We received this note and photos from Cruise Critic maven Lisa Laffin. Greetings, I am a frequent cruiser on HAL with 140 days, and have cruised on the ms Oosterdam eight times. I would like to tell you about our most recent cruise on the Oosterdam and how special it was. It was the return… read more of “What’s a…”
These photos and entry were sent to us by Oosterdam’s crew purser, Darryl Jones The crew of the Oosterdam recently held a Las Vegas–inspired blackjack tournament. And with lots of entries in the preliminary rounds, competition was tough for a spot at the final table where a three-way tie forced a three-hand playoff for the… read more of “Stakes High at Crew…”
Oosterdam’s Shorex team arranged for a few crew members to experience the exciting new canopy adventure tour available in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Crew members, along for the tour, flew from tree to tree and platform to platform on a network of pulleys and horizontal cables mounted 30 to 90 feet above the ground. With 14… read more of “Zipping Through the…”
Berlin S. Sarreal, demi chef de partie on Oosterdam, first joined Holland America Line in 1983 as a GPA SA on board Volendam. Soon after he was promoted to Sanitation, and for the next eight years also assisted in the kitchen. His keen interest in cooking was evident, and he soon was promoted to assistant… read more of “Berlin Sarreal…”
Gerald S. Bernhoft, director, national accounts for Holland America Line, shared this fun photo taken of Oosterdam and Carnival Pride together in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December.
Zuiderdam will become the fifth HAL ship to use shore power, also called cold ironing, when it homeports in Vancouver, B.C., for the 2009 Alaska cruise season. Purchasing shore power — or local electricity — reduces fuel consumption and emissions, and Zuiderdam will join Oosterdam, Westerdam, Noordam and Amsterdam, which have employed shore power in… read more of “Zuiderdam to…”