Here is Special Service Technician Ronald Castro arriving at the yard to be a part of the Nieuw Amsterdam team. Ronald has done several newbuilds with us and he takes care of the spare parts arriving at the yard. Ronald has been with the company for more than 25 years. Ed van Weijen is Nieuw… read more of “Special Service…”
Highly-motivated students from two tourism management training schools on the island of Curacao got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Zuiderdam while the ship was in port. Two groups of 10 students and their supervisors were welcomed by Hotel Manager Kees van Santen in the Crow’s Nest, complete with a panoramic view of the beautiful harbor… read more of “Students in Curacao…”
Here is more information about the safari-themed barbecue that Komang wrote about last week: A Signature Event of the President’s Mariner Appreciation days has become a much-anticipated tradition on the Grand World Voyage as the Lido Deck undergoes an extreme makeover featuring the local region. Since Amsterdam was sailing in South African waters, ship staff… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
I found this great photo taken of Ryndam by Andrew Barker during her three-week dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas. The ship underwent Signature of Excellence upgrades.
By popular demand, here is the recipe for my world-famous Lobster and Fennel Cake! Start with three sponge cakes of the desired colors. The color is achieved with food coloring. I had suggested to try blue curacao and cherry liqueur but the chef advised against trying to make the cake “float” in its own juices…. read more of “Recipe for Famous…”
On Feb. 26, a few crew members gathered at the port of Philipsburg in St. Maarten for a private dive excursion. Noordam’s 3rd Officer Wouter Koolhaas shared this great story with us. On our first dive we received a detailed briefing of the dive site and procedures. The moment we jumped into the comfortable 28°C… read more of “Noordam Crew…”
Last week, as the Prinsendam made its Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage call at beautiful Buenos Aires, several of the ship’s special guests, including all those in suites, were invited to a gala evening on the town at La Mansión — a beautiful Belle Époque home in the Recoleta District of the city. It… read more of “A Grand Event in…”
Following the Mariner Appreciation Events, ms Amsterdam and Seattle staff also hosted charter group Moltke Productions who have chartered both Noordam and Oosterdam for the upcoming FIFA 2010 World Cup being held in South Africa this summer. The tour packages are being marketed as One Ocean Club who are running the operations for the ship… read more of “Special Events…”