Hans Janssen sent us this great photo of Amsterdam in Victoria, B.C. It was the last port of call on his 39-day cruise from Rio de Janiero. Here’s his note in the original Dutch: Bijgaande foto heb ik gemaakt op de avond van de 23e april. We lagen toen in Victoria Canada, de laatste aanloophaven… read more of “Postcard from…”
From left: Dawson City, Skagway and Beaver Creek. Did you know that Holland America Line operates 10 hotels in Alaska? Well it’s true. Westmark Hotels have long been a part of the Holland America Line Signature of Excellence program in Alaska. Five of the nine hotels are open year-round. They are in Anchorage, Sitka, Whitehorse,… read more of “Holland America…”
Greetings from your birthplace and home port Rotterdam! Ben van Zeijl
Tomorrow marks the 136th anniversary of the founding of the company that would eventually become today’s Holland America Line. Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij, or N.A.S.M., was founded April 18, 1873, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Happy 136th, Holland America Line! The line’s first ship was 1,694-ton, 296-passenger Rotterdam I, that was built in 1872 and entered… read more of “HAPPY BIRTHDAY…”
Zaandam Crew Purser Myles Williams sent in these patriotic shots of the crew casting their absentee ballots for Indonesia’s parliamentary election day. The Indonesian elections are every five years, and this year they will be held April 9. All ballots must be mailed to the Vancouver consulate by this date. Fauzi Daud at Holland America… read more of “Indonesian Crew…”
Helmet cameras are now available for rent at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas. The cameras are very lightweight, waterproof and can be mounted on any hat, visor, bike helmet or snorkel mask. It is a hands-free camera and records up to 90 minutes of “what you see” DVD-quality footage…. read more of “Do You See What I…”
Prinsendam’s Hotel Manager, Francois, sent us these beautiful pictures from the South America Grand Voyage Show Buffet. Executive Chef Pedro Lontoc and the Prinsendam “kitchen brigade” created a world of culinary delights amid an ice menagerie; a feast for both the palate and the eyes.
Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line, was presented with two separate awards while he was in Miami, Fla., last week attending the Cruise Shipping Miami convention. Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse (left) accepted the 2009 Cruise Vision Award from St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe at a ceremony at the… read more of “Stein Kruse Accepts…”