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A Black and White Evening

A Black and White Evening

On the way to Papeete, Tahiti, during the South Pacific Grand Voyage 2009 guests enjoyed a black and white dinner. The crew hung giant black and white balls at the ceiling and entrance of the Dining Room and the chef also created the magnificent ice carving with mermaid and peacock figures. Another wonderful evening on…   read more of “A Black and White…”

Not Your Typical Barbecue Food

Not Your Typical Barbecue Food

Recently we saw a couple of posts about the wonderful barbecue on deck aboard Rotterdam. While we saw a lot of ambiance shots, we didn’t see a lot of images of the food. Hans Dernison, Rotterdam’s hotel manager, was keen to send us these photos to make us all jealous that we weren’t there to…   read more of “Not Your Typical…”

Cruise Diary: Oct. 1, Barbecue on Deck

Cruise Diary: Oct. 1, Barbecue on Deck

Aboard Rotterdam, calling at Santorini, Greece. This Thursday night we had a barbecue on the aft deck around the pool. Many guests took advantage of the barbecue with some real Greek influence.

Cruise Diary: Master Chef’s Dinner

Cruise Diary: Master Chef’s Dinner

Aboard ms Rotterdam. This Wednesday we had the Master Chef’s Dinner. It was so nice to see all of the table stewards and other dining room staff — what a great celebration it was. We even had a speech from Executive Chef Peter Kofler, which resulted in a warm applause for all involved in preparing…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Truly a Dessert Extravaganza

Cruise Diary: Truly a Dessert Extravaganza

Aboard ms Rotterdam. Tuesday night gave another highlight of the cruise. Peter Kofler, the executive chef, and his staff showed their talents in creating the most fabulous dessert creations. Let the pictures show what is I think was the most photographed event of our cruise. Peter, it was great.

Cruise Diary: Sept. 18, at Sea

Cruise Diary: Sept. 18, at Sea

Aboard ms Rotterdam, bound for Lisbon. Today we had enough time to walk around the ship and meet the ever-friendly crew. We had a chat with our Indonesian cabin stewards Hendrik and Martin. We then went to the port plaque gallery and had a look. It’s always great to see where this ship has been…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Sept….”

Dutch Treats for a Dutch Cruise

Dutch Treats for a Dutch Cruise

Although Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands and still maintains very close ties to its Dutch roots, rarely do we ever have quite so many Dutch passengers on board as we do now. Currently Rotterdam is sailing with more than 1,200 Dutch guests. In an effort to make our Dutch guests feel more…   read more of “Dutch Treats for a…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Update: July 17

Nieuw Amsterdam Update: July 17

As you can see the Silk Den Bar section has been lifted on board the Nieuw Amsterdam, while the Tamarind Restaurant section is still waiting patiently ashore to be lifted on board and to be installed behind the Silk Den section. Henry Veringa is HAL’s newbuild project manager at the yard.