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Mariner Postcards from a Westerdam Sailing

Mariner Postcards from a Westerdam Sailing

Here are some pictures I took during my last Collector’s Cruise, many of them from Key West and Puerto Rico, aboard the Westerdam from December 9 -23. Thank you and have a good season! – François Thivierge, HAL Mariner from Quebec City

Photo Diary: La Goulette, Tunisia

Photo Diary: La Goulette, Tunisia

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam‘s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. Rotterdam at La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia.

Photo Diary: Malaga, Spain

Photo Diary: Malaga, Spain

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam‘s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. Rotterdam at the cruise terminal in Malaga, Spain, with an NCL ship.

Photo Diary: Nice Weather

Photo Diary: Nice Weather

Blog contributor and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen currently is on board Rotterdam‘s “A Passage to the Far East” cruise and will be sending in posts from this extended voyage. While we were passing the Rock of Gibraltar, we had very nice weather.

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

Getting Creative with HAL Bags

We were on Zaandam most of December. My husband Ray took this picture of me with Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem at a Mariners lunch. A friend made this skirt and vest for me out of my many Holland America Line bags. I don’t take the skirt with me often due to the weigh it adds…   read more of “Getting Creative…”

Vantage: Vanuatu

Vantage: Vanuatu

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that we had a bit of a diversion and a change in the order of our ports en route to our first port of call, Port Vila on the island of Efate which is one of Vanuatu’s 83 islands. Three days after sailing from Sydney, we…   read more of “Vantage:…”

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

Veendam’s First Five-Star Mariner

We would like to welcome the first 5-star mariner on board ms Veendam, Mrs. Susana Bockmann from Buenos Aires. Captain Peter Bos presented Mrs. Bockmann with a new key card which reflects her new status while on her Antarctica Holiday Cruise. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Veendam’s hotel director.