Scenic Cruising on the Scheldt River into Antwerp, Belgium on Holland America’s Prinsendam

August 21, 2017

Scenic cruising on the Scheldt River, from Vlissingen, Netherlands into the city of Antwerp, Belgium was a unique part of our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam. The 220-mile long Scheldt River begins in northern France, and runs through western Belgium to Antwerp, where it turns and broadens to a tidal estuary flowing through the southwestern part of the […]

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Visiting Vlissingen (Flushing) and Middleburg, Netherlands By Cruise Ship

August 16, 2017

The itinerary during our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam included a 6-hour stop in southwest part of the Netherlands at the Zeeland Cruise Port in Vlissingen. With its strategic location between the North Sea and the Scheldt River, Vlissingen was a major port for English sea traffic to central Europe for centuries. The English […]

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Touring the House of Waterford Crystal Factory in Waterford, Ireland

August 11, 2017

When in Waterford, Ireland — like we were during our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam — the number one thing to do is to take the House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour. This very knowledgeable gentleman, pictured above, led our 1-hour tour. The tour begins with a video tracing the history of […]

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A Visit to the Bantry House and Garden in Bantry, Ireland

August 4, 2017

Bantry House and Gardens is a private estate in Bantry, Ireland, that we visited during a port call by Holland America’s ms Prinsendam as part of the 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise. The original Queen Anne house — built around 1700  and originally called ‘Blackrock’ — has been the ancestral home of the White family since […]

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