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Kudos to Westerdam’s Chef and Culinary Staff

Kudos to Westerdam’s Chef and Culinary Staff

HAL guest Sade Krind sent us this note and photo from her recent Westerdam cruise. Thanks, Sade! During our recent cruise aboard the m.s. Westerdam (Dec. 10 – 24, 2010), we were fortunate to meet Chef Emerson Serrano and his Lido Staff who we found to be some of the most friendly, likeable and efficient…   read more of “Kudos to…”

Santa Makes a Surprise Visit to Oosterdam

Santa Makes a Surprise Visit to Oosterdam

During the Oosterdam’s call at Mazatlan, Santa made an early visit to spend the afternoon with 50 children from a local orphanage of ages 3 to 18 years old. The group of children enjoyed a visit to the Bridge with Captain Jeroen Bajiens and Chief Officer Bart Vaartjes. Then off to the Lido with Santa’s…   read more of “Santa Makes a…”

Chris Dikman’s Cruise Diary: Costa Maya, Mexico

Chris Dikman’s Cruise Diary: Costa Maya, Mexico

Travel Journalist and co-creator of CruiseReport.com Chris Dikman recently sailed on Nieuw Amsterdam and sent us several cruise diaries from his voyage. Costa Maya is the first “new” Caribbean port that we have visited in years. I thought we had been to all of them. You know what this means? Nieuw Amsterdam begins it’s docking…   read more of “Chris Dikman’s…”

Veendam Postcards from Ushuaia, Argentina

Veendam Postcards from Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina, is one of the ports that the Veendam visits during its South America voyages and it is one of everyone’s favourites. There are many restaurants that serve delicious food, one of the specialties being crab soup. Yummy! There are various boutiques that sell souvenirs and included in these photos is a picture of…   read more of “Veendam Postcards…”

A Festive Weihnachtsmarkt on Eurodam

A Festive Weihnachtsmarkt on Eurodam

A fantastic and successful Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas market) was held on board the Eurodam to celebrate the holiday season. The marshaling area, thanks to the technical, housekeeping and stage staff, was the site of the holiday festivities with around 20 stalls. Christmas music and lights with even a faux fireplace set the mood for the…   read more of “A Festive…”