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Postcards from a New Zealand Discovery Cruise

Postcards from a New Zealand Discovery Cruise

On a recent 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise in November/December 2011 on the Zaandam, we went on a catamaran cruise excursion in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Whilst returning from the “Hole in the Rock” we were followed by a small pod of dolphins who had great fun diving though the wake of the catamaran….   read more of “Postcards from a…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Sails Away from Fort Lauderdale

Nieuw Amsterdam Sails Away from Fort Lauderdale

I just got back from a cruise and snapped this picture of the Nieuw Amsterdam leaving Fort Lauderdale. Thought you might like it! — HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey

Cruise Diary: Unpacking the Memories

Cruise Diary: Unpacking the Memories

Dutch TV host and adventure seeker Charlotte Squarcy was recently on board for a segment of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage. Here is a post-cruise diary. I may have left the Amsterdam’s World voyage in Sydney, but not my new-found friends whose journey continues. Like “Tom & Carol” who commented on my posts, I’m following the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Video: ss Rotterdam’s Inaugural Year

Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. This video is from ss Rotterdam’s inaugural year 1959-1960. The first cruise was around South America in 49 days, followed by three Caribbean cruises and four big continental cruises round-trip New York. I was a cabin steward on the…   read more of “Video: ss…”

Introducing the Oinkdam, Hotdam and Antsterdam!

Introducing the Oinkdam, Hotdam and Antsterdam!

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey sent us these cool photos of her latest creations — Oinkdam, Hotdam and the Antsterdam. To date we have featured nine of her previous creations — Poordam II, Boodam II, Sheepledam, Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam, Waytoofinedam, Woohoodam and Rhymedam — on the blog. Great job, Lynn! HAL has discontinued the shipbuilding contest…   read more of “Introducing the…”

Special Mariner Appreciation Events on Amsterdam

Special Mariner Appreciation Events on Amsterdam

Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and his wife Linda boarded Amsterdam in Pago Pago, American Samoa, to host several Mariner Appreciation events as part of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage. The Mariner Appreciation Days and other related celebrations are an annual special recognition and thank you for Grand World Voyage guests, many who…   read more of “Special Mariner…”