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Prinsendam Enters the Land of the Midnight Sun

Prinsendam Enters the Land of the Midnight Sun

Thom Faulkner, Prinsendam’s cruise director, sent us in these fun photos and note. On July 23 at 6:58 a.m. the ms Prinsendam crossed Latitude 66 degrees 33.5’ North crossing the Arctic Circle and officially entering the Land of the Midnight Sun. At that very (early) moment, the entertainment team, led by the brave explorer (in…   read more of “Prinsendam Enters…”

HABlog a Finalist for PR News Platinum Award

HABlog a Finalist for PR News Platinum Award

Holland America Blog has been named a finalist in the blog category of PR News’ annual Platinum PR Awards. Here’s how PR News describes its awards: PR News’ Platinum PR Awards salute the year’s most outstanding communications initiatives and programs in the highly competitive and dynamic PR arena. The coveted awards set the industry benchmark…   read more of “HABlog a Finalist…”

Oosterdam Completes 300th Voyage

Oosterdam Completes 300th Voyage

Oosterdam just celebrated a major milestone as she sailed the Mediterranean from Venice to Barcelona: her 300th cruise! The ship came out of drydock at Fincantieri’s Palermo Shipyard in Italy just in time for the cruise, where it was spruced up with new guest staterooms, dining options, public areas and a specialty wine bar. From…   read more of “Oosterdam Completes…”

Pam’s Photo Featured in ‘Spirit’ Magazine

Pam’s Photo Featured in ‘Spirit’ Magazine

After taking a recent flight on Southwest Airlines, Pam Kern, blog contributor and Captain van Donselaar’s wife, got an idea. She was reading the airline’s in-flight magazine, “Spirit,” and saw a feature that was a perfect fit for a photo of her taken back in September 2008. You may remember seeing this when it originally…   read more of “Pam’s Photo…”

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…”