Oosterdam’s maiden voyage to the Australia/New Zealand region ended today with the ship docking at Sydney, Australia, where the journey began. Since each port of call during the 14-night cruise was a first, Oosterdam held a customary plaque exchange ceremony at each visit. Here are photos from each exchange: Hobart, Tasmania
Oosterdam crossed the equator last week and held the celebratory ceremony complete with King Neptune and Pollywogs. Here are some pictures from the festive (and sometimes messy) event:
Thanks to HAL guest Bryan Lomas for sending in this photo and post of Oosterdam in Auckland. Here is a photo of Oosterdam’s maiden visit to Auckland on Nov. 3, 2012. It was a patchy day for guests, with very little sun, clouds and light rain. — Bryan Lomas
Csaba Desvari is Oosterdam’s culinary operations manager.
Oosterdam‘s 2012 basketball competitions are underway! Here’s a picture of some of the players on the ship’s court. Joe Reina is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.
The DAM Quit program is focused on maximizing crew buddy support. It uses new technology such as laser acupuncture, as well as traditional smoking cessation aids, like the nicotine patch and lozenges, to curb the urge to smoke cigarettes. Custom tools were developed to assess the progress of each participant and to create a system… read more of “Introducing the DAM…”
On the night of October 14th in Oosterdam‘s Vista Show Lounge, officers from the deck, engine and hotel departments danced with guests at the ‘Officers’ Black and White Ball.’ The guests and crew had a great time dancing through the night. Here are some snapshots from the dance floor. Crew pictured (clockwise): Jimmy Plug, 3rd… read more of “Black and White…”
On Tuesday, October 23, Oosterdam docked at Sydney, Australia, for the first time ever! The ship kicked off its sailing season down under at the Port of Sydney for a series of 10- to 28- day voyages to New Zealand and the South Pacific. A special plaque exchange ceremony was held to commemorate the ship’s… read more of “Celebration of…”