Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.
Thanks to HAL guests John and Jacqui Jones for sending in these great photos from their cruise aboard Westerdam. Happy memories of a remarkable cruise. — John & Jacqui Jones
My wife and I took our very first cruise on the ms Westerdam back in September. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary aboard the ship’s Alaska Explorer voyage. We would like to thank Holland America Line and the Westerdam crew for such a wonderful experience. The staff and crew were amazing and the Alaska ports… read more of “Celebrating a 30th…”
Special thanks to Westerdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Rico Wessels for this post. The Westerdam just completed a very successful 35-day South Pacific voyage. Throughout the cruise we held several themed events to match the various ports of calls visited. We ended the cruise with a Halloween themed event. Guests participated in choosing the best pumpkin… read more of “Photos from…”
Special thanks to Westerdam’s Manager of Onboard Marketing Astrid van de Ven for this post. On one of our many days at sea, while heading back to San Diego, we organized an art auction to benefit Westerdam’s crew fund. The pieces of art that were auctioned off by our professional Park West Auctioneers were created… read more of “Westerdam Hosts Art…”
During Westerdam’s 35-day Hawaii & Tahiti cruise, Captain PJ Van Maurik, myself and Cruise Director Jason Venner had the pleasure of presenting our Mariners on board with an unprecedented 187 bronze medallions in the Vista Show Lounge. Enjoy this group photo from the event on October 31! Ron Bontenbal, Hotel Director ms Westerdam
Special thanks to Westerdam’s Manager of Onboard Marketing Astrid van de Ven for this post. During our current 35-day voyage from Seattle to San Diego, we made a stop at Fanning Island. Paradise on earth! Not because of the blue water and beautiful palm trees, but because of the people. Young and old welcomed the… read more of “Westerdam Receives…”
Thursday was a busy day in San Diego with both Westerdam and Zuiderdam departing on two fabulous cruises. Westerdam was heading west toward Hawaii and the South Pacific, while Zuidersam was sailing through the Panama Canal.