The Netherlands

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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Mossel & Gin Foodbar in Amsterdam’s Westerpark

June 27, 2017

During our pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam, several locals recommended that we check out Mossel en Gin Foodbar in the Westpark neighborhood. When we first trekked to the impressive Westergasfabriek (a huge park created from the buildings and grounds of a former gas factory), we were disappointed to find this restaurant specializing in mussels and gin did […]

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Exploring Westerpark in Amsterdam

June 19, 2017

When we travel to a city that we’ve visited before, we try to find new experiences. A different neighborhood, a new restaurant, or a place that people who actually live in the city tell us they like frequent. During our pre-cruise visit to Amsterdam in early June, when we ask locals what they liked to do […]

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