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40th Wedding Anniversary Celebrated Aboard Zuiderdam

40th Wedding Anniversary Celebrated Aboard Zuiderdam

Thanks to passenger Mary Ann Crossno for sharing with us pictures from her 40th wedding anniversary celebrated aboard Zuiderdam. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows ceremony, conducted by Captain Chris Turner, on a 10-day Panama Canal cruise aboard the Zuiderdam. My dear husband surprised me by buying a tux for…   read more of “40th Wedding…”

Captain’s Log: Maputo, Mozambique

Captain’s Log: Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique Maputo lies on the East African coast and I last visited there during my ‘general cargo ship’ days of the 1970’s; then it was called Lourenco Marques and was under Portuguese administration. As a cadet, one could use bars of soap as currency, this came in handy because I only earned $15 or…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Win a Chance to Perform on Stage in our ‘Dancing With the Stars: at Sea’ Dance Competition!

Win a Chance to Perform on Stage in our ‘Dancing With the Stars: at Sea’ Dance Competition!

With our “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” shipboard program, you don’t have to be a celebrity or professional dancer to earn an opportunity to compete with some of the best dancers afloat. “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” is featuring a dance competition that culminates with 15 talented guests — one representing each ship…   read more of “Win a Chance to…”

Double Trouble Times Three

Double Trouble Times Three

Look at this great photo of some families sailing on board the Amsterdam. What makes it so unique? Well, three officers had their families sailing with them for a few weeks: Provision Master Antonio “Bong” Cruz, Jr., Controller Jusuf Nouvy and Night Audit Officer Didiet Ardananto. Each one of these officers has a set of…   read more of “Double Trouble…”

Welcome, Baby Dylan!

Welcome, Baby Dylan!

On March 15, 2013, a healthy baby boy, Dylan Rien Honcoop, was born weighing 8 Lbs. Dylan means “son of the waves” and that is exactly what he is. My wife Mary and I met in 2004 on board Rotterdam, while she was working as a dancer and I was an engineer. We have been…   read more of “Welcome, Baby…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Auckland

Celebrating 140 Years: Auckland

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: Auckland, New Zealand There is a point on the North Island of New Zealand where the land narrows to a thin strip…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Donations for Manta: Toys for the Kids

Donations for Manta: Toys for the Kids

Veendam’s project to renovate a school on April 21 in Manta, Ecuador, is in full swing and the first donations are in! With an overwhelming response from the Veendam crew, we started the project of with a big bang. The plan to go to the school and to renovate it together was received so well,…   read more of “Donations for…”