Oosterdam called at Kuto, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia on November 17 and received a very warm welcome from the locals. A ceremony was held with traditional costumes and even handmade hats for us!
On November 14, 2012, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Oosterdam was an honored witness of a total solar eclipse while cruising the Coral Sea. The solar eclipse started at approximately 6:49 a.m. and ended at approximately 8:58 a.m. Special ‘solar eclipse glasses’ were given to all guests and crew members. The guests and crew members of… read more of “Oosterdam Witnesses…”
Special thanks to Oosterdam’s Beverage Manager Hans Becker for this post. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, over 50 veterans got together to thank and remember those who served. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky… read more of “Veterans Remembered…”
A total eclipse of the sun is arguably nature’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring phenomenon. Oosterdam played host to this event and all eyes were on the horizon overlooking the Coral Sea, as the total solar eclipse casted its incredible shadow across the Pacific Ocean and Far North Australia. The eclipse started at dawn in the… read more of “Csaba’s…”
Special thanks to Jerrol Golden, HAL’s manager of international public relations, for this post about her recent “Back of the House” guided tour on Oosterdam. For curious guests, HAL’s “Back of the House” guided tour is a must. You are given access to the tailor’s office, laundry facilities, recycling, galley, food storage, engine room control… read more of “A Look Behind the…”
Oosterdam maiden’s voyage to Australia and New Zealand was a grand success. The seas and the weather were the most agreeable as seen in this photo taken in Akaroa, New Zealand. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the voyage and the crew was terrific. Jerrol Golden Manager of International Public Relations Holland America Line
Thanks to Oosterdam’s Photo and Video Manager Ciaran McGinn for taking these breathtaking shots of Oosterdam’s sailaway from
Thanks to Mariner Peter Tracey for sending in this post and great photos from the ship’s call Oct. 26. Here are some great photos of Oosterdam’s first arrival into the Derwent Estuary and the port of Hobart.