This amazing photo was taken by Oosterdam’s IC Manager Zeljka Hajdarevic in Juneau, Alaska. She won the award for “Best Photograph” for the month of September as part of a fleet-wide contest for ship photographers. Each month, on-board photographers submit snapshots from port calls around the world with the hopes of being rewarded with this… read more of “Award-Winning…”
During the Oosterdam’s recent port call at Sitka, Alaska, four crew members were chosen for outstanding service throughout the Alaska cruise season. They were rewarded with an “ultimate adventure” and deemed Oosterdam superstars. The four crew members were Port Paper Officer Jorn Veraart, Clerk Anthony Helmi, General Purpose Assistant Junar Zulueta and Internet Manager Ance… read more of “Oosterdam…”
During Oosterdam’s call to Glacier Bay this week, we were blessed with a wild encounter. The Glacier Bay Park Rangers informed us while on the bridge that this humpback whale carcass has been there since March and every week when we sail by this area we usually see Alaskan brown bears enjoying an afternoon snack…. read more of “Just Another Day in…”
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.