My blog is still in limbo as far as daily posts are concerned as I am still at home. I have not been able to obtain an L visa from the USA embassy in London yet as they are on reduced capacity and HAL Marine operation is also not ready to let me start hopping from ship to ship again.
The fleet is slowly getting back on it’s fleet. The next ship Zuiderdam is due to depart for her first cruise on December 23 from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera.
By that date we will have:
Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam back in operation.
Which leaves Zaandam, Volendam, Oosterdam and Noordam and Westerdam still on standby. Those are scheduled to come back in service in 2023. Please see www.HollandAmerica.com for the planned cruises.
So while I am still at home. much concentration is on the Holland America hobby side.
I have added the biography of Commodore Bijl to the site. See under Captains of the past tab which might make for some interesting reading.
Then I am also starting to gear up for 2023 when the company will celebrate its 150 years of going strong. Several books are in the pipe line and more news about that in January when the draft cover designs have been made.
In the mean time I am wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy and also Healthy 2022. Times might be difficult but no doubt there is a light at the end of every tunnel.