September 2017

23 Fun Facts About Austin, Texas

September 27, 2017

You may know that the city of Austin, Texas likes to “Keep Things Weird.” The city’s unofficial slogan originated in 2000 when Red Wassenich, a local librarian, used the phrase when he called in to a local radio show. Here are 23 other interesting tidbits about Texas’ fourth largest city, behind Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. […]

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11 Hospitality Superstars Who Made Our Celtic Explorer Cruise Special

September 12, 2017

 In June, we sailed on Holland America Line’s 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on the ms Prinsendam. Due to high winds and heavy rains, Captain Ane Jan Smit had to alter the planned itinerary several times. After the second or third of these “we have to change the itinerary messages,” Captain Smit jokingly called our sailing “The Magical, Mystery […]

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14 Highlights to Eat, Drink and See in Antwerp, Belgium

September 4, 2017

We’ve visited the Belgium city of Antwerp several times, most recently during a 22-hour overnight stay while sailing on Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam. If you are going to Antwerp, these are 14 things we recommend to eat, drink and see during your stay. 1. Head to the ‘Grote Markt’ historic city center. Check out […]

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