August 3, 2003: The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger Oosterdam departs on its maiden voyage from Rotterdam after a three-day celebration which included the christening ceremony.
July 28–30, 2003: HAL celebrates its 130th anniversary year in Rotterdam. The festivities include the launch and naming of the new Vista-class ms Oosterdam by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands. Rotterdam joins Oosterdam for events that include past employees, World War II veterans, local dignitaries and past guests.
Guest Chef Sonia Hunt is currently sailing aboard Oosterdam. She is the creator and host of “Stirring It Up!” — a lifestyle entertainment show. She has been a healthy living expert on the “Art of Living” celebrity radio show and continues to host and perform cooking demos in celebrity food and wine events around the… read more of “Cooking with Chef…”
July 29, 2006: Vista-class cruise ships Westerdam and Oosterdam are retrofitted to use shore power at the Port of Seattle to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions when in Seattle.
Thanks to HAL guest Janet Stone for sending in this beautiful picture of Oosterdam, taken from Totem Trail Park in Sitka, Alaska, on her recent cruise in May.
Thanks to blog fan Jutta for sending in this photo of Volendam and Oosterdam at Hilo, Hawaii, April 26.
The cloud formation is like smoke from an eruption. Csaba Desvari is Oosterdam’s culinary operations manager.
The Tracy Arm experience was amazing today! Thank you, Captain! Csaba Desvari Culinary Operations Manager ms Oosterdam