On a quiet day in Kristiansand we decided to replace some broken bulbs in the display cabinet of some of the antiques that we have on board.
I took the opportunity to make some quick repairs on the ship model in the case. Over the years the anchor had dropped off as well as the rudder had become “unhinged”. The ship model is a so-called “church model.” This type of model was donated to the church to thank god upon safe return and to ask for the same on the next voyage.
Please note the hook with which it is suspended from the ceiling.
Congratulations to Ryndam’s Photo Manager Constantin Paduraru, the winner of the recent crew photo competition held in conjunction with HAL’s 140th anniversary. Paduraru’s photo (below) of Amsterdam was taken from Ryndam’s deck as the two ships crossed paths in Alaska in May 2010. The time was approximately 3:30 a.m. and the moon was starting to set. Paduraru managed to snap the photo before the glowing orb disappeared. “I felt that night was a bit magical, and I want to dedicate this picture to all Holland America employees who are working together and through excellence manage to create magical days and nights for their guests and fellow crew,” he said.
Below we have included other photographs that were submitted to the contest.
Thanks to Pat and Stacy Block for sharing these stunning photos of the Alaska glaciers from their voyage.
Here are a couple pics of the wonderful Alaskan cruise we had on Holland America a few years ago. It was the best vacation we’ve ever had! Pictures could never capture the beauty of Alaska.
We especially loved that our boat was a bit smaller and could get into Glacier Bay and right up close to the glaciers. Loved that our boat (ms Ryndam) had an open bow that you could stand on and get up close and personal to all the beautiful scenery. Incredible trip!! — Stacy and Pat Block