Cellar master Jay Lico and his wine attendants held a wine tasting for the crew of the Noordam. The crew enjoyed a real treat while the attendants were able to practice their training. Holland America Line offers a variety of wine tastings for guests on each cruise. In this case, the attendants presented two white… read more of “Noordam Crew Enjoy…”
Canaletto, the Italian eatery aboard Eurodam, now serves cotton candy as a dessert option. It was a great dose of nostalgia to enjoy cotton candy as I did when I was a kid. Jeroen also enjoyed his cotton candy dose, called in Dutch “suikerspin”— sugar spider.
We turn off the toll road and onto a small village road. Over the roofs of the shops and businesses that line the road we see the large red-tiled roofs of the ms Nieuw Jakarta rising a short distance away. The gate opens and we enter the neat courtyard of the school. We are greeted… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Day 2 – Visiting the Minister Daylight arrives all too early. Banishing the thought that home lies a day and 14 hours earlier on the Pacific Coast, it’s time to adjust to a new time zone and get ready to meet Minister of Transport Jusman Sfafi’l Djamal. We head out to find his home, which,… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Jakarta is a surprising city. Hotels that rival any in the world. High-rise apartment buildings and modern luxury shopping centers vie for space with street stalls, small market complexes and simple homes with red tile roofs. Motor scooters by the thousands crowd each intersection, vying for precious road space and position with swarms of modern… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Travel writer and radio host Paul Lasley is accompanying a group of Holland America executives on a trip to Indonesia. He will be providing us with daily updates about their activities. Nothing quite prepares us for the arrival at Jakarta. The modern airport handles flights from all over the globe, and taxiing in to the… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Meet Paul Lasley, Holland America Blog’s newest contributor. Paul currently is on a trip to Indonesia with Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line, and other HAL executives. He will be writing about their travels and sending posts to the blog. Those of you who followed the Eurodam News Blog will remember Paul… read more of “Meet Our Newest…”
We received this note and photos from Cruise Critic maven Lisa Laffin. Greetings, I am a frequent cruiser on HAL with 140 days, and have cruised on the ms Oosterdam eight times. I would like to tell you about our most recent cruise on the Oosterdam and how special it was. It was the return… read more of “What’s a…”