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Podcast: Cruising Aboard ms Oosterdam (Part II)

Podcast: Cruising Aboard ms Oosterdam (Part II)

This is day two of our Oosterdam cruise along the Mexican Riviera. In this podcast, Elizabeth Harryman and I interview Marcella Himmelreich, Holland America’s first female fleet hotel manager, about her day-to-day duties and life on board ms Oosterdam. We also provide unique insight into the complex, technical process of selecting fine art for the…   read more of “Podcast: Cruising…”

Congratulations Chef Amante Batronil

Congratulations Chef Amante Batronil

After a lot of hard work, preparation, and studying (and with a great teacher supporting him – Executive Chef Robert Schumann), Amante Batronil (known to his friends as Paco) took his cooking exam today to finish off his apprenticeship in the kitchen. He passed his written exam with flying colors and prepared a fabulous five-course…   read more of “Congratulations…”

Noordam Crew Gets Friendly with the ‘Locals’

Noordam Crew Gets Friendly with the ‘Locals’

Our crew enjoyed an exciting stingray adventure while at Half Moon Cay. The gracious stingrays put together a nice choreography as they allowed us to kiss them, pet them and feed them. Don’t you wish you were here with us? Ioana Cheregi is Noordam’s human resources manager.

There’s a Kid on the Bridge!

There’s a Kid on the Bridge!

Moises Justino, a 13-year-old from Oviedo, Florida (near Orlando), had an opportunity to meet and shadow Captain Jonathan Mercer and tour Eurodam in Fort Lauderdale last weekend with his parents Terry and Mary Newell. As part of a class assignment to write a letter to a business, Moises wrote to several cruise lines inquiring about…   read more of “There’s a Kid…”

Podcast: Cruising Aboard ms Oosterdam (Part I)

In this featured podcast, broadcasters Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman give cruise-lovers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of ordinary crew members aboard ms Oosterdam who work hard to provide guests an extraordinary experience while on board Holland America ships. The pair also sits down for an exclusive interview with the master of the ship,…   read more of “Podcast: Cruising…”