Fred Claessen sent us this story and documents as well as a link to his videos: On the 16 December 1959, I sailed through the Panama Canal for the first time on the ss ROTTERDAM on her South America Cruise. Now, after 45 cruises on many different ships I have sailed on all the world… read more of “Once Every 50 Years…”
Here’s the latest commercial from Dutch financial company ING, featuring its trademark orange lions. The spot was taped aboard Eurodam earlier this year. Cautionary note: Just because a cute Dutch actress does it, that doesn’t mean it’s a hygienically good idea to blow the whistle on your life jacket — except in a real emergency…. read more of “New ING Commercial…”
Hallo HALblog readers. This is my fourth video in a series of videos about the present HAL fleet and their predecessors. Part 4 of this series covers Veendam. Greetings from Rotterdam, Ben.
In response to a recent post about a shore excursion in Halifax that visited the graves of Titanic victims, Holland America history buff Ben van Zeijl sent us this interesting piece on the connection between HAL and the White Star Line’s ill-fated flagship. Holland America Line has a close link to the Titanic disaster. HAL… read more of “HAL History: The…”
Hallo HALblog readers. As you’ll notice, Maasdam made a one-day call at her home port of Rotterdam The Netherlands yesterday, August 11. Bringing home a good friend of mine — Roland Borsje he’s Maasdam provisioning master. Roland invited his family and me to visit him on the Maasdam. Happy to see a good friend after… read more of “Maasdam Called at…”
Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 visited Holland America’s hometown recently. Hi dear bloggers! As you have noticed, one of the grandest ocean liners in the world recently visited Rotterdam, my hometown. Because I was able to sail on her last December, I was glad to see her again. Besides some pictures here on the site,… read more of “OK, It’s Not…”
Hallo HALblog readers. This is my second video of of the series of videos about the present HAL fleet and their predecessors. Part 2 of this series is MAASDAM. Enjoy greetings from the home port Rotterdam, Ben
Gerry Ellis, director of compliance for Seabourn Cruise Line, was on board Seabourn Odyssey in Venice and took these photos and video of Oosterdam. Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corp. & plc, takes a look at P&O’s Aurora (docked behind Oosterdam) from the deck of Seabourn Odyssey. Carnival Corp. is parent company to… read more of “Oosterdam Alongside…”