Have you heard about our new “On Location” activity program? From steel drum lessons in the Caribbean to tai chi on deck with a master in Asia, we’re bringing local culture and cuisine on board like never before through On Location. The itinerary sets the scene for guests to indulge in localized experiences that make time on board as culturally enriching as visiting the ports of call.
On each cruise, a Location Team from the region either visits the ship or sails on board and shares unique, personal insights with guests through lectures, demonstrations and performances. They provide information about local customs, the way of life, off-the-beaten-path port highlights and secrets that only a local would know.
Through the end of the year, the On Location program will roll out across the fleet in destinations around the globe. Each region will feature specialists and experiences that are deeply connected to that part of the world such as stargazing with an astronomer in the South Pacific, learning to tango with a professional in Argentina or playing a didgeridoo in Australia. Guests on cruises to Hawaii might learn how to hula, make a fresh flower lei or get a ukulele lesson from a local, while cruisers on voyages to Mexico are entertained with an authentic mariachi band during a Mexican fiesta on deck.
Check out our program about On Location that details the activities in each region.
Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick!
Welcome to the beautiful and very interesting city of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast!!! We have been here before but are always happy to return to this location!!!
It was a beautiful day!!! We took the complimentary shuttle bus from the pier to the Old Walled City – a very pretty about 20 minute drive. When we arrived at the plaza just outside the entrance to the Old City, it was mobbed with tourists. Crazy!!! Apparently April is a big tourist month for Europeans. Well, we made our way thru the crowds and into the Old City where we had a great walk all around. We went out to the little harbor, called Old Harbor there and walked around the wall there. Then we started winding our way up stairs and thru very narrow little streets, up and up. Oh, when you first enter the old city (you are on the Placa which is a very wide and beautiful street), you pass by a large fountain (Onofrios Fountain) which was built in the 15th-century. The 16-sided fountain’s carved heads spout cascades of water you are free to take.
April 30 was Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, and Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne after 33 years as the Dutch monarch. Thanks to Cruise Director Glen Coenen for sharing photos of Queen’s Day celebrations aboard Rotterdam.
The Abdication was shown all day in the Crow’s Nest and the crew organized an afternoon party with the onboard band. Club HAL set up a face painting station and the crew did some line dancing to warm up the crowd. We sang the national anthem, blew the ship’s horn and went straight into a “polonaise,” or Dutch Conga Line. At 9 p.m. the party continued in the Crow’s Nest with DJ Rene.
Thanks to guest Kathy Rankin for sharing some of her memories from her cruise.
Below are some of my 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise photos from my Mexico trip. Most of the pictures were taken during several excursions in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, along with the Virgin Party aboard Zaandam. This was my first trip with Holland America Line. It was so much fun, I loved everything about this cruise!
Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Holland America Line, we dedicated several events to this special occasion. First, a Dutch-themed dinner in the dining room, then a birthday party by the pool, and finally a special dessert extravaganza presented to our guests, showcasing the talent of our galley team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Hrgic and Pastry Chef Alex Latayan, who was mainly responsible for those sweet creations.