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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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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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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