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Explorer’s Scrapbook: Valencia, Spain

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Valencia, Spain

The City of Arts and Sciences Museum in Valencia is an incredible masterpiece of architecture. It is considered to be the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia, and I agree that it’s spectacular. I have many more photos, so stay tuned for a full post of this magnificent facility. Martin Jaxa-Rozen…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

iPhone iDiary: Snapshot from Cartagena, Spain

iPhone iDiary: Snapshot from Cartagena, Spain

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is currently sailing on Rotterdam from Piraeus, Greece, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All photos were taken with his iPhone 4s. When we arrived at the beautiful city of Cartagena, Spain, we received a gift of a mini bottle of local liqueur upon disembarkation. -Noel Bell

Cruise Diary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Cruise Diary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Ryndam docked at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on a sunny day with clear blue skies. Captain Mark Rowden stood in the gangway wishing everyone a good morning and gave us a helping hand as we left the gangway. We heard several guests comment on how appreciative they were to the captain. One can often find…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Palma…”

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

We have returned to Barcelona where the second part of this wonderful cruise will start. We said goodbye to the fellow guests we have met and are now meeting the new guests. Barcelona is one of our favorite cities. Although we have visited here many times we always discover new things when we return. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Rotterdam Crew Tour Jerez de la Frontera Winery

Rotterdam Crew Tour Jerez de la Frontera Winery

Knowing that the ship was scheduled to call in Cadiz, Spain on September 25, I organized an educational tour for the Beverage Department. Cadiz is the gateway to Jerez De La Frontera, where Sherry and Brandy come from. Bodegas Domecq and Fundador, makers of Sherry Terry, Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Brandy Terry and Brandy Fundador, opened…   read more of “Rotterdam Crew Tour…”

Three HAL Ships at Port in Barcelona

Three HAL Ships at Port in Barcelona

Last week we sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam from Barcelona to Barcelona. These are the ships we saw at port in Barcelona. Enjoy!

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Torres Winery

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Torres Winery

The Nieuw Amsterdam team had the opportunity to go on an educational excursion to the famous Torres Winery in Penedes, Spain, during our visit to Barcelona. It was an amazing experience, as the winery boasted a state of art audio-visual theatre in which they presented their brief history. No doubt the winery is fully equipped…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: La Sagrada Familia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: La Sagrada Familia

This picture was taken during a visit to The Sagrada Familia, which means in English “holy family.” The church was designed by Antonio Gaudi and has a very dominate place in the city of Barcelona. Despite the fact that the church is not yet finished, it attracts many tourists. The first stone was placed in…   read more of “Explorer’s…”