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October 12, 2011

Cruising with Technology on Holland America Line

Krista is the resident “Techspert” for the Digital Workshop- powered by Windows- on board the MS Westerdam, a ship in Holland America’s fleet. Krista works with passengers to help them learn about the newest Windows 7 technologies. The following is a guest blog post on a recent contest done aboard the ship as it was sailing through Alaska. To see more posts from our team of Techsperts aboard Holland America Line’s 15 ship fleet visit the Techspert Blog.

Hello everyone, it’s Krista, “Techspert” sailing on the MS Westerdam. We’re in our last few Alaskan cruises of the season, and I recently asked our guests to share some of their best photos with you. We received many great submissions, but we had six STUNNING photos shared by two of the passengers sailing with aboard the vessel from August 27 – September 3. Take a look!

These photos all shot with the guests own cameras and share with the team aboard the ship. Any edits they made on the photos were done with Windows Live Photo Gallery, a program you can download for FREE that will help you edit, organize, and view your photos! Visit for more info.


Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan, captured (above) this great shot of our beautiful ship at sunset in Juneau.


Mr. Todd also submitted the above 2 photos. The first is another great sunset in Juneau, and in the second, we see beautiful scenery and mist as we cruise through Stephens Passage toward Juneau.


Mr. Raleigh Ferdun, who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, submitted this photo that showcases his photography skill. Check out that bee that he caught in action inside this beautiful flower! You might be surprised to see such a colorful flower in Alaska, but it’s real. He shot this image in our second port of call, Sitka.

In the Camera Basics Digital Workshop class we talk about different settings to use in different situations, and for this image, I’m guessing he used his Macro focus. Want to use it? Look for an icon of a tulip on the back of your camera. Press the button, and you should be able to turn macro focus on, then taking a shot like this will be really easy!


This is another great shot from Mr. Todd (he had so many great ones, I couldn’t pick just one or two!), he caught this on one of our shore excursions, the Sea Otter Wildlife Quest in Sitka.


Our last chosen submission also comes from Mr. Ferdun, and I am absolutely in awe of this photo! A common sight toward the end of the Alaska season is schools of salmon swimming upstream en masse. We can see through the water and see the motion of the fish in this photo as well.

I hope you enjoyed the photos that our guests shared with you. If you’ll be cruising on a HAL ship, be sure to stop by the Digital Workshop. We’ll show you how to get the most out of your digital camera (without having to carry your manual around with you all the time!) and we’ll also help you learn how to use Windows Live Essentials software to get those photos onto the computer, edit them, put them in a movie or slideshow, and share them with friends and family all over the world!

-Techspert Krista, MS Westerdam