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…”
During Amsterdam’s holiday cruise the crew was able to make more donations to the less fortunate. Money was collected from each department to purchase a brand new television and two bicycles. A collection of clothing, teddy bears from the florist on board and 200 old-style bath robes were donated during our last call at Puerto… read more of “Amsterdam Gives…”
Happy new year to all the readers from Holland America blog. — Fred Weemer, Hoorn, the Netherlands.
Tony Brunning, our Internet manager, became Santa Claus for one day, and after having fun with the guests he visited different working areas to meet and greet the crew while wearing his Santa Claus attire. Everyone was happy to see Santa Claus on such a special day as Christmas and to have their picture taken.
To al HALbloggers: HAPPY NIEUW AMSTERDAM YEAR!! Greetings Ben. Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America Line fan and historian who lives in Rotterdam.