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Cruise Diary: Bora Bora

Cruise Diary: Bora Bora

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! Today we stopped in Bora Bora for two days! The morning sun rising over the mountain was spectacular. The first day we took the local $5 shuttle bus to the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Bora…”

Cruise Diary: Raiatea, French Polynesia

Cruise Diary: Raiatea, French Polynesia

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After another day at sea, we docked at Raiatea, Society Island — a French speaking port of French Polynesia that uses francs for currency. We skipped exercise in order to…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Cruise Diary: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After a “catch-up day at sea” luckily we tendered into Rarotonga (one of the Cook Islands), a New Zealand protectorate. We were told that on the last cruise, the water…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Westerdam Hosts Luncheon for the Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers’ Center

Westerdam Hosts Luncheon for the Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers’ Center

Thanks to Kelsey Differding, HAL’s corporate giving coordinator, for sending in this post. On June 1, Holland America Line welcomed 200 guests aboard Westerdam for the annual Home From the Sea luncheon, a benefit for Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers’ Center (CSC). As part of the event, President and CEO Stein Kruse presented gifts to the Most…   read more of “Westerdam Hosts…”

Cruise Diary: Sea Days

Cruise Diary: Sea Days

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! Somehow we skipped a day and added a day between crossing the Equator and the International Date Line again. This gave us two 4/19/2013 — Don’s 70th birthday. The first…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Sea…”

Cruise Diary: Fanning Island

Cruise Diary: Fanning Island

Guest Lynda Gavigan Halttunen and her husband Don sent us several great posts from their 30-day South Pacific cruise on Westerdam. Enjoy “cruising” with them! After crossing the International Date Line we stopped at Tabuaeran, Fanning Island. This Island is the land that time forgot. No running water, no electricity, no cars, no gas stations,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Holland America Line Helps American Cancer Society Celebrate 100 Years

Holland America Line Helps American Cancer Society Celebrate 100 Years

This past weekend we hosted a celebratory luncheon aboard Westerdam at the Port of Seattle in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. The event was held with the Puget Sound chapter of the organization. “We were honored to host this milestone luncheon for the American Cancer Society,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO…   read more of “Holland America…”

Service Excellence Aboard Westerdam

Service Excellence Aboard Westerdam

Kudos to our team for their recognized excellence of service aboard ms Westerdam. And thank you to Susan and Ed Blake for sharing their experience with us. We would like to take a moment to commend the crew of the Westerdam, especially those in the dining room for their expert and exceptional service. Our dining steward,…   read more of “Service Excellence…”