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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…”

Season’s Greetings from Rotterdam

Season’s Greetings from Rotterdam

Here is my Christmas card for everyone at Holland America Line and the HALblog readers. Greetings from the home port Rotterdam, Ben Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America Line fan and historian from Rotterdam.

Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates Galungan Day

Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates Galungan Day

Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos from the center’s recent Balinese celebration. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Nieuw Jakarta students, kitchen staff and teachers/trainers prepared a special feast for all in celebration of the start of Balinese Galungan (a Hindu ceremony to…   read more of “Nieuw Jakarta…”

Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet

Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet

Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the HAL fleet. Enjoy! Amsterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld submitted these photos from the ship’s on board festivities:

Amsterdam Honors Crew Veterans

Amsterdam Honors Crew Veterans

The following post was submitted by HAL’s traveling Human Resources Manager Sheldon James, acknowledging the nine Veterans currently serving as crew members on board Amsterdam. Due to an Internet transmission problem, it was not received in time to be published along with our other Veteran’s Day posts. We sincerely apologize because we appreciate the sacrifices…   read more of “Amsterdam Honors…”

Halloween Photos from Westerdam

Halloween Photos from Westerdam

Westerdam’s on board Marketing Manager Suzanne Fontaine shared with us these photos from the ship’s recent Halloween celebration. Thanks, Suzanne!

Zaandam’s Halloween Crew Party

Zaandam’s Halloween Crew Party

To celebrate Halloween, the dining room team decorated the entrance of the Rotterdam Dining Room. The staff also celebrated with a crew party. Enjoy the photos!