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Getting Creative With HAL Swag

Getting Creative With HAL Swag

Through the years my wife, Mrs. Adriana A. Buitendijk, and I enjoyed quite a few cruises with Holland America Line. In her case since 1956, having therefore earned four-star status some time ago. During this time we have saved up quite a few HAL handbags. Dutch people are known to be thrifty. My wife therefore…   read more of “Getting Creative…”

iPad iPhoto: Nieuw Amsterdam in Greece

iPad iPhoto: Nieuw Amsterdam in Greece

Blog fan and HAL Mariner Fred Claessen sent in this fun picture taken from his iPad while sailing through Santorini, Greece, on Nieuw Amsterdam. Thanks, Fred!

Cruise Diary: Villefranche and a Final Farewell

Cruise Diary: Villefranche and a Final Farewell

A storm in Marseille, France, made it impossible to enter the port so Captain Mark Rowden had a fantastic alternative for guests on board Ryndam. The captain decided to call at Villefranche, France, only a short distance from Monaco. In the early morning, tenders were lowered to bring us ashore for an excursion to Monaco….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park

Thanks to HAL guest Carlette for sending in these pictures taken at Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. We first did an Alaska cruise tour in 2005, then a 14-day round trip from Vancouver in 2009. These photos were taken on a tour around Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska during our second cruise. — Carlette

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:…”