Cruising with HAL: What’s new on the Zuiderdam

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ABOARD THE ZUIDERDAM A Caribbean voyage to the Panama Canal aboard the MS Zuiderdam is an opportunity to take a look at one of Holland America Line’s freshest refurbishings and renovations of one of their popular mid-size ships. While the Zuiderdam is a Vista class ship carrying up to 1,900 passengers and a crew of 900, it is similar in many respects to the 2,137 passenger Signature class MS Eurodam which I wrote about previously ( www.AllThingsCruise.com/ …

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‘Playing with food’ a passion for Holland America chef

As a youngster growing up in Austria, Rudi Sodamin would stand by his mother’s side in the family kitchen. He not only liked the smell and taste of food, he liked how it looked. To him, the colorful ingredients were like paint that an artist could use for an edible masterpiece. “Food is the paint of our lives,” he said. “Food is art.” At a pre-Seatrade Cruise Global lunch aboard the Holland America Eurodam in Fort Lauderdale …

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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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Holland America Line partners with America’s Test Kitchen to bring popular cooking show on board

My friend Kay Showker, sent me this story and I thought you might enjoy reading about Holland America Line’s new program. By Kay Showker Holland America Line has launched a new onboard culinary program in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen (ATK).   Named the most popular how-to-cook show on television, America’s Test Kitchen appears weekly on more than 350 PBS stations nationwide.  The new program will debut on the Westerdam in October and …

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Holland America Line New Years Cruise: Welcoming the New Year on HAL’s MS Westerdam

ABOARD MS WESTERDAM – Even as a teenager, New Year’s Eve has always been difficult for me to deal with. When I was with Pan Am I always made sure that I was flying that night so that I wouldn’t feel the transition from one year to the next. Since then, I’ve made it a point of hunkering down and staying home to avoid the “event.” So, this year when I had the opportunity to sail on …

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Holland America Line New Years Cruise: Touring Old San Juan

ABOARD MS WESTERDAM – Gliding into port in San Juan, Puerto Rico is like entering another world. On one hand, there’s the old fort – officially known as Castillo San Felipe del Morro – constructed in honor of Spain’s Phillip II to guard the entrance to San Juan Bay in the 16th century – and on the other, large modern buildings testifying to modern-day San Juan. I used to spend a lot of time here when I …

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Holland America Line New Years Cruise: Kicking Back in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

ABOARD MS WESTERDAM – There’s one sure way to stake a claim to beach umbrellas and securing a nice swath of soft sandy beach before some 2,000 passengers descend on the beach, and that’s to send a couple of scouts ahead. That’s exactly what we did when we woke up to our day in paradise in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. While a host of excursions were offered including snorkel trips, ATV adventures, kayaking tours and even …

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Holland America Line New Years Cruise: The Call of the Sea

ONBOARD MS WESTERDAM – There’s something about the sea that’s always called to me and has soothed whatever ails me throughout my life. As a child growing up in Rio, the ocean was part of our daily ritual and I guess it’s something I’ve carried with me always. Today is our first day at sea and I’m happy to leave the stress of December behind and indulge in some much needed TLC, courtesy of Holland America. I’m …

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