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Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

We entered Manila Bay at 0230 in the morning, passing dark and looming Corregidor on our starboard side and Bataan on our port. Both names resurrecting painful memories for many. Three-and-a-half hours later, having weaved our way through innumerable fishing boats, and anchored ships, we arrive at the pilot station, which is a short distance…   read more of “Captain’s…”

A Snowy Scene at the Great Wall

A Snowy Scene at the Great Wall

Volendam Event Manager Laura Apelt recently accompanied guests of the Volendam on an overland tour to the Great Wall of China. They were met with an out of the ordinary experience as you can see from this compelling shot she took of the Great Wall covered in snow. The guests certainly experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event….   read more of “A Snowy Scene at…”

Cruise Diary: Day at Sea & Tamarind Dinner

Cruise Diary: Day at Sea & Tamarind Dinner

Mike Faust, editor of Cruise Currents, recently sailed on board Eurodam for a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise and chronicled his trip for us. What’s your favorite Caribbean port? Let us know in the comments below! Cruising the Eurodam – Day 6 – At Sea Well, we are now down to the final day at sea….   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day…”

A Special Welcome at Nagasaki, Japan

A Special Welcome at Nagasaki, Japan

I took these shots of a welcome ceremony to mark the occasion of the Volendam’s visit to Nagasaki, Japan. Gifts of flowers, kites and sake were presented to Captain Arno Juten, Hotel Director Rene Tuinman and Cruise Director Dan Bernback. A local dance group then presented a series of traditional dances, at one point getting…   read more of “A Special Welcome…”

Rotterdam Honors Long Service Award Recipients

Rotterdam Honors Long Service Award Recipients

Long Service Awards are dedicated to officers and crew that have been employed with Holland America Line for an extended number of years. On February 28th, Rotterdam’s management took a moment to recognize 13 individuals for their contribution and service to the company. Here are some photos from the ceremony.

Crew Enjoy Barbecue on the Bow

Crew Enjoy Barbecue on the Bow

During Zaandam’s recent call at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the crew members were treated to a delightful barbecue on the bow of the ship. With the blue skies and amazing weather, the crew members were able to enjoy a Zaandam-style family “makan” (family meal in Bahasa) where they were able to sit, relax and enjoy some…   read more of “Crew Enjoy Barbecue…”

Cruise Diary: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

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! Sunday 2/17/12 This is what cruising is all about! Today is our second day at sea. After 8 a.m. Mass and 9 a.m. water aerobics, there was a lecture on Evita…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”