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Cruise Diary: In Route to Santarem, Brazil

Cruise Diary: In Route to Santarem, 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! It was pulse-pounding exciting to awaken this morning on the Prinsendam, as it floated at dock on the Amazon River near the mouth of the fabled,…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thanks to HAL guest (and three-star mariner!) Berta for sending in the following pictures of her visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Berta took part in the San Juan Old & New shore excursion and called it a “must-see.” Enjoy the photos!

Cruise Diary: Off to the Amazon River We Shall Go!

HAL blogger Gary Frink is currently sailing on board Prinsendam’s 24-day Amazon River and Caribbean adventure and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout his time on board. Here is his first entry! “Watch out for the piranhas.” “Don’t drag your hand in the water.” “Be careful of the alligators,” are the range of comments…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Off…”

Misty Morning in Alaska

Misty Morning in Alaska

Special thanks to Mariners Mike and Di Weeks for sharing these photos from their August sailing aboard Westerdam. Here are a few photos from our cruise aboard Westerdam showing the sunrise in Ketchikan and at anchor in Sitka. The Ketchikan sunrise was just after 5:00 a.m., and ten minutes later a “pea soup” fog rolled…   read more of “Misty Morning in…”

Postcards from Hawaii

Postcards from Hawaii

Here are pictures from my Hawaii cruise on board Zaandam. Enjoy! – Laurel Adams, HAL Mariner

Boodam II Joins HAL Fleet

Boodam II Joins HAL Fleet

HAL Mariner Lynn Hardey sent us this note and photo of her latest creation — “Boodam II” — that she built during her recent HAL cruise to Hawaii aboard Oosterdam. To date we have featured seven of her previous creations — Sheepledam, Halraiserdam, Zippidydam, Spamdam, Waytoofinedam, Woohoodam and Rhymedam — on the blog. Great job,…   read more of “Boodam II Joins HAL…”

Cruise Diary: In the Footsteps of the Godfather

Cruise Diary: In the Footsteps of the Godfather

Australian travel writer Kaye Fallick sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam for a press trip and wrote about her experience on the website Your Life Choices. Enjoy! Alessandro was our guide from the port of Messina in Sicily, up the hills to the ancient towns of Forza d’Agro and Savoca where Francis Ford Coppola filmed the Italian…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Video: Ryndam Crew Members Perform With Love

HAL Mariners and frequent blog contributors Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg submitted this video they created while on board Ryndam to an Indonesian media outlet. Enjoy! We love the Indonesian and Filipino crew members we meet during our cruises with Holland America Line. It’s great how they serve us and in my opinion they have a…   read more of “Video: Ryndam Crew…”