Misran, Captain van Coevorden’s long-time steward, in his new wheelchair. I met Misran when I first joined the cruise ships in 1973 as a second officer. Since then he always made sure that he was on the same ship with me as captain’s steward until he retired either in the late nineties or beginning of… read more of “Captain’s…”
Jolien de Vrind, Volendam’s crew purser, shared this photo from the plaque ceremony marking Volendam’s first call at Kemaman, Malaysia, April 5, 2009. Volendam’s officers from left, Chief Officer Wouter van Hoogdalem, Hotel Manager Robert Versteeg and Captain Jack van Coevorden exchange plaques with port officials. .
The Digital Workshop was first installed on the Oosterdam during the 2008 Alaska season. This turned out to be very popular and therefore we are converting the “old” library on Deck 3 into the new Digital Workshop. This new Digital Workshop will have more room and therefore more stations for people to participate in the… read more of “Captain’s…”
An SOE upgrade which will be really appreciated by the female guests is the shopping on board. A new high-end jewelery shop, Merabella, is added on the Oosterdam. It is located on Deck 3 in front of the existing shops. The existing shops are also upgraded to have a better shopping experience on board. The… read more of “Captain’s…”
During the “Signature of Excellence” dry-dock in Palermo the entertainment on the Oosterdam will also receive an upgrade. The old shows are off-loaded and new shows are loaded and installed. We are all excited to see the new shows once the ship gets back in operation.
On March 28th many of Statendam’s officers watched the Scotland vs. Netherlands World Cup Qualifying match. Football/soccer games are very popular with many crew members on board. Watching the games as a group becomes even more exciting when the football matches are between two different nationalities that are represented on board. Both the Scottish and… read more of “Team Spirit is…”
The Windstar Café on Deck 2 of the Oosterdam is being converted into a Pinnacle Wine Bar. The location is just across from the Pinnacle Restaurant. The Windstar Café will move to Deck 10 forward and will be included in the new Explorations Café.
I had a fun experience last cruise that I’d like to share – it’s not a fantastic port in the world nor a site we visited. It’s…ABOUT A BOY. As future cruise consultant sailing a western Caribbean itinerary on board the Westerdam during spring break season, I met 10-year-old Josh who stopped by my desk… read more of “About a…”