The ms Ryndam has developed a close relationship with the Liberty Orphanage in Belize City, thanks to the power of social networking site Facebook. I got a message from my wife Karen in mid November telling me that a sister of a friend she met in China three years ago is helping out at an… read more of “Facebook Brings…”
This past September Alaska’s Vocational Institute of Technology Culinary students were given a tour of the galley aboard ms Veendam. Chef Elizabeth Fackler led the group, as they learned what it’s like to prepare 6,000 meals everyday on board a HAL cruise. The students also took part in an in-depth question and answer session with… read more of “Alaska Culinary…”
As promised, here are a few pictures from our Grand Show Buffet held on Nov. 23rd in the La Fontaine Dining Room. We set the tables in the dining room as buffet tables with many delicacies such as cold cuts, lobster towers, breads of many kinds and don’t forget the chocolate buffet from our fabulous… read more of “Grand Show Buffet…”
Yesterday we held a Royalty-themed dinner aboard Amsterdam as we crossed the equator once again. The dining room was decorated in red, purple and gold-colored taffeta and balloons and the crew and dining room officers dressed in robes and crowns fit for a king. The guests enjoyed the dinner just as much as the crew… read more of “Private…”
Yesterday afternoon we held a special back-of-the-house tour for our deluxe verandah guests on board Amsterdam. They toured the store room, the A-deck and the B-deck. We also showed them the garbage room, the carpenter and tailor shops and the main laundry room. After the tour everyone had lunch in the marshaling area. The guests… read more of “Suite Guests Take…”
This evening we held a “White Winter Ball Dinner” themed event for the dining room and the lounge. Everything from the dining room entrances to the ceilings were decorated in white and all of the crew and management dressed in white outfits for the event. Another great evening theme for the Grand Voyage!
A few nights ago, we held another themed dinner aboard ms Amsterdam. This time it was a Dutch–themed dinner during our Grand South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand cruise. All dining room and wine stewards, assistants, doormen and dining room management dressed in traditional red, white and blue Dutch outfits, the colors of the Netherlands… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
As we sailed from Hobart, Tasmania, we held another theme for this Grand Voyage – Dinner with Gnomes. We decorated the entrances of the dining room, a lantern was placed on every table and the dining room stewards dressed up like gnomes with beards, hats and Harry Potter glasses. The two doormen dressed up as… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”