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140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

Dec. 15, 1997: Rotterdam VI sets sail on its seven-day maiden voyage to the Caribbean. The 62,000-ton, 1,316-passenger ship serves as the fleet’s flagship for the 21st century, maintaining the elegance of previous ships bearing the name, combined with state-of-art features and an unmatched art collection valued at $11.5 million.

140 Years Young: Prinsendam Remodeled

140 Years Young: Prinsendam Remodeled

Dec. 17, 2007: HAL completes a significant $20 million upgrade to its “Elegant Explorer,” ms Prinsendam. The enhancements include new luxury bathrooms in all staterooms, the addition of the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, expanded and refurbished shopping promenade, and new carpets and stone flooring.

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Joins Fleet

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Joins Fleet

Dec. 14, 2002: HAL’s first Vista-class ship Zuiderdam, departs from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage. The 1,848-guest, 81,769-ton ship is the first of five Vista-class vessels. At the heart of Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, is a Waterford Crystal Seahorse which sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Maasdam Sets Sail

140 Years Young: Maasdam Sets Sail

Dec. 3, 1993: Maasdam is christened at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by actress June Allyson before setting sail on her first Caribbean cruise. Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, Maasdam is the fifth HAL ship to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

Nov. 18, 2011: Porthole Cruise Magazine names Half Moon Cay the Best Private Island in the cruise industry for the 11th consecutive year. Later, Editor-In-Chief Bill Panoff gives HAL the Best On-Board Art Collection Award in Porthole’s Editor’s Awards. Half Moon Cay features 15 private beachfront, air-conditioned cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon, a Captain Morgan…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

Once a Cook, Always a Cook

Once a Cook, Always a Cook

We have a guest on board Veendam who was a cook on the ss Nieuw Amsterdam in 1956. He even kept his I-95 and his seaman book. When we found out, we organized a chef’s jacket, had it signed by the captain, staff captain, myself, the chef and the culinary operations manager. Than we took…   read more of “Once a Cook, Always…”