural Beauty Found Along the Panama Canal

These are a few shots I took as the Rotterdam made her way through the Panama canal on her way to Fort Lauderdale and then onto Europe. This was the last day the Rotterdam will be in the Pacific Ocean for a while. We have had some great cruises to the South Seas and South…   read more of “Natural Beauty…”

Ryndam Arrives at Rotterdam

Ryndam Arrives at Rotterdam

Today, April 16, Rotterdam’s cruise season started with the arrival of the ms Ryndam. In total, Rotterdam will welcome 27 cruise ships this year. The ms Rotterdam will visit 19 times and ms Ryndam will visit twice. As we all know the ms Rotterdam will be home-based in Rotterdam starting May 2. After her two…   read more of “Ryndam Arrives at…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Embracing Statue

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Embracing Statue

We were asked to take photos that reflect romance for a crew photo contest, and I think this statue says it perfectly. Sofyan Avianto Crew Officer ms Rotterdam

Creating a New Lifetime Experience

Creating a New Lifetime Experience

Doris Polley is from California and has sailed with HAL for a couple cruises and thinks that this one, on board the Rotterdam, is the best one yet. She loves the host dancers and is having a wonderful time with her friend Alta. I was fortunate enough to have two meals with these lovely ladies…   read more of “Creating a New…”

Postcards from Fanning Island

Postcards from Fanning Island

I managed to snap off a few shots on my way to assist in a crew beach cleanup event at Tabuaeran, Fanning Island. This small Coral atoll is located halfway between Hawaii and Australia and only 228 nautical miles above the equator.