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All Ashore for Canada/New England

All Ashore for Canada/New England

Note: Maasdam makes it first seasonal New England call today. I stepped into the cruise terminal at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sneezed, causing no fewer than five Canadians to look up and reply, “Bless you.” My feet had been planted only a few minutes on Canadian soil, and yet it appeared what Becky, the Scottish…   read more of “All Ashore for…”

Statendam’s Crew Fly Through the Trees

Statendam’s Crew Fly Through the Trees

Recently several of Statendam’s crew went ziplining in Costa Rica. Getting in the proper gear and going on the aerial tram to get to the lines caused plenty of excitement — not to mention the pump of adrenaline whilst zipping over 10 lines! Enjoying a day of excitement and good food, Statendam crew members had…   read more of “Statendam’s…”

Postcards from the Azores

Postcards from the Azores

Eurodam called at Ponta Delgada in the Azores last Saturday near the end of its trans-Atlantic crossing. So, here we are in the Azores. Ponta Delgada is our first stop. We had a fantastic Atlantic crossing. The seas were calm for all six days and the weather was beautiful. It just couldn’t have been better….   read more of “Postcards from the…”

Cruise Diary: Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cruise Diary: Saturday, May 2, 2009

On board ms Ryndam at Long Beach, Calif. Wednesday and Thursday were sea days, which meant sipping a spicy Bloody Mary on deck, playing Skip-Bo with new friends, shopping for a long-sleeved sweatshirt (we’re headed north to Canada in few days) and generally just relaxing, having fun and letting the marvelous crew on Ryndam take…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Volendam’s Crew Visit the Great Wall

Volendam’s Crew Visit the Great Wall

On April 25 and 26, Volendam was docked at Xingang, China. This gave the crew the perfect opportunity to experience the Great Wall of China. On both days a crew tour was organized and over 140 crew members joined to see the Huangyaguan Great Wall in Tianjin. After a steep climb we enjoyed spectacular views…   read more of “Volendam’s…”

Postcards from South Africa

Postcards from South Africa

South Africa is presenting us with some of the best things that travel can offer. It is giving us stunning beauty, adventurous expeditions, enriching encounters with people of very different backgrounds and most of all intellectual stimulation and debate within and among ourselves. We will not dwell on the last element, but will just say…   read more of “Postcards from…”

On Safari in Africa

On Safari in Africa

Sometimes the pace of our cruise is such that we hardly catch our breath and it’s time again for a new destination. While we had several days at sea between the lovely Seychelles and Mombasa, Kenya, time on board just flew by. We were in some now-infamous waters during some challenging times. During our time…   read more of “On Safari in…”

Postcards from Thailand

Postcards from Thailand

Last month the guests and crew of the ms Volendam had the pleasure of an overnight in Thailand. After hearing so much about the country, I was confused about what to expect, but I have to say that what I found was truly enchanting. Day 1: I woke up early and went on an all-day…   read more of “Postcards from…”