This story was submitted by Zuiderdam’s environmental officer, Ralph Bladen. During a recent staff meeting we were discussing the task of changing all 800 crew mattresses. We decided that the best way to achieve this would be to complete the project in stages of 200 mattresses at a time. We decided that light loading days… read more of “Zuiderdam Donates…”
Aaron Stone, stage manager/lighting technician on Volendam, sent us these great scenic cruising and sunset photos. Yesterday (2/24/09) we had to return to Milford sound in New Zealand for a medical evacuation. While waiting for the nurse to return to the ship from the pilot boat, we had an opportunity to witness a beautiful sunset… read more of “Postcards from New…”
This just in from Down Under: Hi Roland, Here in Melbourne, Australia, it has been a very busy cruise season and so wonderful to see so many HAL ships in. These pics show the Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Volendam in port recently. Love to see the Prinsendam here again soon. Our desire is to sail on… read more of “Postcards from…”
This play-by-play recap was written by casino dealer Victor Jose Lobo and submitted by Amsterdam crew purser Miriam Bor. The Amsterdam soccer team. Prinsendam managed to hold the mighty Amsterdam to a 3-3 draw in the much-awaited first soccer friendly match played at Falkland Islands High School grounds on 5th of February, 2009. As the… read more of “Friendly Football…”
This entry was submitted by Maasdam 2nd Engineer Harm-Jan Bruil. From left: Andrei Rusu, 4th engineer; Dennis Wanders, cadet; Wouter Levij, marof-A* and Harm-Jan Bruil, 2nd engineer — all showing that after a lot of work there is some time to enjoy the view. Maasdam’s engine department recently had an interesting and busy drydock in… read more of “Postcard from…”
While these photos aren’t ship-related, since Rotterdam currently is sailing around Australia on its Grand World Voyage, we thought they were appropriate — and very cute! Blog reader and contributor Noel Bell sent us these amazing photos of human–koala bear interactions taken around his home town of Melbourne. Southeastern Australia has been experiencing a record… read more of “How to Cool a Cute…”
During the winter cruise season, several representatives from Veendam go on a weekly car or boat trip in Guatemala to visit distant villages to distribute donations. Clothes, shoes, toys, books and electronics are donated by crew members and given to the children and their parents living in the small communities. Some of the families can… read more of “Veendam Helps…”
Here is a shot of the Rotterdam in Melbourne on a recent 29 C (approximately 88 F) sunny but smoky day, courtesy of Noel Bell.