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Rotterdam’s Warm Welcome at Papeete, Tahiti

Rotterdam’s Warm Welcome at Papeete, Tahiti

In Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, a warm welcome of “Tahitian Drums and Tattoos” awaited our guests as they left the ship to explore this beautiful island paradise.

Special Anniversary Dinner at The Pinnacle Grill

Special Anniversary Dinner at The Pinnacle Grill

HAL guest Ruth and her husband celebrated their anniversary this year on board Rotterdam and sent in some pictures of their celebratory dinner. Thanks Ruth! Here are some pictures of our 42nd anniversary dinner at the Pinnacle Grill on board Rotterdam on Feb. 13, 2012. We had three dinners there and each one was fantastic…   read more of “Special Anniversary…”

Crew Tour Waterfall, Cave and Black Sand Cove in Hilo, Hawaii

Crew Tour Waterfall, Cave and Black Sand Cove in Hilo, Hawaii

Rotterdam’s Junior Human Resources Clerk Mochamad Ardiansyah Aloetsyah was one of the crew members to take part in the Waterfall, Cave & Black Sand Cove crew tour while the ship called at Hilo, Hawaii, earlier this month. The crew visited some of Hilo’s top attractions including Rainbow Falls State Park, the Kaumana Caves and Black…   read more of “Crew Tour…”

Rotterdam Lends a Helping Hand at Fanning Island

Rotterdam Lends a Helping Hand at Fanning Island

Thanks to Human Resources Clerk Mochamad Aloetsyah for sending in this post and fun pictures from the day Rotterdam spent at Fanning Island. On March 16, 2012, we presented a donation which we collected from the guests and crew, to the people of Fanning Island. We then brought out bubbles and jump ropes and played…   read more of “Rotterdam Lends a…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Beach Bums

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Beach Bums

Can you imagine anything more peaceful and relaxing than lounging in the ocean water gazing at a turquoise sea? Neither can I! Evelyn Castillo Casino ms Rotterdam

Shore Excursion: Paradise Cove Orchid Luau

Shore Excursion: Paradise Cove Orchid Luau

The Rotterdam is currently on a 30 day Circle Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas Island cruise. During our stay in Honolulu I was fortunate enough to attend a Holland America shore excursion, the “Paradise Cove Orchid Luau.” This is a fantastic way to sample Hawaiian culture. Traditional ceremonies are performed throughout the evening, mingled in with…   read more of “Shore Excursion:…”

Video: ss Rotterdam’s Inaugural Year

Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. This video is from ss Rotterdam’s inaugural year 1959-1960. The first cruise was around South America in 49 days, followed by three Caribbean cruises and four big continental cruises round-trip New York. I was a cabin steward on the…   read more of “Video: ss…”

Ready to Set Sail with Oosterdam

Ready to Set Sail with Oosterdam

Special thanks to HAL guests Ted and Pauline Moynihan for sending in these beautiful photos, taken just before their cruise on Oosterdam. On our most recent cruise, we arrived in San Diego just as the Rotterdam was departing at sunset. When we awoke the next morning, Oosterdam was in port and ready to take us…   read more of “Ready to Set Sail…”