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…”
Being the Captain, one constantly encounters new learning experiences. This cruise there is a large group with guests on board with the Orthodox Jewish faith. Especially for them, there is Kosher food and even Kosher cooks. The observance of the Sabbath required some adjustments to the ship’s operation. Among them, one elevator is designated as… read more of “Captain’s…”
We just passed our big sister. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Statendam’s hotel manager.
On Tuesday, June 8, I captured a great shot of the Oosterdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Sunny skies and great visibility made for the most perfect day!
Todo Santos is a charming town, small and not close to Cabo San Lucas but worth the trip. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get there from the ship. The ride shows the true geography of the area — arid desert that runs straight to the sea. It is mostly undeveloped or… read more of “A Day in Todo…”
I like zip lines. There is something about speeding between trees knowing you are not going to crash or fall that makes me smile. In my younger years I read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels — he authored the Tarzan series and John Carter of Mars series. I think I have seen every Tarzan… read more of “Touring Puerto…”