Volendam’s Stage Manager Aaron sent us these beautiful photos that his wife, Veronica, took while ashore in Bangkok. Veronica is part of the shore excursion team on Ryndam but she currently is visiting Aaron. Volendam called at Bangkok last week.
The Embera Indians were in Panama before Columbus “found” them and started the downfall of their culture. I went on a shore excursion today to Pararu Puru, the village that is the farthest downriver. It is about a two-hour bus ride over potholes with a little road in between. The dugout canoes were waiting for… read more of “Postcards from the…”
Easter was celebrated on the Oosterdam in Palermo dry-dock. The shipyard project managers brought a huge chocolate Easter egg to the daily morning meeting. Tradition in Italy is that whoever who breaks the egg gets the surprise that is hidden in it. As it was the birthday of the Oosterdam Facilities Manager Martijn Nieuwendijk, he… read more of “Captain’s…”
During my short time off the Eurodam I traveled to Holland together with Eurodam Chief Officer Emiel de Vries to attend the Masters Medical Limited training in Vlissingen. The Eurodam’s safe manning certificate stipulates that the master must have some form of medical training. This is also because our captain’s certificate of competency is valid… read more of “Captain’s…”
Say hello to the Easter tree. Actually, it’s not a tree at all but a collection of long willowy twigs with yellow feathers attached. This is the traditional Easter decoration here in Sweden. Easter, or Påsk as it is known, has some, er, “different” traditions associated with it. If you’re cruising to Sweden or just… read more of “Stranger In A…”
Rotterdam’s Chief Electrician Koos Fockens sent in these beautiful photos from when the ship called at the Seychelle Islands. Recently the ms Rotterdam called at the port of Victoria in the Seychelles as part of her 2009 Grand World Voyage. During this call, many guests and crew enjoyed the beautiful beaches that these islands have… read more of “Postcards from the…”
A very exciting SOE upgrade on the Oosterdam is the Explorations Café. This will be located on the starboard side of the Crow’s Nest on Deck 10 forward. It is the library, guest internet café and Windstar Café combined into one.
Calling all book lovers! On the evening of April 6, the Statendam held its first-ever Crew Book Club meeting! The 12 book club members read the “New York Times” bestseller “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert for the month of March. It was particularly interesting because the book talks about Indonesia and India, which are… read more of “Statendam’s…”