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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:…”

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:…”