Captain van der Loo’s likeness was captured by one of his artistic crew members I Wayan Ariatna. The Captain was surprised with the gift of his portrait from the Housekeeping Attendant on the morning he disembarked. Amy Kreft is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.
Guest Blogger Gary Frink sailed aboard Amsterdam this past spring and posted a cruise diary on the Holland America Blog, and he’s getting ready to sail again. “I can’t wait,” my I-can’t-get-my-fill-of-Holland America wife said this morning. She is looking forward to what we call a “shorty” cruise, aboard the ms Oosterdam leaving San Diego… read more of “Countdown to an…”
Oosterdam’s Event Manager Jill Tollefson sent us these cool pictures of the ship departing Sitka after tendering on August 19. 2010. Thanks, Jill!
Oh, the day in the life of “Reese’s” at Puppy Camp! During Oosterdam’s call at Juneau, Captain van der Loo and the shore excursion team spent the afternoon at Puppy Camp [where puppies are trained to become sled dogs]. It was a beautiful day filled with happy, playful puppies all named after famous candy bars…. read more of “Oosterdam’s…”
During the Oosterdam’s call at Juneau, members of the deck and entertainment departments decided to get wet out in the Alaskan wilderness during a crew rafting excursion. Everyone returned soaked with large smiles on their faces. I think it’s because crew members from the entertainment department navigated! Amy Kreft is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.
I received this picture of the Oosterdam sailing in Puget Sound last Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Special thanks to photographer Mike Gerhardt for this great shot! Arjen C. van der Loo is Oosterdam’s captain.
During the call of the Oosterdam in Sitka on the 5th of August, the Oosterdam’s Deck Department donated two big boxes of medical first aid equipment, after replacing all the medical kits in the lifeboats and life rafts, to the Raptor Center in Sitka. The Raptor Center in Sitka is an independent organization which fully… read more of “Oosterdam Donates…”
As a farewell to Alaska and thank you for all her support during their time on board the Oosterdam, members of the Hotel Department treated Hotel Manager Marcella Himmelreich to a crab fest during their call to Juneau. The happy, hungry crew met on the gangway and set off for an afternoon crab fest of… read more of “Crew Organizes…”