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Going on a cruise is an exciting adventure, and many guests use it as the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. After all, most people on a cruise are like-minded in that they love to travel … so there’s one thing everyone has in common! Some love meeting people from different countries and cultures, while others are just naturally social and look forward to chatting away to everyone they meet onboard.

On a cruise it’s easy to get to know your dining room tablemates, the guests in line at the tour desk or even your new partners at trivia. But guests looking to connect with fellow passengers before the cruise have a way to do just that on Facebook with the “Meet Fellow Cruisers” Roll Call tab — now featuring all 500 plus sailings in 2015!

Once you visit the Holland America Line page on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/HALcruises) and click on the “Meet Fellow Cruisers” tab just under the cover photo, it’s as simple as selecting the month of your cruise and your ship from the drop-down menu, then scroll down to choose your cruise date, click “Join Roll Call” to join your Roll Call group, if you just want to look with out joining yet, simply click “Event Details”. Guests on an Alaska Land+Sea Journey should join the cruise portion of their sailing.

The Holland America Roll Call Events is where you’ll find other guests who will be on your voyage, so you can get to know each other before setting sail. You can even prearrange a Roll Call “Meet & Greet” event during the cruise so you can get together face-to-face. To request a Roll Call Meet & Greet event, email the link to your event with “Roll Call Event Request” in the subject line to HAL_Onboard_Events@HollandAmerica.com. A form will be sent to you to assist in finalizing event arrangements.

Roll Call allows you to connect before the cruise, so once onboard you can meet up for dinner, drinks and activities.

Roll Call allows you to connect before the cruise, so once onboard you can meet up for dinner, drinks and activities.

Once you board, you also can visit the Digital Workshop Open House on embarkation day to meet the Roll Call guests in your group.

Your fellow guests are pretty savvy when it comes to travel, and in addition to finding cruisers on your voyage Roll Call is the ideal place to ask questions, get tips on packing, learn about shipboard activities, find out the port highlights, see dining options and more before your cruise.

Once you connect, you might even find a group you want to spend time with onboard so you can plan to share meals, meet for drinks and join new friends on shore excursions. And when the cruise is over, guests can keep connected by sharing photos and memories online.

So if you’re looking to meet new people and make new friends before you go on your cruise, visit Facebook and click on the “Meet Fellow Cruisers” tab to become a part of Holland America Line’s Roll Call community.

Have you participated in a HAL Roll Call group?

Note: Please verify your Facebook account privacy and security settings so that you only share information with those you intend to. Please email socialmedia@hollandamerica.com with questions.

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Some of the most popular enrichment activities aboard a Holland America Line cruise are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows classes.
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Oosterdam's redesigned Digital Workshop.
Oosterdam's redesigned Digital Workshop.

Holland America Line has a wide array of enriching activities onboard, and among the most popular are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The popular complimentary workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” on all 15 ships in the fleet, teach guests with varying levels of computer and camera experience how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks.

Guests also learn how to share digital memories via email, keep a more secure PC at home, stay connected through instant messaging and webcams, find the best PC for their budget and lifestyle, and navigate new features of Windows 8. And if you can’t make it to the class, the techsperts blog about their lessons so anyone can learn more about their PC. Special thanks to Oosterdam’s techspert who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Techspert Scott Daehler leads a session of the Microsoft Digital Workshop for convention attendees.

Techspert Scott Daehler leads a session of the Microsoft Digital Workshop for convention attendees.

At the recent Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) convention – the largest annual gathering of those who write about all aspects of the travel industry — the Digital Workshops powered by Windows has a prominent presence. As a professional development opportunity, SATW members could attend a Microsoft Digital Workshop, the same workshops that are held onboard.

SATW is a professional association whose members include writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website contributors and owners, creators of mobile apps and public relations representatives. This year’s SATW convention was attended by 110 travel journalists and 115 public relations representatives. The two Microsoft Digital Workshops offered to SATW members were co-branded with HAL and were led by “Techsperts” Scott Daehler and Kristin Viotto. Just like on board HAL’s ships, the sessions highlighted Windows 8 introduction and navigation, photo editing with Windows Photo Gallery, video editing and creation with Windows Movie Maker, introduction to the cloud with SkyDrive, online file management with SkyDrive, sharing photos and transferring photos.

