Holland America Line

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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A Visit to The Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium

August 28, 2017

We visited the Red Star Line Museum while in Antwerp, Belgium during our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam. The museum — opened in 2013 — is housed in the former shipping line’s warehouses in Antwerp’s old port district called The Eilandje. Founded in 1872 by United States shipping magnates and two Antwerp business partners, the Red Star […]

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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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Belfast, Northern Ireland: Buses, Hiking, A Castle and Mussels

July 19, 2017

As can happen on any cruise, bad weather forced some missed ports during our 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam. The good news was that two unplanned “bonus” ports were added to our cruise in place of the three that were skipped. One of those “bonus” ports was Belfast, in Northern Ireland, which thrilled us, even though […]

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