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Exploring Flam on a Fjord Safari

Exploring Flam on a Fjord Safari

This week at Flam, Norway, the crew went on a very special shore excursion. It’s called the Flam Fjord Safari. I had arranged this as a special crew-only experience. The tour consists of an hour-and-a-half journey in what’s called a RIB, or Rigid Inflatable Boat. The boat is large enough to fit 20, luckily we…   read more of “Exploring Flam on a…”

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 23

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 23

It’s our last day on board. Sailing on the North Sea bound for Rotterdam, the home port of this vessel. In the afternoon there was an opportunity to ask questions of the captain, hotel manager and chief engineer in the Queen’s Lounge. It was so nice to hear how the careers of the three gentleman…   read more of “Rotterdam Cruise…”

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22 (Part 2)

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22 (Part 2)

It’s Wednesday night. We left Oslo and during dinner time we were sailing out of the fjords, which gave fantastic views. Just before dinner in the bars of ms Rotterdam they served with our drinks a famous Dutch treat. Holland America Line has it’s roots in The Netherlands, so you get “bitterballs” in Dutch Bitterballen….   read more of “Rotterdam Cruise…”

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22

On the advice of the captain, we rose early to see the most beautiful fjord in Scandinavia. We ordered a breakfast in our stateroom so we could sit on our balcony and enjoy the view.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 21

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 21

We arrived in the early evening in Copenhagen, so there was time for those who want to see nightlife to leave the ship. The next morning it was our turn.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 20

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 20

This morning we arrived at Helsingborg. With Rotterdam’s own tenders we were ferried ashore Just in time for opening of the shops (10 a.m.).

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 19

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 19

It is a very relaxing sea day. After leaving Rotterdam Saturday in force 6 wind and showers in the morning it’s now a nice and sunny Sunday.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 18

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 18

Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg are sending us regular updates from their cruise on board Rotterdam. Sailing from Rotterdam on board ms Rotterdam, which has as its home port Rotterdam, is the best a (Dutch) Holland America Line cruise lover can ask for. It is just something different from leaving from a U.S. or Canadian port…   read more of “Rotterdam Cruise…”