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Crew Jam Session Aboard Zaandam

Crew Jam Session Aboard Zaandam

Indonesian music filled the air as a few of Zaandam’s Indonesian crew members took to the stage in the crew living room during a recent jam session. Fellow crew members enjoyed a night of great music and camaraderie among the rest of the crew.

Celebrating a 30-Year Milestone!

Celebrating a 30-Year Milestone!

Statendam Assistant Stage Manager Alexander Casareno recently celebrated 30 years with HAL! A service award ceremony was held to commemorate this special occasion and present him with his award. Below is a fun Q & A with Alexander. Congratulations! Q & A: Where are you from? Northern part of the Philippines, provinces of Isabella. Family?…   read more of “Celebrating a…”

Volendam calls at Kobe, Japan

Volendam calls at Kobe, Japan

The beautiful city of Kobe, Japan, welcomed the Volendam with gifts as well as a presentation for the guests by the award-winning Kobe Drummers. Here we see Captain Baijens and Cruise Director Dan Bernback accepting the gifts on behalf of the Volendam. A reciprocal presentation of a model of the ship was given to the…   read more of “Volendam calls at…”

Cruise Diary: The Fabulous Zaandam Crew, Part 1

Cruise Diary: The Fabulous Zaandam Crew, Part 1

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. Since we have cruised and visited Mexico and Hawaii several times, we didn’t expect that we would have such a memorable cruise. We both…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Shop Manager Honored with ‘People Leadership Award’

Nieuw Amsterdam Shop Manager Honored with ‘People Leadership Award’

Natasha Dordevic recently received the People Leadership Award 2012 for her role as shop manager for Starboard Cruise Services, the retail operator for Holland America Line. Natasha’s efforts have been rewarded for her work aboard Nieuw Amsterdam in 2012, where she led a team of 14 shop staff throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean seasons. Natasha…   read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam…”

Cruise Diary: Boca de Valeria

Cruise Diary: Boca de Valeria

Guest Mary O’Donnell is on board Maasdam and sent in this great Cruise Diary from her voyage. Stay tuned for more posts from Mary! Saturday 2/23/12 Boca de Valeria, Manaus, Brazil This is a delightful little village of approximately 75 residents. As it was Saturday, I believe many of the residents invited their relatives from…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Boca…”

Seeing Double at Grand Turk

Seeing Double at Grand Turk

Thanks to our Director of Port Operations Chris Martin for sending in these fun photos of Nieuw Amsterdam and Westerdam together at Grand Turk.