Amsterdam, Netherlands and a Night at the Rijks Museum
2019 HAL World Cruise
Friday, April 26, 2019
Holland America Cruise Lines began in the Netherlands 142 years ago. So, it seemed very fitting that this year, since we were docking there, HAL would throw their big “World Cruise” fete in Amsterdam, the capital city. Every year they plan something special for the World Cruise. Once, it was dinner at the ruins of Ephesus, another time, they hauled tons of sand onto the Lido Pool Deck, hired the lifeguards from Australia’s Bondi Beach and threw an Aussie beach party BBQ. This year, we were treated to a Night at the Museum where we had the rare opportunity to view the entire Rembrandt Collection at the Rijks Museum. Our private event began after closing hours with cocktails and dessert. We then enjoyed free and unhindered access to ALL the exhibits! When we completed the viewing, we danced to the live band; toasted the hospitality of our hosts; shopped the gift store; and shuttled back to the ship. It was a lovely evening.