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Learn more about your computer at a free Digital Workshop class.
Learn more about your computer at a free Digital Workshop class.

Holland America Line guests are seekers, doers and wanderers. From trying new activities and learning new things to spending time doing a favorite hobby, we know our guests want to be enriched as well as inspired during their cruise. With that in mind, every day aboard a Holland America Line cruise brings a wealth of onboard events, along with the freedom to partake in as many — or as few — as you please.

There are plenty of entertainment and activity options included in the cruise fare, and countless ways to make each day onboard memorable, enriching and exciting.

Whether you want to learn to cook a regional dish, enlighten your mind on a new subject, discover a local custom, workout in the fitness center, read a book at Explorations Café or learn how to samba during the day and then dance the night away, guests can be certain that there are always things to do that doesn’t add extra expenses.

Cook Like a Chef
The Culinary Arts Center combines a love of food and wine with unique and engaging programs. In Holland America Line’s theater-style, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchens, guests can join their Culinary Art Center host for hands-on cooking classes, winetastings and regionally inspired workshops featuring everything from the flavors of Alaska to pasta making in the Mediterranean.

Learn to cook like a chef in the Culinary Arts Center.

Learn to cook like a chef in the Culinary Arts Center.

In addition to classes hosted by the ship’s chef tournant, on select sailings Holland America Line invites special guest chefs, mixologists and culinary experts onboard to host live cooking deonstrations, book signings and add their own special touch to onboard menus. The list of past guests has included everything from award-winning cookbook authors to executive chefs from some of the best restaurants in the world. Discover the list of upcoming Culinary Art Center guests here.

Learn Some Tech
For guests who want to hone their tech skills, the Digital Workshop powered by Windows is available offering free, informative sessions led by a Microsoft-trained Techspert. Sessions feature a variety of relevant topics such as as how to edit, enhance and take better photos and how to upload and share files with friends and family. Everyone at home is eagerly awaiting photos from your trip and with a Digital Workshop class you can make sure the photos they get are high-quality and instantly make them wish they were traveling with you!

The Digital Workshop is the go-to place for all things tech onboard.

The Digital Workshop is the go-to place for all things tech onboard.

Break a Sweat
Each Holland America Line ship features a fully-equipped Fitness Center, making it easy for guests to stay fit throughout their travels. Fitness centers include exercise and weight training equipment, as well as select classes, but the ships also have sports courts with options ranging from tennis and volleyball to basketball, for guests who rather get some friendly competition going. Not to mention ping pong! Walkers and joggers can take a stroll on the teak decks then cool off in the pool afterwords.

Stay fit with Holland America Line's indoor and outdoor fitness facilities.

Stay fit with Holland America Line’s indoor and outdoor fitness facilities.

Enrich Your Mind
From On Location programming that brings the destination onboard to classes that teach a new skill, Holland America Line knows our guests are looking to enhance their knowledge and have fun doing it.

Chat with a Glacier Bay park ranger on deck during an Alaska cruise.

Chat with a Glacier Bay park ranger on deck during an Alaska cruise.

From steel drum lessons in the Caribbean, Tango lesson in Argentina and a hula class in Hawaii to tai chi with a master in Asia, Celtic fiddlers in the Canadian Maritimes or searching the southern sky with an astronomer in the South Pacific, Holland America Line’s On Location program brings local culture to life showcasing unique entertainment and enriching activities as well as the cuisine of each region.

During interesting and informative lectures and presentations, On Location guides impart their knowledge of the destination, while locales come on in select ports to give a true taste of the culture.

If it’s something lighter you’re looking for, perhaps a non-culinary class in the Culinary Arts Center piques your interest. From cake decorating and towel animal creating to fruit centerpiece art and flower arranging, the onboard party planner has a line-up to keep you busy.

Admire the Art
Holland America Line is known for having extensive art collections on each ship. Prior to cruising (on most ships), guests can download an MP3 file to enjoy a self-guided walking tour for each ship, highlighting the art onboard. Narrated by well-known radio hosts Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, the 30- to 40-minute tours include walking directions, interviews with artists, background music and thumbnails of some of the artwork. You can download the ship-specific art tour onto your personal iPod or MP3 player.

Each ship has stunning artwork to discover.

Each ship has stunning artwork to discover.

Indulge in a Show
After dinner, guests can take their seat in the magnificent show lounge for a dazzling show. The performance is different each night, including dynamic concerts and exciting musical productions featuring Broadway veterans and talented illusionists, comedians and musicians.

Holland America Line’s new flagship, Koningsdam, features World Stage with a revolutionary, multistory 270-degree LED screen. At two stories tall and 250 feet long, the high-definition screens make World Stage a trend-setting theater at sea that showcases an exciting array of performances and productions. State-of-the-art lighting, projection and sound systems combine to bring guests an incredible performance surrounded by screens that can change to set the scene, from an Italian palazzo for a concert performance to an imaginary world during the innovative production numbers.

Koningsdam's World Stage is like no other theater at sea.

Koningsdam’s World Stage is like no other theater at sea.

Dance the Night Away
In January, the all-new Holland America Line entertainment concept Music Walk, debuted on ms Eurodam, offering an immersive musical showcase on three exciting new stages: Lincoln Center Stage, where guests can watch nightly chamber music in an intimate setting, B.B. King’s Blues Club featuring the best of Memphis music at sea, and Billboard Onboard, where guests can enjoy 50 years of chart-topping hits as performed by exceptional piano players and singers. Music Walk is also available on the line’s newest flagship ms Koningsdam, which debuted in April, and ms Oosterdam.

Show off your new cha cha skills or just cut loose to the B.B. King Blues Club All Star Band.

Show off your new cha cha skills or just cut loose to the B.B. King’s Blues Club All Star Band.

There are plenty of other venues for music and dancing on the rest of the line’s ships. At the Piano Bar, our pianist invites guests to join in the fun with hits every guest will recognize. At the Ocean Bar, a dance band plays the Great American songbook and at the Crow’s Nest guests can partake in Karaoke or enjoy the view as a DJ plays some favorite tunes.

Get Your Game On
Throughout the day a handful of different games and competitions take place in the ship’s different lounges and meeting areas. Guests can take a look at their daily program to see all the happenings. Activities include poolside games like Golf Chipping and Bean Bag Tosses and team events like Majority Rules, Name that Tune and Pub Trivia. Guests can also stop by the Explorer’s Café and work on a puzzle, play a board game or pick out a book to read.

Enjoy a friendly chess match with family at the Explorers Café.

Enjoy a friendly chess match with family at the Explorers Café.

Take Time for Tea
For Holland America Line, tea time is as much about time as it is about tea — time to sit with friends, time to talk and time to savor. Several types of tea services are offered onboard including daily casual tea, Royal Dutch High Tea, Cupcake Tea and Indonesian Afternoon Tea, and all offer different pastries and tastes.

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Which is your favorite activity on this list? Tell us in the comments below.

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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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