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‘Top Chef’ Winner Kevin Sbraga Turns Up the Heat on Noordam

‘Top Chef’ Winner Kevin Sbraga Turns Up the Heat on Noordam

Chef Kevin Sbraga, winner of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef: Season Seven, sailed aboard Noordam’s 10-day Roman Empire cruise on July 17. During his time on board, Chef Sbraga performed cooking demonstrations, showcased his culinary expertise and shared tips with guest in Noordam’s Culinary Arts Center, the line’s state-of-the-art show kitchens aboard each ship. The…   read more of “‘Top…”

Zuiderdam’s Celebrity Cookoff

Zuiderdam’s Celebrity Cookoff

Recently on board Zuiderdam, Guest Chef Paul Carter, executive chef of The Phoenician in Phoenix, Ariz., and Hotel Manager Kees van Santen battled it out in a fun culinary showdown in the ship’s Culinary Arts Center. In the end there could only be one winner. Congrats to Hotel Manager van Santen for his winning dish…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

A ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Take on Volendam’s Greenhouse Spa

A ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Take on Volendam’s Greenhouse Spa

Special thanks to HAL’s Manager of Internal Communications Rachel Moodie for sharing this post with us from her recent Alaska cruise aboard Volendam. I’m a huge fan of going to spas (who isn’t?!), and the GreenHouse Spa on board Volendam was superb. Sally and Fernan give excellent massages (highly recommend them!) and will soothe away…   read more of “A ‘His’…”

Chef Denise Vivaldo Gets Cooking aboard Westerdam

Chef Denise Vivaldo Gets Cooking aboard Westerdam

Chef Denise Vivaldo recently sailed aboard Westerdam’s July 21 seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruise as part of the line’s the Culinary Arts Center program presented by Food & Wine magazine. Chef Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and styled food for various television shows including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”…   read more of “Chef Denise Vivaldo…”

140 Years Young: The Art of Cruising

140 Years Young: The Art of Cruising

August 2007: HAL publishes “The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line,” a 176-page full-color hardcover coffee table book about the art on the fleet. It highlights pieces such as Andy Warhol’s famed Queen Beatrix series and Susanna Holt’s life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife.

Zuiderdam’s Towel ‘Party’ Animals

Zuiderdam’s Towel ‘Party’ Animals

In March 2012, we had the pleasure of taking a Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise aboard Zuiderdam. Each night we returned to our cabin to find our towel animals sipping shooters. We even think we heard the monkey say, “Beam me up, Scotty!” as we entered our cabin. We suspect that our towel animals were not…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”