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…”
The last few days the news showed the many fires around Athens, Greece. Today the Oosterdam was safely docked in Piraeus. At about 15:45 I was called to the bridge, as a large fire had started on one of the hills on the other side of the port of Piraeus. The bellowing smoke and even… read more of “Captain’s…”
Caroline Sevilla, Oosterdam’s crew purser, sent us these photos taken during the back-to-back celebrations of India’s and Indonesia’s Independence Days.
As the capital of Catalonia and one of Europe’s most captivating cities, Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore on foot, strolling La Rambla through the outdoor markets and the brilliant flowers. … Entering the market the market, look to your right for Pinotxo Bar and pull up a seat for a cappucino, a cava and Pinotxo’s (pictured) warm hospitality.
Oosterdam just celebrated a major milestone as she sailed the Mediterranean from Venice to Barcelona: her 300th cruise! The ship came out of drydock at Fincantieri’s Palermo Shipyard in Italy just in time for the cruise, where it was spruced up with new guest staterooms, dining options, public areas and a specialty wine bar. From… read more of “Oosterdam Completes…”
An anonymous HAL fan sent us these shots of Oosterdam sailing past Monaco today. The ship departed Barcelona yesterday on a 12-day Med cruise that ends in Venice July 18.