On February 16, at approximately 10:00 a.m. while at Half Moon Cay, Westerdam received a mayday call. Captain Henk Keijer relayed that a 16-foot Boston whaler boat with engine failure reported being located to the southwest, having been adrift for two days. While adrift the whaler spotted two cruise ships: Westerdam and Princess at Eleuthera… read more of “Westerdam and Half…”
In a rare sighting, three of Holland America Line’s ships were alongside together at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 2, 2008, making for a wonderful photo opportunity. From left: Zuiderdam, Noordam and Westerdam.
Philatelists (stamp collectors) and ship aficionados (Holland America fans) will want to get their hands on a set of newly released stamps featuring Holland America Line’s own Westerdam. Issued in the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, the set of four stamps commemorates Malta’s cruise-based tourism industry, which saw a 14 percent increase in 2008, with… read more of “Westerdam Goes…”
Last week at a press conference at Fort Lauderdale, Holland America Line and Port Everglades debuted Ship to Shelter, an innovative community charitable program designed to donate valuable and reusable goods from the line’s cruise ships to local people in need. Holland America first launched Ship to Shelter in April 2008 in partnership with the… read more of “Ship to Shelter…”
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…”
Aboard Eurodam Last night Eurodam and Westerdam were docked next to each other in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chief Engineer Frank de Vries sent us this pretty picture of Westerdam.
Paul Allen sent us this nostalgic look back at the unique dedication ceremony of Westerdam a few years ago: The Westerdam was “born” in Venice, as were many of the other Holland America Line ships. Thirteen of the 14 HAL ships have been built at the Fincantieri Shipyard at Marghera, just across the lagoon on… read more of “Remembering…”
Congratulations to the new class of Leadership in Action graduates shown below posing in the Pinnacle Grill with their certificates: Top row (from left): Chris Bisson – Manager, Onboard Marketing (Facilitator); Himanshu Dogra – Assistant Dining Room Manager; Bernie Lauwoie – Assistant Dining Room Manager; Stephen Burnham – Culinary Operations Manager; Thomas Van Benthem –… read more of “Congrats…”