Ponta Delgado Video

April 9, 2013 Ponta Delgada, Azores Captured on Film  

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Aboard Holland America’s Ryndam (Part 3 of 3)

Never have we seen a cosmopolitan city closed and devoid of any action on a Saturday afternoon. We found the city to be unwelcoming and very dirty with evidence of uncurbed dogs at almost every step of the way. To …

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Aboard Holland America’s Ryndam (Part 2 of 3)

What this ship does best is found in her spacious dining room “the Rotterdam” here no expense has been spared. Ornate chandeliers, lush curtains framing the expansive ocean view windows. Elegant glass ware complete with fine china have all the …

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Aboard Holland America’s Ryndam (Part 1 of 3)

On our way to the Tampa cruise port we struck up a conversation with the seasoned taxi driver sharing that we typically cruise from the Miami Florida port and were curious to see how closely the picture featured on our …

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Nautical Terms

Did you know that many everyday expressions originated from nautical terms? Here are some examples… Aloof From the Old Dutch word “loef”, meaning windward.  It was adopted by English sailors in the 16th and 17th centuries, and in books of …

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The History of Time Zones

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A transatlantic crossing is fraught with time changes.  When you look it we actually lose several hours during the length of the cruise. Given the importance of time when traveling eastbound on a cruise ship, it seems appropriate to take …

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How to Get VIP Treatment on Your Next Cruise

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Holland America garners a feeling of refined elegance. The timeless ambiance is reminiscent of the bygone days of steamship travel, from the uniforms of our cabin steward to the knowledge about wine pairings provided by our personal table side wine …

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