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Reflections from Venice

Reflections from Venice

We were lucky enough to overnight in Venice on the Nieuw Amsterdam so I took a boat to Piazza San Marco to watch the people, listen to the musicians and take some pictures. It had rained about 8pm and one large puddle was left in the square. What luck that it was located in front of the church. Joanne…   read more of “Reflections from…”

A Touching Encounter in Venice

A Touching Encounter in Venice

There is a story here. I was on the vaporetto to Burano in Venice, Italy. In front of me was a non-Italian family of four adults and one child all signing, not speaking. This kind Italian priest came up from the back and introduced himself and joined them for a conversation. He was so animated…   read more of “A Touching…”

Cruise Diary: Day 2 Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Day 2 Venice, Italy

Five-Star Mariners Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’re catching up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! So, today is our second day in Venice. First thing is we have to return the car by about 10 am. No problem getting…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day 2…”

Cruise Diary: Day 1 at Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Day 1 at Venice, Italy

Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick! It was a great day in Venice and we had a beautiful sail in! Venice is situated on 120 islands formed by 177 canals in…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Day 1…”

Photo Diary: Venice

Photo Diary: Venice

Noel Bell, HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, is on Noordam for 21 days and is sharing with us photos from his trip. Here are beautiful photos taken during his overnight call at Venice, Italy. One of the most romantic cities in Europe, Venice provides wonderful scenery, excellent architecture & classic artwork. From gondola’s and…   read more of “Photo Diary:…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Venice Then and Now

Celebrating 140 Years: Venice Then and Now

Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post. Holland America Line’s rich 140-year history is captured perfectly in these two photos. There is a span of 83 years between these two images yet some things never change. Our guests lined the decks in 1929 onboard the ss Statendam III as she…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Traveling Europe on Nieuw Amsterdam

Traveling Europe on Nieuw Amsterdam

Thanks to HAL guests Helena and Jeremy Blue for sending in this post and gorgeous photos from their European crusie with Nieuw Amsterdam. My husband and I had the pleasure of cruising on Nieuw Amsterdam in April/May of 2012. Here are a few of our favorite places. — Helena and Jeremy Blue