Vikki Bacchioni, Volendam’s administration officer, shared with us this note and photos from the ship’s tug of war competition between the engineering department and deck officers. Thanks, Vikki! Following a beautiful ceremony in the show lounge for Filipino Independence Day, deck officers and staff members from the ship’s engineering department battled it out during our… read more of “Volendam’s…”
In observance of the U.S. national holiday Memorial Day, we are only posting a countdown entry today. We will return tomorrow with more great Holland America Blog content.
Annabel Sualog, Nieuw Amsterdam’s guest relations manager, sent us this post about the wonderful evening she had in Milan celebrating Queen’s Day. While the Nieuw Amsterdam’s construction is under way, the Queen’s Day Celebration also took place for which an official invitation was received from the Dutch Consulate in Venice inviting all Dutch crew members… read more of “Koninginnedag in…”
We celebrated Easter with an Easter Brunch in the Dining Room featuring chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies around the buffet. The mid-section in the Dining Room was closed for this event and we made buffet tables for bread, pastries, cold appetizers, hot entrees and desserts. Chef Bernie and his kitchen brigade worked very hard for… read more of “The Easter Bunny…”
On March 16, 2010, our Balinese Hindu crew celebrated Nyepi, a day of silence, and the Hindu New Year. The tradition is that on the night before the celebrations begin, everyone must clean their homes, cook their meals and do all of the necessary preparations before the silence and inactivity the following day. In Bali,… read more of “Noordam Crew…”
Guests on board the Amsterdam enjoyed the Valentine Ball themed dinner held in the dinning room. Special meals were served accompanied by a red and white valentine theme. All dining room management, DR stewards, assistant stewards and wine stewards wore red and pink ties to celebrate the event. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Martine Groetjes sent in this great photo and note. I took this picture on new year’s eve sailing on the ms Oosterdam leaving Cabo San Lucas. Every time we left a port you could find me on the deck to search for whales, but I think on new year’s eve I had a better catch!
We didn’t think our spectacular 2008 ms Eurodam cruise over Christmas could be outdone but we’re delighted to report that our just-taken cruise over the New Year topped it. Not only were we thrilled to see Captain Jonathan Mercer again, but we got to know Hotel Manager Stan Kuppens as well. We had a wonderfully… read more of “Ringing in the New…”