O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: Get your fashion-trendy on with Adam Glassman

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I don’t know about you, but I feel my clothes closet constantly mocks me. While the available real estate is stuffed with tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories, there’s never anything to wear; more specifically, there’s never seems to be anything I can pull together to wear for specific occasions, including traveling. So when O, The Oprah Magazine creative director and style guru Adam Glassman took the stage for a “Love That!” …

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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: ‘Let’s Eat’ and not gain weight

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise Whenever two or more women get together over dinner, the subject of weight inevitably rears its ugly head. This was the case during dinner in the Canaletto restaurant on our first evening aboard Eurodam, traveling from Seattle to Juneau. I had just shared a frightful factoid gleaned from that day’s invitation to come to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon for a chance to win one of $500 worth of giveaways: The …

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Oprah celebrates a year of adventure on Holland America’s Eurodam

By Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I consider myself a well-meaning “fashion don’t” so I’m feeling pretty intimidated about boarding  Holland America’s Eurodam on July15 to travel with high profile fashionista Oprah Winfrey, along with O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King, editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and style guru and creative director Adam Glassman. The cruise, roundtrip from Seattle to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan in Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia, is the first of five such cruises …

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Reports from SeaTrade: Holland America shows off its three new entertainment venues on the ms Eurodam

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Seatrade Cruise Global conference gets underway tomorrow here in Lauderdale, but already Chet and I have had a couple of busy days. This is the annual gathering of the worldwide cruise industry. Holland America Line invited press to come in early and preview the changes that they are introducing on their ships. So yesterday we went aboard the ms Eurodam for a few hours to see for ourselves. Last year at this …

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HAL in the Baltic: Return to Copenhagen

ABOARD THE EURODAM – Back at our home port. “To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen Salty old queen of the sea Once I sailed away But I’m home today Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for me.” (Lyrics and music by Frank Loesser) In the 1952 internationally successful musical, Danny Kaye in his role as the famous Danish poet and fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen sings this ode to this wonderful 600-year old national capital of Denmark famed for its …

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HAL in the Baltic: Never judge a restaurant on one meal

ABOARD THE EURODAM – On our previous cruise aboard the Eurodam we had the pleasure of sampling two of the ship’s special additional-cost restaurants, the Canaletto and the Tamarind. On our first week during this sailing, we experienced a wonderful meal at The Pinnacle Grill. So during our last few days of this cruise, we are giving all three a second go-round. First up is the Canaletto charging an extra $10 per person. Canaletto A restaurant with …

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HAL in the Baltic: Germany Excursions

ABOARD THE EURODAM — There are two opportunities to visit Germany on this cruise, going east with a stop at the port of Kiel, and returning with a stopover at the seaside resort town of Warnemunde. From these ports there are excursions to some of the historical Hanseatic League cities including the old red-brick town of Rostock; Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city featuring an international maritime museum; Wismar, founded in 1229: and the Old Town of Lubeck, …

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HAL in the Baltic: Sightings on the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM – The Officers and crew of the ms Eurodam take pride in being “the friendliest ship in the Holland America fleet.” When everyone greets you with a hearty hello and more often than expected, knows your name, I have no reason to disagree. A recognized leader in cruising for more than 140 years, Holland America Line is known for “consistently comfortable accommodations, award-winning service, gourmet dining, and extensive activities and enrichment programs.” I expect …

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HAL in the Baltic: Mysteries of the deep on the way to Stockholm

ABOARD THE EURODAM – Following a time change coming from Finland, our ship is gliding on the placid waters of the Baltic this morning past hundreds of small forested islands. As dawn breaks only a smattering of summer cottages with a boat dock can be discerned among the trees on most. Even more infrequently, we pass a tiny village with a marina in the wake of our ship. The sun rose at 4:35 AM to begin a …

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HAL in the Baltic: The Hermitage, pride of St. Petersburg

ABOARD THE EURODAM – On a 1974 Pan Am tour (remember them?) our group was taken to The State Hermitage Museum in what was then Leningrad. As a novice photographer at that time I much preferred being out shooting in the street rather than being stuck inside a musty museum. So when I was told there was no photography permitted in the museum I abruptly bolted for the door. Subsequently I learned that skipping the Hermitage was …

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