If you’re not a writer and weren’t at the convention, don’t worry! There are still lessons to be learned. Special thanks to Noordam’s techspert Krista who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Need a brush-up on how to access useful features in Windows 8 like the charms, your start screen, snap and search? The official Windows Video YouTube Channel has some great video tutorials that can help. I love that they’re short (most are 15-45 seconds long) and repetitive so you get a few chances to see how they do it.

Hope these are helpful as you continue to get to know your Windows 8 PC!

To learn more about your Windows 8 PC, be sure to visit us in the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows on your next Holland America Line cruise.

Holland America Line is a proud partner of Microsoft on the Digital Workshop powered by Windows program.

We asked Holland America Line Facebook fans to share their “must-haves” when they go on a cruise. Here are the Top 10 responses, along with some other great ideas and unusual suggestions. Is there something not on these lists that you always bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!

Family & friends are tops   when it comes to cruising.

Family and friends are tops when it comes to cruising.

Top 10:

1. Family & Friends: Nearly half of all respondents said that bringing family and friends is top priority when it comes to cruising. Anniversaries, birthday celebrations, family reunions and honeymoons are all great reasons to take a cruise. Whether snorkeling at St. Kitts, kicking back at Half Moon Cay or gathering together for dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, it is precious to make memories with the ones you love.

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Holland America Line has a wide array of enriching activities onboard, and among the most popular are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The popular complimentary workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” on all 15 ships in the fleet, teach guests with varying levels of computer and camera experience how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks.

Guests also learn how to share digital memories via email, keep a more secure PC at home, stay connected through instant messaging and webcams, find the best PC for their budget and lifestyle, and navigate new features of Windows 8. And if you can’t make it to the class, the techsperts blog about their lessons so anyone can learn more about their PC. Special thanks to Amsterdam’s techspert John Roberts who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

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Remember when you were a kid and you cut out pictures and glued them onto paper or cardboard to make a collage? Well, now you can get your inner-child going with an exciting digital update to your classic collage project of yesteryear.

Put away the Elmer’s glue and check out the feature called “Auto Collage” in the latest version of Photo Gallery from Microsoft.

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Special thanks to Maasdam’s techspert John who posted this on post from HAL’s Digital Workshop blog.

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Have you ever found that now and then there’s a computer file—such as an audio file, a video or a document—which is in a format that you can’t open? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to easily convert it to something you can use? Videos are a great example: sometimes you may receive or download a Flash video, but don’t have a media player that can handle it. Or maybe you have a Microsoft Word document that you want to view on your tablet, but don’t have Word installed there. Or perhaps a friend sent you a type of picture file that won’t work on your computer, even though you can usually display pictures with no problem.

If so, there are a number of web sites that you can use to convert files from one format to another and many of them are free. Online-Convert.com is one that I’ve had good experience with and it’s very easy to use. You can use it to convert almost any type of file from one format to another, including documents, ebooks, images, video files and more. It can even generate QR codes to use in transferring videos to a mobile phone! It’s like a universal translator for computer files.

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Special thanks to Noordam’s Techspert Krista who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

If you follow tech news at all you might have heard of Windows 8.1. If you don’t, you might be thinking “what! They’re changing Windows AGAIN?”

Well, hold on a second, because I think you’re going to like what you see here. Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8. So yes, there will be changes. But guess what? It’s a FREE Update! Later this year, if you’re using Windows 8, your computer will let you know that an update is available, and you can just follow the instruction to install it. Super easy, and FREE!

Until then Windows is giving us lots of info on what to expect with Windows 8.1. When I first read about the additional features, I was thrilled. So many things that I already love about Windows 8 are going to get better and easier. I could tell you all about it, but instead I’ll let you take a look at the video below where they walk you through some of the cool new features that you’ll get with Windows 8.1!

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Special thanks to Nieuw Amsterdam’s Techspert Frank who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Did you know that every copy of Windows 8 comes with a free antivirus application? The application is called “Windows Defender” and is quite similar to the “Security Essentials” program available for Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. This is what it looks like when you search it out;

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