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.
On April 1, the trans-Atlantic cruise for the ms Oosterdam ended in Civitavecchia, Italy. All guests disembarked the ms Oosterdam and after that all subcontractors and dry-dock workers embarked the ms Oosterdam. All containers and materials were loaded on board, and at 15.00 the Oosterdam left Civitavecchia bound for the dry-dock in Palermo. At 05.00… read more of “Dry-Dock Photos…”
Guest Donald Glade sent us these pretty photos of Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas from his recent Oosterdam cruise in Mexico.
Last month we had a lovely cruise on the Oosterdam. The mattresses in our suite were so comfortable that we want to buy them for our beds at home. Attached is a picture of a whale that we took on this cruise. Dan Mann Editor’s note: Beds, bedding and a whole catalog of other Holland… read more of “Postcard from…”
A new program to help those in need kicked off along the Embarcadero on March 6, 2009. The Port of San Diego is participating with Holland America Line’s Ship to Shelter program, a philanthropic endeavor which donates items from cruise ships to homeless shelters. Items include pots, pans, plates, books, televisions, individual-sized lotion and shampoo…. read more of “Holland America…”
On board Oosterdam Today the Oosterdam will be passing through the Panama Canal. This can be followed on the webcams of the Panama Canal: www.pancanal.com The schedule has us in the Miraflores locks from 07:50-09:00 (local time, which is 08:50-10:00 Eastern Daylight Time) In the Pedro Miguel locks from 09:30-10:20 (10:30-11:20 EDT) And finally the… read more of “Captain’s…”