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‘Viva Las Vegas’ on Amsterdam

‘Viva Las Vegas’ on Amsterdam

Here are photos from Amsterdam’s “Viva Las Vegas” Casino themed dinner. The dining room looked like Casino Royale as countless gold dollar balloons filled the room and the dining room stewards wore vests with the dollar sign. The guests and crew members all had a great time. Enjoy the photos!

Amsterdam’s Copacabana Samba Celebration

Amsterdam’s Copacabana Samba Celebration

Here are a few photos that were taken when we held a themed event called “Copacabana Samba” in the dining room a few days ago as we sailed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Enjoy the photos!

Amsterdam’s Grand Black and Silver Themed Event

Amsterdam’s Grand Black and Silver Themed Event

These photos are from Amsterdam’s “Black and Silver” themed evening a few days ago on the way to Brazil. Guests and crew wore those colors to match the theme. The Dining Room and Queen’s Lounge were decorated with lots of black and silver chandeliers, cascades and lamé fabric for the event. Enjoy the photos!

Cruise Diary: It’s Nice to See Old Friends Again

Cruise Diary: It’s Nice to See Old Friends Again

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! AMAZON ADVENTURE, at dock, Bridgetown, Barbados, 12-15-11 It was an unusual time of day for Yoga, our cabin steward, to knock and ask to enter cabin…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

Bert Lamers, frequent HAL-blog contributor and maritime historian, recently wrote a book (in Dutch) titled Cruise-praet, Ervaringen van een cruiseliefhebber’ (Cruise-talk: Experiences of a Cruise-Lover). The book is 176 pages long and includes nearly 200 colored photographs and recounts of personal experiences from his many voyages at sea. The book can be ordered through the…   read more of “HAL Mariner Writes…”

An Artistic Expression of Gratitude for Adagio Strings

An Artistic Expression of Gratitude for Adagio Strings

HAL guests Arthur and Barbara Ovalle sent in a very original post for us. Here’s a great sketch of Adagio Strings, Ryndam’s string quartet. Thanks! We had the privilege of listening to Adagio Strings, Nadia, Lili, Alesia and Elena, on the Ryndam this past November 30. Here they are sketched by yours truly! Enjoy! —…   read more of “An Artistic…”

Casino Night Aboard Amsterdam

Casino Night Aboard Amsterdam

These photos were taken during our 2011 Grand Voyage Cruise. This dinner was themed “Five Ocean Casino Night.” Enjoy the photos!