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Essay Contest Entry: Journey to a New Beginning in Canada

Essay Contest Entry: Journey to a New Beginning in Canada

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. The following account is a transatlantic crossing on April 19, 1958 aboard Holland America Line’s ss Waterman ship from Rotterdam to Halifax, Canada. Wednesday, April 9, 1958, was an overcast day as my family and I…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: My Dad and the ss Volendam

Essay Contest Entry: My Dad and the ss Volendam

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. The following account is a transatlantic crossing in 1944 aboard the Holland America Line S.S. Volendam to France. The most memorable cruise on a HAL ship? How about 1944 and my then 22 year old father…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: Crossing on ss Zuiderkruis

Essay Contest Entry: Crossing on ss Zuiderkruis

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. The following account is a transatlantic crossing on February 12, 1952 aboard the Holland America Line S.S. Zuiderkruis from Rotterdam to Halifax Canada. After boarding the Zuiderkruis my father, mother, brother and myself sailed past the…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Former HAL Employees Unite on Rotterdam

Former HAL Employees Unite on Rotterdam

During Rotterdam’s Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Islands cruise, no less than three former HAL hotel staff members were sailing to the South Pacific. Hans Dernison is Rotterdam’s hotel manager.

Special Treat for Ryndam’s Club HAL Guests

Special Treat for Ryndam’s Club HAL Guests

Ryndam’s Youth Program Coordinator Kristy Berlin submitted this post: Ryndam’s Club HAL guests got a special engine control room tour for Halloween. Chief Engineer Marco invited Club HAL’s 3-12 year old to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the area. The kids and youth programming team had a blast which made it a very…   read more of “Special Treat for…”

HAL History: Rotterdam V in 1965

HAL History: Rotterdam V in 1965

Dear HAL Bloggers, These are three pictures of my first visit to a HAL ship. It was July 29, 1965. Rotterdam V was nearly ready for her trans-Atlantic crossing from Rotterdam to New York when I visited her with my parents and my brother. My mother made the color picture of my father, brother and…   read more of “HAL History:…”