Holland America, Thank you for making our very first cruise experience the awesome time it was! We are already saving for our next cruise with you and have only been home 12 hours! The activities were so much fun! Our team the Diablos won the Amazing Race Scavenger hunt and I have included a team… read more of “Kudos for Oosterdam…”
As the Oosterdam sails toward San Diego preparing for her Holiday Cruise, Santa’s chefs began creating the perfect atrium filled with gingerbread houses complete with electric trains and snow for the tree lighting ceremony. The gingerbread houses were filled with yummy treats of all shaped and sizes, icing that no one can resist and hidden… read more of “Christmas Arrives…”
Meet Alex Badescu who is currently an assistant dining room manager on board the Oosterdam. He was hired on July 16, 2006. His first HAL ship was the Westerdam. Before Alex became an Assistant Dining Room Manager, he worked as a PG Waiter. Alex, who is from Romania, is single and has no children. He… read more of “HAL Crew Member…”
On November 23, eight Oosterdam crew members were privileged to receive a guided tour of the Bridge. The tour lasted about one hour. It was interesting to see and learn about all the technology used to operate and manage the ship. All the crew met in my office 10 minutes prior to the start of… read more of “Oosterdam Crew…”
While visiting my family in Amsterdam last week, I also participated in a project called “Zeebenen in de Klas” (“Sealegs in the Classroom”) This is a project to expose children in the age group 10-12 years old to a life/career at sea, since very few of them know about the many possibilities. Ultimately, the goal… read more of “Zeebenen in de…”
Here are photos from Oosterdam crew members’ Swim with the Dolphins adventure in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Enjoy! Joe Reina is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.
Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the HAL fleet. Enjoy! Amsterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld submitted these photos from the ship’s on board festivities:
Photographer Jim McConnell submitted these photos from his recent Mexican Riviera cruise on board Oosterdam with HAL contributing blogger Gary Frink. Thanks, Jim!