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.
Need I say more ? Today we went inside the entrance channel in Curaçao and docked at the Matthey Werf. The little Zuiderdams are an approximation of the normal approach. Yes, we do aim directly at the land on the right side. At the last moment we make a slight adjustment to port and slide… read more of “Captain’s…”
Holland America Line recently set up a Facebook page as part of its ongoing social media communications program. Much of the content of this blog is reproduced there, but there is lots of other information, including videos, photos and even cruise deals and sales brochures that you won’t find in this space. Facebook is rapidly… read more of “HAL Seeks a…”
These photos and entry were sent to us by Oosterdam’s crew purser, Darryl Jones The crew of the Oosterdam recently held a Las Vegas–inspired blackjack tournament. And with lots of entries in the preliminary rounds, competition was tough for a spot at the final table where a three-way tie forced a three-hand playoff for the… read more of “Stakes High at Crew…”
Oosterdam’s Shorex team arranged for a few crew members to experience the exciting new canopy adventure tour available in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Crew members, along for the tour, flew from tree to tree and platform to platform on a network of pulleys and horizontal cables mounted 30 to 90 feet above the ground. With 14… read more of “Zipping Through the…”