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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…”

North to Alaska!

North to Alaska!

Holland America Line’s Alaska season is just getting into full swing, and we’ve gotten a lot of stuff from folks up in the 49th state this week. So we decided to devote Friday to all things Alaska including whales, trails, rafts, trains, Glacier Bay and some picturesque photos of the Great land, the Last Frontier,…   read more of “North to…”

Ryndam Takes on Zaandam in Alaska

Ryndam Takes on Zaandam in Alaska

Last week while in Juneau, the crews of the Ryndam and Zaandam played a soccer match at Juneau-Douglas High School. My tigers were the winners 3-2! Iona is the Crew Purser on board Ryndam

Rudi Sodamin’s Bread Pudding Recipe

Rudi Sodamin’s Bread Pudding Recipe

We received this plaintive cry for help and just couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a Rudi Sodamin recipe with you: We have sailed on the Westerdam before and loved the trip and the bread pudding. I know I found the recipe on line before but can’t find it now. Could you tell me how…   read more of “Rudi…”