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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!

Cruise Diary: Pianist Michael Sara

Cruise Diary: Pianist Michael Sara

Jan Hinman, a travel writer based in Seattle, Wash, recently sailed on Eurodam from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sent in cruise diaries throughout her time on board. Enjoy! The Piano Bar was the happening place on my recent cruise on ms Eurodam. The pianist/singer Michael Sara, packed in the crowds every evening…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Digital Workshop: Family Fun on Volendam

Digital Workshop: Family Fun on Volendam

Special thanks to Volendam’s Techspert Jason who posted this on the Microsoft Blog. There is something for everyone on Holland America Lines cruises. The beauty of the Alaskan cruises is not just the incredible glaciers, nor the majestic fjords, nor the expansive national park and wilderness areas, nor the abundance and diversity of wildlife. Often…   read more of “Digital Workshop:…”

Amsterdam’s Grand Russian Celebration

Amsterdam’s Grand Russian Celebration

These photos are from Amsterdam’s Russian themed-dinner. We visited Petrovavlosk and Vladivostok, Russia. Crew members wore traditional Russian attire in red, white and blue, the colors of the Russian flag. The dining room was decorated with those same colors. This was another fun evening on board and the guests and crew really enjoyed it!