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Cruise Diary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Cruise Diary: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Ryndam docked at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on a sunny day with clear blue skies. Captain Mark Rowden stood in the gangway wishing everyone a good morning and gave us a helping hand as we left the gangway. We heard several guests comment on how appreciative they were to the captain. One can often find…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Palma…”

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

Cruise Diary: Barcelona, Spain

We have returned to Barcelona where the second part of this wonderful cruise will start. We said goodbye to the fellow guests we have met and are now meeting the new guests. Barcelona is one of our favorite cities. Although we have visited here many times we always discover new things when we return. The…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Greetings from Rotterdam

Greetings from Rotterdam

Hallo HALbloggers, It’s been a while since you heard from me, so I send you my greetings from my beloved home port of Rotterdam. Ben van Zeijl

Cruise Diary: Cagliari, Italy

Cruise Diary: Cagliari, Italy

From the ship, a shuttle will take you to the entrance of the port. After walking for just a few minutes, you will find yourself in the main shopping center and close to the historic spots. While walking we met some very nice youngsters offering us a guided walking tour through the Old City. Next,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

Cruise Diary: Naples, Italy

The cruise we are currently on is called Mediterranean Treasures and each day we find out why the Med is fantastic with all of its historic and beautiful sites. Napoli (Naples) is a very busy town crowded with traffic but in the middle of the city the beautiful buildings are very well maintained. Just ten…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Tuscan Towns

Cruise Diary: Tuscan Towns

Australian travel writer Kaye Fallick sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam for a press trip and wrote about her experience on the website Your Life Choices. Here’s the third entry in her series of cruise diaries. Enjoy! Maria Pia was our guide for Sienna and San Gimigiano, the two Tuscan towns we visited by coach after docking…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: The Good Life on Ryndam, Part I

Cruise Diary: The Good Life on Ryndam, Part I

As a maritime lover on a Holland America line vessel, I know that there are always paintings hanging on board from the old vessels who carried the name Ryndam. I took several photos of the paintings and also of the current Ryndam.