A very exciting SOE upgrade on the Oosterdam is the Explorations Café. This will be located on the starboard side of the Crow’s Nest on Deck 10 forward. It is the library, guest internet café and Windstar Café combined into one.
The Digital Workshop was first installed on the Oosterdam during the 2008 Alaska season. This turned out to be very popular and therefore we are converting the “old” library on Deck 3 into the new Digital Workshop. This new Digital Workshop will have more room and therefore more stations for people to participate in the… read more of “Captain’s…”
An SOE upgrade which will be really appreciated by the female guests is the shopping on board. A new high-end jewelery shop, Merabella, is added on the Oosterdam. It is located on Deck 3 in front of the existing shops. The existing shops are also upgraded to have a better shopping experience on board. The… read more of “Captain’s…”
During the “Signature of Excellence” dry-dock in Palermo the entertainment on the Oosterdam will also receive an upgrade. The old shows are off-loaded and new shows are loaded and installed. We are all excited to see the new shows once the ship gets back in operation.
The Windstar Café on Deck 2 of the Oosterdam is being converted into a Pinnacle Wine Bar. The location is just across from the Pinnacle Restaurant. The Windstar Café will move to Deck 10 forward and will be included in the new Explorations Café.
The Oosterdam will receive her original portside azipod back during this dry dock. The one in the below photo is still standing on shore and it will be a big job to take the spare azipod out from underneath the Oosterdam and place the original back again.
Two of the bow thruster motors need to be taken out of the Oosterdam, inspected and repaired. They are bow thrusters 2 and 3. A hole needed to be cut in the side of the ship, as the motors cannot exit the ship any other way. After inspection and repairs, the motors will be installed… read more of “Captain’s…”
The work in the dry-dock in Palermo is progressing as per schedule. On the 5th of April in the early morning, preparations were made to lift the new aft section with the additional cabins onto the Oosterdam. During the day the section was lifted on the Oosterdam.