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Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

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: The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is not a single entity so much as a megalopolis of living systems. It’s…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Happy Retirement Assistant Bosun Frans Sinanu

Happy Retirement Assistant Bosun Frans Sinanu

Here are some pictures from Assistant Bosun Frans Sinanu’s retirement get-together. Frans worked with Holland America Line for almost 30 years and was a very popular and appreciated presence on board. The Veendam crew will miss having “Om Frans” (Uncle Frans) onboard and wish him all the best for his retirement years.

Captain’s Log: Madagascar

Captain’s Log: Madagascar

30th March, Madagascar Landfall, after leaving the Seychelles and crossing 10⁰South latitude, the demarcation line for ‘pirate’ country we sight the northern tip of Madagascar in the early morning light. Our destination, Adoanay, formerly known by its French name Hell Ville, lies on the island of Nosy Be, on the north-west coast of Madagascar. It’s…   read more of “Captain’s…”

The Biggest Loser is the Biggest Winner

The Biggest Loser is the Biggest Winner

Thanks to Linda Ellenberger, Statendam‘s event manager and Biggest Loser Winner, for this great post! Biggest Losers become the Best Winners for Better Fitness and Lifestyle Choices For the past several weeks we have seven brave souls take on the challenge of changing their lives and the success with help from two of our wonderful…   read more of “The Biggest Loser…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

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: Sydney, Australia Beautiful Sydney is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. From the magnificent Sydney Opera House and…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Captain’s Log: Mahe, Seychelles

Captain’s Log: Mahe, Seychelles

28th March, Victoria, Seychelles We had perfect weather across the Indian Ocean and although we arrived off Victoria on time, we had to wait 45 minutes, our berth was occupied by a Danish frigate, one of the naval contingent that patrol the Somali pirate waters in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Who am…   read more of “Captain’s…”