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Copenhagen, Two Perfect Days: Day One

Copenhagen, Two Perfect Days: Day One

If you’re able to bike, you won’t find a better way to see the Danish capital, but for now, you’re going to rely on your peds. img src=”http://www.cruisingfromcopenhagen.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/street-atmosphere04.jpg” width=”480″ height=”320″ alt=”Street atmosphere04.jpg” / After breakfast, exit D’Angleterre and head to your right, at, oh, about 2 o’clock, where your first stop is the historic Royal Theatre. … One popular detour is to slip down the small alley, Pistolstraede, past small boutiques, interesting architecture and good restaurants, then along Ny Østergade and to the pastry shop, Kransekagehuset Summerbird, and Cafe Victor, both worthy of a few minutes inside. img src=”http://www.cruisingfromcopenhagen.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/copenhagenimg-8327.jpg” width=”320″ height=”480″ alt=”copenhagenIMG_8327.jpg” / Kransekagehuset serves up some of Denmark’s most popular pastries and chocolates, including the traditional Danish kransekage, the “almond ring cake,” a tradition during weddings and other celebrations.

Postcards from Santorini

Postcards from Santorini

Noordam at one of my favorite ports of call, Santorini. The beauty of this port just amazes me every time we are there! My favorite sight is to see my home away from home, the Noordam, from the top of Thera. Janine Caratozzolo is Noordam’s crew purser

Making a New Friend in Tunisia

Making a New Friend in Tunisia

Nordam’s Hotel Manager, Marco, sent in these fun pictures and note while in Tunisia. Brand new Guest Relations Supervisor Margit Fiedler made a new friend in La Goulette, Tunisia and even went for a ride. Margit just joined the Holland America family on June 28 after working for 10 years for Four Seasons hotels. She…   read more of “Making a New Friend…”

Indonesian Crew Cast Ballots in Presidential Race

Indonesian Crew Cast Ballots in Presidential Race

Iskandar H.Wahono, Zaandam’s purser, sent us this note and photo of Indonesian crew members casting their votes in elections that are being held nationally today. Zaandam’s votes were mailed to Vancouver and will be counted as overseas votes. Once again the Indonesian crew on board the m/s Zaandam cast their vote on July 5th. A…   read more of “Indonesian Crew…”

Ryndam’s Crew Mess Gets a Makeover

Ryndam’s Crew Mess Gets a Makeover

Thanks to the talent of Bangkit Pribadi our crew mess room has had a facelift. Bangkit, who was born in Indonesia, has been working for Holland America Line since January 2008 and completed these two pieces for the mess room. In only a few months he’s became famous around the fleet because of his talented…   read more of “Ryndam’s Crew…”

Alaskan Kayaker Rescued

Alaskan Kayaker Rescued

On a recent Portage Glacier tour in Alaska, a passenger took these photos from the tour boat, mv Ptarmigan, when a kayaker (not on the tour) fell into the very cold water and was spotted by a HAL guest. Rescues in Alaska must happen very quickly due to the frigid waters. The captain of the…   read more of “Alaskan Kayaker…”

30 Years for Chief Engineer

30 Years for Chief Engineer

During the Volendam staff meeting Chief Engineer Henny van Wijk was presented with his 30 years service award: a ring. As per his own request no fuss was made about it. With him in the photo are Environmental Officer Dolf Kramer, Chief Officer Wouter van Hoogdalem, Captain Peter Bos and Hotel Manager Willem van de…   read more of “30 Years for Chief…”

Captain’s Log: Glacier Bay Earthquake

Captain’s Log: Glacier Bay Earthquake

Aboard Volendam. Today during our visit to Glacier Bay the Volendam felt an earthquake that had its epicenter approx 20 miles NNW from the ship. The whole ship started shuddering, the bridge immediately pulled back the throttles and called ECR [engine control room] to ask if everything was all right down there. Tanks were checked…   read more of “Captain’s…”