Nieuw Amsterdam

It’s destined to be the ultimate banner year for cruises to the glittering glaciers, the snow-capped peaks and the wildlife of Alaska, along with opportunities to pan for gold. As overseas flights get more expensive and travelers choose to see “America First,” industry group Cruise …

The brochures for Holland America’s shore excursion in Katakolon, Greece say it’s an opportunity to re-live what it was like to participate in the ancient Olympiade. Well not exactly re-live it, because the athletes then did their thing in the nude. I can imagine there were …

Who would you rather have as your bartender on a cruise to Mars aboard Star Trek’s Enterprise: Guinan (as played by Whoopi Goldberg) or Mr. Data? There’s no contest in my mind that you’d choose the  wise-cracking mixologist who knows you want an extra olive and a twist of …

Just scanning Istanbul’s minaret-studded skyline on the busy Bosphorus that divides Europe from Asia evokes images of genies and wizards and magical flying carpets. It’s Constantinople,  the coveted city that inspired Crusades and tales of Arabian Nights. There’s the legendary Topkapi palace with its jewel-encrusted treasures and …

Samuel Spencer has experienced a lot of restaurants in his travels and for him the Tamarind restaurants on Holland America Line ships are all-time favorites. “It’s one of those rare memorable dining events that I sometimes reminisce about even several months after being back on …

Aboard the Noordam in the Mediterranean Near the end of my 10-day cruise aboard Holland America Lines’ ship Noordam, there was a party for the line’s repeat passengers. Some have logged hundreds of days at sea on “the dam ships,” a reference to the fact …

For frequent cruisers, seven days on a ship is never enough. And if you’ve been to Europe or Alaska or even South America more than once, you’re looking for a cruise itinerary that’s not only extended but also different from what’s you’ve seen before; something …