A visit with the hotel manager of the Nieuw Amsterdam

Marcia Levin is currently sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Marco Van Belleghem is hotel manager on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The 39-year-old Dutch native has been with Holland America since 1995 and begain his training on the Maasdam in Information Services and has worked as assistant comptroller and comptroller. He is currently one of three hotel managers rotating between Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam and is fortunate to have his wife and their four-year-old son traveling with him. …

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There are programs for everyone, all day long, on the Nieuw Amsterdam

Marcia Levin is currently sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. I didn’t blog yesterday. Instead of sitting here in my cabin at my trusty laptop, I took an early water aerobics class, then sat in on a cooking class where passengers learned to make flowers out of a watermelon, and finally took a five-hour tour to El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico which I enjoyed tremendously. Today the ship is in St. Martin and before I …

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Educational offerings on board please many cruise passengers

Marcia Levin is currently sailing on HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam Not every cruise passenger wants to zip through the air, box, bowl or zoom through a tube on top of rushing water. Some of us may enjoy watching our friends and relatives take part in any or all of the above, but me? I prefer things like lectures, seminars and how-to classes while I am on a ship. Over the years I’ve heard lectures on financial matters, politicos …

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Cruising to fish in the Turks and Caicos

Off Grand Turk, in the Turks and Caicos islands, south of the Bahamas, I went fishing. Anybody who knows me might wonder about that decision, but the simple truth is that I saw “Light Tackle Fishing” on the shore excursion list during a Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s new Nieuw Amsterdam. I thought, why not? I can tackle some light fishing. I had fun, thanks partly to the luck of the draw. Six men from a ship …

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New pirate ship bar greets cruisers to Holland America’s Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Make no mistake: The new bar on Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas may look like a pirate ship, but it has never been to sea, and it’s not going anywhere. The Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar was built from scratch on bedrock, 9 feet below the sand, and those wood planks on the ship’s hull were nailed together – in the fall of 2010. Still, it’s a pirate ship in form, …

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