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Celebrating New Year’s Aboard Ryndam

Celebrating New Year’s Aboard Ryndam

We again celebrated the New Year on board ms Ryndam. Great weather, both at sea and while at port made the cruise extremely enjoyable. The stop at Falmouth, Jamaica, was superb — a brand new pier and very interesting tours made it difficult to decide what to see. My husband Waldemar, our daughter Christina and…   read more of “Celebrating New…”

A Little Holland America Mascot

A Little Holland America Mascot

Special thanks to HAL blog fan Lisa for sending in this adorable post of her pup playing with HAL cards. This is my little baby dog Tina. She likes to play cards but as you can see it has to be cards with the Holland America logo. We think she could be used as a…   read more of “A Little Holland…”

Video: Rotterdam Cruise Highlights

Special thanks to Noel Bell, a HAL guest and frequent blog contributor, for sharing these videos taken while cruising on Rotterdam’s 12-day Ancient Discoveries cruise in October 2011 and Rotterdam’s Spanish Charms 15-day voyage in November 2011. As promised, here are the completed video highlights of the recent 27 day cruise featuring the back-to-back Ancient…   read more of “Video: Rotterdam…”

Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

Cruise Diary: Discovering Bequia

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! AMAZON ADVENTURE Aboard the Prinsendam, in route to Oranjestad, Aruba, December 16, 2011 There was confusion in cabin 126 for sometime about St. Vincent and the…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Good-Bye Amazon and Crossing the Line

Cruise Diary: Good-Bye Amazon and Crossing the Line

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! The last astounding Amazon River statistic I shall thrust upon you during this marvelous Holland America adventure: The flow of the muddy Amazon into the emerald-to-blue-Topaz…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

Cruise Diary: Manaus, Brazil

HAL blogger Gary Frink currently is sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Enjoy! If I were wearing boots I would now be shaking in them. In my modest essays, I hope to bring you, dear readers, the tiniest knowledge…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

HAL Mariner Writes Cruise Ship Book

Bert Lamers, frequent HAL-blog contributor and maritime historian, recently wrote a book (in Dutch) titled Cruise-praet, Ervaringen van een cruiseliefhebber’ (Cruise-talk: Experiences of a Cruise-Lover). The book is 176 pages long and includes nearly 200 colored photographs and recounts of personal experiences from his many voyages at sea. The book can be ordered through the…   read more of “HAL Mariner Writes…”