Joanne Taylor sent us this note and beautiful photo from her recent Mexican cruise on Oosterdam. The Oosterdam was an amazing ship. The cruise was so great we’ve done it twice now! Brian and Joanne Taylor If you have a special memory from a holland America cruise, share it with us.
Ine van Dam, a Holland America Line Facebook fan, sent us these great photos featuring two of her favorite HAL ports of call. If you have a favorite port-of-call photo from a Holland America cruise, share it with us.
The Oosterdam visited Alicante, Spain for the first time on October 19th, as the first port of call during the European Serenade cruise, cruising from Europe across the Atlantic to the U.S . Left to right: Hotel Manager, Marcella Himmelreich; Port Agent, Luis Lopez Paster; Chief of Staff of the Port Authorities Pablo Lahoz de… read more of “Captain’s…”
We received the following note and photos from Aad Hoogesteger, a regular contributor to the blog: Last Friday Nicoline and I went to Barcelona, Spain, to “recharge our batteries” and see the cruises at port. These are a few pictures of the Oosterdam on Friday, October 16th; Saturday, October 17th; Sunday, October 18th and a… read more of “Oosterdam and…”
On September 25, 2009, the Oosterdam made its final call of the season in Monte Carlo, Monaco. September 25 was also the day before last of the International Boat Show, featuring yachts of all sizes, in and outside of the harbor. To accommodate all those yachts, many of the regular yachts had been moved outside… read more of “Captain’s…”
Oosterdam is in Monte Carlo today. By bus, taxi or train, find your way to Eze, a charming hilltop village overlooking the Cote d’Azur. The medieval village features winding cobblestone streets and an exotic garden at the top of the village offering to-die-for views of the Mediterranean
On August 28, 2009, just after arrival in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr. Stein Kruse, Holland America Line President and CEO, visited the Oosterdam for a thorough walk around the ship. After the inspection of the ship, the ship’s staff met with Mr. Kruse over dinner. The dinner meeting was utilized by Mr. Kruse to discuss several… read more of “Captain’s…”
The lines men are the persons who handle the mooring lines on the pier when the ship arrives, departs or shifts. The process during arrival is that first a messenger line (a very thin line, easy to throw, usually with a monkey fist at the throwing end. The monkey fist is an elaborate knotted ball… read more of “Extra Help for the…”