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Touring the Forbidden City

Touring the Forbidden City

Thanks to Volendam’s Chief Engineer Joop Holtzer for sending in this great group photo of a crew tour to the Forbidden City at Beijing, China.

Captain’s Log: Hong Kong

Captain’s Log: Hong Kong

Hong Kong 11th-13th March We were scheduled to arrive at the pilot station at 0630 and when we departed Manila, I made allowance for the expected heavy shipping traffic in the vicinity of this busy harbour. As a consequence, we made good a speed of 20 kts, faster than needed, however this would give us…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Amsterdam Postcards from Auckland

Amsterdam Postcards from Auckland

These photos were taken during Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage when the ship made its maiden call at Auckland on Feb. 6, 2013. I wish I was a guest on board. Perhaps next time. Cheers! – Bryan Lomas

Cruise Diary: Zaandam’s Fabulous Crew, Part 2

Cruise Diary: Zaandam’s Fabulous Crew, Part 2

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband cruised again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon chronicled their cruising experience for us on the blog. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find photos I had taken of the fabulous Front Desk staff especially of Grachel Singh who was extremely helpful and always…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Fortaleza, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Fortaleza, Brazil

Guest Mary O’Donnell was on board Maasdam and sent in this great Cruise Diary from her voyage. Stay tuned for more posts from Mary! Tuesday 2/19/12 Fortaleza, Brazil This is a big city! Population about 3.5 million! Brazilian architectural style is impressive. They moved to central core support for high rises sometime in the 1930’s….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Happy Retirement, Captain Consen

Happy Retirement, Captain Consen

After 36 years of service and 3,688 days at sea, Statendam’s Captain Frans Consen is retiring from Holland America Line and the Maasdam and Veendam ship staff, officers and crew wanted to wish him a happy retirement. Verlie Nelson is Statendam’s human resources manager.

Spotting Whale Tail

Spotting Whale Tail

Thanks to Holland America Line Reservation Lead Sarah Sterley for sending in these great photos! I am a Holland America employee at the Seattle office. I recently took my mother on a sailing on Zaandam to Mexico. On our return from the shore excursions we selected in Puerto Vallarta we encountered a whale. He was…   read more of “Spotting Whale…”