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Cruise Diary: At Dubrovnik, Croatia

Cruise Diary: At Dubrovnik, Croatia

Just when we thought we had seen it all on Holland America Line cruises, the Ryndam called at Dubrovnik, Croatia. What a beautiful, historic city surrounded by walls. Luckily for all of the guests on board, Ryndam docked at the port long enough for us to fully explore the town.

Cruise Diary: In the Captain’s Safe Hands

Cruise Diary: In the Captain’s Safe Hands

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 first entry in her series of cruise diaries. Enjoy! Captain Jonathan Mercer has been at sea for 40 years, ever since he didn’t make the cut to become a…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

On this day we were in Kérkyra, Corfu, Greece, having a great time on Ryndam. Enjoy the pictures.

Cruise Diary: Valletta, Malta

Cruise Diary: Valletta, Malta

On this day we were in Malta’s capital, Valletta. It was Independence Day so there was a lot going on. The scenery of Valletta is fantastic with its stone walls and narrow streets. We were sorry that we had to leave so soon but our next destination of the cruise is awaiting us and that…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: First Day On Board Ryndam

Cruise Diary: First Day On Board Ryndam

Cornelis “Cees” Kloppenburg and his wife Yvon are reprising their role as cruise diarists, this time on board Ryndam. They will be sending in cruise diaries throughout the duration of their time on board. We’re glad to have them back! Late Monday morning we boarded Ryndam for a 21-day cruise. In this new series of…   read more of “Cruise Diary: First…”

Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest Winner

Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest Winner

We recently held a Best “DAM” Ship Photo Contest among our Mariners and more than 700 entries were received! Congratulations to Star Mariner Aron Davidson, who captured a compelling image of Noordam while lunching in Santoríni, Greece. Framed by the restaurant’s Mediterranean colors, it was transporting and evocative. As the winner, Mr. Davidson won a…   read more of “Best…”

Video: Home Sweet Home

Special thanks to HAL Mariner Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. Thanks, Fred! Hello dear friends. The ms Rotterdam is coming home. Here is a video from the ss Rotterdam and of the ss Rembrandt in 1998 arriving in her hometown. – Fred Claessen