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…”
In Cabo San Lucas, we signed up for the semi-subs shore excursion. It was a perfect tour for the kids. See fish without getting wet. The yellow semi-sub has glass windows in the lower section of the boat and the kids loved seeing all the fish swimming around.
Recently, ms Oosterdam sailed on her last voyage for the spring 2010 Mexico season into the Gulf of California, previously known as the Sea of Cortez. She was for the first time in Loreto and Topolobampo, Mexico. During the inaugural calls, a plaque ceremony was held in the Crow’s Nest on board the ship. The… read more of “Captain’s…”
More about my family vacation aboard ms Oosterdam in Mexico … Since we brought our two kids with us, we really wanted to find a place for them to play on the beach and swim. In Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, we headed out to find a resort that would allow us to use their facilities… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”