Category Archives: Holland America

Holland America Westerdam

Somehow when sailing with Holland America we always end up on one of the same 3 ships – either the Oosterdam, Westerdam, or Veendam, even though none of the cruises have been repeats of a previous cruise and the starting … Continue reading

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Costa Maya Cruise Ship Port

Costa Maya is an engineered cruise ship port, meaning it is not a dock in a pre-existing town, but rather a port area built specifically for cruise ships and their passengers. It has quite an extensive shopping area with lots … Continue reading

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Oosterdam Galley Tour

One sea day on Holland America Oosterdam the daily newsletter listing all the events for the day had a free galley tour on the schedule. It’s always fun to get a peek behind the scenes, especially when you can do … Continue reading

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Things to Do on Holland America Veendam

Cruise ships vary greatly in size as well as in options of things to do onboard. While some of the bigger ships have things like waterslides, rock climbing walls, flow riders, or even ziplines, skating rinks, or racetracks, smaller ships … Continue reading

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Ketchikan Cruise Ship Port

Ketchikan, Alaska Ketchikan lies on Revillagigedo Island at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s scenic inside passage surrounded by the Tongass National Forest. This temperate rainforest lives up to its designation. Ketchikan averages around 140-160 inches of rainfall annually, with the … Continue reading

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America’s Test Kitchen Cuban Recipies

America’s Test Kitchen on Holland America Cruise ships have a variety of ways to keep passengers entertained on board. Each day brings a new list of different things to do on the schedule, which is posted in the newsletter stewards … Continue reading

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Birds, Bears, & Barnacles

Previously when visiting Sitka our ship anchored offshore and tendered passengers to town. On our last visit we were surprised when the Holland America Oosterdam pulled into a dock over 5 miles from town. Though this dock at the Halibut … Continue reading

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Havana “Walking” Tour

When cruising to Cuba it’s required to book an excursion through the ship for anyone who wants to get off the boat that didn’t book their cruise before June of 2017. That is if you are cruising from the USA, … Continue reading

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Food on Holland America Oosterdam

Holland America‘s ships offer mostly the same food venues without a lot of variance from ship to ship. Though the main dining room has different names on different ships, they all have one. They all also have a buffet on … Continue reading

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Havana Cruise Ship Port

Sailing into Havana, ships negotiate a narrow channel with the guidance of a local pilot. Local pilots board the ship prior to entrance of most any port so that part is standard procedure. Coming into port is quite scenic with … Continue reading

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