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Merdeka! It’s Indonesian Independence Day

Merdeka! It’s Indonesian Independence Day

Hello from Stockholm! Yesterday was a very important day on board all Holland America Line ships … it was Indonesian Independence Day. Indonesians represent the largest single nationality on board all 14 Holland America Line ships. You may remember me writing about Philippines Independence Day and Fourth of July, so it’s only fitting that I…   read more of “Merdeka! It’s…”

Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates 4th of July

Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates 4th of July

Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent in this patriotic blog post and pictures. The ms Nieuw Jakarta is the training school attended by all Indonesian staff who work on Holland America Line ships. A spectacular 4th of July party and events with the theme red, white and blue were hosted by the ms…   read more of “Nieuw Jakarta…”

Celebrating the Birth of a Nation

Celebrating the Birth of a Nation

As I mentioned in my last post about Canada Day, on July Fourth the crew of the Rotterdam had a very special celebration for American Independence Day. A few weeks back the American Community (myself included) held a meeting to plan out our special celebration. We outlined a beautiful program for the flag-raising and a…   read more of “Celebrating the…”

Fourth of July Fireworks in Juneau

Fourth of July Fireworks in Juneau

Volendam Crew Purser Odir Rodriguez sent in this picture of guests taking in the July 4 Independence Day fireworks in Juneau. At the stroke of midnight the passengers and crew on board the Volendam welcomed the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks display put together by the town of Juneau, Alaska. The ship sailed…   read more of “Fourth of July…”

Talented Crew Member Sketches Lady Liberty

Talented Crew Member Sketches Lady Liberty

During the 4th of July, the very talented Mr. Ida Idewa Gde Rai Suyasa, assistant steward, skillfully hand-drew the Statue Of Liberty image to be displayed in the dining room during the commemoration dinner to celebrate the United States Independence Day on board the Volendam. The below pictures reflect the process.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

This Saturday, July 4, is Independence Day in the United States, a holiday when we celebrate our nation’s independence from England by solemnly cooking hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill and igniting incendiary devices. Most businesses are closed Friday, July 3, and so is HollandAmericaBlog. Have a great weekend and visit us Monday, July 6,…   read more of “Happy Independence…”

Rudi Sodamin’s Bread Pudding Recipe

Rudi Sodamin’s Bread Pudding Recipe

We received this plaintive cry for help and just couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a Rudi Sodamin recipe with you: We have sailed on the Westerdam before and loved the trip and the bread pudding. I know I found the recipe on line before but can’t find it now. Could you tell me how…   read more of “Rudi…”