The Digital Workshop blog has moved

8 Jun

Thanks for visiting the ship’s website!  We haven’t shut down our blog operations, but rather we have moved all of our efforts into one main blog.  This is to ensure that the experience for you, the guest, is one that is slightly easier because of more frequent posts, fresher content, and knowing that everything is in one great place.  The URL for the new website is:

At this site you’ll find new content, great feedback from all of our Techsperts, as well as useful links like Handout Downloads, and great information from Windows.

Thank you all for your support and for following along with the Digital Workshop.


Photo emails in

7 Apr

Sending photos through email has become quick, easy and efficient thanks to Windows Live Mail Software and Hotmail webmail. for those travelers away from their own computer follow the steps below to send a photo email from Hotmail online webmail:

1. In my Hotmail inbox I choose “New message” link.
2. Fill in the To and Subject fields as per usual.
3. Write text portion of the message.
4. In the toolbar below the subject field select “Photos” and then “New Album”.
5. Locate and select photos from computer.
6. Wait for the photos to load, then click “Edit album details” to name the album.
7. Send the message, it’s all done! 🙂

~ Trisha the Techspert on the ms Veendam

MS Office on

4 Apr


Click HERE to see how I used MS Office online using my Windows Live ID and Windows Hotmail to create this blog post!

~ Trisha the Techspert on the ms Veendam

Windows 7 keyboard shortcut “round-up”

5 Feb

Last cruise, in the ms Veendam’s Digital Workshop I received a number of requests for a concise list of keyboard shortcuts to use in Windows 7. 

Here is a link to a site that has done a great job at compiling the shortcuts:

These shortcuts are not strictly for Windows 7, they will mostly also work with Windows XP and Vista – great news!

I hope that these prove to be helpful – don’t be overwhelmed, as it’s fairly comprehensive, but simply pick out the ones most useful to how YOU work and enjoy!!

~Trisha the Techspert on the ms Veendam

Veendam Visits Antarctica!

21 Jan

The ms Veendam has just completed two breathtaking and successful voyages around the illustrious Cape Horn and south to the White Lady, aka Antarctica. Guests and crew alike were delighted by the awesome beauty and almost other-worldly landscape. When your ship passes an iceberg that is longer than the ship itself, you know you are not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Everyone got their fill of whales, penguins, albatrosses and petrels. The coldest, driest, windiest, highest continent was a wonder and an inspiration to all.

Antarctica Panorama

When guests weren’t busy soaking up the scenery, they came to learn about all the fun to be had in the Digital Workshop. Classes were full as students focused on techniques for capturing the best wildlife and scenery images possible, as well as all the great options for editing photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery and creating slideshow DVDs in Windows Live Movie Maker.

-Techspert John

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

Greetings from Antarctica! 

We are currently enjoying some wonderful scenic cruising of this magic place.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all who have sailed on the ms Veendam a very Happy New Year!

– Techspert John

Try Landscape Mode!

7 Dec

South America’s Patagonia offers some of the most breathtaking vistas in the world.  Snowcapped mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for both crystal clear waters as well as colorful wildflowers – sometimes BOTH in one shot! You may have experienced less than optimal results when taking pictures like this using auto mode, which tends to wash out the background or overexpose the foreground. For better photos in in Patagonia, you may want to try switching your camera to landscape mode.  It’s perfect anytime you want both the foreground and background of a photo to be in focus.

Landscape Mode!

Once in landscape mode, the camera will automatically choose settings so that areas of interest at different distances in the scene will be captured in focus.  It does this by using a smaller aperture to increase depth of field. A wide angle (short focal length = wide viewing angle) is typical for this type of shot to capture as much of the scene as possible.  Landscape mode is generally found on your Mode Dial or under the SCN dial or menu.

Whether at the Amalia Glacier in South America or wherever your scenic view, try your hand at using landscape mode for some great pictures. And to learn more about this and other modes on your camera, come see us in the Digital Workshop for our “Say Cheese” class!  Just one of our various courses, “Say Cheese” helps you to get more out of your point and click digital camera.

-Techspert John

Windows Live Essentials 2011

23 Nov

Microsoft has released Windows Live Essentials 2011!

This is a update to all the the programs used in the Digital Workshop including Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Movie Maker and more!

Like previous versions, Windows Live Essentials 2011 is free and available by going to

-Techspert John

“Rounding The Horn”

9 Nov

The ms Veendam is currently doing cruising from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This involves going around the Southern-most tip of South America known as Cape Horn.

Rounding the Horn 

The Digital Workshop is an excellent resource for everything related to your cruise pictures including how to get the most out of those taken as you recreate the voyage of famous explorers like Magellan and Drake and “round the horn.”

-Techspert John

Introducing Techspert John

20 Sep

My name is John Roberts and I am the ms Veendam’s new Techspert.  I am happy to call this ship my home until January of 2011.  We are currently enjoying the last month of the season’s 7-day cruises to Bermuda.

The Digital Workshop power by Windows offers classes every day during the cruise and, so far, the level of interest and enthusiasm has been great. Thanks to everyone for a very warm welcome!

– Techspert John