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Postcards from Alaska

Postcards from Alaska

Here are a few pictures from my Alaska cruise in 2009. We took part in the whale-watching excursion and then went shopping in town. – Laurel Adams, HAL Mariner

Cruise Diary: Sail-Away from Kotor

Cruise Diary: Sail-Away from Kotor

Sailing away from Kotor included two hours of scenic cruising through the Bay of Kotor. Halfway through the scenic cruising, we saw two churches on islands in the middle of the bay. Ryndam took a 360-degree turn to give us a fabulous view. This is the type of scenery HAL guests can expect to see…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Kotor, Montenegro

Cruise Diary: Kotor, Montenegro

I think most of Ryndam passengers were still sleeping when the ship entered the Bay of Kotor. For about two hours we witnessed beautiful scenery before the ship docked and we were very excited to explore the town once daylight approached.

Cruise Diary: Brindisi, Italy

Cruise Diary: Brindisi, Italy

Looking out at the city of Brindisi from our stateroom window, we didn’t really know what to expect from this port. But we left the ship feeling great because we know that Holland America line always finds the best destinations for its guest.

Cruise Diary: Behind the Scenes

Cruise Diary: Behind the Scenes

Recently we were allowed to have a unique look behind the scenes at the day to day things that take place on Ryndam. Do you wonder how your steak got on the dining room table, where your bottle of water is coming from or why you have clean linen each day in your stateroom? Below…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

Cruise Diary: Messina, Italy

At dinner time Captain Mark Rowden made his usual round among the tables in the main dining room. He knew about my maritime interest in shipping and navigation and told me that the next day the ship was entering and maneuvering through a narrow port that he thought I would be interesting in seeing. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”