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Oosterdam Arrives at Hobart, Tasmania

Oosterdam Arrives at Hobart, Tasmania

Thanks to Mariner Peter Tracey for sending in this post and great photos from the ship’s call Oct. 26. Here are some great photos of Oosterdam’s first arrival into the Derwent Estuary and the port of Hobart.

Westerdam Awards 187 Bronze Medallions to HAL Mariners

Westerdam Awards 187 Bronze Medallions to HAL Mariners

During Westerdam’s 35-day Hawaii & Tahiti cruise, Captain PJ Van Maurik, myself and Cruise Director Jason Venner had the pleasure of presenting our Mariners on board with an unprecedented 187 bronze medallions in the Vista Show Lounge. Enjoy this group photo from the event on October 31! Ron Bontenbal, Hotel Director ms Westerdam

Video: Ryndam’s Poolside Barbecue

Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg recently sailed on back-to-back western Mediterranean cruises aboard Ryndam. They chronicled their experience for us on the blog and shared this video with us. Enjoy! This video was filmed during a barbecue around the pool on Ryndam’s Lido deck. The HALCats were playing music and guests enjoyed good food in a…   read more of “Video:…”

A Beautiful Day at Peggy’s Cove

A Beautiful Day at Peggy’s Cove

Thanks to HAL guests and 3-Star Mariners, Robert and Linda Yeoman, for sending in this great photo and post. Every stop on this cruise was beautiful but none more so than Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. Here is a lovely picture of my wife enjoying the sights. — Robert and Linda Yeoman, 3-Star Mariners

First-Time Cruiser Sails on Rotterdam

First-Time Cruiser Sails on Rotterdam

Thanks to HAL guest Chantal de Wit for sending in these great photos and post from her cruise on Rotterdam. Here are some great pictures taken while I was aboard Rotterdam on a Norway cruise in August with my aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Hazenberg, who are both Mariners. It was my first cruise…   read more of “First-Time Cruiser…”

Beautiful Ships, Beautiful Backdrops

Beautiful Ships, Beautiful Backdrops

Special thanks to HAL Mariner John Jacquemain for sharing these great photos of the various HAL ships he’s had the opportunity to sail on, including Statendam and Zuiderdam.

Cruise Diary: Mariner Lunch

Cruise Diary: Mariner Lunch

Yvon and Cees Kloppenburg are currently on a seven-day western Mediterranean cruise on board Ryndam. They will be staying on for a second HAL cruise right after they complete this one and will be chronicling their back-to-back cruising experience for us on the blog. It is a fact that Holland America Line has the most…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Congrats to Canine Mariner Travis!

Congrats to Canine Mariner Travis!

Captain Arjen Van der Loo and Hotel Director Robert Versteeg, both big dog lovers, were delighted to present Travis, Mrs. Young’s trusted service dog, with his own 100-day Mariner medal aboard Oosterdam. Travis is a rescue from the Dallas dog shelter and after training has been assisting Mrs. Young with her balance issues. Travis did…   read more of “Congrats to Canine…”