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Cruise Diary: Pinnacle Grill

Cruise Diary: Pinnacle Grill

Dr. Deborah Wheeler is a travel writer who currently is on board Zaandam and will be sending in blog posts from her cruise. The Pinnacle Grill provided a wonderful alternative to the main dining room on our first formal evening. The food was excellent, the presentation impressive, and the service impeccable. The beef skewers we…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

We were on Zaandam most of December. My husband Ray took this picture of me with Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem at a Mariners lunch. A friend made this skirt and vest for me out of my many Holland America Line bags. I don’t take the skirt with me often due to the weigh it adds…   read more of “Getting Creative…”

Cruise Diary: Departing San Diego

Cruise Diary: Departing San Diego

Dr. Deborah Wheeler is a travel writer who currently is on board Zaandam and will be sending in blog posts from her cruise. Our cruise departed for Hawaii and Mexico from San Diego. San Diego is a great spot to spend several pre- or post-cruise days sightseeing. The scenery, sunshine, and beaches are very special…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

What a Year for Zaandam!

What a Year for Zaandam!

Happy New Year Everyone! Now that 2013 has arrived, here is a look back on the year of 2012. In 2012, Zaandam traveled 95,774 nautical miles, that’s 101,140 statute miles and 117,373 km in 367 days, yes 367 days because 2012 was a leap year. Zaandam also had two April 28ths when we crossed the…   read more of “What a Year for…”

Zaandam vs. Mexican Navy

Zaandam vs. Mexican Navy

It was a tough battle on the soccer field in Puerto Vallarta during Zaandam’s most recent call. Our Zaandam Superstars soccer team took to the field to challenge the Mexican Navy in a friendly match. The great sunny and hot weather combined with everyone’s efforts produced a narrow 4-3 win for the Mexican Navy. The…   read more of “Zaandam vs. Mexican…”