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Eurodam Crew’s Christmas Eve Celebration

Eurodam Crew’s Christmas Eve Celebration

The hardworking crew members on board the Eurodam were treated to a special Christmas Eve dinner in the crew mess, served up by many of the officers and staff. The mess was festively decorated with a holiday greeting banner, Christmas themed napkins, table linens, and cheerful Christmas music playing in the background. Tasty dishes were…   read more of “Eurodam…”

Christmas Comes Early for the Oosterdam Crew

Christmas Comes Early for the Oosterdam Crew

Santa stopped by the Oosterdam to drop off special Christmas presents just for the crew. Captain Jeroen Baijens and his staff officers personally wished holiday greetings to all the crew members and presented them with Ocean Phone Cards to call their families. The Christmas spirit touched everyone’s hearts today and the crew shouted out with…   read more of “Christmas Comes…”

Christmas Arrives In Style on the Oosterdam

Christmas Arrives In Style on the Oosterdam

As the Oosterdam sails toward San Diego preparing for her Holiday Cruise, Santa’s chefs began creating the perfect atrium filled with gingerbread houses complete with electric trains and snow for the tree lighting ceremony. The gingerbread houses were filled with yummy treats of all shaped and sizes, icing that no one can resist and hidden…   read more of “Christmas Arrives…”

Ryndam Crew Delivers Christmas Cheer in Mexico

Ryndam Crew Delivers Christmas Cheer in Mexico

On December 10, 25 Ryndam volunteers went to a local elementary school to help deliver Christmas cheer and presents to 200 children. The children were treated with a visit by Mr. Claus (Ron van Liet, ACOM) and Mrs. Claus (Kristin Viotto, Techspert). Presents and snacks were handed out with help from all the volunteers. The…   read more of “Ryndam Crew…”

Happy Holidays from the Netherlands!

Happy Holidays from the Netherlands!

Hi all, My kids, wife and I wish everybody at Holland America Line and blog readers a fantastic Christmas and a great cruising in 2011!!!!!!! With kind regards, Patrick van der Vlies Sliedrecht, NL

The History of Sinterklaas

Yesterday we published a post about the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, yet we should have also posted the history. Here it is: On the morning of St. Nicholas’ Day, Sinterklaas travels to a city or town in The Netherlands, wearing his red bishop’s robes. He travels with his servant called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter). When…   read more of “The History of…”